Our VOICE Executive Director Position Description

Our VOICE is an established rape crisis non-profit agency serving the Asheville and Buncombe County communities since 1974. Services are confidential and include: a 24-hour crisis intervention service that provides support and assistance to sexual assault survivors, their families, and friends; information and referrals concerning law enforcement, medical, and legal processes; support groups and individual counseling for sexual assault and child sexual abuse survivors; personal safety programs in city and county schools systems; outreach, awareness, and prevention programs for local agencies and groups; and efforts to change attitudes and behaviors concerning sexual violence.

The following principle and values guide our work:

  • In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education.
  • Our VOICE values: professionalism, excellence, accessibility, social justice, community involvement, self-care and empowerment.

The Executive Director position is full-time, exempt in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, and requires regular hours as well as evenings and weekends as needed.


The Executive Director is the professional administrator of Our VOICE, responsible to the Board of Directors for all aspects of Our VOICE programs, services, and functions. In addition, the Executive Director is expected to exemplify and encourage Our VOICE’s values.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

1. Staff Management

  • Recruit, hire, train, develop, motivate, supervise, lead, and evaluate agency staff.
  • Assign special projects and delegate other responsibilities to staff, volunteers, and interns.

 2. Fundraising/Grant Writing

  • Work effectively with the Board of Directors to ensure adequate financial support for the agency.
  • Supervise accurate collection and compilation of data to meet funding requirements.
  • Write and submit grant proposals, and report back to funding organizations.
  • Contact and build relationships with major donors, including foundations, corporations, and state and local governments.

3. Program Planning and Implementation

  • Work with staff, Board members, volunteers, and community members to analyze trends, project community service needs, and plan for Our VOICE’s response to those needs.
  • Work with Board and staff members to plan and conduct special events designed to raise funds and awareness.
  • Work with staff and the Board to assess Our VOICE programs and services.

4. Financial Management

  • Prepare, monitor and revise annual budget projections in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
  • Manage grant and other sources of funding.
  • Oversee all payroll and accounting functions and supervise bookkeeper.

5. Board Support

  • Provide reports, support, and information to the Board of Directors and work with the Board to develop agency policy.
  • Help strengthen the Board of Directors through recruiting, training, and relationship building.

6. Media and Community Relations

  • Serve as the primary media contact for Our VOICE.
  • Actively encourage support for Our VOICE’s mission, goals, and values.
  • Maintain and increase the visibility of Our VOICE by partnering with community members and organizations.

7. General Management

  • Ensure compliance with applicable standards.
  • Oversee contracts, insurance policies, and leases.
  • Manage Our VOICE facilities and equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, or degree with equivalent experience.
  2. Strong organizational, leadership, public speaking, writing, and communication skills.
  3. Experience with grant writing and foundation proposals.
  4. Experience fundraising with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  5. Effective collaboration with other persons and organizations.
  6. Experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  7. Experience managing, leading, and supervising staff and/or volunteers.
  8. Demonstration of cultural awareness, sensitivity and competency.
  9. Ability to effectively use computers and related technology.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Nonprofit administrative experience.
  2. Experience working with issues of sexual violence.
  3. Knowledge of human service network and system of care for survivors of sexual violence.

Salary:  $36,000 to $42,000, contingent on experience and other qualifications.

Benefits:  Comprehensive health insurance, with premiums paid entirely by Our VOICE.

Because the Our VOICE values diversity, we welcome and encourage applicants from diverse racial groups, including but not limited to African-American, Latina(o), American Indian, and Asian, and/or sexual orientations (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), as well as people of all nations, religions, ages, and disability status.

Application deadline has expired for this position.

Written applications mailed to Our VOICE will not be considered and are strongly discouraged.