President and CEO

Reports to: Chairman and Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
Position Location: Baltimore, MD
FLSA Status: Exempt
Union Status: Non-Member
Travel: Frequent
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Summary of Duties
  • Execute a comprehensive review of the NAACP’s organizational structure and activities in coordination with the Board of Directors.]
  • Develop a coherent and consistent message that clearly articulates the NAACP’s mission and goals and ensures the NAACP brand is at the forefront of the public’s eye.
  • Work closely with the Chairman and the Board and be responsible for developing the organization’s U.S. private sector fundraising plan and growing its annual income and membership by 20%.  This also will include expanding both staff and operations with an emphasis on building a larger base of private sector support and establishing an endowment.
  • Initiate new partnership-building strategies with organizations that have a common cause with the NAACP, especially grassroots civic and social justice organizations.
  • Build the organization’s brand to maintain its prominent position in the United States as a non-partisan proactive civil rights organization.
  • Consistently evaluate, monitor and report programmatic outcomes.
  • Develop timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial projections in order to assist the Board and senior executives in performing their responsibilities.
  • Serve as a primary representative and contact for the NAACP to further coordination and collaboration between the organizations.
  • Lead the development of policy analysis and position papers on issues critical to the minority community and the protection and furtherance of civil rights.
  • Strategically utilize technology and expand media outreach and public affairs activities to increase awareness of civil rights issues and other related issues, including economic opportunity, education and housing.
  • Build membership and direct organizing campaigns to further the NAACP’s goals.
  • Facilitate the implementation of NAACP’s game-changers.
  • Communicate routinely on the initiation, implementation and progress of all programs, projects and activities of the association to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Accomplish all projects as requests and/or assigned.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:
  • Must be a member of the NAACP.
  • Must possess an undergraduate degree.  An advanced degree is preferred, but it is not mandatory.
  • Must be available to travel at least 100 days per year.
  • An established track record in civil rights advocacy, demonstrating that he/she understands and lives the mission of the NAACP.
  • A curious, intellectual and passionate perspective toward current and emerging political, economic, social justice and civil rights trends. Experience in expanding and managing the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organization, exhibiting an entrepreneurial approach and strong organizational skills.
  • A proven ability to develop and implement strategic and operational plans to meet both short- and long-term growth objectives.
  • History of developing and sustaining positive relationships with Board members and stakeholders.
  • Experience recruiting, developing, retaining and mentoring high-performance, mission-driven teams.
  • A management style that is organized and efficient while at the same time inclusive, allowing for consensus-building, team work recognition, and the ability to resolve conflict.
  • An excellent negotiator who is experienced with contracts.
  • Strong leadership characteristics that include good interpersonal skills, sound judgment, honesty and integrity.
  • A dynamic and energetic personality that will be conveyed both internally to the organization and externally to the community.
  • An intelligent self-starter and finisher who is resourceful and entrepreneurial, yet team oriented; a leader with the ability to drive imagination and creativity across the organization.
  • A strong and dynamic communicator with the ability to translate broad concepts into a message that clearly represents the organization and its mission; the ability to communicate across all levels within and outside of the organization and to communicate with persuasive and clear verbal and written presentation skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to deal effectively with people of different philosophies, generations, backgrounds and cultures.
  • Leads with a high degree of ethics, transparency and accountability.
It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To Apply: 
Resume and cover letter should be sent to the NAACP’s executive recruitment partner, The Hollins Group Inc.:
Email: (preferred application method)
Mail: The Hollins Group Inc., Attn: NAACP President and CEO Search, 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606-1274
Fax:  (312) 606-0213