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One Common Unity (OCU) Executive Director

July 1, 2011



One Common Unity (OCU) is seeking a highly passionate, motivated, and visionary Executive Director to lead its team of staff, interns and fellows. OCU is a non-profit organization based inWashington, D.C., whose mission is to nurture sustainable, caring communities through innovative peace education, arts and media. Since 2000, OCU has been designing and implementing a number of workshops, retreats and community events, reaching approximately 2,500 DC residents annually. Over the past 10 years we have:

1) Provided arts-based nonviolence programming and workshops in four District of Columbia high schools, three junior high schools, three elementary schools, and seven recreation centers.2) Trained over 5,000 teachers in arts-based peace education.

2) Provided music literacy, nonviolence and leadership development in the summer months to over 200 youth ages 14 – 18 living in D.C. through our “RYS: Above the Violence” summer youth initiative.

3) Provided self-awareness and empowerment programs for over 100 young women from Washington Metro Area high schools.

4) Enriched the D.C. community through several cultural events and celebrations.

5) Administered the youth filmmaking program “A Nu View” for two consecutive summers, teaching 22 local high school students the principles of conflict resolution through the production of a documentary film.

6) Facilitated health and wellness retreats for adult professionals.

Why You Want To Work Here:

This position will allow you to have access to 10 years of institutional history and help innovate and drive a budding non-profit organization. You will have the support of a passionate and determined Board of Directors, and receive tremendous experience in organizational development, strategic planning, networking, program design, and intern recruitment/ management.

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and work with staff, interns and fellows to devise, develop and execute programs outlined in OCU’s strategic plan; and will manage and facilitate the organization’s growth and expansion through networking and fundraising activities.


1. Strategy and Planning

a. Supports the operations and administration of the Board of Directors and provides the necessary information and advice to the Board members in order to develop long-term and short-term strategic plans.

b. Works with OCU’s staff to develop annual operations plans and the budget and provides information and justifications to the Board of Directors for the budgetary review and approval process. He/she ensures that the organization operates within the annual budget guidelines.

2. Organizational Management

a. Oversees all aspects of human resource management, including hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, setting compensation, supervising and evaluating staff, interns and fellows.

3. Fund Development

a. Works closely with the Treasurer and Financial Manager and is constantly informed on all of OCU’s financial activities, including bookkeeping and annual reporting.

b. Identifies potential sources of funding and oversees fundraising planning and implementation, ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.

c. Assists Associate Director in writing, editing, revising, and submitting grant proposals.

4. Program Development and Implementation

a. Works with staff to design, promote and deliver OCU’s services. He/she redesigns current programs in response to effectiveness and changes in the needs of OCU’s constituents.

5. Public Relations and Advocacy

a. Represents the organization and acts as a spokesperson, responding to requests for information about OCU, its programs and points of view from media, agencies, organizations and the public.

b. Coordinates relations with other organizations, and builds partnerships with other organizations and businesses in the relevant fields.


1. Bachelor’s Degree required. MA or MBA degree preferred.

2. 5 + years of direct experience in non-profit management, development, human resources, and fundraising.

3. Passionate about education, healthy lifestyles, the environment arts and social change.

4. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; outstanding interpersonal skills

5. Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

6. Proven experience in team leadership and development.

7. Budget planning and management experience is required.

8. Highly collaborative individual with ability to influence others and build strong professional relationships.

9. Ability to effectively engage various stakeholders, ranging from CEOs to local mentoring program administrators

10. Experience with corporate philanthropy, workplace giving or non-profit communities preferred.

11. Experience in program design and implementation.

12. Living in Washington, DC and or willingness to relocate to Washington, DC.


This position begins as a part-time position (20 hours a week) with a modest living stipend. We are looking to the executive director to introduce his/her networks and relationships to help raise a respectable salary for him/her by mid-2012. The first 6 – 8 months will be investment of time and energy on the new executive director’s part, simultaneously providing him/her with the experience and the ability to manage a non-profit organization that has a strong stake in the Washington, D.C. community.

More information about One Common Unity, its projects and programs can be found at


Applicants should send a resume or CV, 2-4 references, and a cover letter to HawaH, executive director, at hawah (a)

Application deadline is July 30, 2011


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