Ideas Factory is an inspiring hub for social innovations – incubating change and serving the communities we work with by building the capacity in a new generation of social innovators.
We connect and nurture their resources for empathy-driven solutions in places of desperation – depopulated villages, disconnected communities, social challenges in need of urgent innovation. Through our main programs: Rezidencija Baba, Social Innovation Challenge and EMPATHEAST and by partnering within some of the best international social innovation programs in Europe and the Middle East (TANDEM Europe and MitOst), we are spreading a clear message for empathy in a world of disconnectedness and despair.
Who we are looking for
We are searching for dedicated professional to join us on a key leadership position by taking over the management of our main activities that include capacity building for the participants and alumni, innovative event management, networking, ideas generating, mentoring, fundraising and work within communities. We also provide services to other NGOs in the sphere of innovative communication and innovative events concepts and management.
The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Ideas factory according to the strategic direction set by the Board and the Strategic director.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director performs some or all of the following:
Manages, plans and oversees the organization’s internal and external day to day operations, secures good relation and alignment to the strategy set by the Board, pro-actively searches for partnerships, funds and opportunities expanding the organization’s impact and possibilities. Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities. Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization. Represent the organization at international and nation wide events, networks and community activities to enhance the organization’s profile in the social innovation field.
3 or more years of progressive management experience in a non-profit sector organization/s or/and on management position/s; managing NGO projects and teams in delivering high social impact;
University degree in organizational and team management, leadership, project management, advertising and marketing, finances, social entrepreneurship, training and/ or other related fields;
Knowledge, skills and abilities
-Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary -organizations;
-Knowledge of context and current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of -the organization;
-Knowledge of human resources management;
-Knowledge of financial management;
-Knowledge of project management.
*Strategic partnerships development and maintenance
The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:
*Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
*Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
*Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
*Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
*Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
*Focus on Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external groups (communities, alumni, partners, team) to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
*Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
*Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
*Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
*Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
*Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.
*Executive Director usually work in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes require work at alternative workplaces – a mountain village, international conference, local municipalities;
*Executive Director work a standard work week, but additionally will often work evening, weekends, and overtime hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the organization at public events, alumni meetings, mentors pool meetings;
6 months trial contract;
What we offer:
- competitive for Bulgaria NGO standards financial conditions;
- unique for Bulgaria scale of partnerships and projects – working for the positive change in communities around Bulgaria, the Balkans and Europe in dynamic and adventurous conditions where you find satisfaction and alignment with your values on an everyday level;
- moving forward an organization well positioned nationally and internationally in the field of social innovations;
- working in an unique and cosy hub in the heart of Sofia;
- honest, empathic and highly determined team of professionals as your colleagues and partners;
- exciting international work-related travels;
- arrangement of flexibility in working hours is possible.All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
If you are interested please contact ideasfactory.bg