Now Hiring an Executive Director

The Human Kindness Foundation (HKF) is seeking a special leader who combines a commitment to bringing kindness to the shunned places of our world — our jails and prisons — with the experience of serving others through nonprofit management. With a staff of just three and an annual budget of under $300,000, HKF has an outsized impact, encouraging tens of thousands of individuals who are incarcerated on their spiritual journeys each year. The Executive Director role now open represents the opportunity for the right person to find personal growth and meaningful career advancement through a collaboration with open-hearted volunteers and partners.

Our Board of Directors strives to represent a wide range of connections to the lived experiences of those incarcerated. We wish the same for our staff and leadership. We welcome applications from individuals who reflect the diverse populations we serve — through race, ethnicity, religious and/or spiritual perspectives, sexual orientation or gender identification — including from those who have served time.

BACKGROUND

The Human Kindness Foundation, founded by Bo and Sita Lozoff, is a nonprofit organization that stresses three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: simple living, service, and personal spiritual practice. For more than 45 years, HKF’s Prison-Ashram Project has shared these principles and practices with hundreds of thousands of people who are incarcerated around the world, with life-changing results. Bo Lozoff’s ground-breaking We’re All Doing Time remains, after 30 years, the most requested book on the spiritual journey among those incarcerated.

Each week, Human Kindness Foundation responds to approximately 300 letters from people in prisons and jails requesting free books, newsletters, and notes to guide them on their challenging spiritual journeys. The foundation provides free interfaith spiritual materials to people who are incarcerated across the country and world. The organization maintains a mailing list of more than 30,000 people and offers more than a dozen publications from a wide variety of spiritual authors and perspectives. Explore humankindness.org for greater insight into the legacy and current goals of HKF.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Executive Director (ED) is a leading voice for the organization to collaborating communities, supporters, funders, those we serve, and media. The ED directs the administrative, financial and programmatic elements of HKF. The Executive Director is chosen by the Board of Directors, who collectively review performance and compensation for the position, at least annually. The Executive Director provides update reports to the board at periodic board meetings and asks for appropriate guidance on strategic areas of mission and operations.

The Executive Director will:

  • Initiate and manage the programs of HKF, in line with board strategic priorities.
  • Collaborate with the Spiritual Director in aligning programs and outreach with our deepest mission calling and ensure consistency with our history and values.
  • Oversee the writing and designing of the HKF newsletter, “A Little Good News,” sent 3 times per year to support the spiritual growth of those on our mailing list.
  • Communicate to the public, funders and volunteer supporters HKF’s mission, accomplishments, and needs.
  • Create and carry out an annual plan for fundraising, emphasizing HKF’s continued appreciation of all individuals who give or volunteer and the ways we efficiently use resources to help others.
  • Build relationships within and find ways to support other groups — such as other spiritual nonprofits, churches, those supporting people who are incarcerated, authors of spiritual books, government agencies, etc. — with whom there could be mutual benefit to our missions.
  • Lead and direct the hiring and management of all staff, in keeping with state/federal laws and personnel policies as established by the board.
  • Ensure the financial viability of HKF through accurate management of expenses, with the assistance of the Treasurer, and the raising of revenues sufficient to cover the annual needs of the programs and staff.
  • Maintain compliance with workplace laws and accounting standards.
  • Oversee administrative operations, including facilities management and upkeep, providing guidance to the operations staff.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure HKF is identifying, embracing and addressing the most important spiritual needs of those who are incarcerated. The ED will support board interactions, including board meetings three times a year.

WORK LOCATION

The Executive Director is a full-time position, working out of our rural Durham, NC office. Since the COVID crisis, staff have found ways to work remotely effectively, so some flexibility as to in-office presence is possible.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is an exempt position with a salary range of $50,000 – $60,000. Benefits include generous vacation and sick leave, medical coverage, and retirement investments.

APPLY NOW

To apply, please complete the form below. Applications will begin being reviewed for interviews August 31, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. Specific questions will be addressed via email ([email protected]gmail.com) as time allows. The Board of Directors of HKF would like to have the new Executive Director in place by the start of 2022.

Our Board of Directors looks forward to reviewing your application.