New Orleans, Louisiana
Bastion Community of Resilience is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by a passionate military veteran who wanted to create a safe, high-performing environment to heal and grow with his comrades returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, there are 58 military-connected families who call Bastion home and live in its intentionally designed community located in the historic Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Bastion has a current operating budget of just over $1 million with 6 full-time and 3 part-time employees, and over forty volunteers. In addition to its residential operation, Bastion operates multiple programs including an adult day program for warriors with traumatic brain injuries and is on the cusp of breaking ground on a commercial wellness facility on its 5.5-acre campus. The new facility will allow military-connected families, civilians, and service providers to engage therapeutically together in a holistic ecosystem of support and community-based care.
The Executive Director of Bastion has a wide range of mission-focused responsibilities to ensure the effectiveness of the supportive living environment. The mission allows for the long-term recovery and reintegration of veterans and their families living with life-altering injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, as well as other physical and invisible wounds. The executive director provides strategic direction for the organization, serves as the chief fundraiser and ambassador for the program, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, working closely with the board of directors and staff to ensure accomplishment of mission goals. The executive director oversees 4 direct reports. The new executive director will work closely with the organization’s founder in the transition phase from current to next-phase executive leadership. This is a hands-on, onsite position and candidates will be expected to live in Greater New Orleans.
The Bastion executive director responsibilities include:
- Developing both vision and strategy for the current and future development of the organization
- Fundraising and development
- Financial management of the organization
- Supervision and evaluation of personnel
- Board member engagement
- Oversight of resident and client engagement
- Oversight of quality service improvement
- Leadership in addressing public policy issues affecting veterans and their families
- Engagement of elected and government officials on the city, parish, state, and national levels
- External communication with both print and electronic media regarding issues affecting military-connected families
- Oversight of current program growth and development and the program implementation for the new wellness center
Professional Qualifications and Personal Characteristics or Attributes
- Advanced degree is preferred in public health, social work, nursing, business, or another related field.
- Active fundraising experience and understanding of nonprofit fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
- Extensive experience in organizational leadership, operational management and program development and evaluation.
- Experience working with and relating to veterans and their families.
- Ability to effectively listen to and collaborate with board, staff, and other essential stakeholders.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including listening to and communicating with diverse groups.
- Ability to provide visionary leadership and strategic, organizational planning.
- Strong budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, and decision making.
- Ability to deal with and address conflict and adversity.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, suicide, and military sexual trauma.
- Ability to establish collaborative partnerships with affiliated organizations.
- Strong advocacy skills with ability to work with diverse groups on behalf of the needs of veterans and their families.
- A military veteran or spouse of a military veteran preferred.
Compensation and Benefits
$105,00 to $125,000 range commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Benefits include medical, dental and vision health insurance options, 20 days PTO annually, 12 mental health days annually, and professional development opportunities.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Bastion Community of Resilience provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. It is Bastion’s policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.
The search for the Executive Director of Bastion Community Resilience is being conducted by The Moran Company. To apply for this position, submit cover letter and resume to Michael Brose, The Moran Company, through our secure online portal. APPLY NOW