Executive Director, Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center, School of Divinity

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-06
Req: R0002971
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Job Description Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and operational effectiveness of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center and deploying strategies among faith communities to address HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States. In cooperation with other Coordinating Centers, this position will provide oversight, leadership and strategic direction of all programmatic initiatives for the center. This includes the administration of operations to ensure compliance with the established objectives outlined in the grant. This position is responsible for oversight, integration and implementation of components including collaborative learning, grants to community partners, and training. This is a three-year term position funded by a grant from the Gilead COMPASS Initiative®.

Job Description

  • Lead strategies, plans, and execution efforts of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center, facilitating successful completion of key objectives.
  • Manage project-specific operations including overseeing program and

financial reporting and grant allocation.

  • Communicate frequently with the principal investigator to keep them apprised of the project developments and assist them in the administration of awards. This includes providing the PI with regular reports.
  • Assure that established budget guidelines for the Center are maintained through the development, implementation, and monitoring of programs.
  • Maintain and expand partnerships with faith communities in order to address HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States.
  • Use evidenced-based strategies to help partners join the Center’s efforts with collaborative learning, grants, and training.
  • Collaborate with existing Gilead COMPASS Initiative® led Coordinating Centers to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern region of the United States. Each Coordinating Center is leading the provision of trainings and funding related to one of the four primary focus areas of COMPASS.
  • Actively engage and energize program partners, faith communities, and organizations to further the objectives of the Center.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities including mentoring and supporting employees, assigning and directing work, evaluating performance, addressing concerns and resolving problems.
  • Execute assigned job responsibilities in a manner that respects persons living and impacted by HIV/AIDS, the School of Divinity, Gilead Sciences, partners and those involved in the successful operation of the Center. Lead others by maintaining a professional demeanor, approaching others in a tactful manner, reacting well under pressure, treating others with respect, accepting responsibility for one’s own actions, and following through on commitments. Demonstrate adaptability by adapting to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands and exhibiting the ability to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Graduate theological degree plus five year or more years of nonprofit management experience in HIV/AIDS or public health, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrate excellent strategic thinking, have the ability to maintain professional relationships, manage others effectively, and believe deeply in our mission.
  • Financial planning and management experience are required.
  • Must be comfortable in a work environment that supports and seeks change, creativity, innovation, and continuous improvement in methods and processes.
  • Ability to develop, operationalize, and prioritize workload for a team in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Experience working with diverse religious communities.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to communicate accurately the vision, mission, and achievements of the Center.
  • Strong, creative problem-solver with the ability to work on multiple projects while adjusting quickly to shifting priorities.
  • Ability to analyze and consider the implications of proposed actions and decisions on the whole of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
  • Meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and handle pressure situations.
  • Demonstrated success in initiating and building relationships with a diverse set of constituents, including students, faculty, advisory board members, trustees, donors, grantor organizations, community members, and faith leaders.
  • Strong analytical, project management, and organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • High proficiency in MS Office applications, including Excel, Word and other organizational technology needs.
  • Ability to take direction, work independently, and work with others as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in the evenings and on weekends at peak times.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
  • Should be able to meet requirements of the University's automobile insurance.

Additional Job Description

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Familiarity with faith communities, including interfaith partners.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting.
  • Familiarity with Wake Forest University School of Divinity.


  • Reports to the Principal Investigator, Senior Associate Dean.
  • Responsible for own work.
  • Budgetary responsibilities.
  • Supervise a team of 3 staff.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/7/2021
Application Due: 4/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time