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Atlanta Victims Assistance, Inc. (AVA)

Executive Director

Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc. (AVA) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1984 to advocate for, and provide services to, victims of crimes. Our founding Executive Director Brenda Muhammed will retire in April 2022.

The Executive Director has responsibility for strategic planning, finance, grant management and fundraising, public relations, agency evaluations, and board and stakeholder relations.  The Executive Director leads a team of 25 full- and 5 part-time contract employees and manages an operating budget of $1.8 million. Most of our funding is from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and City of Atlanta along with additional foundation and corporate giving.

Key Responsibilities:
In partnership with a mission-focused Board of Directors and staff, the ED will:
1. Design, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to meet strategic goals; ensure ongoing program excellence through continuous improvement.
2. Grow and diversify funding sources from government, foundation and corporate partnerships, and individual donors.
3. Ensure consistent quality of finance and administrative practices to achieve strategic goals.
4. Design and direct the annual program planning and budget processes.
5. Advocate for local, state, and national public policy enhancements.
6. Collaborate with City officials and community partners to increase the scope and effectiveness of AVA’s programs.
7. Develop organizational talent and foster a culture of teamwork, compassion, and accountability.

Preferred Qualifications: The new Executive Director will be a servant leader with strategic thinking skills, business acumen, and a record of relevant results. We are looking for someone to take an innovative approach to program delivery and be able to lead organizational transformation.  We are most interested in candidates with a strong program development background and senior leadership experience.  A background in victim advocacy or services is desired but not necessary; fundraising experience is a plus.  Must have at least 10 years of related experience; Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and be a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident.

AVA has engaged Gray & Associates to manage this search on its behalf. To apply, please send an updated resume and a thoughtfully written cover letter. For confidential inquiries or to suggest a prospect, please contact us via email at and a member of our team will follow up.

We will review and respond to all resumes received. Candidates selected to advance through the process can expect an initial conversation with Gray & Associates, an interview with the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, and for finalists, an interview with Board members and staff.

Salary Range; $90,000 – $135,000

Position Status: Full Time
Position Type: 501 c3
Application Opening Date: 01/13/2022
Application Closing Date: 03/04/2022