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Executive Director of Weld Seattle

Weld Seattle is a nonprofit organization that simply believes all people should be given the opportunity to belong and thrive. Weld provides transitional housing and support for community members returning home from prison, and those in substance abuse recovery. We aim to reduce recidivism and relapse by creating and engaging in authentic communities of healing and accountability.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Weld’s staff, programs, fundraising, expansion, and execution of its mission. This fulltime salaried position is based in Seattle, Washington.

Key Duties & Responsibilities 

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure organizational programming maintains a high level of quality, as directed by the Board; including oversight of finance, administration, fund development and systems.
  •  Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Actively engage and communicate with Weld members, strategic partner agencies, volunteers, board members, and funders.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Weld’s staff and volunteers.
  • Provide leadership by example to Weld members.
  • Implement effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program quality and performance, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and key stakeholders.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Create a culture of gratitude with Weld’s donor community and members.
  • Identify and expand all internal revenue and external fundraising opportunities to support existing program operations and regional expansion, with the goal of base operations being self-supporting within 18 months.
  • Strengthen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a trusted brand identity and public reputation.
  • Utilize networks and public events to garner new opportunities.

Planning & Growth:

  • Design the regional expansion model and timeline, in particular for Snohomish and Pierce Counties.
  • Build partnerships in both existing and new program areas, establishing relationships with all potential donor sources, NPO’s, real estate community partners, and all other political and community leaders in each focus area.
  • Be an external presence that communicates program results with an emphasis on the success of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.


  • Proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
  • 7 years relevant work experience in non-profit sector, preferably with reentry or recovery work, and in senior management roles.
  • Ability to set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to take and pass a pre-employment drug test.

  • Reliable transportation.

  • University degree preferred (extensive experience in relevant field can be a substitute.

Personal Characteristics

  • You are thoroughly committed to Weld’s mission and to the transformation of lives through community and supportive services.

  • You are honest, transparent and show integrity in your words and actions.

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and take innovative approaches towards programs and problem solving.

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

  • You are self-directed and focused on the big picture while also able to get the necessary tasks done to move the organization forward.

  • You approach your life and work with passion, idealism, and positivity.