Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation team and volunteers

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Job Title
Executive Director
Gig Harbor, Washington  

Summary of responsibilities and essential job functions

The Executive Director (ED) of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is responsible to board of directors and Founding Director for overall strategic and operational execution of mission, business plan, budget and growth. It is his/her responsibility to authentically lead and manage the PTSD Foundation senior staff, oversee core programs and coordinate projected expansion and continued development. In performing this role, the ED is responsible to ensure compliance with board directives, applicable grantors, federal and state requirements and regulations, Oversight of the Warrior PATHH program and GSF/Avalon Fund. This position reports to the Board President and Founding Director.

Leadership and Management

  • Ensure organization excellence through rigorous program management, evaluation in the following areas but not limited to; administration, fundraising, communications, finance, marketing and development
  • Recommendations and implementation of resources and timelines to achieve strategic goals
  • Lead, coach, develop and retain management team; this includes performance management, reward and recognition, recruiting and retention
  • Develop, maintain and support a healthy and strong board of directors; encourage board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations as well as future growth and success

Communication and Fundraising

  • Foster community involvement and relationships to increase awareness and healthy growth of organization
  • Grant management, review and oversight

Strategic planning and financial accountability

  • Manage strategic business plan and work in conjunction with the executive committee to insure governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the organization  
  • Responsible for budget management, budget implementation and oversight
  • Oversee compliance to all federal and state financial reporting, reconciliation and payments, accounting and bookkeeping contractor management  

Qualities and capabilities required

  • A subject matter expert in nonprofit management
  • Willingness to identify and solve problems.  
  • Skilled at performance management, conflict management, recruiting and retention. This leader is a mentor who willingly teaches and guides those under his/her supervision
  • Leads and empowers team by example
  • Decisive leader with ability to make informed decisions quickly with the supervision and oversight of the board of directors
  • Team builder and team player – this leader works well with the other members of leadership team
  • Good communicator in both written and oral forms. Must possess the ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong time management, calendar/schedule coordination and project oversight are essential
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and maintain integrity, positive attitude and passion.
  • Action-orientated, adaptable and innovative with approach to executing business plan, goal setting and growth

Minimum requirements

Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent leadership experience required. The ideal candidate would have 5+ years experience leading a nonprofit organization, preferably working with veteran or first responder issues. The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Office.  

Physical demands

This role involves frequent lifting and mobility on site and at foundation events (ie. Monthly Huddles, Workshops and Warrior PATHH program).   


The Executive Director must be able to travel to attend conferences, training and other events as required to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

** We are no longer accepting applications **


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