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HopeKids Middle Tennessee

Executive Director

HopeKids Middle Tennessee


Job Summary

The Executive Director will be responsible for growing and sustaining the Middle Tennessee chapter, will be responsible for all day-to-day fundraising operations, and will supervise the work of a Program Manager to help provide an ongoing calendar of events for HopeKids families.  Areas of responsibility include planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the Middle Tennessee chapter development, programming, and public awareness initiatives. The Executive Director should exhibit an outgoing, polite, and friendly personality while being able to cope with the emotional strain related to working with children who face life-threatening medical conditions. This position will report to the National Director of Operations.

Job Responsibilities

Fundraising Responsibilities:

Prior non-profit fundraising (or sales) experience is required.  The Executive Director will be responsible for the fundraising efforts required to grow and sustain the Middle Tennessee chapter:

  • Planning and coordination of fundraising events (i.e. Golf Tournament, Gala, Walk/Run)
  • Identification and preparation of grant proposals
  • Development of new funding opportunities
  • Cultivation of donations and the stewardship of those relationships
  • Cultivation of in-kind donations to support the HopeDay and HopeCommunity Programs
  • Establish relationships with donors or prospects leading to solicitation and receipt of gifts
  • Manage and steward a portfolio of individual, corporation, and foundation donors and prospects
  • Assist with other tasks as required and assigned by the National Director of Operations

Program Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overseeing the implementation of HopeKids’ ongoing calendar of events – our HopeDay and HopeCommunity Programs.
  • Supervise the work of a Program Manager
  • Attend HopeDay and HopeCommunity events
  • Establish relationships/friendships with HopeKids families
  • Maintain relationships with program event partners, donors, and volunteers
  • Maintain and update all recordkeeping and operational documents
  • Assist with other tasks as required and assigned by the National Director of Operations

Other Responsibilities:

  • Along with assistance from the national communications/stewardship team will oversee all Middle Tennessee chapter public awareness initiatives including marketing, all internal and external communications, and public awareness materials needed to enhance the brand and visibility
  • Prepare an annual strategic plan in collaboration with the National Director of Operations
  • Make recommendations to the National Director of Operations regarding the employment, performance evaluation, termination, and training of staff
  • Ensure professional competence and performance of staff
  • Conduct annual staff performance reviews
  • Manage a local State Board
  • Execute contracts in conjunction with the National Director of Operations
  • Ensure organization policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Prepare annual budgets in collaboration with the National Director of Operations
  • Ensure that the Middle Tennessee chapter operates within budget
  • Review monthly financials
  • Raise funds to ensure the Middle Tennessee chapter can meet budget and fulfill its mission



  • A strong passion for the work and mission of HopeKids
  • Agree to serve within our Vision, Mission & Guiding Principles
  • Act in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of non-profit leadership experience (Executive Director, Director of Development, etc.) or similar for-profit experience (Leadership, sales, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with community leaders, corporate and individual donors, and volunteers.
  • Must reside in the Nashville metropolitan area
  • Must be able to work from home and have a designated office space
  • Flexible work hours requiring nights and weekends
  • Must pass a comprehensive background check
  • Must have a reliable and insured vehicle to be used to transport event materials and supplies
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Required to transport materials weighing up to 30 pounds from a vehicle to a building as well as preparing facilities for events, with or without assistance
  • Travel interstate in mid-July for the annual all-staff retreat

 Other Competencies:

  • Maintain strong communication with the National Director of Operations, national communications/stewardship team, and other national and chapter staff
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and financial management skills
  • Ability to delegate to and oversee a Program Manager
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong technology skills; must be proficient with Laptop (MAC), iPhone, Email, Internet, Microsoft Office, and Google Drive. Ability to easily learn new software products.
  • Ability to learn and maintain a working knowledge of HopeKids’ Event Management System and Boomerang (CRM)


  • Self-starter and self-motivated
  • Positive and outgoing
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills necessary to work closely with board members, donors, staff, families, and volunteers
  • Enjoy being around and interacting with kids

Additional Information


Flexible work hours, work-from-home, family health care covered 100% (medical, dental, optical), 401(k) with 4% match, cell phone with unlimited data, mileage, and internet reimbursement, PTO starting at 15 days (plus 8 public holidays).

How to Apply

Contact:  Please attach a cover letter and resume and send to – resumes@hopekids.org 


  • Date Posted: February 6, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk