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Executive Director


Edina, MN, USA

The Executive Director serves as the leader and provides overall management, planning, execution and leadership for all aspects of the organization. This includes effective programs/services, a diversified revenue and fundraising portfolio, donor stewardship, board/staff development, and finance and budget management.

The Executive Director is responsible for positioning the Association as a leader in diabetes prevention and management in his/her respective community as well as establishing effective partnerships and collaborations with corporations, foundations, community/corporate leaders, government officials, other community organizations/nonprofits and supporters.

AREA REVENUE TARGET: $4 - $8 Million




Establish effective Community Leadership Board (CLB) to achieve organizational goals and objectives

  • Enable and support effective volunteer leadership recruitment, stewardship, and engagement
  • Create a shared vision and sense of ownership and accountability with volunteers and staff
  • Support the development of a high-performing CLB by applying the Association’s Targeted Recruitment Process, an ongoing process of identifying, recruiting and activating an influential, financially strong and diverse volunteer leadership base to champion the success of the Association
  • In partnership with the CLB, establish a business plan to achieve organizational strategic priorities, drive aggressive revenue growth, and execute the mission in the community
  • Maintain effective communication with CLB to inform of progress, opportunities, issues, challenges, and establish gap plans to course-correct and achieve financial targets
  • Provide and guide staff support for all CLB committees to enable committee success

Demonstrate Leadership and Effective Management

  • Model Association leadership competencies to staff. Set high goals for personal and team accomplishments; tenaciously work to meet or exceed goals while seeking continuous improvement
  • Align staff resources to maximize performance
  • Develop annual performance expectations with staff that includes goals, objectives, inputs, and outcomes
  • Communicate effectively and inspire others to high performance; promote accountability; remove barriers; support others to be creative and action-oriented; anticipate needs before they appear
  • Manage staff in a manner that supports a productive, professionally competent work force in an environment respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity
  • Proactively inform and assure understanding of Area activities and outcomes with the Regional Director and others as appropriate
  • Continuously work to assure Area alignment with the Region, Division, and National strategic direction and established policies and procedures
  • Increase Area Revenue

Position the Association as a leader in diabetes prevention and management

  • Develop a thorough understanding of organizational, community and key stakeholder priorities, needs and barriers to identify appropriate partners and form alliances that significantly accelerate the development of strategic partnerships that facilitate the distribution and implementation of Association’s education and programs into the communities being served
  • Position the Association as the key voice on strategic task forces and diabetes coalitions at the state and local level as well as with heads of important civic organizations and faith leaders
  • Identify, engage, and integrate community partners to deliver ADA’s community-based programs as developed by the ADA Scientific Medical Division
  • Create an advocacy strategy and build relationships with state and local government officials
  • Develop effective and ongoing relationships with media



  • Bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years of non-profit management
  • Established success in fundraising and non-profit leadership
  • Proven record of success management and revenue growth
  • Knowledge of product marketing/sales concepts
  • Outcome-driven with ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Ability to manage and motivate groups and individuals
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Strong market, community and constituent perspective
  • Proficient in computer-based information systems
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends

Take Your Career On A Mission

Are you looking for a career that directly impacts your community and beyond?

Over 29 million Americans have diabetes and over 86 million have pre-diabetes. The American Diabetes Association offers a rewarding career working for one of the premier voluntary health organizations in the world supporting people with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes.

Our employees like working at the Association because of our mission, the inclusive environment, work-life balance, our benefits, and our culture. Joining our dedicated team affords the gratification of knowing beyond a doubt that you will impact the lives and well-being of millions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the American Diabetes Association to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


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