Job Description of President of NPCA–if you don't get this job, you can run for President of the United States!


THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. NPCA supports former Volunteers through their continued service back home and connects and champions Peace Corps community members in “bringing the world home” by:
 Developing networks and information resources for and about the Peace Corps community.
 Providing National Peace Corps Association members and member groups with service and education opportunities that build on their Peace Corps experience and values.
 Advocating for Peace Corps and its values, and for critical issues identified as affecting National Peace Corps Association members.

With a $1million-plus annual budget and a team of seven, NPCA encompasses a network of over 50,000 individuals and more than 140 member groups. Potential active constituents include 200,000+ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served from 1961 to the present and approximately 4,000+ completing service annually and their families, plus former Peace Corps staff and all who value the Peace Corps. NPCA is a separate entity from the Peace Corps, a federal agency. For more information visit the website at:

Position Summary: The President provides leadership and overall direction of the association. He/she is responsible for all aspects of program management, operational and administrative management, fund-raising/resource development and strategic planning.

He/she serves as the primary face for the values and stature of the association internally and externally and is responsible for developing and sustaining relationships locally, nationally and globally. pyramind LLC 2

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President of NPCA is responsible for the leadership, oversight and direction of this $1million-plus organization with a staff of seven: Vice President, Advocacy Director, Director of Development, Director of Communications, Manager of Membership and Operations, Manager of Online Initiatives and Membership and Development Assistant. Additionally there are consultants, interns, volunteers and committees of the Board who support activities of the organization.

Provides transparent oversight and management of the organization’s resources (human material, financial) in accordance with the organization’s mission and values and consistent with Board policy.

Leads and implements the organization’s strategic plan. Identifies key issues and formulates plans that lead to creative and effective outcomes.

Serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Serves as liaison between the Board of Directors and staff.


Secures the financial stability and future growth of NPCA by building and maintaining a dynamic funding base.
Generates revenue through individual, corporate and foundation fund-raising, institutional contracts and income-generating programs. Creates and sustains positive relationships with donors.

Responsible for fiscal policy and management, including stewardship of resources, philanthropic initiatives and transparency. Sets a positive tone at the top for board, staff and auditors regarding fiscal management, transparency and expense reporting.


Fosters a smoothly functioning, efficient organization that advances the organization’s mission and strategic goals, adapts to meet new organizational opportunities and changes in the external environment, integrates solutions, anticipates problems, effectively resolves disruptions, self- evaluates, and continuously monitors the improvement of internal systems.

Creates and sustains an environment in which staff members, consultants and volunteers experience commitment, trust, excellence, respect, collegiality, and enjoyment. Provides clarity, purpose, and opportunities for professional development.

Adopts and adapts technology to effectively serve staff and constituents.

Membership Development, Retention and Growth

Maintains strong positive relations with NPCA members, member groups and affiliate organizations.
Strengthens the community by expanding NPCA membership through planned and focused recruitment efforts of current and recently returned Volunteers and those of the 250,000+ who have served since 1961, their families, plus former Peace Corps staff and all who value the Peace Corps who are not yet involved with NPCA.

Engages members and member groups on major issues and overall NPCA happenings. Establishes, maintains and enhances relationships with NPCA’s members, member groups and affiliate organizations. Develops services that are responsive to the interests of members and member groups.

External Relations

Develops and maintains an effective relationship with Peace Corps leadership.

Expands NPCA’s political and policy effectiveness. The President scans the political and public policy environment; provides direction to NPCA members, affiliates, committees, and the Board of Directors. pyramind LLC 4

Builds alliances and partnerships for impact and growth and cultivates relationships with outside individuals and organizations important to the association.

Represents the organization at a wide range of functions and serves as the spokesperson for the organization.

Strategic Planning

Leads and develops the strategic planning process, guiding the association to the next level of growth, including fostering a strong, sustainable base.

Creates an effective process for long-range strategic planning.

Board Relations

Accountable to the Board of Directors for the efficient and effective leadership and operation of NPCA. The President
provides appropriate and timely information to the Board sufficient to make informed and effective decisions.

Assists the Board Chair in guiding the Board and NPCA; works with Board committees and task forces to advance strategic objectives.


QUALIFICATIONS: A demonstrated leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, the President should be a proven administrator with the ability to motivate, inspire and instill confidence in others. He/she should possess a service orientation combined with business acumen and have finely honed political instincts.

Excellent strategic thinking and management skills; capacity to reconcile competing priorities; ability to manage ambiguity, conflict and uncertainty.

Hands-on executive with enthusiastic and positive attitude and a creative pragmatist.

Has the backbone to make tough decisions along with demonstrated diplomatic skills and a proven ability to get along with all types of personalities and leadership styles.

Compelling speaker with outstanding negotiating skills. pyramind LLC 5

Person of unquestionable integrity, honor and candor.

Thought leader with a track record of integrating cutting edge programs and ideas.

Visionary who can create excitement and energy around NPCA’s mission and encourage others to support the organization.
A senior leader who is comfortable working with a broad range of individuals and personalities across many sectors locally, nationally and internationally.

Experienced and comfortable with high public visibility; background in developing partnerships and alliances.

Proactive, open and a good listener, shares information readily, listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others.


QUALIFICATIONS: Ideal candidate should have a minimum of ten years leading a dynamic, complex organization with one or more of the following attributes:

— non-profit

— membership-based

— international focus

Must be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer with a commitment to the Peace Corps’ three goals and Peace Corps values.

Leader in his/or her field who commands the respect of peers.

Effective communicator; highly skilled in strategic and operational writing and public speaking.
Demonstrated success in developing and executing revenue generating programs, e.g. sponsorships, cause marketing, social enterprise endeavors, and individual, corporate and foundation support. pyramind LLC 6

Demonstrated management skills; specifically, a track record of success as a thoughtful, effective, team-oriented leader and manager of people with a demonstrated ability to develop and motivate staff.

Record of building strong relationships with external partners.

EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced degree is highly desirable.

COMPENSATION: Base salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package. Performance based bonus offered.


S. Hope Johnson (RPCV Malaysia)
President and CEO
Pyramind LLC
1069 West Broad Street
No. 781
Falls Church, Virginia 20046

The National Peace Corps Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPCA encourages applications from qualified persons of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability. pyramind LLC 7 pyramind LLC 8


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  • I wonder what “performance based bonus” means. I wonder if anybody in that job has ever received one.

  • I hope the new President solves the riddle; With over 200,000 RPCV’s why is membership always declining (2012 Est. 6,000?)
    Is it a RPCV DNA problem or the NPCA’s mission? Regardless, let’s sort it out..

    Dennis Grubb
    Colombia (1961-1963)

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