Organization: Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE)

Location: Alexandria, VA

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Founded in 2002, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) works to educate high school and college students on the responsible use of credit and other fundamentals of financial literacy, as well as the potential consequences of poor money management and credit card abuse. Currently housed as a program at the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), CARE is now looking to hire a dynamic, mission-driven Executive Director to launch the program as an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization.

The Executive Director will lead, manage, and oversee all aspects of the organization. The position offers a unique opportunity to take this successful, innovative program to another level of growth. Ensuring program quality, adapting to the impact of technology on financial literacy, and envisioning new directions for the field are primary opportunities facing the new Executive Director. Working with a Board of Directors and a small staff, the new CARE Executive Director will have the chance to bring his or her vision and entrepreneurial approach to the organization and help it become a national leader in the financial literacy space.

This is a full-time position located in Alexandria, VA. For more information on CARE, please visit and for more information on ABI, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Executive Director of CARE will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for the Mission

The Executive Director will have a demonstrated passion for the mission of CARE and a commitment to remaining focused on the goals of the organization. S/he will believe strongly in the ability of financial literacy programs to positively impact the lives of underserved populations and will articulate that passionately. S/he will have a deep respect for the history of CARE while staying focused on the coalition opportunities that present for the organization.

Strategic Leadership and Management

The Executive Director will be a strategic leader who, with the Board, will set and articulate a vision for the organization’s next chapter. S/he will work with stakeholders to implement and continuously improve on the organization’s strategic approach to future growth and increased impact. S/he will have a demonstrated understanding of how to run a financially sound organization and experience managing both volunteers and staff alike.

Fundraising/External Relations

The Executive Director will have a clear understanding that fundraising is a fundamental aspect of leading the organization and will enthusiastically lead those efforts. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Board, staff and volunteers to strategically work towards CARE’s desired outcomes in this regard and build and maintain relationships on behalf of the organization.

Innovation/Entrepreneurial Mindset

The Executive Director will have a willingness to think creatively about how to achieve goals and an excitement for innovative approaches. S/he will be a thoughtful risk-taker always looking for new opportunities and win/win partnerships. With a focus on outcomes and impact, s/he will be excited about the ability to creatively and strategically envision the future and then move the organization in that direction.

Partnership Development

The Executive Director must work in a collaborative manner, building relationships and promoting CARE throughout the community. S/he will actively and strategically seek partnerships and build coalitions with other partners and leaders on behalf of the strategic vision of the organization. With highly developed interpersonal skills and strong negotiation skills, s/he will bring a variety of strategies and techniques designed to reach mutually beneficial goals over time.


  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of CARE
  • 5+ years of senior leadership experience in a nonprofit or business environment
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrating vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, along with demonstrated experience leading teams to excellent results
  • Entrepreneurial experience in program and product development and getting services and capabilities to market. Knowledge of financial services arena a plus.
  • Highly strategic mindset, including the demonstrated ability to develop and execute plans for growth and reach those goals
  • Demonstrated experience managing volunteers and overseeing event planning
  • Strong organizational and financial management skills and excellent budgeting and business planning skills
  • Familiarity with fundraising and development operations and sales and marketing
  • Experience working with a responsive and engaged Board of Directors and knowledge of Board governance
  • Highly developed relationship-building skills and an ability to positively represent the organization to a variety of stakeholders
  • Strong affinity for technology and experience identifying ways to capitalize on technology to achieve a mission
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, reserves of energy, a good sense of humor and a contagious enthusiasm
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presenting to groups along with an ability to inspire audiences around a common mission
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience required; Master’s preferred

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Credit Abuse Resistance Education has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy at

Credit Abuse Resistance Education is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit