Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director Reports to: Board Chairman Full Time/Part Time: Full Time FLSA Status: Exempt Location: Arlington, Virginia The...
US Naval Sea Cadet Corps
January 5, 2021
2300 Wilson Blvd Ste 200, Arlington
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Chris Collins


Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board Chairman
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Arlington, Virginia

The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is conducting a search for a dynamic National Executive Director to lead a nationally recognized youth leadership development program into the future.  The USNSCC is a congressionally chartered program with a mission to “Build Leaders of Character” while instilling in them sea cadet core values of honor, respect, commitment, and service.  It is a maritime based program that teaches young men and women from diverse backgrounds, ages 10-17, about our Nation’s sea-going services, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork.

Summary: The National Executive Director is the key management leader of the USNSCC, a 501(c)(3) organization, and is responsible for leading the daily operations, programs, and administration of the national headquarters staff and the five hundred Sea Cadet units located across the nation with thousands of cadets and adult volunteers.  Other key duties include, but are not limited to, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.  The position reports directly to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

General Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the board of directors and committees, informing, assessing, and addressing issues that affect or impact the organization, with a focus on the strategic pillars of membership, financial stability, training, and development.
  • Oversee the daily administration and operations of the national headquarters staff and units in the field, providing executive direction for all programs, operations, and training activities.
  • Oversee the development and execution of a disciplined training program for cadets and adult volunteers.
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of the USNSCC to include submission to the board a proposed annual budget and periodic (monthly or quarterly) financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Oversee the growth of the organization through the establishment of effective recruiting and retention programs, and the pursuit of opportunities to expand the organization into areas not currently served.
  • Identify and implement staffing requirements for efficient operations, maintaining a strong workforce culture and work climate that attracts and retains staff, and drives the organization’s mission
  • Represent the organization and increase awareness by being the spokesperson and primary liaison with the U.S. Navy and other maritime services, the Navy League of the United States, financial sponsors and supporters, the media, and the public.
  • Oversee the creation, implementation, and execution of a comprehensive development plan that encompasses general fundraising, major gifts from corporate and individual donors, and planned giving programs.
  • Responsible for the professional development of the National Headquarters staff, providing mentoring, career guidance, and training opportunities to staff employees to ensure the organization continues to grow to meet increasing mission needs.
  • Ensure the USNSCC is a diverse and inclusive organization that provides equitable opportunities for everyone.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree or a certificate in non-profit management is desired.
  • Connection with the Sea Services is desired.
  • Transparent philosophy and high integrity leadership.
  • At least five years’ experience leading complex military, non-profit, or corporate organizations; non-profit experience a plus.
  • Experience in leading a senior staff of professionals.
  • Solid budget and financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, reporting, fiscally prudent decision-making, and execution.
  • Strong organizational abilities including resource management, planning, delegating, program development, marketing and communication skills, and efficient task facilitation.
  • Ability to lead in a volunteer run organization, reporting to the Chairman of the Board.
  • Knowledge of development and fundraising strategies.
  • Skills and ability to collaborate with and motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Strong written, computer, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups up to and including senior military leadership, congressional members and staffs, and corporate executives.
  • Strong public speaking ability.


  • Quality benefits package includes incentivized salary commensurate with experience, full medical and dental insurance, personal time off, and paid on-site parking.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Tom O'Malley at tomalley@seacadets.org.

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