Executive Director Vacancy

Registered in 2016, Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is a $150,000 per year US and Cambodian registered nonprofit organization based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. JWOC’s mission is
to empower low-income Cambodians to lead their communities by providing educational and personal development opportunities, inspiring a mindset of co-responsibility and social service.

While our core program is providing scholarships for students to attend university, JWOC’s approach is unique in that, in addition to a focus on their academics and a rich program for their personal and professional development, our students also serve as volunteer facilitators for our programs that provide free education (English, computers, kindergarten) and other services, strengthening their skills via experience and making a direct contribution to the local community.

JWOC seeks a proactive leader with a passion for development and youth, as well as experience
in nonprofit leadership and adaptability to living in a developing country, to serve as our new
Executive Director with a 2-year minimum commitment.

Start date: 1 st October, 2018
Salary and benefits: Competitive local salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance
is provided.

Main responsibilities
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for leading the JWOC
team in Cambodia, and ensuring the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and
financial objectives. Primary responsibilities will include:

Strategic Direction

  • Working closely with the Board, ensure that the organization has a long-range strategic
    plan in place to achieve JWOC’s mission.
  • Develop programs, organizational and financial plans consistent with the strategy.
  • Work closely with the team in Cambodia to implement and evaluate performance to the
    plan, recommending adjustments as circumstances and new developments indicate.
  • Ensure that projects are run sustainably, including engaging the community to ensure
    participant commitment and ensuring funding is in place prior to commencing projects.
    Staff Management.
  • Ensure that an effective management team with appropriate provision for succession is
    in place, taking the lead for recruitment, employment, performance management and
    release of direct staff.
  • Incorporate local and international volunteers into JWOC’s activities such that they can
    meaningfully contribute to our mission.
  • Maintain and evolve the organizational structure in line with the needs of JWOC’s programs and strategic direction; ensuring that clear roles and responsibilities are defined for and communicated to all staff.
  • Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse, high-quality staff.
  • Encourage and support local staff in growing their capacity to run projects, manage teams and develop personally as a valuable human resource for Cambodia, both organically through running projects and through specific capacity-building opportunities.
  • Support staff’s supervision of JWOC’s university scholarship students to ensure students are enriched by their service hours and maximize opportunities offered to them during their scholarship for enhanced educational, work and life experience.

Financial and Administrative Management

  • Ensure all JWOC financial accounts are maintained accurately and that consolidated
    reports are provided to the Board for quarterly review.
  • Prepare and present annual budget for Board ratification, with formal quarterly
  • Ensure all information systems, records, documents, contracts and policies are
    meticulously maintained and are in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Ensure that property and buildings are in good order and a clean, safe environment is
    maintained at all times for JWOC’s staff, volunteers and beneficiaries

Fundraising and Communications

  • Develop annual fundraising and communications strategy with targets for Board
    approval, cultivating a diversified set of funding sources.
  • Supervise the Fundraising and Communications Manager to ensure that sufficient funds
    are raised to meet the needs of each project and JWOC’s administration costs.
  • Maintain personalized contact with large donors to keep them connected to what is
    happening at JWOC


  • A minimum of three years working in the development sector, with at least 2 years of
    leadership experience;

    • Experience working in a developing country, with experience working in Southeast Asia
      Related university degree, Master’s Degree preferred;
    • Proven track record of fundraising success;
    • Previous experience with basic financial management, QuickBooks experience a plus;
    • Fluent in English;
    • Concern for detail and accuracy, with a professional and efficient approach;
    • Strong interpersonal and team building experience in a multicultural setting.

Terms and conditions:
JWOC provides a local experience for international staff, and pays a salary consistent with local
living costs. The incumbent is responsible for all costs associated with traveling to Siem Reap.
The selected candidate will undergo police background and reference checks before being
offered a contract. The contract period is 2 years with an option to extend for a longer term.

The Executive Director will work 5 days per week, with Wednesday and one day of their
choosing being the days off each week.

How to apply
If you meet the above criteria and are inspired to join us, please send your CV and cover letter
including contact information for three referees to Kneath Heard at info@jwoc.info with
“Executive Director” in the subject line. All application documents must be in English and only
short-listed candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

JWOC develops projects in Southeast Asia that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities, and empower recipients and supporters, inspiring ongoing social change.

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