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NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation Seeks Executive Director

22 Dec 2022 5:43 PM | Melissa Ziobro

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation

Seeks An Executive Director

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation ( is a private, non-profit organization committed to sharing the experiences of the Vietnam War Era and its enduring legacy with future generations.

Our Memorial recognizes the valor of New Jersey’s veterans and the sacrifices of their families and communities. Our Museum encourages learning by exploring the whole of the Vietnam War Era through inclusive and objective exhibitions and programming.

Our vision is to grow into a world-class Center of Excellence regarding the Vietnam War Era. Our values include relevance, inclusivity, transparency, and professionalism.


The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the board of trustees. This person is responsible for the overall administration of the Foundation and plays a key role in development and fundraising, programming, education, and outreach. A Strategic Plan has been developed to serve as the guideline for the Foundation’s immediate future endeavors. Priorities include:

  • Development and Fundraising
  • Oversee the fundraising plan to ensure the fiscal strength of the Foundation to support ongoing operations and the strategic plan. Strengthen relationships with current donors and maximize existing fundraising events. Cultivate new donors to broaden the Foundation’s donor base across the country. Close leads brought to the Foundation by the board and other stakeholders. Nurture key state contacts to assure annual state funding occurs.
  • Outreach
  • Advance the Foundation’s public profile through deepened relationships with national, state, and local officials, the business community, national peer organizations, and the public at large. Prioritize and develop collaborative partnerships with national and local community leaders, historians, educators, and others who can advance the work of the Foundation. Seek out and engage in public relations opportunities, especially those that help increase exposure of the Foundation on the national level in order to implement the strategic plan. Attend and present at relevant conferences and industry meetings.
  • Leadership
  • Lead, manage, and inspire staff and volunteers. Facilitate problem-solving, ideation, and out-of-the-box thinking, drawing on talents across the Foundation. Assess staffing needs and organizational functions to optimize the mission and all operations. Create a professional work environment by adherence to sound human resource practices, utilization of best business practices, professional development, and a collaborative work ethic. Define roles/responsibilities and provide coaching and constructive feedback. Guide and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Coordinate and assure good stewardship of the Foundation’s resources. Oversee ceremonies and major events at the Memorial/Museum to include identifying speakers/honorees and managing logistics.
  • National Center of Excellence Initiative
  • Working with staff, reimagine and revitalize the Museum’s educational and curatorial efforts in order to become the nationally recognized Center of Excellence regarding the Vietnam War Era. Encourage and support the development of new relationships and partnerships on the national level. Seek national figures to honor/speak at the Foundation’s events throughout the year.
  • Board Engagement
  • Collaborate and partner with the board chair and executive committee on matters involving the Foundation’s mission. Provide the board with quality and timely information necessary to implement the goals as established by the board with emphasis on accountability and transparency. Help identify and attract board candidates.
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Create an annual budget in partnership with the Foundation’s treasurer, the finance committee, and staff. Oversee financial and accounting functions. Manage and report on accounts, tax filings, and other financial details. Ensure that the technology used by the Foundation is appropriate and secure for the mission.


1.       Previous experience as an Executive or Managing Director with proven fundraising skills, including major gifts, foundation and government grants, and corporate sponsorships.
2.       Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
3.       Confident, congenial, socially comfortable personality required to build relationships with a variety of constituents, including key donors, government officials and volunteers.
4.       Experience collaborating with, and motivating and engaging, a volunteer board of trustees.
5.       Ability to effectively motivate and manage a staff, both internal and outsourced, plus volunteers.
6.       Creative approach to programming and problem solving.
7.       Ability to simultaneously manage competing priorities.
8.       Commitment to support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
9.       Computer literate, to include QuickBooks, Donor Perfect, grant systems, financial spreadsheets and website development.

Work Environment and Location

The Foundation’s Memorial, Museum, and offices are in Holmdel, NJ, at Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway. The Executive Director is expected to work regularly in the office with staff when not offsite engaging with donors, partners, etc. Light travel is required as well as occasional evenings and weekends for exhibits and events.

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary Range

$115,000 - $150,00, commensurate with experience. Salary and benefits to be discussed during the interview.

Submit cover letter and CV via email to by December 30th, 2022.

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