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Are you a visionary leader with a passion for making a difference? SECTION27 is seeking an Executive Director to provide strategic leadership and direction for our organization.


Job Specification:

  • Providing broad vision and leadership for the organisation, working closely with the Board and members of the Executive Committee.
  • Planning, oversight, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the organisation’s programmes.
  • Establishing new and strengthening existing relationships with donors.
  • uilding partnerships with relevant stakeholders (including organisations, media, corporates, government, and donors) to ensure its effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Cultivating the capacity of the board to partner on fundraising.
  • Overseeing and monitoring staff performance and retaining a diverse and highly qualified staff complement.
  • Facilitating cross-team collaboration and strengthening internal communication mechanisms and practices.
  • Increasing SECTION27’s credibility, reputation and visibility through networking events, participation in sectoral forums, media and thought leadership.
  • Leading strategic planning processes.

Key Criteria:

  • Have an understanding of and a commitment to the organisation’s strategic objectives, vision, mission, values, and the ability to be a credible and effective exponent of these values.
  • Strong commitment and demonstrated adherence to the values of social justice and activism.
  • Prior executive or senior leadership experience in fundraising and donor engagements.
  • Proven success building strong and effective teams and creating cultures defined by transparency, accountability, trust and respect.
  • An ability to inspire and lead the executive committee and staff to meet the high- performance levels required to achieve the objectives and overall operational and strategic plans of the organisation.
  • Possess an ability to initiate and manage transformation and change effectively.
  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit board and a demonstrable understanding of board development, governance and decision-making.
  • Experience in both local and international fundraising
  • Knowledge of financials and an understanding of the donor reporting requirements
  • Exceptional communications skills including the ability to effectively engage, mentor and motivate individuals and teams.


Candidates should be suitably qualified for the position, with a Master’s degree  relevant  to the job and previous experience in a related field. Candidates should preferably have at least 10 years senior management experience, experience working with a Board of Directors, and a proven record of effective leadership and performance in a similar role. 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • A track record demonstrating knowledge and experience of legal and constitutional advocacy, law and social justice.
  • Proven skills in public relations, communication, networking, fundraising and resource management.
  • Proven executive-level management/ administrative skills
  • Strategic thinking & people management skills.

Personal Attributes:

  • Proactive, energetic, and innovative working style, with the ability to be flexible.
  • Demonstrable unquestionable integrity, standing, idealism, passion, self-motivation and with a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to travel locally and internationally


This position is based at our offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Interested candidates should submit a detailed CV, accompanied by a motivation letter, highlighting your suitability to the role, as well as contact details of three work-related referees to MaraisButton & Associates. Closing date is 7 April 2023.

Email:  [email protected]

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