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Chief Executive Officer

Camaraderie Foundation

Job Description

Founded in 2009, the Camaraderie Foundation’s mission is to provide healing for the invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional, and spiritual support for all branches of Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families. We do this by providing financial scholarships for Service Members and their families to participate in private counseling support, educational programming, family engagement activities, mentor leadership program, and resource services.

For more information about the Camaraderie Foundation, please visit www.camaraderiefoundation.org.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible through the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors for the success of the Foundation in accomplishing its mission. The CEO manages and leads the professional and volunteer team to ensure the efficient application of resources, excellent company culture, and successful branding and fundraising.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Board Governance

  • Responsible for leading the Camaraderie Foundation in a manner that supports the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for providing prompt, thorough, and accurate information to keep the Board appropriately informed, advising the Board on any changes or anticipated changes related to the organization's strategic plan or goals. The CEO may also assist in the selection and evaluation of new and existing Board members.
  • Coordinates with the Board on business policy. Informs the Board of business plan objectives along with the development of organizational procedures and standards for attaining those objectives.
  • Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions, and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees, and individual Board members.

Strategy and Vision

  • The CEO formulates the organization’s strategy and direction based on the organization’s mission, carries out any recommendations or suggestions made by the Board, and solicits advice and guidance, when appropriate, from the Board.
  • Responsible for the communication,implementation, and role modeling of the organization’s vision, mission, values, and overall direction. Leads the development and implementation of the organization's overall strategy, and is responsible for ensuring that the strategic message is consistent and effectively communicated so all employees can work efficiently toward the same goal.
  • Maintains awareness of both the external and internal landscape, and embraces opportunities for growth, expansion, new programs and services, and industry developments.

Financial Performance and Sustainability

  • Oversees the growth, profitability, and ongoing sustainability of the organization. Develops and monitors strategies for ensuring the long-term financial viability of the organization. Ensures the generation of revenue through proper planning, development, and implementation of strategies.
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support the Camaraderie Foundation’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization, including submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Identifies opportunities and mitigates potential risks within the organization and its environment to protect the organization’s interests.

Leadership and Culture

  • Responsible for hiring, firing, leading, guiding, directing, retaining, and evaluating the work of the Team (employees and volunteers). Increasing their effectiveness by training, coaching, counseling, and, if necessary, disciplining. Responsible for communicating values, strategies, and objectives. Planning, monitoring, and appraising job performance results, and developing a culture of collaboration, valuing diversity, transparency, trust, and camaraderie.
  • Ensures goal alignment across the organization and with the Board. Provides transparency within and across the organization regarding goals and progress against goals; coaches team members where behavior or outcomes are not in alignment.
  • Builds the organization’s image by collaborating with employees, volunteers, community groups, funders, government officials, and other stakeholders and organizations; enforces ethical business practices.
  • Ensures the continued enhancement of the organization's responsive, service-driven, community-focused culture.


  • Builds and leads an effective team that’s dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission through highly successful programs, community engagement, and fundraising.
  • Develops and successfully implements a braided funding model including engagement strategies for fundraising and community relationships.
  • Meets aggressive annual fundraising goals, in partnership with the Board, by securing financial support from grants, foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government funding sources.
  • Works with the Team and the Board on annual fundraising benefits and additional events. Expands local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and ensures long-term financial sustainability.
  • Oversees all external communications, including website, marketing collateral, newsletters, and social media. Deepens and refines all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations to create a stronger brand.
  • Serves as the face of the organization and participates in external events to increase visibility, credibility, and market brand. Develops strategic partnerships to further increase community awareness and expand programs.
  • Builds partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site.
  • Be an external local, state, and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional, state, and national replication.

Operations & Administration

  • Ensures ongoing programmatic excellence. Collects and analyzes evaluation information that measures the success of the organization’s program efforts; and refines or changes programs in response to that information.
  • Ensures adherence to all legal and regulatory compliance and best practices associated with counseling, case management, and HIPPA requirements.
  • Oversees the Team in developing annual budgets that support the operating plans. Prudently manages the organization’s resources within budget guidelines.
  • Analyzes the risks and potential returns before making decisions on any major purchase or investment, advising, and obtaining guidance from the Board as needed.
  • Stays abreast of current trends related to the organization’s services; anticipates future trends and their potential impact. As needed, makes necessary adjustments to strategy and/or personnel, while holding the Team accountable, to ensure the organization’s success.

Community Relationships

  • Maintains a positive, public image for the organization. This position is a symbol of the entire orginization. This position makes public appearances that promote a consistent public image that is in keeping with the organization's broader strategies. This position may also be called upon to represent the organization in legal proceedings.
  • Acts as spokesperson and represents the organization at industry conferences, governmental and legislative bodies, media, and community events. Assures that the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Actively advocates for the organization, its beliefs, and its efforts. Acts as a liaison between the organization and the community, building relationships with peer organizations when appropriate. Performs public relations for the organization, granting interviews for industry publications and sitting on panels at industry events.
  • Represents the organization in civic and professional association responsibilities and activities at the local community, state, and national levels.

Other duties as assigned by the Board.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree, ideally an MBA, with at least 5 years of executive management non-profit or equivalent experience; proven track record of effectively leading a regionally and/or nationally scaling performance and outcomes-based organization; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Prior budget administration experience at a minimum of $1M annually.
  • Knowledge and ideally experience related to military service and communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex fiscal environment including management of existing resources, and diversification of funding sources including grants and strategic fundraising initiatives.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of non-profit sector organizations' rules and regulations including occupational health and safety, taxation, case management, and grants administration. Knowledge of HIPPA and data privacy due to the nature of the organization’s counseling services.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and effectively manage budgets.
  • Strong moral and ethical commitment and standards in accordance with Camaraderies values.
  • Strong marketing, public speaking, public relations, marketing, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary program and project skills. Knowledge and use of social media to enhance the organization’s reputation and brand.


This CEO executive position provides the opportunity to lead and grow this valued organization in its efforts to support and positively impact the lives of Veterans and their families. This position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Job Location

Orlando, FL 32806

The Camaraderie Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Orlando, FL 32806: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

  • Are you willing to undergo a drug test and background check as a condition of employment?
  • Please share your salary requirements.


  • Fundraising: 3 years (Preferred)
  • non-profit executive leadership or equivalent: 8 years (Required)

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