Thousand Currents seeks a visionary, inspirational Executive Director to realize the strategic goals of the organization while reimagining traditional philanthropy.
About Thousand Currents
Thousand Currents is a boldlyunique 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to building an interconnected global community rooted in love, imagination and joy. Formerly IDEX, Thousand Currents has funded, connected, and humbly learned from over 750 grassroots initiatives led by women, youth and Indigenous Peoples in the Global South for the past 30 years.
Thousand Currents finds, supports and provides grants to visionary leaders and organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Thousand Currents’ partnership model differs from that of traditional funders, offering support in the following ways:
With a leader-full team of individuals who have reimagined what philanthropic success looks like, Thousand Currents humbly recognizes that they have an opportunity and a responsibility to affect broad changes beyond grantmaking, and is making waves in traditional philanthropy and impact investing. Thousand Currents works with donors, diaspora communities, foundations, affinity groups, and young professionals to highlight and create new models of collaboration that dismantle unequal structures and center on collective liberation and well-being. Thousand Currents offers training to change-makers, creates new models of investing, and sets up funds to address pressing issues such as climate change, all which require grassroots solutions.
For more information on Thousand Currents, please visit www.thousandcurrents.org
The new Executive Director will have the extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the creation of lasting solutions to poverty and injustice in the Global South. They will lead an organization that is unafraid to take risks and challenge traditional funding practices and assumptions with courage and humility. Working with the board, senior management team and partners, the Executive Director will ensure that Thousand Currents remain committed as a learning organization that experiments and adapts and listens deeply to its partners.
The Executive Director will be expected to lead Thousand Currents’ commitment to equal and full realization of the Strategic Plan, ensuring that core values are manifested in all aspects of the organization’s culture, programs, policies and operations; that the interests of Thousand Currents’ partners are paramount; and that inclusion, creativity and cooperation are the norm in every part of the organization. Under the direction of the Executive Director, Thousand Currents will achieve its goal of building a stronger, more interconnected and better-resourced ecosystem of partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Executive Director will elevate partners’ work, strategies, and solutions as exemplars and beacons of a better future on a global stage. They will continue to form learning, grassroots partnerships to cultivate a just, equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector that centers on local solutions and reimagines wealth, well-being and giving.
The new Executive Director can be located anywhere in the United States, with a capacity and willingness to travel both nationally and globally to interface with team members, funders, and partners.
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Thousand Currents is an equal opportunity employer that embraces a diverse, multicultural work environment. People of all backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Thousand Currents – Executive Director” in the subject line. We also invite nominations of qualified candidates. All applications and nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.