Organizational Overview

The mission of The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts, and memorial making. We teach social justice through lessons of the Holocaust, educating participants about the dangers of hatred and bigotry to cultivate empathy and social responsibility. By painting ceramic butterflies, which are displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, participants remember the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust. In this work, The Butterfly Project honors their commitment to the Survivors to Never Forget.

TBP fulfills its vision through partnerships with schools and communities around the world to create a hate-free world… one butterfly at a time.

The Opportunity

The Butterfly Project (TBP) seeks a dynamic, experienced, and results-oriented Executive Director (ED) to grow our organization and deepen our impact. Following the departure of our co-founder and executive director, Cheryl Rattner Price, after 17 years, the ED will lead TBP to further our mission and vision on a local, national, and global scale.

The Executive Director leads a team of employees, volunteers, and contractors in addition to advancing our mission, strategy, values, and goals. The ED is responsible for formulating and executing TBP’s strategic vision, including fundraising and management of an annual budget of approximately $450,000. The ED is the public face of TBP and serves as its ambassador to the media, funders, community partners, and other stakeholders, including the individuals we serve, our volunteers, donors, staff and the Board of Directors.

The ED reports to the Board of Directors and oversees programming, fundraising, communications, and provides financial and administrative oversight. The ED will play a strong, visible, and strategic role in developing and implementing plans to promote growth, impact, and long-term sustainability. Effective fundraising and the ability to cultivate relationships with major donors and key stakeholders is essential, along with the development of the Board, infrastructure and systems to support sustainable growth.

The Job

Fund Development:

  • Lead TBP in the creation of fund development opportunities. Create and implement a fund development plan linked to the operating budget that aligns with mission implementation.
  • Read and understand financial documents including budgets, cash flow, income statements, balance statements etc.
  • Manage grant writing and program funding including major gifts, grants, sponsorships, and additional financial contributions.
  • Increase TBP’s exposure by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with aligned organizations.
  • Identify potential donors and sponsors.
  • Oversee TBP’s community engagement and other programs.

Planning and Oversight:

  • Develop and facilitate an organizational development and strategic planning process.
  • Identify and track organizational goals and objectives.
  • Hire, train, and retain motivated, innovative, highly qualified staff.
  • Develop and administer operational and financial policies with the Board.
  • Provide ongoing evaluation of TBP’s activities to strengthen operations.
  • Assess technology needs and implement new programs to maximize efficiencies.
  • Oversee TBP’s programs, programmatic objectives are met or exceeded; preparing reports of program evaluation to determine impact; analyzing data to improve program quality for outcomes.

Communication is Key:

  • Build brand awareness through strategic marketing and promotion of TBP’s brand through print, email, and social media channels to inspire new volunteers, donors, and community partners to support the mission.
  • Serve as TBP’s primary community liaison and spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the public.
  • Ensure appropriate representation of TBP by all staff.

Inspire Others to Lead with Equity and Inclusion:

  • Work with co-founders, board, funders, and other stakeholders to identify, recruit, and onboard a diverse team of board members from multiple geographic areas. 
  • Create an inspiring and engaging environment for staff.
  • Work with the Board of Directors, staff, and affiliate leaders to establish strategic direction.
  • Develop and execute plans for engagement/retention/expansion of staff, donors, and volunteers.

Personal Characteristics

  • You’re self-motivated. You create your own organizational systems and can hold yourself and others accountable. You expertly navigate managing all levels of an organization.
  • You’re a thought leader. Be a thought leader in the areas of Holocaust education, combating antisemitism, and/or the arts as a vehicle for education and activism.
  • You are fast-paced and high-energy. You have a bias towards action. You can move rapidly through ever-changing environments and shift priorities on a dime.
  • You find ambiguity exciting. You see potential in any situation and can leverage that potential. You love change management and understand the complexities of integrating new systems with an existing team. Availability to work evening and weekend hours.
  • You’re a people person. You love managing people and understand how to optimize the experiences of co-workers and external partners.
  • You’re an expert multi-tasker. You have experience juggling multiple projects at once from start to finish with detailed planning and persistent execution.
  • You have a great sense of humor. You bring levity to the work, have fun, and don’t take yourself too seriously!
  • You can drive and have a clean record. Valid driver’s license, current automobile insurance. Willingness and ability to use your own car for agency business. Fingerprint records required.
  • You are a systems builder. You thrive on structure, transparency, and information. 
  • You are excited to travel and have a valid passport. As we seek to grow, in person contact with our constituents the United States and beyond is essential.  


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $95,000 – $115,000 annually, commensurate with experience.  Generous vacation and health care benefits, TBD. 


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TBP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties & responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.