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President & CEO

Pearl S. Buck International Bucks County, PA
  • Expired: 10 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

President & Chief Executive Officer Candidate Profile

Pearl S. Buck International is seeking an entrepreneurial and visionary leader as its new President & CEO, the first in nearly two decades. The ideal candidate will be an engaging, inquisitive, and collaborative leader who is energized by a warm but fast-paced environment focused on the positivity and promise of cross-cultural competency and social justice.

The President & CEO is the chief staff leader and fundraiser of PSBI, serving as the global face of the organization. Key to the position is the ability to raise both funds and the organization’s profile locally, nationally, and internationally. Candidates must possess the ability to attract, lead, nurture, and build consensus with a diverse range of dedicated stakeholders (staff, volunteers and donors), while developing and shepherding existing and new strategic partnerships from around the globe.

The CEO collaborates with the Board of Directors to serve the mission by executing the strategic plan, addressing opportunities and risks proactively and decisively, and encouraging the best from the organization’s staff and volunteers. The position reports to the Board of Directors.

The position is located in Bucks County, PA and includes national and international travel several times each year.

PSBI has three strategic objectives:

1) Operate, preserve and interpret the National Historic Landmark home of Pearl S. Buck in Hilltown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

2) Provide outreach and child sponsorship through affiliated organizations in Korea, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines. Expand into other countries as the opportunities and needs arise.

3) Offer intercultural training and consulting through programs like Welcome Workplace. Sponsor cross-cultural education and student exchange programs. Develop community-based programming and related exhibits.

General Responsibilities

1) Mission and Strategy: Works with the Board and senior staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through thoughtful and iterative strategic planning, the development and ongoing management of appropriate and sustainable programs, and active engagement with strategic partners and the broader community.

2) Board Governance: Serves as a consultative partner to the Board in fulfillment of its fiduciary responsibilities; communicates effectively with the Board by providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

3) Operations: Manages the internal operations to ensure:

  • Effective administration of people, processes and technology.
  • The hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff including leadership development and succession planning.
  • Appropriate review and execution of all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

4) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops and utilizes resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization, working closely with the CFO, Development staff, and appropriate Board committees, including.

  • Leading the effort to raise funds and identify other needed resources in collaboration with the staff and Board.
  • Working with the CFO to prepare and submit a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Regularly analyzing the budget and reforecasting metrics, in light of performance and overall growth of the organization.

Professional Position Expectations

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced academic degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years of successful executive leadership experience (for-profit and/or non-profit sectors, ideally both), preferably including work within the cultural diversity, international, and/or social justice realms.
  • Out-of-state and international travel required (international travel is primarily to Asia, on average 2-3 times per year).
  • Transparent, high integrity, and core values-driven leadership.
  • Understanding and respect for a variety of leadership styles and personalities across staff and volunteer communities globally.
  • Ability to convey and inspire a vision of PSBI’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors, with an emphasis on service, outcomes and innovation.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising strategies and donor relations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interface with and engage diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to respectfully and successfully oversee and collaborate with long-time staff and volunteer leaders, balancing new ideas, energy and entrepreneurism with established relationships and processes.
  • Strong public speaking and negotiating abilities.
  • Understand and help spread the concept of intercultural competence.

Pearl S. Buck International is an EOE/Veterans/Disabled/employer

Pearl S. Buck International

Pearl S. Buck International (“PSBI”) provides opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, builds better lives for children around the globe, and promotes the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark home.


Bucks County, PA