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HCLA is Hiring!

We’re currently searching for our new Executive Director. Any interested applicants please send your résumé and cover letter to

Job Description
Position: Executive Director of Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA)
Location: Hamilton County, IN
Reports To: HCLA Board of Directors

Hamilton County Leadership Academy Overview:

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) is a not-for-profit organization that identifies, prepares and develops leaders in our community. Participants are brought together by their desire to be involved in Hamilton County. HCLA recruits qualified leaders throughout our community for a 10-month program
that immerses participants in learning and networking to amplify each individual’s impact in the community.

More than 700 HCLA alumni can be found throughout our community holding elected office, serving in appointed positions, on local boards, and leading our organizations. They are the leaders who are working to create and sustain a thriving community for all of us to live, work and play. HCLA values
inclusion, curiosity, collaboration, agility, conscientiousness, serving and open-minded thinking.

Executive Director Position Summary:

As the face of HCLA, the Executive Director will be tasked with steering the strategic direction of the organization. Recruiting partners, donors, speakers, participants and influential volunteers are also key to the success of this role. Evangelizing the benefits of HCLA, this position requires big picture thinking and initiative to quickly identify problems and generate innovative solutions that accomplish critical organizational objectives. A sense of urgency, the willingness to take risks, make quick decisions in response to changing conditions and take responsibility for the results of those decisions is essential. Initiative to meet with Hamilton County community members, leaders, future speakers and class members must be self-generated. The motivation and desire to act independently and confidently, beyond existing organizational routines, is critical to successful job performance.

The achievement of results in this job requires engaging the cooperation of others. A poised, extroverted
communication style that, depending on the situation, can be either self-confident or persuasive is
necessary. This job also requires a flexible leadership style, motivating, educating, persuading others, and
the ability to build consensus or direct others with assurance and conviction. Communication with the
Board and effective leadership are critical to job success. Detailed routines and repetitive activities can
be delegated to the HCLA Program Coordinator, but quality of results should be assured through
appropriate direction and follow-up.

Knowledge, Skills & Essential Functions of Position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Experience in fundraising, development and philanthropic activities.
  • Experience with budget and finance management.
  • Volunteer and staff management experience.
  • Experience in leadership development and creating meaningful curriculum.
  • Experience with event planning and management.
  • Experience with technology, social media and software management.
  • Experience in board management and strategic planning.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead HCLA in a cost-efficient manner while continually implementing best practices and innovation.
  • Create and direct, in collaboration with the Curriculum Committee and Board of Directors, meaningful and current HCLA programming to ensure a high quality, impactful experience for HCLA class members. The Executive Director will on occasion need to facilitate programming and lead class discussions.
  • Direct the fundraising and development efforts of HCLA: including implementation of a development plan that meets annual budget and long-term financial goals as well as cultivate and steward community partnerships in coordination with the Community Development and Alumni Engagement Committee.
  • Work with the Marketing Committee on HCLA messaging, web presence, marketing material designs, event promotions and donor software management (Bloomerang).
  • Establish, with the Board of Directors, the vision for the organization, including creating and implementing strategic planning, preparing for Board of Directors meetings and ensuring the health of HCLA with proper governance.
  • Maintain best practices in financial management in conjunction with HCLA Treasurer and Board of Directors. Financial management activities include curating the annual budget, supporting the financial reporting process for Board of Director meetings, supporting payroll process, monitoring income and expenses, monitoring banking and endowment accounts, etc.
  • Attend and execute HCLA-sponsored events.
  • Attend important county-wide events to promote organization and provide community leadership.
  • Hire, train and supervise HCLA staff. Perform personnel actions including performance reviews and coaching.
  • Recruit class applicants, guest speakers and community partners to enrich the HCLA programming and network.

Managerial Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will be responsible for supervising the HCLA Program Coordinator position and any potential future HCLA staff positions.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The environmental and physical demands described here represent the essential functions of this job. The Board will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision from the Executive Committee.
  • Ability to work in a deadline-oriented office environment on a flexible work schedule.
  • Ability to work in designated office space, in a remote location and/or home office and meet desired performance objectives.
  • Ability to travel within Hamilton County and surrounding area. On a rare occasion overnight travel may be required for professional development and/or curriculum.
  • Ability to push/pull, lift, move and carry up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods in a workspace location.

Position Salary and Benefits:

The Executive Director is a full-time position with a usual work week of 40 hours. Annual salary will range between $60 – $65,000 depending on experience. Compensation will be paid twice per month. Employee will receive a performance appraisal on an annual cycle. HCLA recognizes 10 paid holidays each year and 15 days of paid time off (See handbook for more details). HCLA will offer a $400 monthly health stipend. Cell phone and mileage reimbursement is also available.

Please submit a résumé and cover letter to

This description is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Hamilton County Leadership Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Board of Directors Adopted 9/15/2021; Approved 9/15/2021


HCLA Alumni Club Exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour

HCLA Alumni Club Members,

Please join us on Tuesday, September 28th at 4:30 pm for a light reception and behind the scenes tour of the new Noblesville High School stadium! We are thrilled to offer this exclusive behind the scenes experience to our HCLA Alumni Club members.

We will start with the reception in the Noblesville Schools Community Center located on the stadium campus (1775 Field Dr, Noblesville IN 46060) then break into groups for a guided stadium tour. Be sure to wear shoes appropriate to walk on an athletic complex (turf, gravel, concrete, etc). Please plan to wear your masks inside the Community Center.

We are grateful to the Hagerman Group for sponsoring this event and leading construction of this project in partnership with Noblesville Schools.

Please complete this form to register for this event