ABOUT THE PALESTINIAN CIRCUS SCHOOL (PCS)
PCS is an arts education and creation organization. The organization was founded in 2006, under the guidance of Shadi Zmorrod and Jessika Devlieghere and has grown under their leadership. The mission of PCS is to support the educational and personal development of children in challenging and underprivileged circumstances, and to promote the empowerment of youth through the arts while assisting them to become positive actors in society.
A free Palestine in which Palestinians engage in a dynamic cultural and artistic life that embraces creativity, freedom of expression and diversity as the main pillars for a just and inclusive society.
By teaching, creating, performing and programming circus arts, the Palestinian Circus School strengthens the creative, social and physical potential of Palestinians, seeking to engage and empower them to become constructive actors in society and raises local and international awareness about the positive Palestinian potential and its different challenges.
PCS currently works with 250 children and young adolescents, offering them - on average - 100 hours of circus classes on a yearly basis, through weekly circus clubs and yearly summer camps. PCS develops circus shows that it tours locally and internationally as a way to spread hope, pride and dignity among the Palestinian population and to develop and promote the Palestinian creativity. In 2016, PCS organized its first international circus festival, which is to become a bi-annual event to spread awareness locally and internationally about the positive role of circus arts for the general development of children, youth and the society.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of the organisation, responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, strategic planning, fundraising, promotion and government relations of the organization. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills and characteristics:
Leadership and Management
-A strategic and visionary leader to advance the work of PCS from funding to mission delivery. This includes but is not limited to oversight and management of daily organizational direction of administration, programs, finances, strategic planning, fundraising, promotion and government relations of the organization.
-Proven track record in staff, operational, fundraising, and financial management.
-Experience building and leading high performing teams and a dedication to the growth and development of staff.
-Lead program evaluation and needs assessments in collaboration with staff.
-Stewardship and cultivation of individual, foundation, and corporate donors to ensure the expansion of current revenue-generation efforts.
Financial Performance and Accountability
-Responsible for presenting annual budgets to the Board for approval.
-Responsible for presenting budgets to program specified donors.
-Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
-A master degree in a relevant field (Management, Arts, Social or Political Sciences)
-Transparent and high-integrity leadership skills
-A minimum of 5 years experience leading a non-profit organization or a senior-level program management leader
-A minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of fundraising
-International work and networking experience a plus
-Strong marketing, public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of diverse cultures
-Solid, hands-on, budget & financial management experience
-Good public speaker with the ability to convey PCS’ vision and mission with compassion and trust
-Skills to collaborate with and motivate the Board, General Assembly members and other volunteers
-Strong written and oral communication skills (Arabic and English fluency). Any other language skills are a plus.
-Valid long term permit to live in Palestine and/or Israel
-Jerusalem and 1948 permit(s) are a plus