Apply to be JumpStart's next Executive Director!

16 August 2016

Author: jason.addie

Apply to be JumpStart's next Executive Director!


JumpStart is hiring its next Executive Director. We are looking for a candidate with a passion for communicating social issues through creative design, prior experience running an NGO, and willingness to be based in Tbilisi.

Who We Are

JumpStart is not your normal NGO.


Founded in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2009, JumpStart creates tools, visualizes news, and shares stories to shed light on issues of social importance to a wide audience. We research topics by analyzing data and translating it into engaging content that informs people about critical issues. In the last year, we’ve run communications campaigns on topics such as road safety, elections, healthy eating, and gender issues.


JumpStart is a diverse team of investigators, researchers, designers, programmers, and storytellers. We take pride in the work that we do.

What We Do

Over the past three years JumpStart has created more than 200 visual stories displayed on our site We create:


We have also created a diverse suite of online tools. StoryBuilder allows anyone to easily generate professional looking mixed-media stories. Xtraktr allows people to upload and explore survey data. Other tools help people explore Georgian election results, analyze monetary exchange rates, and determine whether someone can afford to buy a flat.


JumpStart does not work alone, but builds inter/national partnerships to advocate for open data and technology stewardship to ensure greater public participation in civil life. Through our School of Data, we train NGOs, journalists, and activists to collect, analyze, and communicate data more effectively. We have worked with organizations such as Transparency International, Meydan TV, UNFPA Georgia, UNICEF Georgia, Georgian State Audit Office, and Liberali.


We are increasingly recognized for our work. In 2014, JumpStart won the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition for static visualizations and in 2015 was a finalist for the Data Journalism Awards. In 2015 we won the Adami Online Media Prize with our partner Chai Khana. And for the last two years, JumpStart has been awarded a 5-star rating by Transparify.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for an Executive Director who will build on JumpStart’s impressive track record of work. Our desired candidate will lead JumpStart into the future by overseeing and improving its communications, fundraising, and operations according to its mission. We work hard, but we also prioritize fun, creativity, and collaboration. We expect our next Executive Director to also embody these values.

Key Responsibilities

  • A passion for storytelling and communicating in the digital age.

  • Ensure JumpStart's activities align with its mission statement and organizational objectives.

  • Be the public face of the organization and represent JumpStart at official meetings.

  • Oversee and be ultimately responsible for the successful execution of JumpStart's operations, communications, and finances.

  • Coordinate JumpStart's operations with the Operations Director.

  • Coordinate JumpStart's finances with the Financial Manager.

  • Coordinate JumpStart's communications with the communications team.

  • Coordinate and execute JumpStart's fundraising by

    • fostering collaboration with other organizations

    • seeking out and managing relationships with funders

    • innovating to increase and ensure the sustainability of funds to support JumpStart's operations and activities

    • writing grants.

  • Hire new staff to ensure the successful execution of JumpStart’s operations and activities.

  • Report to donors and clients when required by preparing narrative and financial reports with the assistance of the Operations Director and Financial Manager when necessary.

  • Report monthly to the Board of Directors about JumpStart’s activities and finances.


  • Track record of effectively leading an organization and staff, including several years experience in project management.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to manage high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships across a diversity of sectors and cultures.

  • Strong fundraising experience, including building a diverse portfolio of funding sources, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills.

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, nimble and innovative approach to business planning.

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Knowledge of Georgian is preferrable and knowledge of Russian would be an asset. 


Salary: 2500-3000 Lari per month, based on experience

Deadline: 15 September 2016

Please submit your CV and a cover letter expressing why you want and should be JumpStart’s next Executive Director to with the subject line “application for Executive Director”.