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CEO & Executive Director

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The Organization

Since its founding in 2012, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) has been driven by a single vision: prevent human trafficking. Central to this vision is a belief that every person around the globe has the right to be free from commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor, and that through educating employers to prevent human trafficking and creating pathways to employment for survivors of trafficking, this vision can become a reality. Growing from a single meeting of trafficking experts in 2011, BEST now equips 20,000+ individuals per year with the tools and knowledge necessary to become the first line of defense for potential victims. BEST strives to spark long-term social change through the following initiatives:  

  • Awareness about the links between trafficking and their place of work
  • Consultation to implement BEST practices  
  • Training for employees to identify and prevent trafficking
  • Safe Jobs for survivors of human trafficking

BEST now seeks a CEO & Executive Director who is compelled by the opportunity to make a significant contribution to prevent one of the worst human rights abuses in the US today. For more information about the organization’s history and impact, please visit our website at

Areas of Responsibility: 

Leadership and Management

  • Work with the board of directors and staff to set a long term and annual strategic plan to fulfil the organization’s mission.
  • Work with the board and staff to set measurable outcomes, review goals and outcomes quarterly with staff, and report outcomes to donors and the board, as needed.
  • Effectively build and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders including business leaders, donors, community partners, lived experience experts, staff, and board members.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the organization and direct teams including development and communications, programs, corporate outreach, and operations.
  • Enable cross-team collaboration, team building, and effectiveness.
  • Work with the board of directors to ensure that the board has the information they need to support the organization, fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities, and make good financial and strategic decisions.
  • Foster a team culture that is increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive and ensure that BEST is maintaining our commitments to survivor empowerment and anti-racism in our internal and external actions and communications.

Corporate Relations

  • Actively outreach to new and current employer partners to promote the consulting and training services that BEST provides
  • Leverage BEST’s corporate partnerships to increase corporate donations, corporate sponsorships, and corporate grants to support our programs

Development and Communications

  • Provide leadership and support for the Director of Development and Communications in overseeing BEST’s development, awareness, and communications efforts
  • Provide support with prospecting, writing, and reporting for all grants and proposals
  • Actively grow BEST’s major donors program by meeting with prospective and current major donors as needed
  • Provide final approval of external facing materials, as needed


  • Support the Operations Manager in all aspects of BEST’s operations
  • Ensure that bookkeeping and accounting best practices are followed
  • Produce an annual organizational budget as well as project budgets as needed
  • Ensure the administration of funds is in accordance with the annual budget approved by the Board of Directors
  • Oversee human resources responsibilities including but not limited to hiring, pay, sustaining HR policies and procedures, etc.
  • Maintain the financial health and sustainability of the organization
  • Ensure the organization remains in compliance with federal and state laws

Program Support

  • Oversee and support the Sr. Program Manager to manage BEST’s consulting, training, safe jobs programs, and advocacy work
  • Work with the program staff to provide strategic direction and support for BEST's consulting and training projects
  • Provide training and awareness events to external partners, as needed
  • Support policy advocacy efforts and collaboration by WASE Forward

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills. BEST seeks candidates with a compelling combination of the following knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  • Intelligent, learns quickly, and able to help the organization adapt to changes in the broader environment
  • Excellent follow-through
  • A Bachelor’s degree; Masters, Doctoral degree, or equivalent experience preferred
  • A minimum of five years senior nonprofit management experience
  • High level strategic planning and thinking; Ability to envision and convey the organizations strategic future to the staff, board, and partners
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Demonstrated experience building strong, collaborative relationships to reach common goals; A history of building successful partnerships with people and organizations from diverse backgrounds, points of view, and sectors.
  • A natural relationship-builder, skilled at establishing and cultivating strong, authentic relationships across a wide range of stakeholders 
  • Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications
  • Ability to build strong cross-organizational relationships and maintain efficient processes
  • Strong knowledge of human trafficking
  • Salary range: $115,000 - $130,000 annually
  • Benefits include health insurance, retirement benefits, sick leave, and vacation leave
  • Position is based in Seattle and may involve some travel within the US
  • Position allows for some work from home and flexibility of scheduling
  • Attendance at occasional weekend and evening events is required
How to Apply: 

The position is open until filled and initial interviews will begin by mid-December, although we highly encourage applying as soon as possible. Please submit a resume and cover letter as a single WORD or PDF document addressed to the hiring committee at:

You may direct questions to Chris Cannon at [email protected] - 206.899.7289.

BEST provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or gender.

Organization Info

BEST - Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking

Seattle, WA, USA
About Us

BEST educates employers to prevent human trafficking and creates pathways to employment for survivors.

Our programs spark generous ACTS by our employer partners:

Awareness about the links between trafficking and their place of work
Consultation to implement BEST practices
Training for employees to identify and prevent trafficking
Safe Jobs for survivors of human trafficking


Employees of public and private organizations are often the first line of defense for victims. Yet often employees unknowingly overlook exploitation or lack tools to respond. BEST programs spark long-term social change through Awareness, Consulting, Training, and providing Safe Jobs.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 11 2022
Active Until: 
Dec 11 2022
Hiring Organization: 
BEST - Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking