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Hiring an Executive Director

Job Posting – Executive Director

Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA)

RDIA serves its member businesses through the creation of programs that enhance member business activity or activities that seek to change the public perspective regarding cloth diapers thereby increasing the overall level of business activity for cloth diapers.

As the primary choice for babies, reusable cloth diapers increase sustainability for people, planet, and profit.

The Real Diaper Industry Association strives to make reusable cloth diapers the primary choice for babies’ parents and caregivers while emphasizing responsibility and sustainability through a focus on people, planet, and profit.  RDIA works toward these goals by providing service and opportunities through business education, industry research, collaborative marketing, and group benefits.


  • We conduct ourselves with integrity and professionalism in compliance with our strict code of ethics.
  • We apply current information and experience within cloth diaper and related industries to analyze, improve processes, and educate.
  • We are an open community fostering cooperative culture, sharing knowledge towards our common purpose.
  • We value diversity within all membership categories; welcoming and supporting qualified businesses of all sizes dedicated to our mission.
  • As members, we are committed to clear and transparent communication within our association.  As board members, we will provide transparent communication to our members regarding decisions of the board and operations.


  • Help members help their customers.
  • Harness energy of the entire group to expand membership and strategic alliances.
  • Champion public and private sector programs for the purchase and use of cloth diapers.
  • Optimize internal processes.

Executive Director Job Description

Executive Director is responsible for management of the organization with a focus on member relations and member benefit programs. The position is a part-time, at-will employee who serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.

Executive Director reports to and works closely with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Essential Functions

  • Track existing programs, projects, and committees through project management system.
  • Monitor and maintain member retention efforts.
  • Communicate with members and general public through publications and correspondence.
  • Respond to inquiries via telephone and e-mail.

Further Duties as time permits

  • Develop with Board programs and projects that advance RDIA’s mission.
  • Implement programs and projects that advance RDIA’s mission.
  • Fundraising, including marketing to potential members, development of sponsorship and collaborative marketing opportunities, and event planning.
  • Develop and maintain member benefit programs.
  • Develop and implement industry research projects to benefit members.
  • Create and promote business education programs for members.
  • Update website content as needed.


  • Familiarity with cloth diapers.
  • Familiarity with small business.
  • Excellent communication, management, and organizational skills.
  • Nonprofit or other corporate management experience.
  • Writing, editing, and graphics skills for communication projects.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Development skills.
  • Knowledge of cloth diaper industry a plus.
  • Education in business, nonprofit, or association management preferred.

Hours & Compensation
10 hours per week at $15-18/hour, depending on experience. Additional hours and compensation after six months based on funding.

Performance Standards
Board of Directors will judge performance of Executive Director in the following areas: financial stability of organization; creativity and strength of member programs; and effectiveness of management team.

How to Apply

Contact: Dennis Frederick
Email resume to: dennis@realdiaperindustry.org

Real Diaper Industry Association is a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, with 501(c)(6) tax exempt status, acting as a trade association for the cloth diaper industry.

RDIA to Hire an Executive Director

It’s time. Real Diaper Industry Association is hiring an Executive Director.

Remember those awkward adolescent years? That’s where RDIA is right now.

Nonprofit Lifecycle Stage Adolescence

Nonprofit lifecycles image altered from “Stage-based Nonprofit Lifecycles” by Susan Kenny Stevens.

It turns out, all nonprofits go through this growth phase as they mature. Right now, we have a part-time administrator who helps with membership and programs, but most of the work of RDIA is done by member volunteers—entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who don’t have a lot of time available to grow the organization. We need someone who will be committed to us, strengthening the association every day. We need an Executive Director.

An Executive Director will manage the association, track programs, and make sure that everything members need from their trade association flows smoothly. An Executive Director will guide us through this growth stage and into maturity as an association. It’s time for us to grow for the sake of all of our businesses, and we need a dedicated professional to get there.

The RDIA Executive Director position will be part-time.

RDIA members are donating to the campaign to fund the position for the first year.

Goal: $16,000
Raised so far: $14,800

The proposal to hire an Executive Director required that $12,000 be raised before the hiring process be started. Board members volunteered $14,800 in sponsorships during discussions of the proposal, so that milestone has already been met. A committee has been formed to hire a professional as soon as campaign pledges have been collected.

The Campaign

Donors sponsor new members. Funds will pay the new Executive Director, and new members will benefit from RDIA member programs. The campaign meets two needs at once: organization and growth.

Participate in the campaign.
Buy sponsorship credits now.

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