Executive Director

Employer: Neighborhood House

Job Description

Name of Organization: Neighborhood House

Title of Position: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Direct Reports: Director of Programs, Director of Finance, Director of Development, Director of Operations, Human Resources and Executive Assistant

Neighborhood House: Neighborhood House is a community center working to provide the opportunities, education and experiences people need to break the cycle of poverty. Founded in 1896, we’ve been located in the Portland community of west Louisville since 1963 and have programs for children as young as six weeks, all the way through to our Four Seasons program for seniors. Last year we served more than 450 children, ensuring they had access to early childhood education and quality out-of-school time programs. In our summer literacy program, over 90 percent of those who completed the program improved or maintained reading levels, successfully avoiding any summer learning loss.

By first meeting vital life needs, our families are then able to focus on learning the life skills that will improve their quality of life. We served more than 45,000 nutritious meals in 2017 alone!

We talk often of the importance of dreaming. Every day we encourage our members to dream of a better future, and access to the enrichment opportunities we provide allows them to do so. Together, we are empowering generations.

The organization’s Mission is to provide individuals with opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives.

Our Vision is to break the cycle of poverty for our children and families.

Position Summary: The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the administration of policies established by the Board of Directors, assists the Board in fulfilling its governance function and facilitates the optimum leadership of the management staff. The Executive Director directs the formulation of and gives leadership to the achievement of the agency’s philosophy, mission, strategy and to its annual goals/objectives. The Director ensures that the agency values are reflected, maintained and practiced throughout Neighborhood House (NH).

Position Responsibilities:

1. Inspire and Build the Team:

Develop a staffing structure (paid and volunteer) that supports the efficient delivery of programs and services that accomplish the goals of the strategic plan.

Oversee all aspects of leading and retaining NH staffing, including recruitment, professional training, day-to-day supervision, performance feedback and evaluation, while working to build meaningful professional relationships and a team approach with all staff and volunteers.

Maintain a culture that attracts, retains and develops the human resources needed for Neighborhood House’s leadership in the future.

Develop an effective staff, executive leadership and management team and build strong bench strength within the organization.

Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and monitor policies and procedures for the NH and ensure their implementation.

Manage all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the organization and effectively delegate job tasks.

Exhibit an appreciation of a multicultural workplace and demonstrate an awareness of the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of persons served.

2. Take Strategic Action:

Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff, on the development and implementation of short and long-range plans for NH as well as the strategies for achieving them to achieve its Mission.

Lead the development and execution of the strategic plan, including formulating, prioritizing of annual work plans, while being open to enlist and evaluate new ideas.

Achieve consensus and foster a culture that ensures clarity toward unified organizational priorities.

Provide direction and leadership in the development of all programs, special events and other activities related to the strategic plan. Actively participate in events that promote the agency.

3. Lead, Engage and Partner with the Board:

Work in partnership with the President of the NH Board to plan efficient and effective board meetings and training.

Update the board on pertinent issues, policies, laws, trends and changes in the human services field related to the organization.

Function in partnership with the board to shape, cast and support the vision for NH, drive accountability of organizational alignment to a vision and ensure consensus on a pathway to success.

Foster the design of meetings and retreats that promote the mission of NH and active board engagement.

In conjunction with the Strategic Plan/ Board Development Committee, concentrate on leading Board Development, ensuring continual growth, evaluation and development of the board.

Assists the Board President and Board Development Committee in making recommendations for the Board of Directors membership.

Proactively engage board members as a sounding board, and participating in board activities, leveraging their capacity to support the organization.

4. Steward the Finances and Compliance:

Oversee NH annual finances and ensure a balanced budget. This includes developing, implementing and monitoring the budget, supervising bookkeeping activities and meeting annually with the NH auditor.

Oversee compliance with all federal, state and local government requirements, including those relating to NH non-profit, 501(c) (3) status.

Provide regular, timely internal financial statements to the board that compare performance to a budget and to the previous year or other benchmark.

Conduct multiyear financial analyses, focusing on trends and engage the board in discussions about financial stability and sustainability, including operating reserves. Ensure that funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.

Oversee financial record keeping including billing, receivables, in-kind donations, payables, staff paid time off, balancing of accounts and cash flow.

Comply with grant restrictions and provide any necessary reporting to grantors and approves all agency contracts.

Educate board on areas of vulnerability or risk management while monitoring the fiscal policies and financial controls.

5. Resource A Sustaining Movement:

Plan for long and short term revenue needs and resources to sustain NH programs and operations through establishing and executing clear fundraising strategies, annual goals and detailed revenue development plans in achieving its Mission.

Participate in all fundraising activities.

Work with Board to develop ongoing fundraising and development activities, including cultivating strong relationships with major individual, foundation and corporate donors/partners.

Take a leadership role in the granting process and participate in the review of final grant proposals.

Understand and connect constituencies around the mission and stories.

Ensure that relationships are developed with donors and volunteers and they are served as long-term advocates of the cause.

6. Communicate the Mission and Lead by Example:

Lead the communication efforts of NH including public relations activities and marketing of programs.

Serve as the external and internal ambassador of the mission, effectively telling the stories of NH activities and outcomes.

Provide leadership to build and maintain strong and positive relationships with community groups and organizations, government agencies, funders, corporate sponsors and other stakeholders in NH future. Represents NH on various external boards and committees.

Ensure the consistent and effective translation of NH Mission, future Vision and Core Values with all staff, board, donors, volunteers, partners, key constituencies and community.

Inspire people with innovative ideas through networking, writing and speaking, as well as PR opportunities to gain exposure through external media, as defined by the marketing plan.

Develop and maintain a positive relationship with the media.

7. Other:

Oversee maintenance and improvements of all NH buildings, equipment, vehicles and grounds.

Fulfills such other duties and assignments as the Board of Directors specifies appropriate for the Executive Director to perform.

Salary Range: $75,000 - $100,000

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in a related, relevant field is required. (Such as, social work, business administration, management, nonprofit management and fundraising), Master’s degree preferred.

Minimum of five years of relevant and progressive supervisory and management experience. Efficiently managing administration, building capacity, leading staff, delegating, executing performance evaluation and organization evaluation, managing a performance outcomes/based organization.

Five years of experience with a proven track record of success in fundraising with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.

An understanding of the integration of various roles, skills and competencies needed in serving the needs of people in poverty, children, adolescents, families and seniors.

The ability to understand and interpret financial reports and an understanding of cost accounting procedures, practices and budgeting.

Must have strong public relations and communication skills.

Must be available for local, state and national travel as required.

Candidates for the position must be able to demonstrate:

Strong leadership skills.

Dedication and experience to a team approach.

Enthusiasm and focus without direct supervision.

Passion about the organization and its mission.

History of success in strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, leadership and execution.

Successful experience in board development and fundraising.

Superior communication and people skills, public speaking, working with diverse groups of stakeholders and direct solicitation of donors.

Conditions of employment:

All candidates are subject and must successfully pass or complete a post-offer employment TB test or proof of a negative chest X-ray, drug testing, criminal background check, and reference checking.


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