Executive Director, Families Forward Philadelphia

Posted by Families Forward Philadelphia on October 27, 2014

Families Forward Philadelphia seeks an experienced and skilled professional to serve as its Executive Director.

About Families Forward Philadelphia
Families Forward Philadelphia (FFP) is a 113-year old social service organization, known prior to 2012 as Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia. Since 2012 FFP has rebranded and refocused its work to serve its core constituent base of homeless families in Philadelphia.FFP operates the city’s largest privately run shelter for homeless families, as well as 75 transitional and permanent family residential units in West Philadelphia. Our mission is to help homeless families become healthy, productive, and self-reliant. We do this by working closely with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing to provide emergency shelter,
transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, intensive case management, and academic enrichment services for the children and young people that we serve. Our aim is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by enriching the lives of children and supporting their parents’ efforts at self-sufficiency.

The agency has a staff of 62 individuals and an annual operating budget of about $4.5MM. The shelter and management offices are located in the Kirkbride Center in West Philadelphia. FFP has an active Board, comprised of 13 individuals, currently, who have expertise in healthcare, law, affordable housing, nonprofit development, real estate and social service operations/systems.

General Statement of Duties
FFP’s Executive Director:
 Spearheads long-range strategic planning ensuring organization’s portfolio of programs most directly achieves FFP’s mission while remaining fiscally and operationally sustainable.
 Provides primary leadership in program and resource development, including creating and maintaining relationships with existing and new public and private funding sources.
 Supports and works closely with Board of Managers by communicating to the Board on a regular basis regarding FFP operations, interfacing between Board and staff, and productively engaging in the Board’s evaluation of the Executive Director.
 Directs and supervises the day-to-day administration of FFP, including overseeing and supervising administrative staff, program management staff, human resources, facilities, housing and shelter operations.
 Handles all aspects of fiscal management, with the assistance of the Chief Financial Officer, and the Board’s Finance Committee, including responsibility for the agency’s budget, and compliance with all funding contracts and obligations.
 Serves as the chief public face of the agency, responsible for marketing the agency’s work and seeking support from a variety of funders, supporters, and partners.
 Provides leadership to staff in carrying out services & policies as established by the Board

Application Instructions
Responsive applicants should send 1) Cover letter including your salary requirements, 2) CV, and 3) At least 5 relevant references, with contact information, to:

Sameer Khetan, Chair, Executive Search Committee

Please use as the email subject line: “FFP ED Application – [Last Name, First Name]”

No applications will be accepted after November 19, 2014 unless the Board amends this job posting to extend its duration.
FFP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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