Executive Director, Peter’s Place

Posted by Peter's Place on March 13, 2017

Executive Director, Peter’s Place: A Center For Grieving Children and Families

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) of Peter’s Place will assume overall strategic and operational responsibility for executing the organizational mission, managing the budget, building the organizational brand, guiding fundraising initiatives, monitoring policies and procedures, supervising a professional and support staff of seven, and overseeing all aspects of program delivery. The person in this position must be an effective leader who is passionate about the organization’s mission, possesses development and campaign experience, demonstrates expertise in financial management, has strong written and verbal communication skills, is comfortable balancing multiple tasks simultaneously, and can work in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders including board members, staff, volunteers, clients, donors, and partnering organizations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization and our physical space
  • Lead all aspects of strategic planning
  • Supervise the professional and support staff, establish employment practices, determine appropriate compensation, and create a culture that encourages and inspires excellence
  • Ensure programmatic excellence and implement rigorous program evaluation
  • Provide consistent management of the budget, maximizing quality and quantity of services provided per dollar spent while making certain the organization remains healthy financially
  • Bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the expansion of revenue generating, development, and fundraising opportunities and identify resources needed to achieve and grow the strategic goals of the organization
  • Actively engage and energize board members, staff, volunteers, partnering organizations, and funders in the mission of the organization
  • Attend all board meetings and build strong relationships with the Board of Directors, assuring that members are knowledgeable about programmatic initiatives
  • Oversee and participate in fund raising events, marketing initiatives, and public relations activities
  • Refine all aspects of communication, including the monitoring of the website and social media outreach to build brand recognition
  • Establish collaborative relationships with nonprofit service partners, government agencies, corporations, and foundations

Position Specifications

  • Key attributes
    • Demonstrated leadership skills and track record of success building and inspiring teams and managing operational plans in a small to mid-sized organization
    • Strong appreciation, comfort and sensitivity to mission of Peter’s Place
    • Ability and interest in managing relationships with all Peter’s Place stakeholders groups (e.g. staff, volunteers, Board), particularly current and prospective donors
  • Other qualifications
    • Master’s degree in nonprofit management, social work, or related field
    • Five to ten years of post-graduate management experience in a relevant organization
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Previous experience working with children and families especially around bereavement issues a plus
    • Previous experience in securing grants a plus
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • The following clearances are required prior to employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances (CY113); Pennsylvania Criminal Record Checks (SP4-164); Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks

Peter’s Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a diverse environment free from discrimination and harassment. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


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