Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Posted by Physicians for Social Responsibility on March 23, 2015

Updated March 2015
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) – Philadelphia
Executive Director

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Philadelphia is a public health, 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote social responsibility by protecting health, the environment and communities through education, training, direct service and advocacy. Established in 1979, PSR Philadelphia fulfills its mission through programs focused on 1) the prevention of violence and 2) addressing environmental threats to health.

Position Summary
The Executive Director partners with the Board of Directors to provide leadership for the organization. As PSR’s CEO, the position has overall responsibility for fundraising and development (individual and corporate donations as well as grants from government and foundations), administration, marketing, personnel, and external affairs. In partnership with the Treasurer, the Executive Director will lead the development of the annual budget, short-term cash flow forecasts and longer-term financial plans. The individual reports directly to the Board of Directors and supports Board meetings, development and planning.

Specifically the Executive Director is responsible for:

Leadership and Strategic Vision
o Articulate a vision that inspires support for PSR’s work; speak with passion and work pragmatically to ensure growing enthusiasm for PSR’s mission of a safer and healthier community;
o Be an effective advocate for public health, working together with local, regional, state and national partners to pursue resources, policies, programs and strategies that will safeguard public health;
o Work closely with the Board to ensure strong Board governance and capacity, with clear lines of communication and organizational transparency;
o Provide leadership to the staff and seek well-defined opportunities for staff engagement;
o Assist the Board in the recruitment, selection and evaluation of members and actively inform and engage the Board in issues of importance to the operations and strategy of the organization.

o As the chief advocate and external face of PSR Philadelphia, effectively represent the organization in order to increase our impact, visibility and support for our operations;
o Research, supervise and take the lead in writing grant proposals; ensure grant reports are written and submitted;
o Actively participate in fundraising including growing individual support through major donors, and developing and maintaining key foundation relationships; together with the staff and Board, actively pursue a strategy that builds greater support from new donors while continuing to cultivate existing relationships and ensuring continued commitment to PSR’s work;
o Marshal the resources of the whole organization to raise the funds required to maintain annual operations and facilitate the current program goals while building long-term financial security;
o Ensure that all PSR supporters, including foundations, are regularly interacted with and thanked.

Internal Leadership and Operational Management
o Pro-actively plan for PSR’s future, proposing goals and objectives and developing projections of needs and funding;
o Ensure that PSR’s operations and programs progress towards long term goals, assessing opportunities which align with organizational priorities while retaining the flexibility to act quickly and opportunistically;
o Recruit, nurture and challenge a highly-qualified and motivated professional staff; delegate specific responsibilities and establish accountability; meet regularly with individual staff to effectively plan work and review performance annually; support program directors in crafting work; manage employee benefits so as to adhere to personnel manual; encourage continuing education; ensure diversity and equal opportunity and foster an atmosphere supportive of the organization’s mission;
o Effectively communicate PSR’s “brand” so as to enhance organizational growth and build awareness of PSR’s work;
o Oversee the finances of the organization; ensure the effective collection, disbursement and accounting of all funds received; in collaboration with the Board Treasurer, develop an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors; report on finances, including income and expenses, each quarter to the Board of Directors; supervise tax preparation and annual audit; maintain and update information on guidestar.org;
o Provide staff support to the Board of Directors and its committees assuring regular reporting and record keeping; provide logistical support for board meetings; implement board decisions;
o Act as the primary liaison with PSR National, including but not limited to participating in ONEPSR calls and the annual chapter leaders’ meeting.

This position requires:
o Sincere interest in issues affecting public health, including violence in our community and environmental threats;
o Strong interpersonal skills: must be innovative, creative, resourceful, independent and professional;
o Attention to detail and organizational skills; ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously;
o Ability to trouble-shoot and solve problems independently;
o Proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media sites (i.e. facebook, twitter, youtube, etc.); ability to address minor computer difficulties is preferred.

The ideal candidate will also:
o Possess some website design skills, including ideally with the squarespace interface;
o Have an understanding of the non-profit sector and in particular of the workings of smaller nonprofits;
o Be amenable to a small office environment;
o Have experience with QuickBooks accounting software and the Salsa database platform;
o Demonstrate creativity and take initiative with respect to new ideas and projects;
o Demonstrate a passion for social justice and a sincere interest in improving our community and region.

Education/Experience Desired:
o Significant and proven leadership skills developed through progressively more senior management positions.
o Master’s Degree in public health, social work, public administration, non-profit management, or other health or policy related field;
o Minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience, preferably in a non-profit setting;
o Experience with planning and organizing organizational activities and events, including fundraising events;
o Experience working with private and public funders and a track record of successful grant writing;
o Experience creating and expanding partnerships with private, governmental and non-profit organizations is strongly preferred.

To apply: Please submit a letter of interest, salary requirement and resume electronically to: walter@psrphila.org. PSR will accept resumes for this position until April 3, 2015.

PSR is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Minorities, handicapped and others are encouraged to apply.

PSR will not respond to individual phone calls regarding this position.

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