Executive Director

The Children's Shelter
Job Description
POSITION DESCRIPTION The current Executive Director will continue to lead the organization and the Executive Director Designee through a 60 day transition plan. At the conclusion of the transition plan the current Executive Director will move into the newly created Director of Development position. This position is responsible to the Executive Director. THE SHELTER’S BACKGROUND The Shelter is a not-for-profit community based agency offering a wide range of services to children, youth and families. Serving over 1,500 individuals each year, The Shelter works with the state child welfare agency, private providers, law enforcement, and families to keep children and youth safe within their own homes or provide necessary alternative placement. This organization is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and has played a vital role for over 30 years in the community of Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding counties. Programs include: • Residential Services • Juvenile Intake Services • Resource Management Services • Child Placing Agency/Foster Care Services • Specialized Case Management • High School Truancy Prevention and Diversion • Pre-Filling Diversion/Conditions of Release • Healthy Life Choices Training RESPONSIBILITIES The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors comprised of civic and community leaders. The Executive Director needs the capacity to think strategically at a high level, to convert that thinking into action, and communicate in a way that secures the enthusiastic engagement of stakeholders, board, staff, and families. He or she will advance and promote The Shelter; develop and implement strategies, operational plans and tactics to achieve results; identify, develop and pursue new programs/services and business opportunities along with the senior team. With a total team of approximately 40 staff members, the Executive Director oversees an organization with a $2 million budget with revenues primarily coming from contracts with private providers, grants, county funds, city funds, and special events. Responsibilities of this position include: Leadership: Serves as a decisive, credible leader for The Shelter in attracting and retaining a top-notch, diverse staff. Maintains a work environment that fosters employee excellence and commitment to the organization’s mission and purpose. Supports an open and healthy culture of collaboration, continuous improvement and mutual respect so that high quality services are provided in all programs. Board Relations: Fosters solid relationships and keeps board members fully informed and engaged regarding the status and activities of the organization. Strategic Planning: Will work with the Board and staff to update and implement agency’s strategic plan. Partnerships: Recognizes the importance of collaborating with other agencies and works to identify/strengthen strategic opportunities. Financial Viability: Holds primary responsibility for managing the budget and ensuring sustainable, diverse funding streams including state and local contracts. Operations: Ensures that entire staff operates with excellence and delivers high quality services that meet the needs of the community and exceed client expectations. Fundraising: Works with the board of directors, volunteers and designated staff to maintain existing fundraising operations and to develop new fundraising opportunities to support the agency’s services. Advocacy: Navigates a complex local and state political environment and works to shape policies that have the most significant impact on The Shelter and its service area. Community Relations: Interfaces and establishes solid relationships with constituencies at the local and state level within the social services and law enforcement communities, policymakers, community leadership, funders and the public. Communication: Serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization and effectively articulates the vision, mission and outcomes. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS • Undergraduate degree is required. Advance degree is preferred. • Must possess at least 10 years of professional experience with progressive management responsibilities. • Past experience in working with the child welfare population is preferred. • High personal integrity with a strong work ethic and high level of energy. • Strong written and oral communication skills. • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors. • Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors. • Must possess a history of achieving/exceeding goals, improving bottom line performance and growing the organizations under his/her responsibility. • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, and program development and support. • Extensive personnel management experience, including hiring and evaluation of staff and a willingness to actively engage with personnel. • Experience in negotiating and implementing contracts with private and governmental agencies at a state and local level. • Solid budget and financial management skills. • Ability to motivate, influence and manage a diverse array of professionals. • Ability to successfully manage conflict and adversity. • Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including elected officials, providers, civic leaders, charitable organizations and volunteers. • Strong advocacy skills. An understanding of, and the capacity to influence, public delivery systems and issues and regulations that affect children & families. • An understanding of nonprofit fundraising strategies and the importance of donor relations. COMPENSATION The projected compensation range for this individual will be competitive and in accordance with the background and experience of the selected candidate. The agency has a strong insurance package including Medical, Dental, Short-Term Disability, Life/Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage. In addition, a 403b is available in which employees may participate. NON-DISCRIMINATION The Shelter firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected categories. APPLICATION PROCESS Email resume to Paul Gemeinhardt, the Moran Company, at: ShelterResumes@gmail.com
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