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Chief Executive Officer

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the overall administration of Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP), maintaining relationships with funders and community partners, internal and external communications, hiring and supporting staff, and overseeing the development and coordination of CAAP programs and services.
The CEO, in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s CAAs, assesses significant statewide barriers to ameliorating poverty, and recommends strategies, services, and resources to enhance the local CAAs capabilities and capacities to address poverty issues. The CEO works closely with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing CAAP’s strategic plan and regularly informs the Board about the organization’s progress.

The CEO will be primarily responsible for providing training and technical assistance to CAAs with an end goal of assisting those agencies in assessing community needs, increasing community collaborations, and increasing local agencies’ capacity to deliver on the promise of community action. Responsibilities also include supporting the implementation of federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards and the performance management system ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability).

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for and management of CAAP’s physical, programmatic, financial, and human resources to ensure that CAAP has a positive and strongly supported public image in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships with the Commonwealth, other government entities, funding sources, State Associations, businesses, community organizations, and the media to foster ongoing support for the Association and its members.
  • Act as primary leader or spokesperson for CAAP and serve as a liaison and advocate for CAA member agencies and issues around poverty at the state, regional, and national levels.
  • Increase visibility and represent CAAP to the community serving as a general spokesperson to the community while building and maintaining relationships with appropriate community stakeholders.
  • Ensure that program goals, budgets, and work plans are consistent with the Association’s purpose and applicable funding source requirements and are responsive and relevant to the needs of the membership of CAAP.
  • Develop appropriate objectives and strategies to advance CAAP’s mission, ensuring those are translated into tangible goals for staff.
  • Provide direct supervision, coordination, and evaluation of staff, including: Deputy Director, Strategic Change Senior Director, Communications Director, Education Director, and Finance Manager.
  • Administer CAAP’s budget and provide financial oversight.
  • Oversee, prepare, plan, and pursue all appropriate grant possibilities consistent with CAAP’s scope and vision/mission established by the Board.
  • Stay informed on program and funding opportunities and the development of new sources in support of the organization operations and mission.
  • Develop and provide new and innovative training programs for CAAs in areas including management, governance, fiscal, human resources, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Coordinate networking and mentoring opportunities for member agencies.
  • Encourage and support DEI initiatives and programming within member organizations.
  • Develop evaluation criteria and mechanisms for determining the impact of Association projects on the problems of low-income people in Pennsylvania or the problems of member community action agencies.
  • Keep abreast on current issues and cutting edge thinking from thought leaders from around the country.
  • Proactive approach to providing CAAs summarized information on best practices, current issues, and funding opportunities.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required or as assigned by the Board.


The Chief Executive Officer must have an understanding of and passion for the goals and mission of Community Action and a commitment to play a leadership role in helping shape the community’s understanding and support for the needs of people experiencing poverty and other challenges. The successful candidate must be a thought leader on anti-poverty issues with the ability to summarize and disseminate information and best practices to member agencies. The ideal candidate serves as an advocate and activist with the ability to effectively represent CAAP at the national, state, and local level.


  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit management; experience in community action preferred.
  • Demonstrated senior executive leadership skills, both strategic and tactical, and an ability to develop and mentor a staff and work collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of the impact of poverty and programs and activities designed to alleviate the cause of poverty is required.
  • Knowledge of current nonprofit agency management theories, practices, and methods, including Board of Directors-staff roles and relationships.
  • A high degree of financial literacy and an ability to ensure that CAAP continues to be an exceptionally well-managed, financially sound organization.
  • Ability to establish overall agency operations, including operating objectives and the development of effective policies, procedures and practices.
  • A team player and team builder that has a passion for and commitment to achieving excellence in all aspects of the mission of CAAP while fostering a high level of respect for colleagues.
  • Demonstrated networking skills and an ability to sustain and build on the partnerships and collaborations that are already established.
  • Possess superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, CAAP’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies including staff, Board, government officials, businesses, and community organizations.
  • Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact in a social setting with ease and grace among individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficient with technology.
  • Ability to manage priorities, set goals, and follow through.
  • Charismatic visionary with common sense and a strong work ethic.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Willing and able to travel.


The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) is a statewide membership organization representing 42 Community Action Agencies (CAA) in the Commonwealth. CAAP acts as a statewide voice for local Community Action Agencies and low-income citizens. It is the primary source of advocacy, education, technical assistance, news, and networking for the Community Action network of Pennsylvania.

For over 40 years, CAAP has served the needs of its member agencies by helping to identify and sponsor professional training in anti-poverty areas, facilitating regular meetings of Community Action Agency leadership staff and board members, serving as the conduit for resource development, advocating for public policy conducive to locally-developed goals of its membership, and promoting legislation and regulations which support economic opportunity efforts, community development and locally-designed strategies.

CAAP is a private non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from member agencies.

Core funding for CAAP is provided through the Office of Community Services’ (OCS) Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC) grant, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and member agency dues.

For additional information, please visit their website at

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer,
committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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