A Woman’s Place (AWP) Executive Director (ED) provides leadership to the organization, including but not limited to, administration, coordination, and supervision of all functions within the organization in accordance with the Values, Vision, and Mission. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides leadership and direction to the staff and is responsible for all operations, including:
- Program innovation, creation, planning, implementation, and evaluation;
- Fundraising, the seeking and writing of grants, conducting special fundraising events and mail campaigns, and maintaining a positive relationship with funders;
- Fiscal management and oversight;
- Building, fostering and maintaining relationships and ensuring a positive community image for the agency through effective public relations and education;
- In conjunction with the Board, development and implementation of AWP’s strategic plan;
- Primary responsibility for risk management and loss prevention.
- Provide leadership to staff, Board, and community in developing new, relevant, and trauma-informed programs including recruiting and developing qualified staff.
- Communicate AWP’s mission to Board, staff, and community to build momentum and goodwill toward the agency’s vision.
- Develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance the agency’s mission, ensuring those are translated into goals and objectives for staff.
- Establish and implement operational objectives that support AWP’s strategic plan.
- Manage and administer programs and services offered by AWP.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the technical, operational, and ethical issues facing AWP.
- Ensure existing programs remain relevant and are operated in an efficient, productive, and cost-effective manner.
- Educate Board and staff in any new regulations related to risk management and loss prevention.
- Employ qualified staff to meet the agency’s needs according to the agency’s personnel policies, salary schedules, and affirmative action policy.
- Supervise Leadership Team members and meet regularly to review goals.
- Maintain a strong working relationship with all staff with open communication, respect, and trust.
- Develop reasonable workloads for all personnel and provide supervision and evaluation to ensure quality performance and achievement of the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives.
- Provide promotion, demotion, assignment change, or termination as recommended by the supervisory personnel or as dictated by program needs.
- Develop, maintain, and use appropriate operating systems and resources that facilitate the effective operation of the organization.
- Seek input from agency data, staff, Board, and community resources for the purpose of identifying unmet service needs.
- Recommend programs to the Board for approval along with a plan for each, indicating the agency’s ability to deliver that service.
- Ensure that monitoring of programs meets all standards and agreements and is consistent with the agency’s Vision, Mission and Values.
- Ensure Policy and Procedure manuals stay maintained and updated.
Community Relations and Education
- Serve as the face of the organization providing leadership in developing the agency’s public profile and communicating its mission and services to the community.
- Act as the recognized spokesperson for the agency in interfacing with the human services network.
- Seek opportunities to present information about the agency to relevant constituencies.
- Act with sensitivity to the needs and values of diverse cultural groups in the community.
- Develop and maintain collaborative, positive relationships with the many groups in the community that support or are involved in the organization or its mission.
- Maintain current knowledge and education of trends in domestic violence and promote and advocate these within the community.
- Monitor local, state and national legislation that impacts domestic violence.
- Develop and oversee appropriate fundraising and financial strategies.
- Ensure that solid planning and budgeting systems are in place to accurately assess, manage, and project the financial health of the agency.
- Provide the Board and committees with recommendations concerning the agency insurance coverage needs.
- Prepare an annual agency budget in collaboration with the Finance Committee of the Board.
- Fiscally administer the agency on a day-to-day basis consistent within the capacity of the approved budget.
- Provide for a monthly income statement and cash position to guide the Board in financial decisions.
- Prepare for the annual audit of the agency’s finances by a qualified Certified Public Accountant.
- Take initiative in seeking additional funding sources, contracts, and other sources of agency income, on an ongoing basis.
- Oversee the fiscal accountability of the agency to all of its funding and contracting sources.
- Ensure compliance with standards and requirements of all regulatory agencies and funding sources and maintain alliances with appropriate funding groups, including but not limited to PCADV, auditors, and the IRS.
- As the chief staff to the Board, maintain a strong working relationship with the Board, characterized by open communication, respect, and trust.
- Model effective working relationships with the Board to staff; assign agency staff to Board Committees based on the ability of each staff member to best assist those committees.
- Establish appropriate systems for dialogue and communication between the Board and staff.
- Adhere to the agency’s ethics policy and standards of conduct as detailed in the Personnel Handbook.
- Report on the overall program of evaluation and quality assurance to provide risk prevention.
- Keep the Board well informed about agency activities and provide regular reports including an annual report.
The Executive Director must have an understanding of and passion for the goals and mission of A Woman’s Place and the individuals it serves. Demonstrated experience as a compassionate and committed leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions and provides direct and timely responses is essential. The new Executive Director will be a visionary leader and outstanding communicator who clarifies goals, builds teams and cultivates trust while at the same time demands accountability.
- Commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of A Woman’s Place.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible management and administrative experience in nonprofit organizations preferably in domestic violence services or related programs including human/social services, healthcare, housing, education, or substance abuse.
- Proven skills and experience in communicating and working with a Board of Directors, committees, and Board members.
- Strong leadership skills and a broad understanding of human resource management in order to create a healthy and dynamic organizational environment that enables staff, Board, programs, clients, and the community to thrive based on agency values.
- Proven success leading teams, setting priorities, and implementing a strategic plan.
- Strong interpersonal skills, drive, and integrity with demonstrated ability to build, foster, and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies, including administrators, board members, volunteer leaders, clients, and community leaders.
- Proven experience in fundraising with the ability to formulate and execute development strategies that will enhance revenue while fostering strong partnerships with external partners and community members.
- Must have experience securing and managing a complex structure of government contracts.
- Demonstrated track record of success in staff and program management, creation, and execution.
- Possess superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, AWP’s mission, vision, values and goals with clarity, passion and persuasion.
- Proven ability to influence audiences by effectively communicating with clarity, timeliness, and thoughtfulness to staff, Board, and community.
- Exhibit a high level of professional and ethical standards in all areas of work and behavior, setting an example for staff and working to inspire confidence in the integrity and quality of the agency.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of nonprofit financial management including developing and managing budgets.
- Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Must be willing to travel regionally including trips to Harrisburg and work some nights and weekends when necessary.
- The ability to pass all background checks and to successfully complete 45-hour direct service training.
As the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, A Woman’s Place (AWP) provides comprehensive free, private, and confidential service, support, education, outreach, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and their children and the community. Founded in 1976, A Woman’s Place is committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all.
A Woman’s Place envisions a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish.
A Woman’s Place is a community-based social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all.
To accomplish our vision of a society where all individuals are safe and can flourish, the programs, services, and decision making at all levels of A Woman’s Place are rooted in and guided by the following values:
Courage: A Woman’s Place acts bravely and boldly, notwithstanding fear.
Creativity: A Woman’s Place encourages the creation of meaningful new ideas, interpretations, and rules.
Equality: A Woman’s Place believes each and every one of us must collaborate to create a new society based in equal power and rights.
Integrity: A Woman’s Place is of sound moral character and adheres to ethical principles.
Respect: A Woman’s Place is considerate and honors the worth and dignity of all beings and resources.
Social Justice: A Woman’s Place analyzes structural social inequalities in order to promote justice.
For additional information, please visit their website at https://awomansplace.org/.