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Executive Director Position Announcement

Posting Date:   November 1, 2015               Closing Date:   November 30, 2015

Position Title:     Executive Director

Reports To:        Board of Directors

Salary:                Competitive, Benefits

Organization Overview:   St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty (SJCBOP) is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2008 to assist individuals moving from poverty to self-sufficiency. We provide programs to empower and educate under-resourced individuals and advocate for change in our community to remove barriers to self-sufficiency and eliminate practices that prey on the under-resourced.

SJCBOP is staffed by three full-time employees, AmeriCorps staff, independent contractors, and interns from local colleges and universities, with an annual budget of $300,000. Funding comes from grants, United Way, business partnerships, sales from proprietary programs, training fees, and individual contributions.

SJCBOP Mission:   Using Bridges Out of Poverty as a framework, transform St. Joseph County into a sustainable community in which individuals move from generational poverty to self-sufficiency, enhancing the quality of life for everyone and creating a model for other communities.

The successful candidate will be the leader and champion of the mission.

Position Overview:   With the guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides vision, strategic direction, leadership and management of staff and volunteers and is responsible for overall organizational effectiveness. The Executive Director oversees the operating budget, the programs and activities of the organization; is responsible for maintaining effective public relations with community partners; and, for leading advocacy efforts. This individual leads in grant writing and oversees fundraising activities.

Board Partnership: Leads policy development, planning and evaluation. Receives feedback, direction and approval from the Board. Ensures the implementation of all policies and procedures. Communicates Board action to all employees. Serves as an advisor to the Board regarding any and all activities of the organization. Assists in ensuring all Board members are informed, engaged and involved.

Management /Fiscal Administration/Fundraising: Presents an annual plan with a balanced budget; implements the approved operating budget; and, ensures sound budgetary and financial management. Has a proven history of successful grant writing. Leads the efforts to raise funds to support the activities of the agency from grants, partnerships, training, sales, and contributions.

Personnel/Program Management:  Assumes responsibility for the direction and supervision of all employees and volunteers and for the effective implementation of programs and services. Leads efforts for new program design.

Advocacy: With input and assistance from the Board, leads the efforts to educate community leaders about poverty and advocates for changes in government/economic/community infrastructure and policies to remove barriers for under resourced people moving to self-sufficiency. Develops partnerships with social service, governmental and business entities to further advocacy goals. Understands collective impact, its value, and able to create and maintain strategic partnerships

Personal Attributes and Critical Skills:

·         Passion for the mission of SJCBOP

·         Superior level of personal/business integrity

·         Professional presentation and behavior

·         Supportive leadership style that promotes collaboration and teamwork

·         Vision

·         Flexibility and sense of humor

·         Effective staff development and supervisory skills

·         Effective verbal and written skills

·         Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds within the organization and in the community.

·         Ability to think strategically

·         Competence in designing and implementing a plan

·         Ability to read and analyze organization financial statements

·         Computer proficiency


·         Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in human services, education, business or a related field

·         Minimum of 3-7  years management and leadership experience, preferably in non-profit sector

·         Experience in budget management, grant writing and fund development

Application Process:  Please submit a resume no later than November 30, 2015 to SJCBOP Search Committee,  P.O. Box 1078, South Bend, IN 46624.