EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S POSITION
About the Opportunity:
Reporting to a highly supportive Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees the strategic direction of the organization and operational efficiency of HOV’s programs and staff. The role calls for an operationally-minded executive who is also capable of developing a strategic plan in partnership with the Board. This individual is an experienced and humble leader, builder, and collaborator, armed with best practices for capitalizing on the strengths of a dedicated staff while attending to their professional growth. The ED will also be adept at representing the organization externally, both in terms of fundraising, marketing and advocacy-related matters.
This is a tremendous opportunity for a forward-thinking Executive Director to capitalize on HOV’s stellar reputation, seize the momentum, and build upon its mission to keep seniors 65+ living independently in their homes. Heart of the Valley is perfectly positioned and primed for its next leader to take it to new heights. This position offers the opportunity to reflect on HOV’s achievements, assess its impact, and set the vision for its future role in the community.
Key Functions & Responsibilities:
- Operations: Oversee HOV’s daily operations, providing executive-level direction to program activities for the purpose of maximizing efficiency and effectiveness. Assess program performance against well-defined metrics, ensuring incorporation of strong data management practices. Analyze internal operations procedures and identify areas for process improvement. Develop the budget in partnership with the Board; ensure compliance in execution.
- Leadership, Management, and Team Building: Motivate, inspire, and lead a highly engaged and committed staff, eager to continue their professional growth and development. Model and mentor best practices in management, ensuring effective communication, collaboration, and continued progress toward HOV’s mission.
- People Management: Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a variety of people involved in supporting Heart of the Valley. This includes HOV clients, their families, HOV volunteers, community friends and groups, funders and government agencies.
- Strategic Planning: Work closely with the Board of Directors, assessing, informing, and addressing core issues that may affect the overall health of the organization. Assess effectiveness of strategies for achieving intended impact. Lead organizational strategic planning efforts in partnership with the Board.
- External Engagement: Act as the chief storyteller and spokesperson for HOV’s work. Lead engagement with communities, influencers, partners, funders, and other complementary agencies/providers. Increase issue awareness by identifying high-level advocacy opportunities for creating systemic change for both volunteers and seniors.
- Fundraising: Strengthen HOV’s overall funding base, by further building a foundation to enable continued sustainable growth and security. Cultivate and steward relationships with major donors and institutional funders, developing a fundraising strategy and communications plan in partnership with the HOV Board of Directors.
Skills and Qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s degree in social work, gerontology or a related field. Minimum of 5 years of and a strong background in services for older adults with demonstrable success in management or leadership roles in the nonprofit, professional or social sector. Volunteer experience helpful.
- A proven record of mentoring staff, working with seniors and volunteers.
- Familiarity with issues and challenges related to aging.
- Experience with assessing strategy at the organizational level, and developing implementable strategic plans.
- Experience managing operations and assessing performance across multiple functions (e.g. programs, finance, development, and communications). Equipped with best practices for efficiency.
- Demonstrated personal experience raising funds from foundations and/or individual major donors
- A strong networker and communicator, with a talent for building impactful relationships and serving as the public face of an organization.
- Hours: 20 hours a week plus volunteer time as needed. (Everyone at Heart of the Valley, also volunteers)
- 11 paid holidays per year
- No healthcare or vacation benefits
- Provide own car, proof of insurance, and a valid California Driver’s License
- Available for occasional after hours Board Meetings, events, presentations and meetings
- Pass a background check
- Annual Salary: $42,000
Submit an electronic file of your resume, a writing sample and a thoughtful cover letter that outlines your interest in seniors and how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org