Visitation House, Inc. Executive Director
OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION
Visitation House, Inc. is a privately funded 501(c)(3) organization offering pregnant homeless women a safe harbor as they prepare for the birth of their child and transition into motherhood. Visitation House endeavors to promote the emotional and physical well-being of displaced pregnant women in need and/or in crisis through a Catholic faith-based spiritual and religious approach.
The Executive Director, as mission steward, oversees the management of a 12-room residential housing program for pregnant mothers and their babies. The Executive Director is the leader responsible for all aspects of the finance and administration, operations, marketing and fundraising, clinical and residential programs, human resources, and facilities at 119 Endicott Street, Worcester, MA. The Executive Director is accountable to and reports to the Board of Directors.
Specifically, the Executive Director:
• Ensures that, in partnership with the governing Board, the Visitation House mission and vision are carried out faithfully, effectively, efficiently, consistently, and collaboratively.
• Demonstrates a level of business acumen, oversees revenues and expenditures, and works closely with the Board and its committees to ensure the financial well-being of the organization.
• Initiates strategic and operational planning and is responsible and accountable for implementation of the organization's strategic plan.
• Leads all development and fundraising efforts and activities, working collaboratively with both VH staff and the Board, including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors, and funding partners to support the VH mission.
• Raises awareness of the services provided by Visitation House to residents in the greater Worcester community.
• Represents Visitation House and its unique faith-based approach to numerous community stakeholders, groups of associations and agencies, and the media.
• Maintains and builds positive partnerships with local parishes.
Each responsibility of the Executive Director set forth below is considered a priority by the governing Board. Responsibilities are not listed in any particular order of priority.
1. Financial Performance and Sustainability:
• Generate revenue, control expenses and balance budgets for fiscal well-being and operational longevity
• Spearhead, plan and drive donor and grant fundraising efforts and events for $650K+ annual budget
• Ensure accuracy, transparency and integrity using best practices in financial management and reporting
• Maintain systems and controls to ensure positive financial health and maximize resource utilization
2. Awareness and Outreach:
• Develop and execute strategic, advancement, fundraising & marketing plans, and campaigns
• Explore, expand & obtain annual funding sources from donors, grants, foundations, and corporate sponsors, etc.
• Oversee and enhance the VH website, marketing, advertising, and media strategies to increase mission awareness, engage donors, develop, and strengthen partnerships, and increase outreach efforts among religious and secular communities within & beyond greater-Worcester
• Acts as the spokesperson for the organization and participates at house and community events, media interviews, etc.
3. House and Residential Program Operations:
• Cultivate a thriving mission-driven organization: recruit, train, develop and retain competent and dedicated staff
• Manage policies in programming administration, house operations and human resources compliance
• Ensure residential programming and clinical guidance leads to positive near-and long-term outcomes for residents
• Manage contracts, notes, leases, insurance, and other agreements made on behalf of the organization
4. Board Partnership:
• Collaborate with and lead the implementation of Board decisions supporting vision and mission
• Report to and communicate regularly with the governing Board with timely and accurate information for effective decision-making by the Board
• Engage and lead Board members and committees to develop plans and activities to benefit strategic and fundraising plans
The ideal candidate will have:
• Bachelor's degree
• 5 years in senior roles leading non-profits, management, fundraising, donor relations, sales, and marketing, administrative, finance, operations, and human resources
• Proven ability to raise significant funds through current sources and creativity to expand revenue streams
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate high-influence relationships and partnerships for material and intrinsic benefit, e.g., major donors, grants/foundations, partners, agencies, corporations, community, academic, civic & non-profit institutions
• Proven ability to work with vulnerable populations (e.g., trauma, poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, etc.) utilizing values of accountability, empowerment, participation, and community
• Strategic vision and passion to serve the mission of Visitation House with integrity and compassion
• Understanding of the Catholic faith & community, pro-life values, moral and social justice traditions
• Self-direction and be enthusiastic, collaborative, decisive, ethical
• Excellent written, oral, presentation and interpersonal communication skills
• High Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in listening, processing, problem-solving and resolving conflicts for optimal results
• Excellent computer skills using a variety of technology platforms, software, and applications, including Microsoft Suite, social media, Customer Databases, financial software platforms, etc.; web design/development experience preferred
• Strong understanding of nonprofit and/or corporate finance
• Team orientation with ability to coach and support employees to new levels of performance
• A local presence in the community. Local candidates preferred. Position requires weekday and occasional weekend and evening onsite presence
Benefits include vacation, sick time, and holidays. Salary specifics will be discussed during initial phone interview.
The search for the Executive Director for Visitation House is being conducted by the Visitation House Board of Directors. Questions about the position, and applications for the position, which should include a cover letter and resume, may be submitted to the Visitation House Board of Directors at [email protected] The application and candidate selection process will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.