Executive Director - Hope Station

Wilson, NC
Full Time
Executive

Are you passionate about serving your neighbor? Are you called to live out your faith in a dynamic, service-focused ministry? Does your passion inspire others to personally connect with the mission? 

Are you a strategist with experience leading complex organizations serving a high-need client base? The kind of visionary strategist that sees today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities and blends them together to forge a plan for growth built on data, input, and a deep understanding of client needs. 

Why? 

Hope Station is seeking its next Executive Director. 

Hope Station provides food for an average of 598 people, or 243 households per month, and shelter for nearly 250 people ranging in age from 2 months to over 80 years old each year. Add in emergency financial assistance for families, plus re-housing assistance for persons experiencing homelessness, and you have the full breadth of Hope Station living into its mission to serve low-income persons in Wilson County, NC, through food, shelter, housing assistance, and financial assistance for families in crisis.

Operating under Wilson County Interfaith Services, Inc., Hope Station is an $800,000 organization with 15 on staff, more than 50 volunteers, and a board of 19. The current Executive Director, Linda Walling will retire at the end of this year and the Board has formed a Transition Committee to guide a successful leadership transition.  

Want to know more? Visit Hope Station’s website at http://hopestation-wilson.org/.  

 

What will you do as Hope Station’s next Executive Director? 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities: 

Leadership and Strategic Impact 

  • Serve as the primary leader, community builder, spokesperson, and administrator.  
  • Work with the board, staff, and stakeholders to define the strategic vision for the organization’s future.  
  • Lead the organization to develop, implement, and assess strategy and business plans. 
  • Maintain regular communications with the Board of Directors and provide them with the necessary support, counsel, and information required for effective governance. 
  • Identify, recruit, orient, retain, and celebrate Board members.  Ensure a quality process for building the board and diversifying its membership to reflect the community served.  

Operational and Financial Oversight   

  • Ensures high-quality program delivery, evaluation, and reporting that promotes the effective utilization of personnel and financial resources. Provides direction for expanding or modifying programs and services as it relates to the strategic plan.  
  • Oversees preparation of the annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Provides information and justifications for the Board of Directors in its budgetary review and approval process. 
  • Ensures strong internal controls, fiscal responsibility, accountability, regular financial statements, and efficient, accurate, and consistent financial operations and practices.  
  • Ensures that Hope Station has the appropriate systems, physical space, and technology to operate efficiently and effectively. 
  • Responsible for the stewardship of facilities and equipment. Works closely with the Board to finalize strategic and capital projects, as well as operating goals that stem from these priorities.  
  • Devises remedial actions for any identified issues and conducts crisis management when necessary. 

Fund Development 

  • Serve as the chief development officer for the organization. 
  • Lead fundraising efforts including the Board’s involvement in fundraising, personally cultivating, and soliciting donors and developing sustainable fundraising plans and processes for the organization. 
  • Oversee the grant writing process ensuring that grant opportunities are in line with the strategic direction of the organization, meet the expectations of the grantor, and support the financial needs of the organization. 
  • Responsible for the consistent flow of revenue to the organization, supporting programs and activities through diverse and multi-faceted income streams. 
  • Build long-term relationships with key donor segments based on mission, cultivation, and stewardship, program outcomes, and sound fiscal management. 

Staff Development    

  • Build a positive work culture that supports a productive, mission focused work environment.  
  • Develop organizational structure, job descriptions, assignments, supervisory and evaluative procedures to achieve strategic goals effectively and efficiently.  
  • Hire, assign, supervise, delegate, evaluate, and terminate staff in accordance with organizational policies and applicable laws. 
  • Work with staff to ensure a positive volunteer experience, maintaining focus on the engagement and retention of volunteers. 

Communications and Outreach 

  • Builds and manages positive relationships with partner organizations, the local community, media outlets, and religious organizations.  
  • Promotes Hope Station’s visibility and welfare through participation and membership in community forums, interreligious efforts, and activities that are aligned with mission and vision. 
  • Guides all communications including newsletters, impact reports, the website, database platform, social media, and other general communications to ensure alignment of the brand and mission.  
  • Represents Hope Station in all media relations by participating in interviews, developing press releases, and all other media type engagements. 
  • Advocates at the local and state level for the community served by Hope Station. 

 

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the Executive Director 

  • Five or more years of experience in non-profit executive or pastoral management role where organizational sustainability and growth were key parts of the position 
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university 
  • Work productively in a flexible environment 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal and deep relational skills, with the ability to build trust, respect, and camaraderie among a diverse group and interact equally well with board, staff, community leaders, and clients 
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience with success in building dynamic relationships with key stakeholders, church, business and foundation leaders, and others who can influence individual, corporate, and foundation, and giving; experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts 
  • Grant writing and management experience preferred 
  • History of demonstrating the sound judgment, administrative skill, and financial acumen necessary to oversee day-to-day operations, direct staff, and manage a budget of at least $1 million  
  • Detail-oriented, logical, and methodological approach to problem-solving  

 

Think you are the next Hope Station Executive Director? 

To apply, click on the link to the Executive Director position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/jobs. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact mendi@armstrongmcguire.com. No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites. 

The preferred deadline to apply is October 14, 2022. Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled.  

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position with a range of $65K to $75K. Hope Station offers a benefits package for full-time employees that includes personal time off; life, disability, accidental death & disability, and dental insurance. 

Hope Station actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Hope Station is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, or age.

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