In this exceptional opportunity, Victim Support Services is seeking an executive director who will be primed to continue a successful transformation process underway to evolve VSS into a national leader for providing services to victims of crime in Washington State. VSS is moving from a passion-driven nonprofit to a results-oriented business driven by passion.
Combined with the need to increase private donor health as a percentage of the total budget over the next three years, the ideal candidate will bring their non-profit and leadership experience to maintain a positive environment for staff, be a champion for crime victims services in Washington, and provide engaged leadership that motivates the community and stakeholders to rally around the cause.
The ideal candidate has exceptional agency leadership & management skills, high integrity, goal and strategy implementation skills, a keen eye for identifying administrative and operational improvement opportunities, and an impressive track record of grant writing and project management. Community outreach and development experience are desired, along with a leader who understands aspects of financial performance and viability.
POSITION/TITLE: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
REPORTS TO: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
POSITION STATUS: FULL TIME/EXEMPT
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims dba Victim Support Services (VSS) was founded in 1975 to examine the criminal justice system, give assistance to the families and friends of victims and educate the public of the impact of violent crimes on society. VSS is the oldest victim assistance organization in Washington State, and one of the nation’s first. VSS supports and advocates for victims of crime, loved ones of homicide victims, and the families of missing persons. All of our services are free and confidential. VSS is funded through volunteer hours, public and private donations and State and Federal grants administered through the office of the Office of Crime Victim Advocacy (OCVA), Department of Commerce in Olympia.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Executive Director is the key management leader of VSS. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Agency Leadership, Management and Goal/Strategy Implementation
- Provide leadership and policy guidance for the organization.
- Plan, manage, and direct all operations, programs, and activities of the organization to ensure alignment with the organization’s grants, goals and strategies.
- Uphold and adhere to the policies and bylaws of the organization.
- Hire, supervise, and evaluate executive staff and Accounts Manager.
- Cultivate a culture of mutual respect among the Board, staff, volunteers, and clients.
- Maintain organization records, files, documents, archives and confidentiality of sensitive information.
- With the Board of Director’s guidance, develop and maintain a long-term strategy in accordance with its mission.
- Partner and participate with the Board and committees to enable the Board to fulfill its governance function, to ensure that committees have direction and move forward appropriately and to ensure alignment with goals and strategies.
- Implement the policy decisions and directives of the Board of Directors.
- Report regularly to the Board of Directors to ensure the board is fully informed of all organization activities and developments affecting the organization’s well-being.
- Enter into contracts on behalf of the organization, with approval of the Board of Directors.
Community Outreach and Development
- Provide outreach to the community about services provided by Victim Support Services and the crime victim service centers. Develop and provide community presentations as needed.
- Serve as the agency’s spokesperson to other organizations, liaison with donors, the public, constituents, government partners and media.
- Develop new relationships with business and community organizations.
- Develop or provide input in marketing materials that reflect the message of assistance to victims, or requests for funding for the agency.
- Responsible for providing leadership for community change and development, as well as promoting public awareness about victim issues through public presentations, testimony, published writings, and serving as a liaison with media and government representatives on behalf of victims’ rights.
- Write press releases to accurately reflect the agency’s position on critical issues.
- Oversee maintenance to the agency’s donor database, website and Facebook.
- Maintain involvement in victim services in order to maintain some direct contact with victims of crime and crisis.
Financial Performance and Viability
- Monitor all financial and accounting activities of the organization.
- Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
- Approve or delegate responsibility for financial disbursements and timesheets.
- Prepare annual budgets and submit to Board for approval.
- Prepare financial reports for the Board communicating budget variances.
- Engage in, coordinate, and conduct fundraising activities.
- Plan and coordinate special (fundraising) events and solicit agency sponsorships.
- Responsible for researching and writing or facilitating grants including adherence.
- Maintain records of grants issued, reports of funds received and reporting mechanism for the Board of Directors to keep them current on grant status and any possible issues.
- Maintain/update donor database and coordinate cultivation of donors.
- Victim Support Services is mission-focused and fiscally sound.
- The roles and tasks of staff and board are clear.
- Each individual is valued for their unique contribution to the mission.
- Ensure Victim Support Services is innovative and capable of improvising to best meet emergent threats and opportunities.
- Victim Support Services is able and willing to add or drop projects, programs, and protocols to best serve victims of crime.
- Services meet a high standard of accountability and are based on community need.
- Sound business and financial practices support the delivery of quality services.
- Victim Support Services will be respected as an excellent victim advocacy organization at the local, state, and national levels.
- Partnerships with donors are cultivated in a respectful manner without controversy.
- Grant writing experience strongly preferred.
- Transparent and high integrity leadership.
- Ability to convey a vision of VSS’s strategic future to staff, Board, donors, and volunteers.
- Ability to set, manage and achieve strategic objectives.
- Past success working with and for a board of directors with the ability to cultivate professional board member relationships.
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and project skills.
- Strong public speaking ability.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
- Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.
(Requirements are subject to waiver by the Board as deemed appropriate):
EDUCATION: M.A preferred. B.A. or B.S. degree in social services or related field; may substitute 5 years’ experience for Degree. Non-profit experience required.
EXPERIENCE: Five or more years of supervisory or managerial experience and experience in social service or related field is preferred.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Valid Washington Driver’s License and automobile
- Washington State Patrol Background Check
How To Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume with five references. The first review of resumes will occur after April 15, 2019. Well-qualified candidates will be invited to conduct a phone interview the week of April 15. In person interviews for the most qualified candidates will be conducted the week of April 22. Following the interview process, interview finalists will be invited to meet with staff and agency stakeholders to share their leadership story and get to know the agency.
Appointment for this position is expected late May to early June 2019.