Executive Director

City Mission, Inc.
November 9, 2020
Boston, MA
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Peniey McClary


City Mission Boston is seeking a full-time Executive Director, who is responsible for directing the overall strategic, financial, programmatic, operations, and management of the nonprofit to deliver on our mission: to educate and empower individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families in Boston. Based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, this person will be a passionate advocate for racial justice, a collaborative change agent for homelessness prevention, a catalyst of community engagement, a galvanizing leader, and the spiritual voice of the organization.


About the Organization

For more than two centuries, City Mission (www.citymissionboston.org) has responded to the call of social justice and dedicated itself to the ever-changing needs of the most vulnerable in Boston. With the underlying guiding principles of engagement, education, and empowerment, City Mission’s vision is to:

  • Cultivate an empowering narrative of race within our neighborhood and congregations that advocate and build systems based on racial equity and reject the structure of white supremacy.
  • Be recognized as an impactful leader, an empowering ally, and an effective advocate for single mothers and their families in order to prevent homelessness and address its contributing factors and root causes.
  • Equip the next generation of seminarians, clergy, and lay leaders in urban ministry with the focus on social and racial justice.
  • Multiply our work through partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, congregations, and leaders, and build enduring relationships in the community.
  • Implement a sustainable business model that both facilitates our mission and endows our future.

Founded by local Congregational Churches over 200 years ago, City Mission continues in the Congregational tradition, represented today by the United Church of Christ, with progressive and inclusive values. City Mission partners with the congregations of the Metropolitan Boston Association of the Southern New England Conference and other community and faith-based organizations in advocacy work, social justice education, funding, and volunteer and service opportunities. City Mission is governed by a 15-member board and has 14 full- and part-time staff members. City Mission, energized by faith, cultivates, and embraces a positive climate of creativity, openness, and integrity. Its FY21 budgeted revenues are approximately $1.3 million including cash reserves, strong relationships with institutional funders, and substantial support from private donors.


Opportunities and Challenges

The new Executive Director joins the organization at a very important time. We are in the midst of growth and expansion in our programming and audience. We are facing the challenge of rebuilding more equitable and anti-racist systems. Unfortunately, the dual pandemics we are currently facing, COVID-19 and racism, have had a disproportionate effect on the communities we serve. City Mission needs a strong leader to take up this mantle and guide us dynamically through these challenging times.


Together, the Executive Director and the board will evaluate and adjust the business model as they grow the organization. This necessitates generating resources to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. Continuing to build financial resources for City Mission is paramount. The next Executive Director will need to play an active role in fundraising, build the development infrastructure and culture, as well as help the Board continues its strategic recruitment of new Board members, assuring that the Directors have a keen understanding of their fundraising responsibilities.


Reporting to the board, the Executive Director is the executive and spiritual leader of City Mission and serves as an ex-officio member of the board of directors while advancing best practices in governance and policymaking.


Strategic Leadership

The Executive Director provides strategic leadership assuring that the organization has a long-range strategy and sustainable business model to achieve its mission. Building on City Mission’s positive reputation, they will work with the board and management team to identify and set priorities, areas for improvement, and opportunities for institutional growth and increased impact.


Goal-Oriented and Results Driven

The Executive Director ensures an outcome measurement system is implemented for each program and contributes toward organizational level goals and strategy. In addition, they will analyze program revenue lines for relative mission and financial impact on the organization.


Community and Congregational Engagement

The Executive Director will proactively engage in relationships with the community and congregations across the city, building partnerships and collaborative efforts to leverage program impact and meet mission.

Staff Leadership

The Executive Director maintains a positive morale, fostering trust, and ensuring competency through evaluation. They preserve a climate that attracts, retains, values, and motivates a diverse staff.


Resource Development, Marketing, and Finance

The Executive Director works with the staff, Finance Committee, and board to prepare and monitor the annual budget, and ensure the development and maintenance of sound financial practices and systems. The Executive Director ensures accurate and complete reporting to the board and to government agencies and other funders that meets statutory, regulatory, and proposal requirements. The Executive Director oversees the development and implementation of the annual resource development plan. They also work with marketing staff to develop and implement an annual marketing/communications plan tied to the strategic focus of City Mission and oversee the building and maintenance of technology and communication infrastructure.



The Board of Directors is seeking a highly motivated person of integrity who is able to build trust and promote and support leadership in others; an effective communicator who values transparency and who inspires others to work collaboratively toward our mission: to educate and empower individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.


The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal qualities:


  • Five+ years of management experience in a senior leadership position.
  • Three+ years of experience in social, racial, and/or economic justice in an urban community.
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred. Consideration may be given for equivalent experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Proven ability to relate to diverse constituencies and stakeholders and build effective, collaborative partnerships to achieve greater impact.
  • Ability to develop adaptive, engaging strategies to meet evolving community needs within our mission, vision, and values.
  • Strong experience developing and growing multiple fundraising revenue streams. including corporate and foundation funders, individual donors, government contracts, and congregations.
  • Successful experience advocating effectively across multiple audiences and arenas.
  • Experience as an organizational spokesperson; an effective public speaker and oral storyteller.
  • Able to speak in front of and navigate a congregational setting.
  • Proven ability to foster a thriving, equitable, diverse, collaborative team environment.
  • Adept at managing and delivering on multiple work streams and comfortable transitioning quickly across multiple roles.
  • Sound fiscal management including budgeting, expense management, and key financial metrics required to operate a nonprofit
  • Facility with technology, including Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs; Quickbooks, and fundraising software (eTapestry/Blackbaud) a plus.



  • In-depth knowledge of homelessness, affordable housing, and related issues and causes.
  • Experience raising the visibility of an organization, including and beyond standard marketing and public relations.
  • Experience building relationships with city leaders, corporate and foundation funders, and institutions of greater Boston.
  • Nonprofit board development, governance, and leadership expertise.
  • Clear and effective written and oral communication
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

How To Apply

To Apply

Interested individuals should email their resume with a cover letter by December 14, 2020, to careers@citymissionboston.org.

City Mission is committed to inclusion and diversity and recruiting a broadly diverse pool of candidates for this position. City Mission invites applications without regard to race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, gender identity, physical disability, or sexual orientation.

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