Executive Director

Carrie Simon House Executive Director Job Description   Overview Carrie Simon House is a nonprofit transitional housing program in northwest...
Carrie Simon House
January 25, 2021
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Janet Katz


Carrie Simon House Executive Director Job Description



Carrie Simon House is a nonprofit transitional housing program in northwest Washington, DC, that provides young, homeless women, many with one child, a stable, nurturing group living environment and the time and support to take important steps to self-sufficiency. Residents typically stay with Carrie Simon House between six months to two years, with an average stay of 16 months. Carrie Simon House offers individualized counseling, mentorship, and day-to-day guidance to make it possible for residents to advance or complete their schooling, attain steady employment, and develop critical life-management and parenting skills.


Carrie Simon House has been a volunteer-led organization since 1988 and is ready to hire its first full-time Executive Director to take the organization to new levels of impact. We are seeking a resourceful, mission-driven leader to grow Carrie Simon House’s revenue sources, visibility, and services.


The ideal candidate will combine passion with strong, well-rounded leadership skills, and a collaborative, hands-on management style. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and work closely with the Board and other stakeholders. The Executive Director will exhibit empathy while engaging with the homeless community; will represent Carrie Simon House within the homeless-serving community of NGOs and local government agencies; and will demonstrate a track record of donor-centered fundraising. The Executive Director will supervise Carrie Simon House’s two employees: the on-site Resident Manager and the part-time Social Worker who work with the residents on their plans and progress in achieving their goals.


If you have a business head and a nonprofit heart, and you are eager to make your mark on the world by growing this small gem of a direct service organization, get in touch!




  • Bachelor’s Degree plus a minimum of five years in human services and/or nonprofit sector, at least three of which in increasing management roles, ideally in small nonprofits. Social work experience is a plus, as is experience in organizations that provide wrap-around services or other support to the homeless population or families living in poverty.
  • Demonstrated track record in nonprofit fundraising, including prior success in securing grants, business partnerships, and donations;
  • Strong communications skills, including ability to tell compelling stories in both written and oral presentations, targeted to key audiences, including Board, current and potential funders, partners, and government agencies;
  • Ability to function at both strategic and tactical levels. Experiencing in framing and pursuing a long-term vision and strategy, while being a hands-on implementer to drive more immediate results;
  • Excellent judgment, problem-solving and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy to reconcile differences of opinion and to implement change; self-starter and strong multi-tasker who can maintain focus while tending to immediate needs;
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in fundraising/ development and strategic partnerships. Also desirable would be experience or familiarity with other aspects of nonprofit management, including: marketing and communications, budgeting, board governance, and volunteer management.
  • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Job Description

  • Elevate Carrie Simon House visibility, recognition and referrals within the NGO community.
    • Forge close collaborative relationships with peer organizations in DC poverty/ housing and faith communities, and with key stake-holders in government and DC business sectors to increase the pipeline of applicants into Carrie Simon House’s program;
  • Steward Carrie Simon House mission into actionable plans and partnerships that benefit residents and their children.
    • Translate Carrie Simon House’s unique potential into results-driven plans; identify and leverage growth opportunities; be proactive and creative in developing solutions to obstacles; inform plans with solid knowledge of DC homeless populations and landscape of kindred organizations and relevant government entities;
  • Build sustainable funding to strengthen and expand Carrie Simon House’s program and services
    • Develop and implement fundraising plan to secure and grow revenue sources through grants, business and government partnerships, and donors. Identify prospective grant-makers and write grants; build and leverage partnerships; build on current donor base to encourage repeat gifts and expand to prospective donors;
  • Engage collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders.
    • Ensure productive, positive relationships with direct reports and with Board of Directors; provide regular updates and be proactive in raising critical needs and issues; identify resource requirements and seek guidance as needed;
  • Provide leadership to ensure CSH is run with commitment to excellence, integrity, and accountability.
    • Demonstrate effective, day-to-day management of Carrie Simon House, including strong communications, sound financial practices, and productive relationships with Resident Manager and Social Worker. Stay attuned to residents’ progress and advise BOD of important issues related to residents or the physical plant of the house.


Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $60k - $70k

  • Opportunity for performance-based bonus at end of first year of employment
  • Health insurance stipend

How To Apply

To apply, please provide:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position
  • Two samples of your written work (fundraising, partnerships, marketing or other example you think relevant)
  • Finalist candidates will need to provide two references and undergo a criminal background check.

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