Job Posting: Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware seeks an Executive Director who will lead the agency to ensure that the mission, strategy, and values are carried out through responsible program administration and development of services and resources within the State of Delaware. The Executive Director manages 13 employees (full-time and part-time) and a budget of $800,000.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Experience as a leader of an organization with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in creating and implementing sustained growth strategies in a non-profit or corporate environment
  • Experience in developing and managing a diverse fund development/revenue generating strategy
  • Knowledge of youth development and volunteer management
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships and engage with community and corporate partners, civic leaders, staff and members.
  • Demonstrated experience in fund development and board relations
  • Proven leadership, management and team building skills
  • Must be self-motivated, responsible and able to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to create an inclusive team culture by leveraging team members from diverse backgrounds and with diverse points of view.
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills that can be adapted based on audience
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proper vehicle insurance
  • Must pass a background check and pre-employment drug test

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The Executive Director is responsible for overall leadership and strategic plan execution for the agency. Main responsibilities include ensuring quality program delivery, securing sustainable funding for agency programs, and setting expectations for agency staff. The Executive Director also serves as the official ambassador and spokesperson for the agency and protects and promotes the reputation of the agency in communities served.

Financial Management & Fund Development:
Develops and implements a diversified and cost-effective fundraising plan and sound financial management procedures to ensure the agency’s financial stability and growth without adversely affecting other success criteria (mission, quality of service, consumer satisfaction).

Pro-actively ensures that the agency develops and carries out a fund development plan to include resources consisting of successful special event fundraisers, development of strong long-term relationships with businesses, foundations, funders and individual donors. Coordinates with the Board to develop the annual operating budget, fundraising and grant plans, adhering to budget commitment and constraints.

Serves as supervisor of the grant writer and writes some grants, ensuring accurate grant reports and appropriate expenditure of grant funds. Assures contractual agreements and grant contract compliance. Consistently monitors expenditures in conjunction with Business Manager and Board Treasurer, safeguarding all assets.

Board Integration:
Cultivates a strong relationship with Board of Directors. Works to assure independent governance oversight, assurance of policies and performance accountability to the Board. Works with the board to develop resources through grants; assists board committees in developing and executing various fundraisers to sustain program, retains open communication of administrative, technical needs, program revision or improvements, funding opportunities and national directives. Keeps the Board of Directors up-to-date on current practices and procedures within the Agency and in the field of human services. the Agency’s financial needs

Program impact:
Ensures that comprehensive marketing strategies are developed to attract and engage and mobilize significant numbers of volunteer mentors. Ensures programmatic excellence and impact is achieved with program benchmark. Assures affirmative, non-discrimination and compliance for the recruitment of all volunteers and clients. Ensures all program activities comply with agency and national standards of procedures for child safety and quality assurance. Supports program staff to plans, executes additional programming and match activities.

Data Management & Quality Assurance:
Oversees completion of accurate program statistical grant reports and program reports to the Board of Directors consistently and as needed.

Talent Management:
Manages day to day operations of the agency in alignment with the policies and of the Board of Directors and the Standards of Practice as an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Attracts hires, retains, and develops staff talent. Provides ongoing feedback and coaching to staff. Develops responsibilities with accountability metrics and holds staff accountable. Promotes a positive work environment operated with openness and integrity. Maintains office presence when not working in the community. Manages all aspects of Human Resource functions in compliance with Big Brother Big Sisters of Delaware polices, as well as state and federal laws. Oversees hiring and on-boarding for new staff members.

Ambassador, Spokesperson & Community Advocate:
Represents Big Brothers Big Sisters, its goals and mission effectively at meetings, events and with the media. Positively influences and interacts with community partners, donors, media and social media to generate volunteers and funding resources. Creates increased awareness and understanding for the purpose of soliciting advocacy, financial, and non-financial support.

Equal Employment Opportunity
BBBS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability.

Compensation and Benefits
Health insurance contribution; Salary Range: $75,000 - $90,000
Email: Send resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position to [email protected]

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