Stepping Stones of Dunn County Executive Director Position Description

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Organization Information

Stepping Stones of Dunn County is a non-profit organization that serves the greater Dunn County area. Stepping Stones seeks to foster a community that prevents hunger, homelessness and isolation throughout Dunn County through its Food Pantry, Shelters, and Community Connections programs. It is an instrumental and respected organization that partners with numerous other entities across the community to serve those – across lifespan – in most need.

Summary

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of Stepping Stones and reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the agency and the administration of its programs and services. The Executive Director:

  • gives leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s vision, mission, strategic goals, and annual goals and objectives,
  • implements the strategic goals and objectives of the organization,
  • with the Board President, enables the Board of Directors to fulfill its governance function, and
  • performs other duties as required.

Primary Responsibilities

Board Administration and Support: 

  • Work with the Board of Directors and its committees to ensure the organization’s services are delivered and its policies implemented in accordance with established by-laws.
  • Ensure that the organization has a long-range mission-focused strategy toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Construct agendas for board meetings in consultation with the Board President and send out necessary materials in advance of meetings.
  • Provide regular reports to the Board of Directors on the organization’s status, services, and activities.
  • Work with the Personnel and Nominating committee to identify and recruit new board members.
  • Orient new board members, encourage board development and education, and cultivate strong board member relationships.

Human Resources Management:

  • Develop and maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and high performance team. New positions and any employee dismissals will occur with approval of the Executive Committee.
  • Effectively manage the human resources of the organization, including hiring or separation, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating staff.
  • Provide staff training as needed and encourage staff and volunteer development and education.
  • Determine staff salary adjustments to be reviewed by the Personnel Committee and approved by the Board of Directors as part of the annual budget. Ensure appropriate compensation and benefits for all staff.
  • Follow policies and procedures detailed in the Employee Handbook and initiate their periodic review.
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.

Program Management:

  • Continually assess community service needs and ways in which Stepping Stones can improve and expand its services.
  • Work with the Board of Directors in establishing goals and objectives that advance the mission of the organization.
  • Determine an annual plan of action to implement goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate and report on the quality and effectiveness of the organization’s programs in measures that can be communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Ensure compliance with monitoring agencies and grant funding requirements.

Public Relations and Marketing:

  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with community partners and similar organizations (other pantries and shelters) in or near Dunn County.
  • Serve as the lead spokesperson for Stepping Stones, persuasively and passionately communicating the organization’s mission.
  • Promote staff participation in groups and activities that enhance Stepping Stones’ mission and visibility in the community.
  • Oversee all marketing and communications for the organization.

Financial and Facility Management:

  • Lead and expand fundraising efforts, including cultivating the interest and financial support of a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Oversee grant writing and proposals to foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies.
  • Ensure a diversified revenue stream to include periodic capital campaigns, planned giving, endowment funding, and annual operating costs.
  • Develop the annual budget along with the Executive/Finance Committee for Board approval, and manage the organization’s resources within budget parameters.
  • Follow policies and procedures detailed in the Stepping Stones Financial Manual and initiate their periodic review.
  • Oversee the execution and maintenance of official documents and financial records.
  • Oversee the maintenance of buildings and grounds.
  • Maintain adequate insurance coverage of all necessary types.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values statement of Stepping Stones (available under the About section on the website).
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Human Services, Applied Sciences, or a related field.
  • A work history which demonstrates an ability to provide professional administrative leadership and collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Experience in personnel management (paid and volunteer).
  • Experience in fund development, marketing, public relations, and fiscal management.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, and mission-driven.

Skills

  • Excellent communication (oral and written), customer service, and interpersonal skills.
  • Possess a positive team approach in addressing needs and creatively solving problems, working toward consensus whenever possible.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently in a fast paced environment, effectively coordinating several tasks simultaneously.
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Fiscal responsibility.

Accountability

The Executive Director is hired, supervised by, and accountable to the Board of Directors. Together with the Board, the Executive Director is accountable to stakeholders including clients, donors, community partners, and volunteers.

Salary Range

$50,000 – $60,000 annually depending on experience

Benefits 

  • 15% – 25% of salary as a benefit depending on insurance needs
  • 3% Simple IRA match
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 10 days’ vacation increases incrementally up to 20 within 5 years

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their resume, a cover letter describing their skills, qualifications, and experience, and the completed application (below) to the Stepping Stones’ board of directors transition team at steppingstonesdchiring@gmail.com. Questions may also be directed to this email address.  Application deadline is July 17, 2020.

 

STEPPING STONES EMPLOYMENT  APPLICATION

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Recent Employment History

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony?    ___ Yes      ___ No  (background checks are conducted)

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Stepping Stones Non-Discrimination Policy

 

Stepping Stones of Dunn County does not discriminate in employment matters or in providing its services by reason of a person’s age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, family status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, military status, or any other reason prohibited by law.

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