The Sophia Way (TSW) was founded in 2008 under the umbrella of The Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council (EISCC) and became an independent 501-c3 organization in December of 2012. TSW provides the Eastside community a dedicated program to helping end homelessness for women in King County by offering pathways from homelessness to greater stability, and in time, reaching long-term solutions whether it be independent, shared living or permanent supportive housing. Our approach is centered around a belief that every woman is ready for housing, no matter her circumstances; and our work is focused on meeting each person where she is by utilizing evidence-based practices that offer the greatest promise for life-changing outcomes.
TSW’s core emergency programs address fundamental needs and improve the quality of life of the women we serve. This includes our Day Center, Emergency Shelter (housed in local churches under a roving shelter model until Summer 2020 with opening of a new facility), and Outreach Services with dedicated positions for both those living on the streets and those in vehicles. Within these programs, women can find safety, warmth and access to basic support including meals, showers, laundry facilities and an array of community resources and referrals. Our transitional and housing programs are guided by intensive case management services and access to critical community resources designed to help women overcome the barriers needed to find and retain housing. These include our 21-bed extended stay shelter (with stays of up to six months), traditional transitional housing (for up to one year), and non-time limited permanent housing.
TSW is seeking a seasoned Executive Director (ED) who is a highly motivated leader able to implement a business model focused on strengthening core programs and mobilizing the Eastside community to support furthering mission reach. In addition to managing day-to-day operations and fiscal resources, the ED will be charged with leading the effort to increase funding and partnering with the Board Chair on board development and strategic planning. The Organization will be best served by the future executive’s professional experience, passion and ability to cultivate strong relationships that inspire and engage staff, volunteers, funders and community partners. This will be accomplished in part by a creative spirit, and proven leadership for highly effective organizations.
With the departure of the previous Executive Director, the TSW Board retained an Interim Executive Director to complete a comprehensive Organizational Assessment and provide guidance through the leadership transition. For the past six months the Board, Interim ED and staff have been implementing key recommendations from the assessment to ensure a smooth leadership transition. With the hire of the new ED, the TSW Board will embark on a visionary strategic process to connect our values and desired mission impact to ultimately guide the organization through 2025.
PURPOSE AND ROLE:
The successful applicant for this Executive Director position will possess expertise in non-profit leadership, a successful record of fund development, strategic management, fiscal acumen, and strong communication skills with diverse audiences using a variety of methods. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the mission and an understanding of the important role TSW plays in the Eastside community.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualities:
- Experienced nonprofit leader with demonstrated success leading an organization
- Possess high emotional intelligence with extensive interpersonal and relationship-building skills within a highly diverse community
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative
- Strong nonprofit business acumen, experience with budgets greater than $2M
- Possess a keen eye for potential to improve quality, efficiencies and impacts
- Commitment to develop staff and volunteers to realize their professional potential and maximize contributions
- Experience, ability and willingness to build and work with a culturally diverse team with an understanding and sensitivity to social and racial justice
- Proven fundraising record with success personally cultivating donors and asking for major gifts
- Ability to work with the board and understand its role.
- Highly developed writing skills with the ability to vary writing style to match desired outcome
- Charismatic ambassador with excellent verbal communication skills
- Possesses core values of transparency and integrity
- A sense of humor, while being an effective organizational leader and team player
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Leadership & Communication: Lead the daily operation of the organization. Communicate and expand the reach of TSW’s mission through consensus and teambuilding. Foster strong relationships with staff, board, members, volunteers, and adjacent agencies and organizations. Uphold the values and represent the organization in the highest regard in all community interactions. Transparent and appropriate.
Fund Development: In partnership with the Board, and Director of Community Development, implement a development plan and advocacy strategies to procure the necessary investments needed to grow revenue streams for the long-term financial strength of the organization.
Board Relations: Establish and maintain a productive relationship with the Board of Directors through open and honest communication, and by supplying the information, tools and resources necessary for the effective governance of TSW. Engage in strategic planning and visioning with the board.
Fiscal Management: In partnership with the Director of Business Operations ensure sound fiscal practices, record keeping, and reporting are established and executed. Manage the fiscal health of TSW which includes operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
Program and Organizational Management: Develop, communicate and implement an annual operating plan in support of the strategic plan. Make course corrections as necessary ensuring day-to-day operations are of high quality, client centric, relevant and efficient.
Staff Development and Supervision: Provide leadership, staff development and supervision, aligning staff assignments to maximize client benefits and ensure goals of TSW are achieved. Direct supervision of Leadership Team (Director of Client Services and Shelter Programs, Director of Business Operations, Director of Community Development).