President/Chief Executive Officer

New Opportunities Inc

Posted: 10/1/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Human Services

City: Waterbury

Postal code: 06702

State: Connecticut

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

To improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals by providing the necessary resources to increase their standard of living, foster self-improvement and maximize self-empowerment.

Position Details:

Job Description:

New Opportunities mission is to improve the quality of life for
economically disadvantaged individuals by providing the necessary
resources to increase their standard of living, foster
self-improvement, and maximize self-empowerment.

Headquartered in Waterbury, New Opportunities Inc. (NOI) is the
community action agency that serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington,
Winsted and 27 surrounding Connecticut towns. We offer a variety of
social service programs designed to eliminate poverty and assist
people in need.

In accordance with the mission of New Opportunities, the Agency
aims to increase the self-sufficiency of its customers and support
their move out of poverty. New Opportunities administers more than
50 social service programs targeted to the low-income, elderly and
disabled communities and employees approximately 275 full time,
part time and seasonal staff.


The current President and CEO of New Opportunities, Inc. will
retire in January 2021, after more than 42 years as the President
and CEO. During his tenure services were expanded through a focus
on strategic collaborations and community partnerships, which have
been essential to New Opportunities.

The President/CEO is accountable to the Board of Directors of
New Opportunties and provides leadership to preserve the legacy and
continued growth and success of New Opportunities, Inc. The CEO is
responsible for the development and execution of the strategic plan
and for NOI's overall financial, programmatic, and operational
performance. The new President and CEO will follow a tenured
leader, requiring experienced and thoughtful leadership skills to
honor the past while guiding an innovative strategy to ensure
continued financial support for the organization's people and

• The President and CEO will lead an executive team of eight and
an organization of more than 250 employees. The President and CEO
reports to the Board of Directors, comprised of 1/3 elected
officials, 1/3 private sector and 1/3 low-income



• Develops and maintains an internal culture that promotes and
fosters high standards of ethics and integrity. Serves as a role
model promoting passion for New Opportunities mission, reinforcing
organizational values, and encouraging quality and innovation.

• Provides inspirational leadership to a diverse group of
leaders by crafting a shared vision, making sure it is clearly
communicated, and holding leaders accountable for successful

• Takes responsibility for ongoing assessment to ensure New
Opportunities operations, programs. people, and customers are
poised for continued growth and success.

• With an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, attracts,
develops and retains a high performing team of engaged

• Leads a complex operational structure

Board of Directors

• Works in partnership with the Board of Directors and Board
Chair to support and guide NOI's governance and fiduciary

• Maintains a collaborative relationship with the Board, working
to set NOI's strategic direction and policies, enabling the
organization to adapt to a constantly changing external

• Provides timely updates to the Board to ensure informed and
effective decision making.

• Develops agendas for all Board meetings and Executive
Committee meetings.

• Leads Board development efforts to ensure optimal Board
performance with emphasis on promoting a Board composition
representative of the communities and individuals served.


• Reviews and analyzes the operation and general management of
the organization to determine its effectiveness and makes necessary
changes to improve its effectiveness.

• Leads by example, demonstrating belief in New Opportunities
mission and philosophy.

• Fosters an environment that empowers the executive and senior
leadership and leverages the strengths of each team member.
Promotes collaboration, trust and teamwork.

• Cultivates talent for future opportunities - grows talent
internally and identifies talent externally to ensure that New
Opportunities has a steady stream of diverse future leaders and
ensuring sustainability.

Community Engagement

• Serves as a key community leader, championing the mission,
vision, and interests of New Opportunties and ensuring it is
understood by both internal and external constituencies.

• Builds strategic relationships with vital business, community,
and political leaders in the areas served, as well as like-minded
non-profits and government entities.

• Works with appropriate community and regional and state
planning bodies concerned with youth, adults, and seniors..

• Champions new programs that improve service to the communities
we serve.

• Acts as the public face and official spokesperson for New
Opportunties and is available to the community for speaking
engagements, presentations, etc.


The ideal candidate will be an innovative and inspiring leader
with at least 10 years of successful management experience in an
organization of comparable or larger size and complexity. They
should have a proven track record in an executive leadership role,
demonstrating measurable success in leading the development and
implementation of programs and initiatives to achieve
organizational goals and objectives. As such, the successful
candidate will possess the skills, knowledge, and passion to
strengthen the organization internally, positioning it for
continued success, while promoting it effectively within the
community. The CEO's leadership will extend to the broader
community New Opportunities serves, enhancing the organization's
role as a valued community partner.

• Executive leadership experience in large not-for-profit
company required.

• Experience in many, if not all, CEO functions, including
interfacing with diverse Boards, managing a major budgetary
function, overseeing contract management, grant management,
fundraising and program delivery.

• Minimum 4-year degree required, Master's Degree in Public or
Business Administration or Urban Planning preferred.

• Mission-driven, focused, passionate, and energetic.

• Team oriented, collaborative, actively seeks others' thoughts,
and actively listens.

• Results-driven and a self-starter, flexible and able to
prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities and ensure implementation
against deadlines.

• Demonstrated record of maturity, sound judgment, integrity,
and adherence to ethical standards.

• Demonstrated ability to build and sustain a diverse and
inclusive organization through providing leadership in creating a
vision and mission, developing strategies, and implementing action

• Demonstrated ability to effectively lead change, has a
commanding and credible public presence coupled with composed
demeanor under pressure.

• Demonstrated ability to be visionary, able to think, act and
influence others in ways that promote the success of the
organization, to inspire and motivate staff and community members
and to build a high-performing team.

• Demonstrated ability to initiate, build and sustain productive
relationships with multiple and diverse constituencies, both
internal and external, including business, civic, and community
leaders, government agencies, and the media.

• Demonstrated knowledge of fiscal management principles and
procedures, understands the business and financial implications of

• Demonstrated ability to effectively problem solve, decisive
with keen analytical and critical thinking capabilities that
support and enable sound decision making.

• Demonstrated record of exceptional communication skills, both
verbal and written, to position and promote New Opportunties
mission in a compelling and influencing manner.

EOE AA M/F/Vets/Disability

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