Executive Director

City Mission Boston

Posted: 11/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Other

City: Boston

Postal code: 02121

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M



Mission statement:


City Mission Boston educates and empowers individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.


As City Mission develops programs to unite communities and transform individuals, it chooses to emphasize programs which, at their core, embody the following three guiding principles:


City Mission creates and nurtures connections across disparate groups to broaden understanding and create meaningful, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships.


City Mission educates and provides participants with the necessary resources to make informed decisions, confront challenges, and understand the larger context of complex social issues.


City Mission inspires and equips participants to directly effect change in their personal lives and to take action for systemic change.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Opportunities and Challenges
The new Executive Director joins the organization at a very important time. We are in the
midst of growth and expansion in our programming and audience. We are facing the challenge
of rebuilding more equitable and anti-racist systems. Unfortunately, the dual pandemics we
are currently facing, COVID-19 and racism, have had a disproportionate effect on the
communities we serve. City Mission needs a strong leader to take up this mantle and guide us
dynamically through these challenging times.

Together, the Executive Director and the board will evaluate and adjust the business model as
they grow the organization. This necessitates generating resources to meet the needs of the
present without compromising the future. Continuing to build financial resources for City
Mission is paramount. The next Executive Director will need to play an active role in
fundraising, build the development infrastructure and culture, as well as help the Board
continues its strategic recruitment of new Board members, assuring that the Directors have a
keen understanding of their fundraising responsibilities.

Reporting to the board, the Executive Director is the executive and spiritual leader of City
Mission and serves as an ex-officio member of the board of directors while advancing best
practices in governance and policymaking.

Strategic Leadership
The Executive Director provides strategic leadership assuring that the organization has a
long-range strategy and sustainable business model to achieve its mission. Building on City
Mission’s positive reputation, they will work with the board and management team to identify
and set priorities, areas for improvement, and opportunities for institutional growth and
increased impact.

Goal-Oriented and Results Driven
The Executive Director ensures an outcome measurement system is implemented for each
program and contributes toward organizational level goals and strategy. In addition, they will
analyze program revenue lines for relative mission and financial impact on the organization.

Community and Congregational Engagement
The Executive Director will proactively engage in relationships with the community and
congregations across the city, building partnerships and collaborative efforts to leverage
program impact and meet mission.

Staff Leadership
The Executive Director maintains a positive morale, fostering trust, and ensuring competency
through evaluation. They preserve a climate that attracts, retains, values, and motivates a
diverse staff.

Resource Development, Marketing, and Finance
The Executive Director works with the staff, Finance Committee, and board to prepare and
monitor the annual budget, and ensure the development and maintenance of sound financial
practices and systems. The Executive Director ensures accurate and complete reporting to the
board and to government agencies and other funders that meets statutory, regulatory, and
proposal requirements. The Executive Director oversees the development and
implementation of the annual resource development plan. They also work with marketing
staff to develop and implement an annual marketing/communications plan tied to the
strategic focus of City Mission and oversee the building and maintenance of technology and
communication infrastructure.


The Board of Directors is seeking a highly motivated person of integrity who is able to build
trust and promote and support leadership in others; an effective communicator who values
transparency and who inspires others to work collaboratively toward our mission: to educate
and empower individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to
advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.

The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal qualities:

  • Five+ years of management experience in a senior leadership position.
  • Three+ years of experience in social, racial, and/or economic justice in an urban
  • community.
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred. Consideration may be given for
  • equivalent experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Proven ability to relate to diverse constituencies and stakeholders and build effective,
  • collaborative partnerships to achieve greater impact.
  • Ability to develop adaptive, engaging strategies to meet evolving community needs
  • within our mission, vision, and values.
  • Strong experience developing and growing multiple fundraising revenue streams.
  • including corporate and foundation funders, individual donors, government contracts,
  • and congregations.
  • Successful experience advocating effectively across multiple audiences and arenas.
  • Experience as an organizational spokesperson; an effective public speaker and oral
  • storyteller.
  • Able to speak in front of and navigate a congregational setting.Proven ability to foster a thriving, equitable, diverse, collaborative team environment.
  • Adept at managing and delivering on multiple work streams and comfortable
  • transitioning quickly across multiple roles.
  • Sound fiscal management including budgeting, expense management, and key financial
  • metrics required to operate a nonprofit
  • Facility with technology, including Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs;
  • Quickbooks, and fundraising software (eTapestry/Blackbaud) a plus.
  • Preferred:
  • In-depth knowledge of homelessness, affordable housing, and related issues and
  • causes.
  • Experience raising the visibility of an organization, including and beyond standard
  • marketing and public relations.
  • Experience building relationships with city leaders, corporate and foundation funders,
  • and institutions of greater Boston.
  • Nonprofit board development, governance, and leadership expertise.Clear and effective written and oral communication
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.


City Mission offers an equitable and competitive compensation and benefits package.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To Apply

Interested individuals should email their resume with a cover letter by December 14, 2020, to [email protected].

City Mission is committed to inclusion and diversity and recruiting a broadly diverse pool of candidates for this position. City Mission invites applications without regard to race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, gender identity, physical disability, or sexual orientation.


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