Executive Director

San Francisco, California
Apr 12, 2017
May 12, 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco seeks a leader with excellent nonprofit management skills, an ethical character and the right mix of qualities, including empathy and compassion combined with a high level of  EQ, to advance the mission of  working to  break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence.

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1860, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) is a service provider of the following programs:

  • MSC Homeless Shelter & Drop-in Center: SVDP-SF operates the largest single adult emergency shelters serving 340 homeless adults and the only 24-hour Drop-In Resource Center in the city serving an additional 70-140 persons.
  • Riley Center Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter & Transitional Housing: SVDP-SF manages shelter and provides case management services for domestic violence survivors and their children at Rosalie House (26 bed emergency DV shelter) and Brennan House (33 bed Transitional Housing)
  • Riley Center Community Office: Drop-in domestic violence supportive services counseling and linkages to services, free of charge.

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco has an operating budget of $8M FYE 2017 and employs a staff of 100 in three locations within San Francisco.  

Position Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall stewardship of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. The Executive Director will have the creative vision and ability to ensure the organization’s mission, strategic goals and financial objectives are achieved.  The Executive Director has a major role in the cultivation of major donors.  This position is also high profile in nature due to majority City and State funding and has direct reports of the Operations Director, Finance Director, Development Director, HR Director.

The Executive Director is the organization’s primary spokesperson and public representative. The Executive Director develops strong working relationships with staff, board, clients, public agencies, elected officials, community leaders, service partners, donors, and other constituents.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement strategic plans that will sustain the mission of SVDP-SF.
  • Provide leadership that motivates staff to work as a team towards a common vision.
  • Work with appropriate governmental agencies to bring awareness of SVDP-SF and the work we do and maintain good relationships with such funders.
  • Interface with government agencies including HSA, HSH, DOSW and MOHCD as well as developing relationships with HESPA, the DV Consortium, and other community organizations.
  • Develop strategies to increase philanthropic relations with major donors.
  • Meet regularly with program directors and staff to educate and encourage their ongoing commitment.
  • Effectively manage the Finance Director, key staff and board members to develop a budget and monitor organizational resources to ensure spending is within budget guidelines.
  • Effectively manage Human Resources to maintain an employment climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people while ensuring employment policies and procedures comply with current laws and regulations.
  • Effectively manage the Operations Director to ensure the smooth operation of the programs and develop necessary policies and procedures.
  • Effectively manages the Development Director to ensure fund raising is on target and to help with securing major gifts.
  • Supervise and motivate key staff regularly and evaluate performance against goals on an annual basis.
  • Knowledge of plan administrator duties on the 403b Mutual of America plan according to ERISA guidelines and IRS rules.  403b signatory on hardship loans and plan withdrawals  necessary in absence of Human Resources Director
  • Guide the expansion and development of the Board of Directors.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and other key SVdP stakeholders.
  • Attend monthly Board Committee meetings and bi-monthly Board of Directors meetings.
  • Other duties necessary to carry out the mission of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 5+ years of leadership and management experience in a nonprofit organization. Previous experience working with government agencies or public institutions.
  • Excellent organizational management with the ability to coach, manage and motivate staff; set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be a strong contributor in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects staying within deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal, reading and written English skills.
  • Persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Maintain a professional appearance.
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office software.  Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

St. Vincent de Paul Society is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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