The organization and the role:
We are a youth mental-health organization in the Atlanta metro area seeking an Executive Director to continue our strong programmatic impact and lead us through our next phase of growth. As the Executive Director, you will be responsible for leading the organization’s financial and operational health, partnership and community engagement, program operations and outcomes, and strategic growth. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead an innovative, mission-driven program while overseeing a small-but-mighty staff team.
Note on our hybrid work balance: The ideal candidate will be located within the Atlanta metro area. The majority of the team works remotely and meets in person in Atlanta two to four times a month. The Executive Director would have the option of establishing a small office in a shared workspace or working primarily from home.
In this role, you will be responsible for:
Organizational Strategy and Leadership
- Maintain alignment between all programs and the overall vision, mission, and core values of the organization.
- Lead as a strategist who can make sense of complex information about regional, state, and national mental health policy, research, stakeholders, and systems.
- Ensure effective systems are in place to track progress to goals, regularly evaluate program components, and communicate outcomes to the board, funders, and other constituents.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors to define and implement governance best practices.
- Seek board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
Fundraising and Development
- Refine and enhance the organization’s fundraising strategy, including grants, major gifts, special fundraising events, and campaigns; experience diversifying funding streams and donor portfolio to include both institutional and individual donors
- Establish short and long-term goals for the organization’s fundraising efforts, analyze revenue, and seek to minimize downtrends and financial risks.
- Recruit additional support in the achievement of fundraising goals, potentially through a part-time consultant or additional staff member.
- Manage, cultivate, and retain a solid donor base within and outside the mental health landscape
- Lead successful major gifts campaigns and solicit and secure up to six-figure gifts
Systems and Operations
- Ensure that standard and effective operating processes and procedures are in place, in collaboration with the Director of Operations.
- Manage the organization’s operating budget of $500 - 600K and steward institutional resources.
- Manage the organization’s systems and processes related to human resources, staff benefits, payroll, etc.
- Oversee compliance in collaboration with an external accounting firm and contracted legal counsel.
- Lead organization’s clinical services quality assurance, monitoring, assessing, and adjusting key aspects of patient care and programmatic design.
People Development and Cultural Leadership
- Hire, manage, lead, retain, and empower a diverse and high-performing team of approximately 20 people (a sample makeup would be five full-time employees, five contractors, and ten clinician interns) enabled by a culture rooted in the mission and values of the organization.
- Create policies and practices that foster diversity, equity, and inclusiveness to ensure inclusive and equitable staff experiences.
- Invest in talent to build successors for key roles, contributing to the sustainability of the regional team and organization.
- Align resources and leadership, coach and manage high-performing teams, and facilitate and manage the day-to-day operations to ensure success and impact.
The strongest candidates will have:
- 8-10+ years of professional experience; at least 4-5 years at a senior/executive level managing high-performing teams (can include subcontractors/consultants) to outcomes
- A demonstrated dedication to youth-focused organizations, ideally those who work with youth who hold marginalized identities (including, but not limited to, youth who are: people of color, from a low-income background, and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community)
- Professional experience aligned to the mission and values of the organization; this may include previous leadership experience in a clinical mental health setting
- Ability to lead and manage others through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion
- Proven track record of achieving outstanding results through strategic clarity, operational and organizational excellence
- Ability to navigate decision-making with strong judgment and integrity in ambiguous, complex, and high-stakes situations
- Experience developing deep and influential relationships with board members, donors, and other key stakeholders
- Experience and outcomes in fundraising in a nonprofit context
- Deep experience building/growing organizations and developing strategic plans
- Experience working in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Bachelor’s degree required; MSW and/or MBA desired
- Aetna health, dental, and vision insurance
- IRA retirement savings account, with matching contributions of up to 3% of employee’s pre-tax salary
- MetLife life insurance
- One Medical on-demand primary care membership
- Health Advocate healthcare advocacy and assistance service membership
- Teladoc telehealth and telemedicine membership
- One free year of a premium Talkspace teletherapy subscription
- Fifteen days of paid time off with an increase of two additional days per year (up to twenty-five days/year, earned after five years of service).
- Unlimited sick days
- Your birthday (or the closest business day) off
- Monthly mental health days and an annual mental health week
- All federal holidays off
- Three months of paid parental leave
Not sure if you should apply?
We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet 100% of all qualifications listed here. We value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information.
We are committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.