Executive Director

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA)
Division / Program: 
RWA Administration
The Executive Director (ED) will report to the RWA Advisory Board. The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Ready, Willing and Able Philadelphia (“RWA”) staff, programs, and execution of its mission. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and partner and funder relationships. Candidate should have previous experience in managing program operations, preferably with organizations serving homeless and/or formerly incarcerated clients.  
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Fri, 10/05/2018
RWA Administration
Position Summary: 
Leadership & Management:
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, in compliance with funder requirements and UAC performance standards rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems. This includes responsibility for day-to-day management, as well as long-term vision;
  • Implement strategic planning to ensure that RWA acquires the financial and community support to fulfill its mission into the future.  Maintain the City of Philadelphia’s strong relationship with and respect for RWA;
  • Actively engage and energize RWA volunteers, Advisory Board and committees, and alumni, partnering with organizations, and funders;
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations and effective relationships with The Doe Fund;
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the efficient and effective operation of programs and administration;
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain RWA’s high-performing senior management team;
  • Oversee and strengthen program components, including case management, adult education, transitional housing, occupational training, career development, and graduate services;
  • Collaborate with UAC to develop, implement and maintain sound financial policies and practices, including creating and following a budget, and efficient and effective administrative systems;
Fundraising & Communications:
  • Work with the Advisory Board to implement local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future enhancements. 
  • Serve as RWA’s primary spokesperson.  Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a strong Philadelphia brand;
  • Use external presence and relationships to attract new donors and potential Board members.
Reports To: 
RWA Advisory Board
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
The ED must be thoroughly committed to the RWA mission and program philosophy. The ED must have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading a performance and outcomes – based organization and staff;
  • Candidate should be able to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented strategies that either have stabilized a faltering organization or have taken an organization to the next stage of growth;
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data – driven program evaluation;
  • Advanced understanding of relevant issues including homelessness and transitional housing, workforce development, criminal recidivism, and substance abuse;
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget;
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors and/or Advisory Board with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships and increase board capacity/engagement;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  Experience in the following areas is a plus, but not required:
  • Homelessness/special needs housing programs executive leadership, administration or operations;
  • Affordable housing, and/or local, state and federal homeless/special needs housing funding streams.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Interested applicants should send their resume along with cover letter to: Sandra Higginbotham-Briddell, Director of Human Resources Urban Affairs Coalition shigginbotham@uac.org
Additional Application Info: 
Telephone calls will not be accepted  UAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer