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Executive Director

Company: Ithaca Health Alliance
Date Posted: December 7, 2015

The Opportunity

The Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA) is seeking a motivated individual to develop and implement programs that support the vision, mission, and goals of the IHA, according to the policies and guidelines established by the Board of Directors. A key component of this full-time position is to identify, cultivate, ask, and steward individual and institutional donors and funders. The Executive Director will solicit and secure funding from multiple sources to support current and new programming, to include actively seeking new revenue sources and supporting existing sources by developing and submitting proposals for government and private funding, and engaging the Board in fundraising and other development activity. The demand for the services provided by the IHA is growing and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape and influence the growth and success of this important community resource.

The Ithaca Health Alliance was founded in 1997, and opened the Ithaca Free Clinic in 2006. Our mission is to facilitate access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured. Since our founding, we have used the contributions of our community to create a sustainable model of community-oriented, community-driven solutions to the ongoing healthcare crisis. Today, we have three primary programs: the Ithaca Free Clinic, the Ithaca Health Fund, and Community Health Education.

Skills and experience:

The successful candidate must have demonstrated ability to work with a broad and diverse constituency, managing several concurrent projects successfully, while continuing to perform the other required duties and responsibilities of this position.

The successful candidate will have an established proficiency to develop external funding support for the agency's mission, as well as knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree in a health-related, management, or human services field. Master's degree preferred, but not required. The candidate should have five to seven years of increasing responsibilities for management and finance in a not-for-profit organization, and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and complete resume with three references (including contact information) and salary requirements to IHA's search consultant Scott Heyman at sheyman@hsctc.org, by December 11, 2015.

Alternatively, applicants may send hard copies to: 
Scott Heyman, Search Consultant
Ithaca Health Alliance
PO Box 362
Ithaca NY 14851

The Ithaca Health Alliance is an equal opportunity, living wage employer committed to a diverse workforce.

See the job announcement on the website: http://ithacahealth.org/edsearch.html

Job Description:

The Executive Director is hired by and directly accountable to the Board of Directors. A key component of this position is to develop external funding support for the agency's mission; knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector. The Executive Director provides visionary and collaborative leadership that effectively supports the agency's mission, vision, values, and goals.

As the key management leader of the Ithaca Health Alliance, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the agency. The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the Board of Directors on matters of strategy and governance. Specifically, the Executive Director will develop a transparent working relationship with the Board; regularly report and ensure timely submission of all requested information; and support the Board as it develops an engaged, diverse, and energized membership.

The Executive Director shall:

  • Identify, cultivate, ask, thank and steward individual and institutional donors and funders. The Executive Director will solicit and secure funding from multiple sources to support current and new programming, to include actively seeking new revenue sources and supporting existing sources by developing and submitting proposals for government and private funding, and engaging the Board in fundraising and other development activity.
  • Supervise and collaborate with organization staff. Ensure effective use of human resources that gets the best from staff.
  • Build strong relationships with key organizations and community leaders. Cultivate relationships with external stakeholders in the local community, including health care providers, volunteers, patients, consumers, donors, funders, government officials, businesses, civic organizations and other community charitable and non-profit agencies to further the agency's mission.
  • Provide strong visibility for the agency and its mission. Increase community awareness and commitment to the agency through active community participation and regular media communication.
  • Ensure that management of the agency budget, accounting, internal controls, physical facilities, legal compliance, and risk management is successful in accomplishing Board approved goals.
  • Oversee development, implementation and assessment of programs, services and activities that support the agency's mission, vision, values and goals.
  • Stay up to date on technology, trends in service provision and philosophy, and other knowledge areas related to the agency's mission and maintenance of excellence in programming, services and activities.
  • Keep current on laws and proposed legislation to make sure the agency is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, policies, requirements of funding sources, and Board directives and implementation of any necessary corrective activity.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Comprehensive fundraising abilities with demonstrated increasing strategic responsibility and donor relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Senior nonprofit management experience. Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Background or experience in a health or medical discipline helpful, but not required.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers.
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse client, volunteer, and donor groups.