Primary Job Opening: Excecutive Director

Job Description – Executive Director


I.  JOB TITLE: Executive Director 




Founded in 1893 as a settlement house, the mission of the Lighthouse is to provide educational, recreational, and economic programs to the surrounding community. The Executive Director leads an agency that will guide low income, disadvantaged families toward self-sufficiency. In addition, through educational and recreational programs, nurture children and youth towards becoming contributing members of society. For more than 100 years in the Kensington, Fair hill and North Philadelphia communities have relied on the Lighthouse to provide multi-cultural services that respond to the multidimensional needs of our community members. The Lighthouse seeks a visionary Executive Director to lead all operations and continue the organization’s ongoing growth.   




The Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Directors is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction, operational and financial management of all Lighthouse operations. The Executive Director works in partnership with the Board of Directors, leads a staff currently comprised of over 75 full and part-time employees, and oversees a pool of dedicated volunteers.  




Organizational/Program Management 

  • Continue to strengthen the organizational restructuring efforts to seek ways to increase efficiencies and continue to build a strong management team and staff, with appropriate delegation and accountability; 

  • Design an annual operating plan which focuses on program development and enrollment growth.

  • Partner with the board and staff to develop a one, three, and five-year strategic road map for continued organizational development  

  • Monitor and evaluate achievement of all organizational goals and objectives.  

  • Manage and acquire various resources needed to provide quality services.  

  • Develop, implement, and delegate management of programs and services that meet the mission and strategic goals. 

  • Ensure the consistency, quality, and relevance of programs and services through on-going monitoring and evaluation. 

  • Assure that the organization’s provision of high-quality program services is consistent with Board policies and long-standing community expectations.

  • Manage three properties to include a 15-acre sports complex; ensure proper maintenance, staffing, and programming accessible to the community.

Fiscal Controls and Information Systems Management 

  • Work with staff and the Finance Committee of the board to prepare a comprehensive fiscal year operating budget and multi-year capital budget and projections for the organization

  • Develop one, three, and five-year strategic road map for continued fiscal oversight.  

  • Evaluate and maintain sound financial practices and systems in conjunction with the Treasurer, Board, finance staff, and auditors. 

  • Ensure that The Lighthouse operates in compliance with all grant/contract requirements. 

  • Prepare and present financial statements to the board. 

  • Ensure the proper tracking of records, data, and statistics to support reporting and application requirements for stakeholders. 


Fund/Stakeholder Development 

  • Establish positive relationships to gain the trust and respect of Lighthouse’s staff, board of directors, residents, neighborhood leaders, and community partners. 

  • Cultivate positive relationships with current stakeholders maintain and grow funding support.

  • In partnership with the board, develop and sustain a diverse funding base. 

  • Lead organization in fundraising activities, including grant writing and reporting, the cultivation and solicitation of individual and corporate donors, the implementation of fundraising events, and the implementation of a capital campaign. 

  • Initiate and oversee efforts to retain and increase levels of government and other funding on an annual basis. 

  • Partner with the board in developing and implementing marketing efforts to enhance organizational visibility. 

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization throughout the community. 

  • Cultivate and maintain productive relationships and alliances with external current and potential stakeholders. 


Personnel Management 

  • Lead sound human resource practices are in place to maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse, top-quality staff. 

  • Develop staff to achieve program goals. 

  • Ensure proper staffing of both paid and volunteer positions through effective recruiting and hiring, training and professional development, management, evaluation, and termination practices. 

  • Oversee the proper maintenance of personnel practices and records in accordance with policies as well as state and federal laws. 


Relationship with Board 

  • Support the board in executing its governance responsibilities by keeping the board fully informed of relevant issues. 

  • Attend and participate in all board meetings and serve as an ex-officio member of the board and its committees, as appropriate. 

  • In partnership with the board president, develop agendas and supporting materials for board meetings. 

  • Serve as liaison between board and staff. 

  • Prepare and submit monthly and annual reports to the board. 

  • Recommend the development of appropriate policies and procedures for operations.



Required Experience 

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in management (ideally including at least 5 years in the nonprofit sector), preferably within an organization that has a $1 million+ annual budget. 

  • Proven track record in organizational change and/or in turn-around management experience. 

  • Experience in building, managing, and motivating staff and volunteers. 

  • Proven experience in program or project management and evaluation in a human services field, preferably education, sports and recreation, and economic development. 

  • Experience in developing and managing a growth organization or program budget 

  • Demonstrated success in fund development through various techniques, including grant writing, donor cultivation, event planning, and capital campaigns. 

  • Substantial experience in securing, executing, and overseeing government and other grants. 

  • Exceptional skills in building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders 

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present and speak publicly on relevant issues, preferably in both English and Spanish. 

  • Experience and desire to work in diverse cultural and ethnic communities. 


Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. 



  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and experience.

  • Affinity for working with youth and families. 

  • Appreciation/knowledge of educational, athletic, and/or economic development programs. 

  • Understanding of cultural opportunities and challenges within the community. 

  • Decisive, yet collaborative and diplomatic as a leader with the ability to make tough decisions and hold others accountable. 

  • Ability to motivate, inspire, and empower others as well as to delegate. 

  • Visionary and entrepreneurial, dynamic leader, yet able to implement procedures and systems. 

  • People-oriented/relationship-based, with the ability to “connect” with the broad community. 

  • Commitment to sustaining a change process.  


VI. COMPENSATION and BENEFITS: Salary and benefits will be competitive with industry standards and commensurate with experience. The Lighthouse is an equal opportunity employer and offers an extensive benefits plan. 




Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and all related inquiries to


Email: CEOresumes@lighthouse1893.org


Please reference “Executive Director” in the subject of the email.

The Lehigh Building
152 West Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Main Office: 215-425-7800 

Fax: 215-425-6091

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The Somerset Building
141 West Somerset St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Main Office: 215-425-7800 

Fax: 215-425-6091

Lighthouse Sports Complex
101 East Erie Ave. 
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Main Office: 215-425-7800 

Fax: 215-425-6091