Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell Seeks Executive Director

Executive Director Position Profile

The Opportunity

Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell, Inc. (RCSGL) is seeking an Executive Director to lead its Mission and expand outreach, education and client services throughout the Greater Lowell communities. The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of RCSGL, a non profit agency dedicated to eradicating sexual violence.  Reporting directly to the President of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will collaboratively lead and manage the operation and serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization.

RCSGL is currently located at 144 Merrimack Street, Suite 304 in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell maintains the amenities of a larger city but prides itself on its small-town feeling. Neighbors know neighbors. People say hello to one another.  Twelve energetic neighborhood associations create and share programs for cultural and social enrichment.  And while many cities struggle with their ethnic and cultural diversity, in Lowell it is a source of strength. This historically rich and diverse community is home to the 2nd largest Cambodian community in the U.S. as well as vibrant, active Hispanic, Portuguese, Greek, African and Dominican communities.

The Mission

Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell, Inc. (RCSGL) is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of rape and sexual assault through counseling, advocacy, and education.  RCSGL is committed to creating an environment that is not racist, sexist, classist or homophobic, and where sexual violence and other forms of oppression are eradicated.  RCSGL is committed to creating a community where individuals and society can break the silence that surrounds the issue of sexual assault.

RCSGL has a 30 year history serving the communities of Acton, Dracut, Tewksbury, Billerica, Groton, Westford, Boxborough, Dunstable, Tyngsboro, Carlisle, Littleton, Wilmington, Chelmsford, Pepperell and Lowell, MA.  The agency is funded through State contracts, private foundation grants, fundraising, and individual donors, as well as corporate donations.

Strategic Requirements

Work collaboratively with the Board and Staff to promote the organization and oversee the development and implementation of marketing plans, PR, advertising and special events to raise community awareness and support.

Support the Board in effective ways that strengthen its capacity to govern and raise funds. Work with the Board President on Board Recruitment, engagement, strategic planning and policies that ensure results consistent with the mission of the organization.  Coordinate and attend all Board meetings and certain committee meetings as needs are determined by committees.

Lead and implement fund-raising plans and other financial development initiatives to achieve goals as set forth by the Board.  Provide management and direction on seeking and soliciting new funding sources.

Promote and coordinate collaborations with other social service agencies, medical and educational institutions, the Department of Public Health Community Health Network, and other community coalitions and task forces.  A liaison with the statewide sexual assault coalition.

Promote the agency and its work through media and public relations events. Develop effective relationships with the media, handling calls and developing press releases. Serve as the primary spokesperson for the agency as a recognized leader for its mission.

Develop effective relationships with Legislative and Law Enforcement officials that strengthen advocacy efforts, education and public awareness.

Effectively lead the financial and operational management of the agency. Create the annual budget in collaboration with the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee.  Manage the agency’s budget accounts and all fiscal reporting to the Board of Directors, the Commonwealth and other funding sources. Ensure proper fiscal reporting, accounting and controls in accordance with the guidelines of funding sources and sound accounting practices.

Work with the departmental directors to prepare and oversee contracts (including those with the Commonwealth of MA and City of Lowell).

Develop effective marketing campaigns and special events; Work with and assist the Board and Staff in coordinating fundraising events.

Manage and lead a staff of committed professionals.  Provide the right balance of leadership and collaboration.

Retain/hire required staff levels adequate to support the agency’s mission. Establish work plans, performance goals and staff development. Lead effective team building activities and approaches. Implement best practice Human Resource policies and programs

Complete Rape Crisis Counselor Training and ensure consistent high quality training program systems are in place for volunteers and staff. Participate in the coverage of after-hours crisis hotline.

The Ideal Candidate Background

  • Previous experience with human services and sexual assault or domestic violence services.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social change and the fight against sexual violence.
  • Effective organizational management skills and experience in the non-profit sector with a track record of results.
  • Program development experience.
  • Good public speaking and general communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • A strong and proven record in fundraising and grant writing is a plus, as well as a proactive and imaginative attitude when researching ways to fund the agency’s activities.
  • Strong marketing and PR skills and abilities.
  • Solid financial management skills.
  • Experienced with Board development and developing and sustaining effective relationships Staff, Volunteers and Community stakeholders.
  • Marked success building Networks and contacts in the sexual assault arena.
  • Marked success building a supportive community network through positive relationships with other non-profit organizations, community leaders, politicians, the media, etc.  Familiarity with the Greater Lowell community is desired.
  • Experience, participating in public relations events including live television and radio interviews.
  • Experience with and a strong desire to work with multi-ethnic, multi-cultural groups.
  • BA/BS, Masters degree and/or LICSW or equivalent preferred.
  • Bilingual language skills a plus.
  • Someone who is looking for a challenge!

Compensation: Please submit salary requirements with your resume

Search and Selection Process

Inquires, Referrals and Resumes should be directed to Ann Gerlitz, Treasurer.  Resumes will be accepted until May 31, 2010 or until final candidates are selected.  Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell (RCSGL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Bilingual and Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact information:

For immediate consideration send resumes and cover letter w/ salary requirements to:

Ann Gerlitz, Treasurer

E-mail: ann@rcsglinc.org

Email submissions of the resume and cover letter are preferred.

For more information about the Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell (RCSGL) please visit: www.rcsglinc.org

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