Executive Director

$155,000 - $175,000 yearly
  • HopeSpoke
  • Jul 10, 2024
Full time Executive Leadership

Job Description

In Collaboration with Ingrid Kirst Consulting and Mission Matters


HopeSpoke is currently hiring an executive director to lead our agency to even greater
levels of service, visibility, and impact for the mental health of children and families. With
an experienced staff, a strong Board of Directors, and a diverse financial base,
HopeSpoke is poised to grow under a visionary leader with a passion for mental health.


Organization Overview


HopeSpoke is a dynamic organization with a rich 75-year history of making a difference
in Lincoln. HopeSpoke inspires healthy futures for children and their families through
comprehensive behavioral and mental health services. We provide an array of services
designed to meet the mental health needs of those they serve including crisis &
residential services, extended day treatment program, outpatient services, and
programming at Lincoln Public Schools.
As a result of the pandemic, mental health concerns for youth have continued to
increase, especially for those who have additional challenges. HopeSpoke is committed
to addressing the mental health needs of all young people and will continue to advocate
for more funding for these services.
HopeSpoke has a strong long-tenured leadership team that oversees programming.
These individuals are all highly passionate about the mission of HopeSpoke and bring
considerable expertise to their work. The organization has approximately 100 staff
including therapists and direct care staff.
HopeSpoke’s $6.6 million budget is funded through a variety of sources including private
insurance, Medicaid, government grants, and fundraising.

Position Overview
HopeSpoke is hiring an experienced leader to be its next Executive Director. We are
looking for someone who is innovative, dedicated, and passionate and can lead the
organization forward in delivering its mission. The Executive Director will report to the
Board of Directors. This role requires a leader who can inspire and motivate a team,
manage day-to-day operations, develop and implement strategic plans, and represent
HopeSpoke in various forums. The successful candidate will have a proven track record
in facilitating staff leadership, collaborative programming, financial stewardship, and
inclusive human resources practices.
The ED role currently directly supervises three Program Directors (Outpatient Services,
Extended Day Services, and Crisis Residential), the Finance Director, the Development
Director, the HR Director, and the Engagement Director, as well as two supervising
practitioners.


Primary Responsibilities
● Work with the Board of Directors and committees in setting goals for the agency.
● Report to the Board of Directors, maintaining open communication and
disclosure of the conditions, operations, and needs of the organization.
● Provide supervision and oversight to Leadership Team members.
● Advise and participate in fundraising strategies including connecting with major
funders and prospects, and overseeing capital campaigns.
● Support and direct public relations activities to build and maintain relationships
with other organizations and the public.
● Advocate on behalf of the agency with partners, legislators, and funders.
● Maintain agency integrity through risk management and compliance with regulations.
● Oversee budget development and review.
● Lead the agency in meeting and maintaining the Joint Commission for Behavioral
Health Care and Human Services Accreditation.
● Develop and maintain agency policies and procedures to meet standards.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
While no candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal
candidate will possess many of the following skills, experiences, and attributes:
● Leadership Skills: Stellar at collaboration, mentoring, listening, delegating, and
tackling conflict.
● Nonprofit Management: 10+ years of escalating responsibilities that demonstrate
success in organizational leadership and team management.
● Advocacy Experience: Skilled in legislative efforts and advocacy work.
● Fundraising Expertise: Proficient in building donor relationships, writing grants,
and leading capital campaigns.
● Visionary Planning: Ready to develop and execute strategies for HopeSpoke's
future in collaboration with the staff and board.
● Relationship Building: Demonstrated history of forging strong internal and
external connections.
● Budgeting Acumen: Proven ability to develop and monitor budgets while
maximizing operational resources.
● Directional Clarity: Able to provide clear guidance and decision-making.
● Mission Advocate: Deeply committed to HopeSpoke's cause.
● Healthcare Knowledge: Familiar with systems such as behavioral health, child
welfare, insurance, Medicaid, and/or accreditation.
● Staff Engagement: Prepared to lead efforts to recruit and retain skilled staff.
● Educational Background: Holds a bachelor's degree, master's preferred, in
mental health or related field.

Compensation and Benefits
The successful applicant will be paid $155,000 to $175,000 depending on experience.
The competitive benefits package includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability
insurance, retirement, paid holidays, and paid time off.
This is an at-will exempt full-time position. The executive director is expected to work
primarily in-person at the HopeSpoke office during normal business hours and occasional
evening and weekend hours for special events.

HopeSpoke is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process
● The search process is being conducted by the HopeSpoke Board of Directors
with support from Ingrid Kirst Consulting. All complete submissions (resume
and cover letter) will be acknowledged and are confidential.
● Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but we recommend
applying by August 10, 2024, to ensure full consideration. To apply, please
submit a cover letter that articulates relevant experience and demonstrates a
commitment to HopeSpoke’s mission, along with a resume (PDF format
preferred) to Ingrid and Lynne at hopespoke@ingridkirst.com.
● The chosen candidates will complete a screening interview with our search
consultants and an interview with the search committee. Finalists will go through
additional interviews, including with staff, and reference checking.
● Target start date is early October 2024

Job Requirements

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate


While no candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal
candidate will possess many of the following skills, experiences, and attributes:


● Leadership Skills: Stellar at collaboration, mentoring, listening, delegating, and
tackling conflict.
● Nonprofit Management: 10+ years of escalating responsibilities that demonstrate
success in organizational leadership and team management.
● Advocacy Experience: Skilled in legislative efforts and advocacy work.
● Fundraising Expertise: Proficient in building donor relationships, writing grants,
and leading capital campaigns.
● Visionary Planning: Ready to develop and execute strategies for HopeSpoke's
future in collaboration with the staff and board.
● Relationship Building: Demonstrated history of forging strong internal and
external connections.
● Budgeting Acumen: Proven ability to develop and monitor budgets while
maximizing operational resources.
● Directional Clarity: Able to provide clear guidance and decision-making.
● Mission Advocate: Deeply committed to HopeSpoke's cause.
● Healthcare Knowledge: Familiar with systems such as behavioral health, child
welfare, insurance, Medicaid, and/or accreditation.
● Staff Engagement: Prepared to lead efforts to recruit and retain skilled staff.
● Educational Background: Holds a bachelor's degree, master's preferred, in
mental health or related field.

Loan Forgiveness?

No