Position: Executive Director
Who You Are: The Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action oversees all programs, campaigns, operational and missional functions of ESA and the Sider Center and has final responsibility, working with the Advisory board and staff, and reporting directly to the Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, for the definition, expansion, and execution of the mission. The Executive Director must have excellent administrative and management skills and is responsible for all of ESA’s staff, budget, programs, and partnerships, as well as serving an integral role in vision-casting and vision-implementing for ESA. This strong leader must thrive on empowering other leaders. She or he must be a strategic and creative thinker, an excellent communicator, collaborator, and innovator who understands and supports the programs of Evangelicals for Social Action. The Executive Director will demonstrate creativity and innovation while honoring the legacy and history of ESA and its timeless values. See our “Criteria for a Great Candidate” for more.
Status: Staff, full-time, 40 hrs per week, 12 months per year.
Timing: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.
Salary: Position range starts at $70,000 (annual) plus benefits and increases based on experience and qualifications.
- Lead in the execution of the mission: Through scholarship, popularizing, and activism, we work to help people look deeply, live justly, and love radically. Identify and expand ESA’s work into new audiences and communities.
- Lead the collaborative process of defining ongoing vision and strategic plan that defines the agenda, sets measurable goals, and stipulates the actions that will be taken by ESA to address key issues of human thriving and global redemption. Lead the implementation of that plan.
- Assess performance indicators periodically and report to the Board on progress.
- Primary oversight and responsibility for all personnel, programs, campaigns, and functions of ESA in execution of the organization’s mission.
- Working with the ESA Board, and reporting to the Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, initiate or approve new programs and initiatives that advance the mission, and maintain ultimate oversight of these programs. Cultivate and maintain a strong working relationship with ESA Board.
Executive Management Responsibilities
- Develop, implement, and oversee comprehensive fundraising strategies to raise capital and resources sufficient to broaden and improve the scope of ESA’s effect. Assess and ensure a strong business model for the organization and its programs. Develop and oversee annual budget, monitor cash flow, and develop strategies as needed to ensure the fiscal health of ESA.
- Hire, coach, develop, and retain high performance team members and ensure that program leaders have the resources to work effectively.
- Provide inspirational leadership and direction of staff to ensure accountability and efficacy in all operations, the successful implementation of the strategic plan, and appropriate integration and contribution of all programs to the overall mission.
- Develop and oversee marketing, communications, and outreach strategies to increase the national and global reputation and effectiveness of ESA consistent with its mission. Both develop and re-deploy ESA-branded content through new and existing channels.
- Develop robust public policy and holistic ministry programs.
- Actively engage and energize existing ESA constituents while expanding the scope of ESA’s partnerships.
- Identify and develop domestic and global partnerships with other organizations and networks to accomplish further the vision and mission of ESA and expand the organization’s impact.
- Provide the primary public voice for ESA, including interactions with media.
- Develop strategies for informing, connecting and mobilizing people around issues relevant to holistic ministry, social transformation, and public policy.
- Embody values of caring and compassion, justice and integrity, competence and affirmation.
- Seek to treat each member of the campus community with fairness, dignity and respect seeking a spirit of unity and harmony as we join together to achieve our common mission.
- Embrace and work within the theological and ethical commitments of both Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University and of Eastern University itself.
- Master’s degree in related field and five years or more of high-level, non-profit management experience.
- Knowledge of and experience leading a broad range of non-profit program and function areas.
- Five or more years of personnel management experience and demonstrated ability to supervise remote teams to high performance and effectiveness.
- Demonstrated experience mentoring and developing staff leaders and college-age volunteers/interns.
- Proven effective cross-denominational engagement and cross-cultural leadership including the ability to lead multi-cultural teams.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and to cultivate and grow a diverse funding base.
- Proven exceptional and persuasive written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated effective leadership, project management, and strategic planning skills.
- Proven ability to independently evaluate organizational needs and implement effective procedures and training across departments.
- Experience managing budget and accounting functions.
- Willingness and ability to travel to represent ESA to donors and the public.
- Preference for a Philadelphia-metro area individual, but willing to consider highly qualified remote candidate.
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