Executive Director

  • Family Pathways
  • North Branch, MN
  • Aug 03, 2020

Job Description



Family Pathways (www.familypathways.org) is a 10M, 200 employee, charitable organization founded in 1978. Service area includes the cities of Forest Lake and Ham Lake and the Counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Carlton and Pine in Minnesota and Polk County in Wisconsin.


Family Pathway's mission is to work alongside people to enhance lives through a continuum of essential services and, together with community, champion positive social change. This is done by providing a safety net of essential services. Programs of Family Pathways include: Hunger Relief Services, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Programs, Aging Services and Social Enterprise. Together with volunteers, donors, and the community at large, clients are given hope and stability in a time of need. A detailed program overview with outcomes will be provided to applicants upon request.


This is an opportunity for a results-focused leader who is interested in leading an experienced team that values accountability in the workplace. S/he must be motivated by creating a culture of continuous process improvement that effectively responds to the growing needs of individuals and families served by Family Pathways.

This Executive Director is responsible for guiding the organization through times of change in the delivery of services to multiple communities. S/he will be a visionary who understands the dynamics of change related to ongoing assessment of community needs; the implementation and funding of services to meet the needs; and the impact on constituents including the staff, the clientele, the service community and donors.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors to fulfill the organizational mission and establish strategic direction and provide timely and accurate information necessary for the board to make informed decisions. The Executive Director will manage and mentor the senior leadership team of five individuals to set strategy and implement short and long-term goals; to explore opportunities to expand revenues; assess and improve program operations for continued viability and anticipated growth of the agency.


Our ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned, operations-based professional with a passion for community work. This leader will be a person of integrity and stature, with proven senior- level leadership experience and a deep commitment to building effective and healthy communities.


  • A proven track record of success in a social services' nonprofit organization. Experience in leading an organization-wide process improvement with current programs, and the expansion of agency services into new communities.
  • Prior fundraising success. Knowledge of, and participation in building community business support and sponsorships, grant procurement and major/individual donor relationships.
  • The ability to attract financial resources for the organization and promote a marketing culture from within by identifying and implementing strong program plans and strategies that attract revenue.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability, savvy, and credibility to engage and interact with key leaders from the community's businesses, school systems, government agencies, foundations and partnering nonprofits.
  • Willingness and the presence to be the organization's face to the public, which includes being an effective communicator, a persuasive influencer, and a good listener.


POSITION TITLE: Executive Director

TYPE: Full Time | Salaried | Exempt

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors

SALARY: Commensurate salary with experience and organizational pay structure, $115,000 - $135,000, DOQ

ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION: Family Pathways works alongside people to enhance lives through a continuum of essential services and, together with community, champions positive social change.

POSITION SUMMARY: We are seeking a self-driven, highly competent Executive Director, with strong business and financial acumen, to lead and influence our organization towards favorable growth, and to design, plan and direct strategies that support and enhance our organizational effectiveness in the communities we serve. Works with the Board to establish policies and programs and to implement and administer the programs. Interprets the organization's purpose and program offerings to outside organizations and to the public, while demonstrating a passion for our mission.

Financial Management

  • Develops, implements, and oversees sound financial practices
  • Maintains all financial and legal documents
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Participates on the Finance Committee; ensures that financial data is accurate
  • Assists in developing an annual budget for review and approval by the Board of Directors

Community Outreach, Fundraising and Public Relations

  • Leads fundraising efforts and earned income growth through Social Enterprise
  • Cultivates, expands, and maintains relationships with all funding partners
  • Supervises and oversees all forms of communication to donors, community partners and volunteers
  • Develops outreach plans that identify strategies to increase awareness of Family Pathways in the community and develop additional donors
  • Serve as the liaison between Family Pathways and the communities it serves; develop and implement programs which are relevant and needed; actively solicit feedback from clients and key community contacts and use the information to keep Family Pathways mission-focused
  • Network with existing agencies and professionals for input and assistance in developing coordinated projects; establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with community agencies, service providers, governmental agencies, and other non-profit boards

Strategic Development and Board Support

  • Ensures and coordinates an effective strategic planning process including development of relevant analysis and operational strategy and future planning
  • With the Board of Directors, creates and implements the strategic plan and each of its programs
  • Serves as support for the Board and liaison to the organization
  • Keeps the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization
  • Works with the Board of Directors to recruit, train and develop Board members.
  • Develops new projects and programs to enhance Family Pathways service capability to meet the needs of families in the communities served throughout the service area

Management of Personnel

  • Develop a highly engaged team to deliver the mission of the organization.
  • Defines, develops, and exemplifies a strong organizational culture
  • Oversees the work of all staff, both directly and through delegation, to ensure the highest level of quality in the delivery of services from all departments to the community
  • Determines appropriate staffing levels and oversees recruitment of new employees as needed
  • Ensures adherence of employees and volunteers to all organizational policies as well as employment regulations
  • Responds in a timely manner of staff, volunteer, and Board Member concerns
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people

Preferred Requirements:

  • Post-secondary degree in human services, personnel or business management required. Master's degree preferred.
  • 5-8 years' experience in administration or upper level management, including previous experience in financial management, program development and organizational management
  • Demonstrated competency in budgeting and finance, including understanding of accounting processes and general non-profit organization financial management.
  • Mid-level computer application proficiency, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Also experience in computer-based conferencing (i.e. Zoom, etc.).
  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining a comprehensive fundraising program, with experience across a full range of funding sources
  • Experience and successful track record in program development and administration
  • Demonstrated experience and success in agency networking
  • Experience in managing a community-based non-profit fundraising effort
  • A high level of motivation and creativity; self-starter; team player capable of working without direct supervision and of motivating others; exceptional communication skills, written and verbal

Family Pathways is an Equal Opportunity Employer