Jun 24, 2019

Executive Director

  • LifeWay Network
  • Forest Hills, Queens, NY, USA
Full time Executive

Job Description

The Opportunity

 The Angeletti Group invites you to explore an exciting new opportunity at LifeWay Network. The selected candidate will be appointed as Executive Director because he/she is a caring, energetic visionary that seeks to advance and enhance an already established, successful model rooted in principles of faith and service in aiding women who have been victims of human trafficking. 


LifeWay Network

 LifeWay Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is directly involved in the global movement against human trafficking by providing safe housing for its victims, and education to the general public. LifeWay was started in 2007 by Sister Joan S. Dawber, lauded numerous times in recent years for her opposition to and abolishment of Human trafficking. LifeWay Network (LifeWay) has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million, and a staff of eight full-time and 1 part-time employee. LifeWay envisions a world in which human trafficking is abolished and every survivor is strong, free, and connected. LifeWay is one of only two organizations in the New York Metro area specifically providing safe housing for women survivors of human trafficking, and the only organization providing safe housing to survivors of both labor and sex trafficking, domestic or foreign-born. LifeWay’s unique community living model is at the center of its Safe Housing Program and offers a safe home by welcoming each woman into a supportive, caring community of permanent residents. This host community helps her recover from trauma, regain a sense of self-worth, and enables her to move from isolation towards reclaiming lost independence.


The Executive Director

The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of LifeWay and reports directly to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for LifeWay's mission and financial objectives. S/he oversees all functions of the leadership team which include the safe housing and educational program, as well as the development, finance, human resource and strategy functions. Also required is a deep understanding of social service motivated by a faith foundation, principles of Catholic social teaching, and upholding the established core value code for this program. The Executive Director is a full-time position.


Areas of Emphasis for The Executive Director

Included but not limited to the following

Organizational Leadership

  • Maintains a clear vision for achievement of LifeWay’s mission
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends related to the mission to bring an end to human trafficking
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, assures that LifeWay has a long-range strategic plan in alignment with its mission
  • In consultation with the Board of Directors, oversees the development of operational plans (program, development/fundraising, marketing/communications, and finance).
  • Oversees all organizational systems essential to sustaining the vision and mission, including: programmatic, financial, personnel, and infrastructure
  • Presents written reports of each organizational function to the Board of Directors at the quarterly Board meetings
  • Speaks publicly to promote the activities of LifeWay, its programs and goals
  • Creates new and strengthens ongoing partnerships in the community
  • Jointly with the Board Chair, promotes active participation of the Board of Directors in all areas of LifeWay’s work
  • Sustains and nurtures best practices in upholding the integrity of established core values


Program and Personnel

  • Oversees the recruitment, employment, and release of all staff and volunteers
  • Oversees the development and sustainability of staff and volunteer resources essential to the pursuit of LifeWay’s mission and programs
  • Supervises leadership team staff directly
  • Ensures that Human Resource practices are developed and implemented (talent acquisition, compensation/benefits, performance evaluations, staff development)
  • Connects the work of staff and volunteers to the overall mission
  • Promotes and shapes a learning, team-oriented culture


Financial and Development

  • Increases the understanding of, and support for, LifeWay’s mission and programs among community residents, public- and private-sector leaders, potential donors and potential guests
  • Ensures maintenance of organizational tax-exempt status, and compliance with federal, state and local regulations
  • Develops a business plan to ensure continuously available and suitable safe housing
  • Develops and maintains high-level donor relationships with religious congregations, foundations, and major donors to support the financial sustainability of LifeWay
  • Prepares annual budget and develops and maintains sound fiscal practices with the Finance Committee
  • Assures that LifeWay operates within budget guidelines, and that adequate funds are available to carry out the organization’s day-to-day operations
  • Conducts official correspondence of the organization and executes legal documents
  • Ensures the annual financial audit is performed, for approval by the Board of Directors


Qualifications and Preferences

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A person of integrity who is committed to the mission and values of LifeWay, and possesses a passion for and knowledge of the field of human trafficking
  • Culturally sensitive and experienced in working with vulnerable populations
  • A strategic thinker with the demonstrated capability to develop and implement strategic planning initiatives
  • A discerning visionary and collaborative relationship builder
  • An effective communicator with excellent writing and public speaking skills
  • Appreciative of and open to the Catholic spiritual foundation of LifeWay
  • Successful in development and fundraising with a demonstrated proficiency in public and private sectors
  • A professional leader able to motivate and develop all staff
  • Experienced in nonprofit governance with deep knowledge of fiscal management and sound business sense
  • Proficient in the use of technology for organizational management


Required experience

  • Demonstrated experience leading a nonprofit organization is strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree is strongly preferred, however demonstrated evidence of equivalent experience and training may be considered
  • Demonstrated experience in a management or leadership role, including supervising senior staff and working with a board of directors (4-8 years)


Application Procedure

 Applications will be accepted until position is filled. To be considered, candidates should submit a resume and cover letter including a statement of interest to greer@theangelettigroup.com. 


Nominations and confidential inquiries made to:


Greer Polansky

The Angeletti Group

Harrison House

17 Village Road - PO Box 188

New Vernon, NJ 07976

(973) 540-1400

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