Position Opening: Executive Director | Detroit

Position Opening: Executive Director | Detroit

To nurture and guide motivated young people in need
to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.


Deadline: February 12, 2021
Status: Full-time
Type: Executive
Location: Detroit, MI
Travel: Occasional, less than 25%

Boys Hope Girls Hope addresses the achievement and workforce development gaps by acting as a bridge to opportunity. Founded in 1977 in St. Louis, Missouri, Boys Hope Girls Hope has helped scholars succeed in school and in life for more than 40 years. We partner with families that face significant social and environmental barriers which impede a child’s ability to realize his or her potential.

Boys Hope Girls Hope creates a strong community around the young people we serve. That’s why it is vital that our Network have dynamic team members with the knowledge, skills, and character to advance the mission and role model what success looks like for our scholars.

Executive Director

The Executive Director provides overall leadership of the organization and is responsible for aligning activities and the team with the strategic vision established by the board and Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters. This leader will have primary responsibility for (and spend) the majority of his or her time in advancement and fundraising activities to build a solid and engaged donor base. As the primary face of the organization to the public and donor community, the Executive Director is focused on expanding the network of supporters, partners and friends of the mission. Other key responsibilities will include Board relations, marketing, finance, and administration. The Executive Director will work closely with Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters and must at all times support the mission and values of the organization; acting in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards.


The Executive Director will be responsible for one residential home and three academy sites, and lead a dynamic team to provide overall program delivery in the following areas:


  • ESTABLISH a loving and nurturing environment with a sense of belonging, central to healthy adolescent development.


  • PROVIDE the same academic, psychological, financial, and spiritual support for non-residential scholars as individuals requiring residential placement.


  • PREPARE college aspirants for all aspects and challenges.

Core responsibilities include:

Resource Management
  • Responsible for the proper stewardship of agency resources including development and oversight of the operational budget and maintenance of all agency resources
  • Formulates annual budget with Treasurer for approval by the Board of Directors, approves expenditures, and monitors expenses and income to maintain operations within all budget categories
  • Implements Board and Boys Hope Girls Hope policies for the Detroit affiliate, as well as practices for internal fiscal control and adherence to all accounting, record keeping, budget, audit, investment and reporting procedures and requirements
  • Responsible for effectively working with the Board of Directors and Development Committee to:
    • Develop and implement an income plan for necessary operational, capital, and endowment funds,
    • Motivate volunteers to participate in all fundraising efforts,
    • Utilize those volunteers for various campaigns and,
    • Ensure effective communications between the Executive Director’s office and the volunteers
  • With the Board of Directors and Development Committee, initiate, lead, organize, support and evaluate all capital, operational, and endowment fund-raising efforts including special events and all solicitations
  • Responsible for affiliates compliance with regulations and standards for Federal 501(c)3 and state tax-exempt status and with state fundraising regulations
  • Provide the Board with all materials and information necessary to carry out their governance, planning, and fundraising responsibilities, especially with regard to practice and policy including the Boys Hope Girls Hope Policy Manual, Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Affiliation Agreement
  • Facilitate regular and effective Board and Board Committee meetings by ensuring that meeting agenda, materials for discussion, and meeting location are set and communicated in timely fashion, and that accurate minutes are kept and distributed
  • Ensure active committees meet regularly and work toward defined goals
  • Maintain a strong relationship with Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters and adhere to network-wide requirements, standards, and best practices
  • In consultation with the Director of Children Services, the local Board and Program Committee, ensure infrastructure is in place for quality program effectiveness and future growth
  • Oversee the Program Director’s responsibilities, including regular performance evaluations, to ensure that the program is run in accordance with Boys Hope Girls Hope policies and in compliance with local licensing standards and regulations
  • Ensure that a positive relationship is maintained with licensing authority
  • Ensure team training needs are met and that their files and certifications are up to date
  • Build and maintain a motivated, effective, collaborative, and accountable team of employees and volunteers with the capacity to meet the strategic goals in place
  • Closely collaborate with Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters on program enhancements for greater impact and efficiency
Public Relations
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, and communicating a consistent public image in print, digital and email communications and in social media channels
  • Creates and implements marketing plans that generate enthusiasm for targeting donors, referral sources, and the general public (this includes newsletters, brochures, website, news releases, and informational mailings)
  • Responsible for representing the program in person or by selecting appropriate volunteer or employee representative
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of all office and administrative functions
  • Ensures that all team members (employees, volunteers and/or consultants) are properly screened, oriented, and supervised
  • Ensures that maintenance of all appropriate files as they pertain to the program’s operations
  • Ensures necessary data is provided to Network Headquarters for demographic statistics and program evaluation
  • Responsible for the physical assets of the organization (maintenance, insurance, acquisition, and disposal)
  • Delegation of duties and projects in an effective and orderly manner
  • Recruitment of volunteer services and contributed materials in a manner which fosters continued support
  • Maintains relationship with Network Headquarters, including timely communication of program and financial data
Position Opening: Executive Director | Detroit 1
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Experience in development and board relations, familiarity with youth programs, knowledge of the local charitable community, and a track record of effective management and program organization
  • Proven ability to raise support for a program through major fundraising efforts
  • Proven track record of leadership and effectively working with a Board of Directors and delivering results and successfully achieving strategic goals
  • Minimum 5 years of nonprofit, fundraising, board development, or management experience
  • BA in Administration, Management, or related field required, MA preferred. State licensing requirements may call for additional qualifications.
  • Strong knowledge of local philanthropic community
  • Effective communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and to create an inclusive culture
  • Experience managing, motivating, developing and effectively leading teams (including employees, volunteers and outside consultant) and coordinate multiple responsibilities

Boys Hope Girls Hope offers a competitive compensation package and an exciting, fast-paced work environment for the passionate executive who brings a commitment to the mission and the internal drive to be successful including:

  • Group Medical and Dental Coverage (Employee/Family)
  • Vision Benefits (Employee/Family)
  • Group and Voluntary Life Insurance and AD&D
  • 401K Retirement plan with a match
  • Continuing Education Benefits
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 11 Paid Holiday
  • Ongoing training opportunities and work with a strong team
  • Relocation assistance will be considered for out-of-state candidates that meet all qualifications for this position.

All interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to:


Boys Hope Girls Hope is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for any position applied for without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, military service, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Federal, state, or local law.

The Boys Hope Girls Hope Network includes more than 250 team members,
including paid employees and long-term volunteers, working together to serve 1,200 young people
in 14 cities across the United States, Guatemala and Mexico.