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President & CEO
Rochester, New York - United States
Posted Date - 06/23/17, Respond By - 07/17/17

About Action for the A Better Community

Action for a Better Community (ABC) is one of nearly 1,000 nationally recognized Community Action Agencies (CAA), originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s war on poverty.  Offering services in Monroe and Ontario counties, ABC annually serves over eight thousand customers offering an array of programs and services in the area of employment, early childhood education, youth services, adult education services, health services, community development and energy conservation.  ABC’s mission is to promote and provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient.


ABC has a twenty-one member board with equal representation from the community’s public, private and consumer sectors.  Over 375 staff members and a host of volunteers provide services through ABC’s nine locations that are easily accessible throughout the City of Rochester.  ABC has contracts with Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and PathStone to provide community action services in Ontario County.  ABC also has several other delegate and partner contracts, and a wide range of other partnerships.     


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will provide executive leadership and overall direction to advance the agency’s vision, mission, strategy, annual goals, and long-term objectives. The President  & CEO will have full accountability for all functions and operations including organizational leadership, fundraising, staff management, financial management, external relations, and board relations. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the chief administrator of the organization, with the responsibility and authority for assuring adherence to policies adopted by the Board.

  • Develops and maintains an effective organizational structure and management team which support the delivery of quality services to the agency’s customers

    • Assures that appropriate staff resources are provided to support the operations of the Board and its committees

    • Encourages staff and volunteer development and education

  • Recommends annual budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current policies, laws and regulations, by assuring appropriate systems, procedures, and financial controls are maintained.

  • Jointly with the Board Chair, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly with designated offices, execute legal documents

  • Positions the agency as a leader in enabling the general community and its leaders to understand and address the nexus of structural racism, poverty and associated trauma.

  • Serves as an ex-officio, voting board member of the Action for a Better Community Foundation, Inc., and provides day-to-day supervision of the Foundation Executive Director on behalf the Foundation Chair.

  • Serves as the chief spokesperson and public figure of the agency, and effectively represents the agency to all governmental, professional, civic, and community organizations, as well as the media. Assures that the agency’s programs and services are consistently presented in a positive fashion to relevant stakeholders and the community in general.

  • Provides strategic leadership to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the agency’s strategic plan.


Position Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in public policy, public administration, non-profit management, business administration, or a bachelor’s and equivalent experience

  • Minimum of twelve – fifteen years of non-profit management/supervisory experience in a service and advocacy- oriented organization, government entity, or business, focused on underserved, diverse and/or moderate/low-income communities

  • Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) or ability to obtain certification within 5 years

  • Experience in the areas of policy analysis, public policy platform development, advocacy and fund raising

  • Expert knowledge of federal and state policies and regulations governing anti-poverty pprograms

  • Experience leading organizational and community change initiatives focused on alleviating structural racism, poverty and associated trauma

  • Financial management responsibility or financial oversight experience in an organization of similar size and complexity

  • Experience working effectively and collaboratively with a Board of Directors

  • Experience in budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting for an agency with multiple significant funding sources

  • High level of energy and enthusiasm, and a track record of professionalism, innovation, integrity, and high ethical standards

  • Knowledge of human services needs of Monroe and Ontario Counties

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation

  • Exceptional ability to collaborate with colleagues, funders and partners

  • Refined writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills, with a history of superior results and ability to make impactful connections with a wide range of constituencies



  • A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided.

  • Experience
    12-15 Years
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