Executive Director – Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center – Lincoln, CA



Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center located in Placer County, CA is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. This is a rewarding leadership opportunity to work with a stable organization and partner with a supportive board as the organization looks to continue their success and seeks opportunities to expand their services through new collaborations and partnerships.

The mission of Lighthouse is to strengthen families and improve the physical and emotional well being of county residents by providing counseling, education, and easy access to community based resources. The organization has a budget of just over $1M, a staff of 24, and serves over 3,000 clients annually. The position reports to the Board of Directors.

Current Priorities for the Executive Director Include:

Expanding funding sources beyond government grants.
Raising awareness for the organization among funders, the media and the community.
Seeking opportunities to collaborate with other service providers.
Exploring opportunities and partnerships to expand services to Placer County areas beyond Lincoln.
Ensuring staff performance and morale remain at the highest levels.
Build on the strength of the board to further educate and engage them for the benefit of the organization.

Ideal Candidate:

Successful candidates will have the following combination of knowledge, skills, and work style.


Understanding of nonprofit management including financing, fund development, community outreach and collaboration, and staff/board roles and responsibilities.
Understanding of the delivery of social services to individuals and families in need.
Understanding and respect for vulnerable populations from diverse cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
Familiarity with government grants including grant cycles, proper administration of funds and necessary reporting requirements.



– Collaborate with the Board on the development of the strategic plan and then effectively implement the plan, staying consistent with the board’s vision.

– Provide steady, consistent leadership for staff, working with them to set common goals and develop programs for achieving the organization’s vision.

– Use the board’s strengths to benefit the organization and building a strong connection between board members and staff.

– Excellent and effective communication skills with the ability to effectively represent the organization to funders, community members and other stakeholders.

Outreach and Partnerships

– Actively build and sustain positive relationships and support collaboration with partners.

– Develop partnerships with key institutions, organizations, and foundations that currently support or have the potential to support the organization.

– Foster collaborative relationships with a wide variety of organizations and agencies including government entities and other nonprofit organizations.


– Identify, approach and secure potential funders including local, county, state, federal, corporate and individual funders.

– Proven success in sustaining positive working relationships with individual, corporate and government funders.

– Develop project ideas and initiatives that are attractive to funders.

– Articulate the organization’s mission in a persuasive manner that attracts funders.

– Oversee all aspects of grant administration as well as contract development and negotiation.

Organization Management

– Oversee budget and financial management ensuring timely and thorough preparation and reporting.

– Oversee administrative functions including finance, IT, HR and risk management.

– Program planning, implementation and evaluation to assess counseling and social service programs and recommend improvements that will enhance services to clients and operational efficiencies.

– Strong project management capability including prioritizing and managing overlapping deadlines and competing priorities.

– Supervisory skills to hire, train, motivate, and develop a diverse staff along with setting realistic expectations and holding employees accountable.

– Develop and maintain a cohesive and effective team, fostering a positive work environment.

Work Style

Passion for the mission of the organization and the role it can play in improving people’s lives.
Visionary leader who can serve as an advisor to the board bringing ideas, alternatives and options.
Consensus builder, neutral and credible facilitator who can pull stakeholders together for a common goal.
Welcomes, values and encourages a diversity of voices, opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds and fosters an environment for discussion where all viewpoints are appreciated.
Shares ownership with the staff and is able to effectively delegate responsibility appropriately.
Professionally mature and confident in his/her knowledge and skills.
High integrity, personal accountability, and able to earn respect from all stakeholders.
Promotes an atmosphere of transparency and is an honest communicator.
Strives to maximize resources to create sustainability while maintaining quality of services.
Enjoys being visible in the community and promoting the organization in a variety of settings.
Energetic, positive, upbeat with a good sense of humor.
Patient and approachable with a willingness to address issues and concerns as they arise.
Sensitive to the issues and challenges that arise when an organization is growing
Collegial and open to collaborations with other organizations.

Experience and Education:

At least four (4) years of proven success at a management level in a nonprofit organization, government agency or state or local educational institution. Bachelor’s degree in a related social services field or business required, Master’s degree preferred. Bilingual in Spanish, a plus.

Application Procedure:

Priority review of applications will begin Wednesday, March 25, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume directly to:

Ms. Andrea Weiss

Recruitment Consultant