Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is seeking a seasoned
professional who is passionate about elder services and capable of
guiding our agency's continued development and growth as our next
Executive Director (ED).
Our ED's primary responsibility is to ensure that the mission,
strategy, values and goals of SCES are achieved and that we
continue to thrive amid opportunities and challenges.
Working on behalf of a dedicated Board of Directors and with a
highly effective management team and staff, the successful
candidate will continue to promote our culture of service and
excellence within the agency, and will enhance and grow our
positive working relationships with other agencies, our partners,
and the consumers we serve.
The ideal candidate will be a proven leader, with the right
combination of business savvy, motivational skill, change
leadership and commitment to our mission. Knowledge of the Greater
Boston Area and elder services in Massachusetts is also a plus.
About Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services
Since 1972, SCES has been the area's aging information and
service center. We help older people and people living with
disabilities remain safe and independent in their own homes by
providing a wide range of supportive services, as well as
information and advice.
SCES is a private non-profit that serves as both a
state-designated Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and a
federally-designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA). We provide more
than 35 programs and services, which are funded by a combination of
state and federal funds, donations, and our recently added private
SCES primarily serves the communities of Somerville and
Cambridge, though some of our programs serve much of the Greater
Our annual operating budget is $38 million, with 150 staff, 350
volunteers, and a subcontracted vendor network of direct service
Executive Director Job Description
The ED is the Chief Executive and Operating officer (CEO) of
SCES, providing overall leadership and direction for the agency,
ensuring we fulfill our mission.
The ED develops strategies that support the ongoing financial
and operational viability of SCES in a manner that is consistent
with our values and goals and takes into account various
stakeholders, including consumers, staff, community and the Board
The ED reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for
implementation of programs and policies that have been formulated
in conjunction with the Board.
The ED works with senior management to identify opportunities
and challenges as they emerge, and develops short and long-term
plans to address these developments.
The ED drives SCES to achieve the following strategic
SCES will serve as a trusted gateway to services and
information for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their
SCES will provide consistently high quality services.
SCES will be a financially healthy organization.
SCES will be a great place to work for staff.
SCES will be a sustainable growing organization.
SCES will have top-of-mind presence in the community.
To achieve these goals, the Executive Director
Create, communicate and implement the agency's vision, mission,
and overall direction, leading the development and implementation
of overall agency strategy. This includes developing programs,
policies, administrative procedures and priorities based on our
agency mission and goals.
Keep the Board fully informed on the condition of SCES and on
all the important factors influencing it. Inform the Board and its
committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order
to facilitate policy-making. Recommend policy positions and ensure
that the legal and regulatory requirements of the organization and
all of its programs are met.
Supervise the Senior Management Team which consists of: the
Assistant Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer (CFO),
Director of Human Resources, Director of Adult Family Care, Home
Care Director and Director of Clinical Services.
Coordinate activities with governmental and local groups
concerned with the planning and delivery of services to elders and
others with long-term care needs.
Work with the CFO to oversee preparation of all agency budgets.
Ensure that the Fiscal Department complies with all State, Federal
and Board of Directors' reporting requirements. Assume
responsibility for overall expenditures of funds within approved
budgets. Ensure the financial health of the agency.
Seek diversified sources of funds to carry out the mission of
Confer regularly with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for
the purpose of obtaining resources, influencing policy and
implementing programs.Oversee all Federal, State, and other
contracts to ensure quality of services and compliance. Develop and
negotiate State Home Care Program, Federal and private contracts
for Board consideration.
Establish and nurture working relationships with the leadership
of public and private organizations on the local, state, regional
and national levels whose missions align with SCES'. This includes
state agencies, the legislature, donor groups, Councils on Aging,
health and medical providers, housing, community safety and others
involved in home and community-based care and long-term
Represent SCES in other organizations such as the Massachusetts
Association of Home Care Programs/Area Agencies on Aging, National
Association for Area Agencies on Aging and the American Society on
Represent SCES with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and
other agencies along with legislative bodies for the purpose of
advocating for resources, influencing policy and resolving
Develop more efficient methods for management and delivering of
agency services and ensure that a consumer/client driven quality
assurance program is in place.
Maintain awareness of both the external and internal landscape,
opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, and new
developments and standards. Look at potential expansions for the
health and ongoing development of the agency that will enhance
Qualifications and Critical Competencies:
Graduate Degree required. Five years' supervisory experience, at
least three years of which must have been in a senior management
position, required. Equivalent experience may be substituted for
the advanced degree requirement. Knowledge of the Aging Network in
Massachusetts and Somerville and Cambridge area and its population
This successful candidate should demonstrate critical
competencies in four broad categories: commitment to mission,
business savvy, leading change, and motivating.
mission: The Executive Director is a
systems thinker who is consumer focused and goal driven. This
person must have a strong commitment to consumer-driven care.
He/she must support the consumer's right to choose the type and
setting of care, thereby supporting the consumer to maximize their
independence. The Executive Director is action oriented and
innovative. S/he translates broad goals into achievable steps. S/he
anticipates and solves problems and takes advantage of
opportunities, is a self-starter and team player.
Business savvy: As SCES's leader, this
position requires an individual with knowledge of and experience in
management and administration. The position requires demonstrated
experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of
Knowledge in the following areas is required: human services,
finance and personnel; oral and written communications; planning
and evaluation; and
Some experience in the field of not-for-profit management and
governance, and community relations is Some general knowledge of
fund development is also preferred.
A high level of personal skills is required to make formal,
persuasive presentations to groups and to deal effectively with
people from all segments of the
The individual must be comfortable with diversity and
respectful of a wide range of faiths, beliefs and
The Executive Direction possesses leadership skills. S/he shares
SCES's values, mission and vision. S/he consistently displays
integrity, models behavior, develops people, and builds teams. This
individual deals effectively with demanding situations.
Motivation: The Executive Director
manages continuity, change and transition. This individual knows
how to influence and enable others. S/he addresses the impact of
attitude and action on SCES and its participants.
Salary commensurate with experience
To learn more about our benefit package and to apply for
this position, visit the jobs page of
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resume or CV to .
We are an EEO employer
Employment Type: Permanent
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