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Executive Director Posted Jun 30
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services , Somerville, MA
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

pay options.

SCES primarily serves the communities of Somerville and

Cambridge, though some of our programs serve much of the Greater

Boston Area.

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

of Directors.

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

the organization.

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

community value.

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

strongly preferred.

This successful candidate should demonstrate critical

competencies in four broad categories: commitment to mission,

business savvy, leading change, and motivating.

Commitment to

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

Leading change:

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

our website. All qualified candidates must send a cover letter,

resume or CV to .

We are an EEO employer

Employment Type: Permanent

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