Open Staff Positions

Executive Director

Posted April 27, 2017

Johnson Service Corps seeks an executive director to lead the next phase of growth for a well-established non-profit organization that provides leadership opportunities for young adults and service to the community through a network of partner organizations engaged in human services and social justice advocacy.

Johnson Service Corps, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 serving the Triangle Region of North Carolina. Our mission is to develop young-adult servant leaders through participation in a year of social justice engagement, intentional community living, servant leadership training and spiritual formation. Johnson Service Corps is affiliated with the Episcopal Service Corps and operates as an ecumenical organization.

The next Executive Director will assist the Board of Directors in implementing a new Strategic Plan, to increase visibility and fund-raising to support recent growth in the program.  The Executive Director has responsibility for general administration, fundraising, communications, financial management, community networking, Board relations, staff management and program supervision.

The successful applicant will have a proven record of leadership and management – including administration, staff supervision, strategic planning and budgeting. This will include a record of successful fundraising with experience in foundation, corporate and individual giving.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Degree or above in related fields preferred.

Compensation: Salary range $50,000-$60,000, commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include health insurance stipend, 401K contribution, personal leave. Position is full time, 32 to 40 hours.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume and references in one pdf file using the following naming convention: “Your Last Name-Your First Name.pdf”, via email only to:

JSC Search Committee

Please, no phone calls, faxes or snail mail.
Application deadline: May 19, 2017, by 5 p.m.

Johnson Service Corps is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.

Executive Director Position Description

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Service Corps.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission by ensuring the organization has a long-range strategy, sustainable financial plan, and adequate staff and resources, carrying out plans and policies authorized by the board, and maintaining official records to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.


  • Become fully integrated into the organization and with constituents.
  • Update and implement the organization’s Development Plan. Increase revenue to meet outlined goals. Continue to diversify funding base and look for new opportunities.
  • Implement and adapt the organization’s Strategic Plan.
  • Raise the organization’s public profile while staying true to our mission and brand.
  • Increase organizational capacity by building strong infrastructure, leveraging the board, increasing staff capacity and strengthening organizational operations.


Organizational Leadership

  • Champion and Spokesperson. Act as a liaison with corps members and partner organizations, and nurture and expand the organization’s key external relationships. Oversee all marketing and public relations efforts.
  • Lead Fundraiser. Engage Board of Directors, staff, corps members and other stakeholders to raise resources for the organization. Develop and submit grant proposals, solicit major gifts, oversee annual donor campaigns and events, and create other resource development opportunities.
  • Strategic Thought Partner. Work with Board of Directors and staff to continually assess community needs and opportunities and adapt the long-range plan as needed.
  • Provide advice, counsel and support to the Board of Directors, and help maintain and leverage an engaged board.
  • Team Leader. Hire and ensure that all staff are supported and evaluated. Provide for staff development activities to upgrade skill levels and motivate performance. Ensure adherence to personnel policies.
  • Financial and Organizational Steward. Maintain strong fiduciary responsibility for the organization in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

Resource Development

  • Create and implement an annual Development Plan. Work with Board to develop fundraising goals for each quarter and year.
  • Research prospects; cultivate, solicit and steward major donor gifts.
  • Grants – research opportunities; develop foundation relationships; write proposals and reports.
  • Engage the board in fundraising.
  • Seek out new opportunities and relationships to cultivate for resource development.

Marketing & Communications

  • Act as spokesperson for JSC in the community and press.
  • Oversee all public relations and marketing efforts.

Operations & Human Resources

  • Recruit, supervise and release staff.
  • Manage benefit packages and personnel policies.
  • Manage organizational insurance policies
  • Manage professional contracts related to compliance and regulations.
  • Manage necessary technology.
  • Maintain relationships and memberships with professional organizations.

Budget & Finance

  • Maintain day-to-day operations and sound fiscal management.
  • Prepare annual budget, cash flow projections and pro forma budgets as needed.
  • Secure annual Form 990 and Financial Review.
  • Manage monthly paperwork for bookkeeper.
  • Deposit incoming checks and send outgoing checks.

Board of Director Relations

  • Meet regularly with Board Chair and committees; attend board meetings; provide supporting information and expertise.
  • Provide continued training in professionalization and best practices for the Board.


  • Participate in key program activities and become familiar with corps members, faculty, mentors, and partner organizations.
  • Develop program evaluation tools.
  • Collaborate with Program Director on corps member crisis management.


The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and supervises the Program Director, and Development and Communications Associate.  The Executive Director may determine the need for additional staff capacity as resources are available.

Executive Director Qualifications

  • Understanding and commitment to Servant Leadership values and the mission of Johnson Service Corps.
  • Creative, visionary leadership with strong skills in collaboration, consensus-building, building and maintaining relationships, and creating community among stakeholders.
  • A track record of accomplishing tasks and seeing projects all the way through, especially in the areas of leadership and management, including administration, staff supervision, strategic planning, evaluation, budgeting, and grant relationships, at the level of a small but growing non-profit.
  • Ability to work effectively with and support the organization Board of Directors.
  • A record of successful fundraising through annual campaigns, soliciting major individual gifts, foundation relationships, corporate gifts, and events. Successful experience with a capital campaign.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating vision, mission and impact with diverse audiences and championing a cause in the community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice through an equity framework and proven success in developing and implementing strategies to incorporate these values into an organization both internally and externally.

Ideal candidate will also have:

  • Familiarity with young adult development through a whole-person lens (physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual), young adult leadership development programs, and year-long service programs.
  • Exceptional financial skills – including fiscal management and analysis.
  • Strong marketing and public relations skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage organizational operations effectively and efficiently, with multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the Episcopal Church.