Executive Director

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Oxford Circle CCDA
Philadelphia, PA
Published 9 days ago


Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2005 and located in the lower Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 20 languages are spoken in this diverse community where more than 30% of the residents were born outside the United States. It is a fast-growing “young” neighborhood, with 40% of the population under age 21. Despite a high unemployment rate and lack of growth in median annual household income, its population and business community are growing.

OCCCDA’s mission is "To extend healing and hope in the Oxford Circle community believing that God's purpose of reconciling all people to Jesus leads us to minister on spiritual, physical, social & economic levels." As a tenet of our faith, we believe that all people are created in the image of God. Therefore, OCCCDA is committed to serving others regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or national origin. Our strategic goals are to 1) strengthen educational outcomes through programs and partnership, 2) nurture family stability, 3) build sustainable community and economic development, and 4) leverage our assets, including our building, to serve our community.

OCCCDA’s multiple programs focus on immigrant and lower-income families and individuals including a STEM-based after school program serving 145 children, the Family Resource Center at the Laura H. Carnell Elementary School that provides nonacademic support to students and families; our early childhood literacy program in 4 languages, adult education (ELL, ABE/GED), job search assistance, community food distribution, and business support services. Pre-pandemic, OCCCDA hosted or co-organized an annual Fun Run & World Food Fair, featuring a 5k race and international home-made food, and an in-person Toy Store where parents selected from donated gifts for their children for a nominal fee.

In 2020, OCCCDA proved its resiliency, rapidly adjusting programs to continue its mission. A small learning pod developed, the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative met with parents via Zoom, and the Emergency Food Distribution Service grew exponentially to serve 200-300 families per week. The Business Corridor Development initiative that launched in 2018 to provide assistance to new and established entrepreneurs along our commercial corridors pivoted to help business owners apply for COVID-related funding. One “casualty” of the pandemic was OCCCDA’s thrift store, which was closed in spring of 2021 due to unsustainable costs.

In every sector of programming, from out-of-school care to adult education, to family supports and business corridor development, OCCCDA works to create interactions and programming where multilingual and multicultural families and individuals feel seen, heard, respected and supported in their development.


In its 16th year, OCCCDA has grown from a volunteer organization into a $2+ million per year budget, community-based and grassroots organization with about 30 vibrant full and part-time staff. With its high-quality community-serving education and economic development programming, OCCCDA has been recognized as an anchor organization in the Oxford Circle neighborhood, and has developed strong ties to local, city and regional partners. OCCCDA is a stable, healthy, organization with a strong track record and a sustainable future. We are looking for someone to carefully tend this well-established organization, continue to deepen its roots, and strategically envision how our impact can grow as it continues to reveal Christian love for one another and for Jesus Christ in this world.

The board of directors seeks an Executive Director to continue this trajectory. Applicants must have strong leadership qualities and some knowledge of the community, and/or a desire to get to know and invest in this growing multicultural, multi-lingual, and family-oriented neighborhood. 

Desirable candidates will be able to affirm and appreciate Christian and Mennonite values, as expressed through Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, which birthed this nonprofit. While striving to maintain the organization’s profound ties with the founding congregation and stakeholders, the Executive Director will also welcome persons of all faiths and no faith to its programs and events, as people interacting with OCCCDA come from many paths and life situations. An essential aspect of individuals’ and families’ experience with OCCCDA is that they can trust that when they or their children are in our programs, they will be safe, cared for, and receive high quality instruction and care. OCCCDA is known for its compassionate, competent, committed service through trustworthy and dedicated staff. Maintaining this high level of trustworthiness and welcome is paramount

Our reputation as a good partner at local, city, and regional levels and as a provider of high-quality programming and management have led to long-term partnerships and opportunities. We support educational programming across all ages. Currently we are interested in developing innovative and effective programs to draw in and support teens and young adults in their educational and employment paths. 

The Executive Director will be able to work closely and transparently with the board of directors, maintain relationships with our existing committed donors, and develop new relationships with community partners and donors, large and small. In addition to working with the board, the Executive Director will be required to coordinate effectively with the joint Property Committee which oversees management of property assets.

This position carries with it the opportunity to nurture existing and grow new relationships with businesses, local churches and their pastors, as well as civic leaders. Finally, for candidates with substantial experience leading, managing, working collegially with mature staff, this position offers an opportunity to further designate responsibilities and develop the organization’s internal leadership, promote staff retention, and mentor less experienced personnel. The Executive Director will be entrusted with continuing high-quality, trusted programming while steering internal organizational and operational stability with purposeful growth in mission.


Essential Qualities of the Executive Director

The person to lead OCCCDA in its next season will have faith in Jesus Christ that is evident through a mature, gracious, thriving life, and long-term healthy relationships, including active engagement and membership in a community of faith/congregation. The Executive Director must be comfortable praying in public and include a biblical social justice framework in decision making. The next Executive Director of OCCCDA will be comfortable leading a dynamic organism that engages community members partially by modeling supportive relationships internally among staff and externally with community members and partners. Warmth, caring and genuine concern for people will be evident through her/his people skills, including eye contact, listening skills, and a trustworthiness that transcends cultural and socioeconomic differences.

This person will be able to communicate effectively with the board, donors, staff, and colleagues, whether it be a congregational setting, interactions with children and younger people, or “on the sidewalk,” with people from any job type or walk of life. 

This person will have an informed understanding of the complex nature of poverty and social injustices, along with a proven desire and record of work within the missional and programmatic areas of OCCCDA. Applicants with experience in non-profit, development work will be preferred. 

The next Executive Director will be highly organized, with proven management experience and understanding of operational processes, to identify and communicate clear goals for organizational and programmatic growth and ensure disciplined progress toward the stated goals. Both “big-picture” thinking and analytical abilities to apply practices for efficient day-to-day task and resource management are highly desired. Candidates will need substantial experience in preparing budgets, analyzing finances, strategic planning, decision making, and grant reporting. Prior experience supervising direct reports, managing multiple staff and volunteers is a plus.

Fundraising: This person should have aptitude for building relationships of trust and gratitude with supporters, confidence in laying out a compelling case, a willingness to ask for major gifts, and regularly communicate with stakeholders. 

Time & Energy Management: Since this position, in addition to other tasks, invariably requires some evening meetings and a willingness to work certain weekends, it is imperative that the Executive Director be able to delegate, has mature self-awareness, can nurture continuing energy and motivation for the work, can inspire others for the work, and know when time or space is needed to recharge her/his energy.  

 Summary of Key Qualities of the Executive Director

  • Previous nonprofit or development experience at an executive level
  • A person of high energy who can routinely handle multiple tasks/assignments
  • Has local church, community, civic group affiliations
  • Previous experience within/with the Oxford Circle community and city of Philadelphia preferred


SUPERVISOR: Board of Directors   



The Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) is in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. The neighborhood is diverse with over 20 languages represented at the local elementary school and over 30% of the population being “foreign born.” It is a young neighborhood with 40% of the population under the age of 21. Oxford Circle’s residential population and business community are growing, despite a significant drop in median household income since 2007.  

OCCCDA was formed in partnership with Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in 2007. The mission of OCCCDA is “to extend healing and hope in the Oxford Circle community, believing that God’s purpose of reconciling all people to Jesus leads us to minister on spiritual, physical, social & economic levels.”

Programming includes a K-5 afterschool program, summer camp, school-based family resource center, adult instruction in GED and ELL, small business support, workforce development, early literacy programs, emergency food assistance, and annual community events.  

OCCCDA seeks an executive director who will maintain our excellent reputation as a community partner, advocate, and high-quality service provider. The executive director is responsible for Strategic Planning and Governance, Fund and Donor Development, Organizational Operations, and Financial Management, including compliance with external contracts. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. 

COMPENSATION: The position is full-time. Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $60,000-$70,000 plus vacation, holiday, and health benefits.


Strategic Planning, Governance & Implementation of Mission (15%)

Strategic Planning: 

  • Annually participate in reviewing and updating a Strategic Plan with Board of Directors and staff and monitor implementation of the strategic plan
  • Align and evaluate OCCCDA’s programs, staffing, property management, and community outreach in accordance with the strategic plan

Governance & Implementation of Mission: 

  • Maintain accountability to the Board to fulfill the mission of OCCCDA, as defined by the Board, existing by-laws, and the Strategic Plan, through bi-monthly meetings with the Board, and scheduled meetings with other committees, and the joint Property committee
  • Practice effective, timely, accurate, and transparent communication with Board members as necessary for the Board to make informed decisions 
  • Responsible for working with the Board in recommending and recruiting new members to the board
  • Maintain good working relations with Oxford Circle Mennonite Church through regular communication with its Pastor(s) and participation in bi-monthly leadership meetings
  • Cooperatively engage the Board in strategic planning, policy decisions, and fundraising through Executive committee meetings, community, and donor events

Fund, Donor & Community Partnership Development (25%)

Fund Development: 

  • Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization
  • Actively seek and maintain relations with private and public funders
  • Oversee the acquiring of grant and other funding to maintain and expand strategic program provision
  • In collaboration with the program staff and grant manager write, monitor, and fulfill reporting requirements for grants

Donor Development 

  • Cultivate donor giving and stewardship, including planned giving, major gifts, capital, and operating campaigns as required
  • Supervise donor development staff to ensure regular communications with donors via print, in-person contact, and appropriate social media or marketing channels 

Community Partnership Development: 

  • Establish and/or maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including city, state and federal government, business, school, and faith-affiliated partnerships, and supervise (staff) program directors engaged in stakeholder relationships
  • Maintain and enhance OCCCDA visibility through active participation in professional, civic and private networks, and appropriate social media outlets.
  • Strategically disseminate, along with (staff) program directors, the mission and vision of OCCCDA, and serve as its lead spokesperson to constituents, media, donors, funders, and general public

Organizational Operations & Leadership Development (25%)

Organizational & Leadership Development

  • Hire managing/directing staff and supervise hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff
  • Motivate and ensure staff are trained and developed to reach potential
  • Annually evaluate managerial and directing staff and supervise evaluation of all staff

Operational Oversight

  • Establish and implement administrative policies and procedures for all staff positions and day-to-day operation of the organizations’ 30-plus full or part time staff and volunteers 
  • Supervise program directors and and/or managers, oversee existing programs or implement/establish new programs to carry out stated goals; if program is grant-funded, oversee that grant stipulations are met
  • Regularly assess program quality and annually assess implementation efficiency
  • Ensure and evaluate that program provision is high-quality
  • In coordination with Oxford Circle Mennonite Church and joint Property Committee, oversee OCCCDA assets, property and facilities
  • Represent OCCCDA on agreements, notes, and other legally binding documents made and entered into and on behalf of the organization

Financial Management (35%)

  • Prepare annual general and property budgets
  • Oversee and prepare financial budgets and reports for grants 
  • Work with finance director and accounting firm on documentation for annual external audit
  • Prepare and submit, with finance director, monthly financial statements, along with other documentation which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization, to the board and property committee in timely fashion
  • Operate within the approved budget to ensure maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position
  • Review and approve contracts and grants to ensure contract and budget compliance for organization
  • Work with finance director and accounting firm to make sure financials are recorded accurately in Quickbooks and in compliance with grant guidelines  


Qualities & Commitments

  • An understanding of and a commitment to carry out the mission of OCCCDA  
  • Servant leadership characterized by integrity and transparency
  • Regularly participating member of a Christian congregation
  • Christ-centered values in programming and governance decisions

Required Knowledge, Skills/Abilities, & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in senior nonprofit management (An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.)
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with Board of Directors
  • Ability to convey OCCCDA’s vision and mission to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
  • Proven experience engaging diverse stakeholder constituencies 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Proven organizational abilities in planning and program development
  • Experience supervising direct reports and managing multiple staff
  • Prior experience in non-profit or volunteer management a plus
  • Extensive budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Experience with QuickBooks a plus
  • Knowledge of fund and donor development practices specific to the non-profit sector
  • Experience with public and private donor and funder network in the Philadelphia region a plus


Qualified candidates are invited to submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and (3) professional references.


Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2005 and located in the lower Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle, Philadelphia…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 20, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 20, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$60,000 - $70,000The position is full-time. Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $60,000-$70,000.


Vacation, holidays, and health benefits.

Vacation, holidays, and health benefits.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
900 Howell St Building B, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA

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