Executive Director

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Family & Children's Service of Ithaca

Published 14 days ago

October 19, 2020
$95,000 - $110,000

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca (F&CS) is a community-based non-profit organization that supports, promotes and strengthens the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services, with a particular sensitivity toward the needs of children. F&CS is located in Ithaca, NY, in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, often dubbed one of the best college towns in the country for its active, diverse cultural scene and magnificent natural beauty.

F&CS is seeking a high energy, experienced Executive Director (ED) with a demonstrated capacity to collaboratively develop and implement a vision for a community-based non-profit organization. The new ED will replace a highly-successful retiring director. The ED oversees an operational budget of $4.6 million and a team of 8 direct reports and 65-70 indirect reports. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED of F&CS is the chief officer responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial stability, developing and implementing its strategic plan, pursuing mission-driven programs and services, effectively communicating the agency’s mission and vision to the broader community, and ensuring adequate funding is raised to support agency programs. The ED demonstrates commitment to and action in leading the agency in anti-oppressive practice in all categories of their responsibilities. In addition, the ED stewards the organization’s values and reputation by ensuring all program services are provided with the highest level of quality, care and compassion. The ED is responsible for building a strong leadership team and communicating regularly and effectively with staff, the Board of Directors and key stakeholders. Success in this position requires a strong background in human services, relevant senior management experience, and demonstrated success in key aspects of the position in comparable settings.


The Executive Director will:

  • Be a high-energy human services professional with the demonstrated capacity to develop and implement a vision for a community-based non-profit organization providing mental health care and related social services to adults and children. 
  • Be a collaborative problem solver.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and actions that promote anti-oppression. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current and evolving management practices, including the use of technology as a critical tool in analysis and organizational life, and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Have a pattern of accomplishments in previous positions that demonstrate a capacity to address the challenges facing Family and Children’s Service, including effective financial management, program development and fund raising, and guiding an organization through change.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in the field of social services, mental health care or human services.
  • Have demonstrated experience in senior management in a human services organization.

The ED salary is $95,000 - $110,000, depending on experience, plus benefits.

Family & Children’s Service is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion, and advancing anti-oppressive practices throughout our programs and activities. We embrace differences in age, color, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our clients, our staff and the people in the larger community unique. Additionally, Family & Children’s Service’s policies and practices in application, hiring and employment are developed to be consistent with all applicable local, state and federally mandated obligations imposed through regulation or statute, which govern employment practices. This policy applies to all agency positions.

Our goal is to have a new ED begin no later than March 1, 2021. The search committee will begin to review applications on October 19, 2020; a complete review of applications cannot be guaranteed for applications received after that date. To be considered for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the ED Search Committee Chair at ; semi-finalists may be asked to provide additional materials, including references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The search committee will be sensitive to concerns related to COVID-19; in determining how interviews of finalists are conducted, the health and safety of all parties will be the primary consideration.

A complete job description can be found on the F&CS website at For additional information, candidates may contact the organization at or 607-273-7494 to arrange a time to speak with the current Executive Director and/or the Board President.     

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca (F&CS) is a community-based non-profit organization that supports, promotes and strengthens the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive


127 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to

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