Chief Executive Officer (CEO) [Lexington, Kentucky]

JOB TITLE:   Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

AGENCY: Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bluegrass

REPORTS TO:   The Board of Directors

OUR MISSION:  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

OUR VISION:  Our vision is for all children to achieve their potential.


The CEO leads a staff of 8-10 full-time employees to advance the mission, strategy, values and goals of the organization.  The CEO is responsible for formulating and executing the strategic vision of the agency, including fundraising and management of an annual budget of approximately $750,000.  The CEO is also the public face of BBBS of the Bluegrass and serves as its ambassador to the media, policymakers, funders and other stakeholders, including the approximately 300 families we serve, our volunteers, donors, staff and the Board of Directors.



  • Oversee all activities related to fundraising to support operations.
  • Design and oversee annual fundraising goals and strategies including:
    • Event-based fundraising opportunities
    • Annual solicitations
    • Corporate partnerships
    • Grant opportunities (identification, proposal submission and final reports)
    • Major gifts
    • Endowment & planned giving.

Business Planning and Execution

  • Develop and execute strategic plan in coordination with the Board.
  • Set agency priorities, delegate responsibilities, and ensure accountability within the organization.
  • Develop and drive the business plan of the organization.
  • Ensure compliance with national BBBS standards.

Marketing & Brand Management

  • Oversee marketing and brand alignment priorities of the agency to ensure agency messaging, communications, and marketing efforts are effective at generating engagement with families served, volunteers, sponsors and donors.

Board Relations

  • Report to Board at monthly Board and committee meetings as well as through telephone and email communications.
  • Support the Board in policy-making and oversight functions and assure implementation of policies.
  • Assist in Board recruitment.

Human Resources

  • Hire, train, oversee and direct the work of BBBS of the Bluegrass employees and interns.
  • Evaluate staff performance.
  • In conjunction with business manager, administer payroll and associate health insurance plans and benefits including vacation and sick leave.
  • Research and implement a comprehensive risk management plan.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business and/or Social Services.
  • At least 5-8 years of work experience with a non-profit organization.
  • 2-3 years of management experience preferred.
  • Previous experience working effectively with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
  • At least 3-5 years of fundraising experience preferred.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Proven ability to motivate and direct a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct business to the highest professional, moral and ethical standards.
  • Willing and able to take constructive criticism from the Board and/or staff.
  • Strategic thinking, planning and project/process systems management skills.
  • Entrepreneurial approach to the use of scarce resources.

Ethics & Values

  • Acts in an ethical manner reflecting core values of integrity, transparency, accountability, respect and responsibility.
  • Models openness, honesty and accountability.
  • Provides a work environment that values diversity and inclusion among littles, volunteers and employees regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status or disability.
  • Unwavering commitment to child safety.

Equal Employment Opportunity

BBBS of the Bluegrass is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties & responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation.  The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.