Chief Executive Officer [Lorain County, Ohio]

Chief Executive Officer

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead its organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. The CEO is appointed by and responsible to the Board and leads the development and attainment of the organization’s strategic goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish a personal presence within the Lorain community and serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson to raise the public profile of BBBSLC
  • Develop positive relationships with client children and their families to engage them in the BBBSLC programs to help them reach their potential
  • Build a diverse and inclusive Board that is representative of the community
  • Utilize a collaborative approach with the Board and the staff to develop a long-term strategic plan and an annual operating plan and budget
  • Build credibility in the organization and develop a diverse and loyal donor base. Develop a strategic and comprehensive fund development plan to demonstrate the organization’s value to potential donors to solicit their support with an emphasis on growing and diversifying funding streams, including individual and major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate, foundation and government grants/contracts, events and corporate sponsorships
  • Lead, motivate, and monitor the performance of the staff to effectively serve BBBSLC clients and achieve the organization’s strategic and operational goals
  • Lead the recruitment of Bigs or volunteers to support the organization’s programs to serve BBBSLC clients
  • Work collaboratively with the staff to develop and implement programs to achieve organizational goals
  • Develop strategies to recruit, develop and retain the caliber of staff with the knowledge, skills, abilities and motivation to meet the organization’s objectives in serving its clients
  • Implement and maintain policies and procedures for sound fiscal management and internal controls, in alignment with Big Brother Big Sisters of America’s (BBBSA) Standards of Practice
  • Manage the financial performance of the organization, make necessary adjustments on an on-going basis to achieve budget objectives, and keep the Board informed in a regular and timely manner of the organization’s financial performance vs. budget objectives


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required
  • At least five years of previous experience in a related organization in a leadership or board role. Experience administering a program that serves children is a plus
  • Demonstrated capabilities to develop and implement a strategic plan in a collaborative manner with the Board and staff
  • Able to understand and utilize financial statements as a management tool and has had previous operating budget responsibilities
  • Successful personal fund development, marketing and public relations experience to effectively engage external stakeholders including funders, corporate partners, policy makers and influential community leaders to provide support to the organization’s programs.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and program management skills
  • Demonstrated success in meeting or exceeding established organization objectives
  • An inclusive leadership style that endorses collaboration with clear decision-making authority
  • Effective oral and written communications skills with the ability to deliver group presentations
  • Excellent computer skills and is proficient with all related organization systems and programs
  • Effective time management skills in prioritizing and addressing multiple and at times conflicting demands
  • High energy with a sense of urgency in responding to client needs
  • Possesses a high level of personal and professional ethics and integrity
  • Is committed to the organization’s culture and values

Interested candidates please follow the instructions on this site. Please do not contact BBBSLC directly.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County:

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. It makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.