Executive Director [Lincoln, Nebraska]

Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln (BBBSL)

Position Description – Executive Director

Accountability: Reports directly to the Board of Directors

Position Vision:  Work closely with the board of directors to provide strategic leadership and operational oversight to grow the capacity and impact of a youth development nonprofit that provides successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them. By providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships with measurable impact, BBBSL contributes to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all of Lincoln.

Position Goals:

  • Grow impact and capacity of the agency by growing fundraising, increasing operational budget, adding program and administrative staff, and increasing youth/family beneficiaries and their outcomes
  • Increase positive public perception and heightened community awareness of the agency’s services and needs
  •  Uphold a standard of excellence for achievement in all areas of agency work, including meeting or exceeding all national standards

Desired Qualifications & Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Preference is given for degrees in Business Administration, Human Services, Leadership, or other applicable fields
  • Management experience required.  Nonprofit board and/or staff leadership experience preferred
  • Effective presentation and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire staff, establish strategic objectives, and develop and execute work-plans
  • Fundraising, marketing, and public relations experience required in order to successfully engage external stakeholders including funders, corporate partners, policymakers, and communities, and form resilient value-added, mutual partnerships
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating staff and board culture within evolving organization, recognizing inherent changes that accompany organizational growth and development
  • Humility accompanied by excellent listening and speaking skills are necessary


I.  Fundraising

  • Develops and implements fundraising plans and proposals in conjunction with Board of Directors, consultants, and relevant staff
  • Identifies and develops new sources of organizational resources
  • Initiates and maintains contact with existing and potential donors
  • Builds and maintains networking relationships within donor-base and local community

II.  Agency Management

  • Develops and administers Agency policies and procedures
  • Monitors agency finances, including operating and reserve accounts, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and opportunities for strategic program, operations, and financial investments
  • Negotiates and signs contracts within approved budget limits
  • Maintains current knowledge and skills in the administration of BBBS service and business administration
  • General office administration

III.           Staff Leadership and Development

  • Leads motivates, develops, and manages staff to maintain passion and empowerment around what BBBSL has achieved and to cultivate a commitment to continual improvement and growth
  • Ensures comprehensive staff recruitment and retention strategy to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln’s commitment to building a sustainable organization
  • Ensures an effective performance management system for all employees that includes annual objective setting, coaching, feedback, and evaluation

IV.          Program Development

  • Facilitates annual program planning with the help of the Program Director to refine program vision and service offerings
  • Works with Program Director to plan, modify, and evaluate programs
  • Ensures that Agency meets or exceeds national standards set by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, including beneficiary outcomes, insurance requirements, and grant reporting in an efficient manner
  • Works with Program Director to designs and direct a safe quality client service in keeping with professional and community standards of care
  • Recommends program policy changes for Program Committee and/or Board approval

V.            Responsible to Board of Directors

  • Formulates and recommends program, fiscal and administrative goals and plans to the Board of Directors
  • Works with Board and committees as requested by Board leadership to develop and implement annual goals
  • Facilitates agenda setting, meeting schedule, and logistics for Board and committees
  • Provides appropriate information to Board and committees
  • Develops and activates a three- to five-year Business plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Board or as necessary to accomplish Agency purpose, goals, and objectives
  • Establishes annual performance targets for areas of responsibility in consultation with the Executive Committee

VI.          Finance

  • Ensure the development and ethical use of all financial, facility, and operational plans.
  • Oversees implementation of budgets and monitors progress/changes related to budgets
  • Guides the development of the organization’s financial and technological systems to support, measure, and communicate outcomes on quantitative and qualitative performance indicators
  • Develops cash flow projections as needed in consultation with Board Treasurer and finance consultant(s)
  • Facilitates appropriate loan approvals as needed with Board approval

VII.         Other

  • The performance will be evaluated annually by the Board approved evaluation committee
  • Executes other duties as assigned

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions- including, but not limited to the following:

  • Works in a well-lighted, air-controlled office environment
  • Position may involve travel through the city and southeastern Nebraska
  • Limited reaching, bending, lifting, or stooping

Salary Range: $60,000 – $75,000 based on experience. 

To apply to be BBBSL’s next Executive Director and drive significant change for Lincoln’s youth and families, send a resume and cover letter to BBBSL Board President, Kyle Cartwright, kyle@nebraskaculture.org