Executive Director [Wisconsin]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties


JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the agency carries out the mission of Big Brothers Big Sister of America (BBBSA) as the premier, one-to-one mentoring organization in the country matching caring adults with children. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the agency’s programs, expansion and the execution of the mission. Under the authority and direction of the Board of Directors, and in accordance with the agency guidelines, policies and standards, the Executive Director manages, advises, and guides the support staff in the execution of their jobs.



• Work with the Board of Directors to develop and execute a strategic plan that focuses on fund development, community partnerships, program growth and agency capacity development.

• Establish and manage the process for evaluating the strategic plan using performance metrics to guide operational decision-making.

• Identify local and national trends and best practices that may affect program implementation and/or client base.


• Oversee day-to-day operations of the affiliate in keeping with the policies of the organization and the standards of BBBSA.

• Ensure all operating sites comply with any policies and procedures deemed necessary by BBBS of Racine and Kenosha Counties.

• Ensure proper fiscal management, including but not limited to operating within the approved budget, maximizing resource utilization and maintaining a positive financial position for the agency.

• Complete BBBSA’s orientation for new EDs within the first year of employment.

• Complete 3.5 hours of BBBSA Matchforce Fundamentals technology training upon hiring.

• Complete additional 13 hours of Program Manager Certification curriculum within reasonable, agreed-upon timeframe.


• Lead the agency in the creation of fund development opportunities. Along with the Board’s Fund Development Committee, create a fund development plan linked to the operating budget that aligns with delivering the mission of BBBS.

• Be able to demonstrate an ability to read and understand financial documents including budgets, cash flow, income statements, balance statements and so on.

• Manage grant writing and program funding including major gifts, corporate giving, grants and additional financial contributions that align to ensure fund development goals are achieved.

• Increase BBBS’ exposure by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

• Identify potential donors and sponsors consistent with legal and ethical fundraising practices.


• Establish and maintain a performance-driven staffing model to reach measurable goals and objectives.

• Ensure regular and ongoing staff training and ensure professional development opportunities are accessible to the staff.

• Maintain personnel records for all staff and interns.

• Track and approve staff PTO.

• Maintain a resource of volunteers.


• Ensure clear communication with the Board to maintain engagement and efficient use of time and talent.

• Along with the Board President, facilitate the creation of a strong mix of talents, expertise and resources on the Board of Directors to meet current and emerging agency needs.

• Identify key constituencies and leverage community relationships to assist in Board recruitment.

• Ensure effective orientation and education of Board members to build their knowledge, commitment and skills.

• Plan and prepare meeting structure and information for board meetings in coordination with the board president.


• Bachelor’s degree, or at least 10 years of relevant work experience

• Nonprofit management experience preferred

• Strong personal organization skills

• Commitment to improving the lives of local youth

• Access to reliable transportation (local travel up to 50% of the time)

• Ability to stand for 3 hours at a time


• Commitment to the BBBS mission and the ability to convey a vision of BBBS’ strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors.

• Demonstrated critical thinking and decision-making skills.

• Strong organizational skills including planning, delegating, program and fund development and task facilitation.

• Strong commitment to follow-through and communicate with community partners and funders.

• Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering fundraising strategies.

• Ability to manage and direct diverse staff, interns and volunteers.

• Strong oral and written communication skills including presentation skills and public speaking.

• Strong computer skills for data entry, tracking and reports.

Salary range: $50,000 – $55,000, with opportunity to increase depending on performance.