Executive Director


POSITION TITLE: Executive Director 

Work Environment: Hybrid

SUPERVISOR: HopeWorks’ Board of Directors 

Salary Range: $95,000 - $120,000

FLSA Status: Exempt/Full-Time (40 hours/week)

SUPERVISION OF: Deputy Director for Services

Deputy Director for Operations

Director of the Community Engagement Division

Director of Development

Grants Manager

  • POSITION SUMMARY: Incorporated in 1978, HopeWorks is  a nonprofit agency that supports and advocates for people in Howard County  affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and engages the community in  creating the change required for violence prevention. HopeWorks is seeking a leader to elevate the organization’s position in the Howard County continuum of services and in the State of Maryland. The HopeWorks Executive Director will demonstrate integrity, empathy, and the ability to collaboratively build and communicate a vision for the future of the organization. The Executive Director will communicate with clarity and efficiency, as well as embody a sense of responsibility towards the clients, staff, and community served by HopeWorks.



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, Business Management, Non-Profit Management, or related field preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience as a manager or executive in a non-profit, government, or for-profit agency or organization.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in the field of sexual and intimate partner violence.


  • Commitment to and proficiency in the best practices surrounding the delivery of trauma informed care. 
  • Ability to implement victim- and survivor-centered services for people impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework for addressing the root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • Demonstrated experience with non-profit financial management, including a demonstrated understanding of how to manage diverse funding streams and grants.
  • Commitment to the professional development of staff.
  • Ability to build and communicate a shared vision of services throughout the organization
  • Experience managing change and strategic growth in an organization.



  • Responsible for the annual performance review of each direct report, as well as establishing performance goals and evaluating completion of those goals.
  • Responsible for indirect supervision to all HopeWorks staff and volunteers.
  • Establishes and maintains up-to-date policies and procedures. Responsible for ensuring that all staff and volunteers are in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that all HopeWorks staff and volunteers maintain required and recommended training and credentials.
  • Responsible for any hiring and termination of staff members. 


  • Prepares and supervises the annual budget under the authority of the Board of Directors. 
  • Participates in the development of and monitors all grant proposals and budgets. In collaboration with leadership staff, ensures that the deliverables of each grant are fulfilled. 
  • Communicates with grantors and donors regularly. 
  • Works with contract suppliers (e.g., Human Resources, Internet Technology, and Finance) and ensures fidelity to the contracts and highest standards of performance.
  • Ensures the timely procurement and management of physical assets.
  • Works with leadership staff on the financial management of all programs, following the Board-approved financial policies and procedures.
  • Monitors all revenue and expenses, ensuring that all expenses are allocated to appropriate sources of funding. 
  • Oversees and coordinates the services of the independent auditor.
  • Prepares, reviews, and submits financial reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Communicates agency financial status to the Board of Directors and utilizes Board input in decision making. 
  • Reviews any fundraising activities sponsored by the agency and/or other community groups.


  • Serves as an effective and articulate spokesperson for HopeWorks and the issues of sexual and intimate partner violence in Howard County, across Maryland, and, when necessary, nationally.
  • Leads, inspires, and motivates staff, community, volunteers, and stakeholders to fully engage with HopeWorks’ mission.
  • Attends meetings and maintains memberships in pertinent organizations and groups locally, statewide and nationally, and reports on those activities to the Board of Directors.
  • Maintains awareness of trends in statistics, treatment strategies, legislative issues, and best practices in the fields of sexual and intimate partner violence. Communicates this information to the Board of Directors, staff, and community.
  • Maintains an active role on the Howard County continuum of social and human services.
  • Serves on Board committees, and other state or community coalitions that assist victims of sexual and intimate partner violence.


  • Participates as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors and assists the Board Chairperson, as needed, with development of Board and Executive Committee agendas and materials.
  • Reports monthly to the Board of Directors on activities, program plans, budgetary issues, etc. as related to HopeWorks functions.
  • Provides programmatic and financial information to the Board, in a timely manner, as requested.
  • Recommends steps for growth and planning for the agency and assists the Board in executing those plans.
  • Represents the Board and the agency positively and professionally within the community. 
  • Ensures maintenance of documentation of the minutes, board membership, and is knowledgeable about the agency's by-laws. 
  • Performs duties as assigned and deemed necessary by the Board in carrying out purposes and objectives of the agency.



Being   accessible, consciously breaking down perceived barriers, having appropriate   body language, and using verbal communication for program participants and   co-workers to feel comfortable bringing and discussing feedback. 


Commitment to Social Change and Social   Justice 

Willing and   able to approach their work with an understanding and appreciation of social   change and social justice issues


Communication: Oral and Written

Effectively   transfers thoughts and expresses ideas orally or in writing in individual or   group situations. Speaks comfortably with a diverse array of individuals and   groups.



Show kindness, care, and a willingness to   help and support others, including program participants and co-workers.


Crisis Management

Makes sound   and timely decisions under pressure. Recognizes what is most suitable in a particular   situation. Effectively makes decisions in non-standard situations. Exhibits   independence, decisiveness, and responsibility. Clearly and persuasively communicates   decisions and orders to avert crises.


Dealing with Ambiguity

Can   effectively cope with uncertainty, change, and be comfortable in situations   that do not explicitly have written standards. Tolerate and be comfortable   with risk and uncertainty. 



Delegate   work assignments, give authority to work independently, set expectations, and   monitor delegated activities



Supports   and promotes an environment that appreciates and holds opportunities for all,   regardless of race, religion, nation of origin, culture, gender identity or   expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, weight, health   status, age or other diversity factors.



Displays   willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; and makes   timely decisions.



Inspire and   motivate others to perform well and accept feedback from others


Management Skills

Involve   staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; be   available to staff; provide regular performance feedback; and develop   subordinates’ skills and encourage growth


Mathematical skills

Add,   subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers,   common fractions, and decimals. Compute rate, ratio, and percent, and draw and interpret bar graphs.


Physical Demands

The   physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met   by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this   job. Reasonable accommodations may be   made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential   functions. While performing the duties   of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, communicate,   and hear. The employee is occasionally   required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel,   crouch, or crawl. The employee may   frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision,   distance vision and ability to adjust focus.


Planning and Organization

Prioritizes   and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; and develops realistic   action plans.


Problem Solving

Identifies   and resolves problems in a timely manner as well as skillfully gathers and   analyzes information.



Thinks   carefully about the likely effects on others of one's words, actions,   appearance, and mode of behavior. Selects the words or actions most likely to   have the desired effect on the individual or group in question.


Safety and Security

Observes   safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly.

Salary Description
$95,000 - $120,000