Executive Director
Hyannis, MA Full time, year round

Cape Cod Child Development Program Inc is the largest provider of quality childcare, early education, developmental intervention and family support programs on Cape Cod, the Islands and Wareham. CCCDP serves 3,000 children and families, has more than 200 employees, and 100+ volunteers, in thirteen locations. CCCDP has annual revenues of about $13 million.

Summary of Position:  In accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director (ED) serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of Cape Cod Child Development Program Inc. (CCCDP). Develops and recommends plans, policies and strategies that further the agency’s mission. Responsible for implementation of policies approved by or established by the Board. The ED ensures that CCCDP has the resources to meet current, emerging and projected needs of the families and children that it serves through public and private funding in strict adherence to the annual budget approved by the Board. Accountable for the operation of all programs and operations, and for labor management. Serves as the agency’s chief representative with local, state and national organizations, including state and federal funding agencies. The ED is appointed by and subject to removal by the Board. Any contract of employment between the corporation and the ED must be approved by the Board, as it deems to be in the best interest of the organization. Attends all meetings of the Corporation, Board, and Executive Committee, unless exempted from attendance by the presiding officer. The ED reports regularly to the President of the Board, the Board, and the Executive Committee concerning operations, programs and finances of the corporation and answers any inquiries posed by the Board.

Strategy and Leadership Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Board to ensure the financial, programmatic and operational sustainability of the organization and its current and new programs supporting children and families on Cape Cod, the Islands and Wareham;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with major funders, especially Head Start, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Public Health;
  • With input from the senior management team, develop and recommend short and long-range strategies to the Board, develop an annual work plan and budget for the agency, and oversee its implementation following approval by the Board;
  • Report regularly and make recommendations to the Board on financial, strategic and operational performance and issues, including: progress on strategic planning; status of budget, financial projections and financial resources; status and health of program operations and compliance with funder and regulatory requirements, especially with major funders and programs including Head Start,  the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Public Health, and the Early Intervention Program; assessment of staff morale, performance, issues and professional development; compliance and relationships with external stakeholders on the current political, economic and social environment that affects children and families on Cape Cod, the Islands and Wareham;
  • Provides leadership to the growth of charitable giving through individual donor and funder identification, cultivation, retention and growth, to meet current, projected, emerging needs of the organization and the children and families that the organization serves.

Operations and Team Leadership Responsibilities

  • Accountable for the overall operation of the agency, including; recruiting qualified senior management subject to approval of the Board; recruiting qualified program and operational staff; establishing goals and objectives for senior management and staff, and monitoring and evaluating their performance; ensure the continued professional development of an effective senior management team and program staff;
  • Develop and maintain an atmosphere of trust and respect and promote regular communication within the agency including the sharing of non-confidential information and soliciting input and feedback from all levels of staff; foster a “team approach” throughout the agency by developing and encouraging frequent and regular communications among staff and leadership at all levels; encourage all staff to regularly review their areas of responsibility and communicate suggestions to improve services, morale, facilities, safety and financial efficiencies;
  • Develop organizational and administrative policies that support the establishment of quality management, contract monitoring and compliance systems, for all programs and services;
  • Develop and maintain high quality management of all programs and services; ensure that all programs and activities are in full compliance with all state, federal, and other funding obligations and with all governmental regulations;
  • Establish and oversee rigorous financial planning, timely development of annual budget, strict controls and compliance with budgets and sound financial management; regularly monitor and report to the Board on the short and long-term financial condition of the organization and develop projections of operational and capital requirements and financing needs;
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with other organizations for strategic collaboration to improve and enhance delivery of programs and services to the children and families of Cape Cod, the Islands, and Wareham;
  • Ensure the establishment of and adherence to strong and equitable employee relations policies; ensure employee interests, welfare, respect and recognition are preserved and protected; oversee all labor management activities, including contract negotiations, grievance mediation and resolution, and other labor management issues as required.

Community Engagement and External Relations Responsibilities

  • Key spokesperson for the agency, in collaboration with the Board and particularly the President of the Board; develop and maintain strong communications and relationships, and act as CCCDs representative, with major funders and early childhood and school age agencies, especially Head Start, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Public Health;
  • Encourage a favorable attitude among CCCD's various constituencies by establishing and maintaining effective communications, collaboration and public relations programs;
  • Proactively network and build visibility for the organization through attending and presenting at various nonprofit, business and community events throughout the community.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of three years’ successful experience as CEO, Executive Director or President, of a nonprofit organization. Preference given to experience running similarly sized multi-program human services organization serving children and families. Candidates with strong experience in other senior management levels may be considered - if management of similar programs and strong financial management skills are evident – this may include experience as CFO, COO, deputy director or similar positions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and successfully identifying, obtaining and leveraging federal and state funding and building strong relationships with funders. Preference given to strong experience managing Head Start, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Public Health, Early Intervention, funding and program operation.
  • Strong and verifiable track record of working collaboratively with a board of directors, senior management and program staff to achieve excellence in the management, communications operations and financial stability of a nonprofit organization. Preference given to experience with similarly sized multi-program human services organization serving children and families.
  • Strong financial management and analytical skills with a proven track record of working effectively with finance team and the board in maintaining budget discipline.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a preference given to degrees in human services, business administration, education or related field. Advanced related degree preferred (MSW, MPA, MBA, or similar).

Key Attributes

  • Mission driven team builder with exceptional people management and leadership skills who is passionate about providing quality services and advocacy for children and families; experienced in coaching and developing professional staff; a successful track record of recruiting and retaining high performing teams;
  • Seasoned nonprofit executive with 5+ years in a senior management level with an agency serving children and families is highly desirable;
  • Experience working in a local community setting; knowledgeable about community issues and responsive to community needs; knowledge of Cape Cod, the Islands, Wareham or a similar socio-economic region is a plus;
  • Strong ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, to analyze and solve complex organizational issues, and to exercise sound judgment in a high-pressure work environment;
  • Experience leading an organization facing financial and operational challenges;
  • Commitment to fundraising as an essential activity and demonstrated ability to fund-raise;
  • Prior experience of positively and effectively working with union management;
  • Strategic thinker and leader, with significant presence and high personal integrity, who gives and inspires respect with board, staff, funders and community;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, including extensive public speaking and presentations to large audiences, both verbal and written; accessible with an open-door policy.

All applications are confidential and will be reviewed by a search committee

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