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Chief Executive Officer

Assistance League of Los Angeles | Los Angeles CA 90004 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/13/2012

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Assistance League of Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization established in 1919 that provides a broad range of essential human services and economic development activities to low and moderate income individuals and families. The Los Angeles chapter serves residents in Los Angeles, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley and other geographic areas where the need for the League’s services are present. Through a partnership of dedicated volunteers and staff, more than 100,000 people receive help through the numerous community service programs operated by the Assistance League.

The CEO is charged with implementing policies and directives of the Board and ensuring that the organization meets all fiscal, contractual, legal and ethical obligations. S/he is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the organization’s operations, including fund raising, operations, programs, human resources, finance and community relations. A large part of the role is centered on raising the organization’s visibility and increasing the quantity and range of sources of funds to sustain the programs.

Specifically, the CEO:

• Ensures compliance with and implementation of Board policies;
• Acts as an advisor to and maintains a strong working relationship with the President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
• Assists the board in the establishment of a strategic plan, including the management of very substantial property holdings and a large endowment.
• Provides overall leadership for the daily operation of all staff functions according to policy adopted by the Board of Directors;
• Assists the Board of Directors in facilitating financial stability for the League and its programs, including development and oversight of departmental budgets and financial operations;
• Maintains awareness of community needs and interests; develops and maintains cooperative relationships with public agencies and private organizations important to programs and departments of the League;

Fiscal Management and Legal Compliance

• Supervises preparation of departmental budgets and submits budgets for review and approval of the Finance Committee and Board of Directors;
• Assures that departments operate within budget guidelines;
• With the Controller, reviews all financial statements, income reports, expense reports and investment activities;
• With the Controller, submits financial reports and recommendations to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors;
• Maintains official funding contracts, records and documents;
• Reviews grants; government contract agreements and restricted budgets;
• Ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations and reporting requirements;
• Executes and maintains the League’s professional liability, general liability, vehicle insurance and all other umbrella insurance coverage;
• Ensures maintenance of effective internal controls for the protection of League assets;

Community Leadership and Public Relations

• Engages in public relation strategies to increase understanding of the agency and its mission;
• Networks with public agencies, social service programs and nonprofit leadership in the community;
• Builds relationships with volunteer leadership;

Administrative Responsibilities

• Oversee the creation and management of operations and programs in compliance with the policies, budgets and directives of the League’s Board of Directors;
• Assists the Department Heads in the development of annual goals and objectives in accordance with their specific purposes and policies established by the Board of Directors;
• Ensures programmatic excellence and maximum program impact within each agency and department;
• Meets regularly with Department Heads to keep abreast of daily operations and provide advice and counsel in the areas of administration, personnel management, financial management, program development and staff development;
• Chairs monthly Department Heads meetings and facilitates interdepartmental communications, information sharing;
• Oversees building and facilities operations

The successful candidate will have:

• A strong history of managing an organization and inspiring and leading people in a project/program-driven environment.
• Demonstrated experience developing a strategic vision, brand building and positioning skills.
• A good understanding of (and preferably experience in dealing with) welfare programs pertinent to poverty and family issues.
• A record of acting as a spokesperson for a mission-driven institution. Excellent interpersonal skills enabling her/him to deal successfully with individuals at all levels in the organization as well as relate exceptionally well to board members and to contacts in the community.
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
• High ethical standards and integrity.
• A proven track record at overseeing a successful fundraising department. i.e. the skills required for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of institutional donors and individual major gift donors.
• Outstanding collaborative leadership and team building skills.
• Exceptional time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
• Customer-oriented training and focus.
• Planning and analysis skills. A flair for creative problem solving.
• High follow-up and responsiveness.
• An understanding of effective Social Media marketing and Web campaigns.
• A Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree or other professional degree is preferred).
• A minimum of 7+ years of hands-on nonprofit executive experience.
• A willingness to travel within California and to undertake some evening and weekend work.


There will be a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, as well as an excellent benefits package.

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and resume by e-mail to: Martin Shirley, managing partner at Shirley Associates (

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Location Los Angeles, CA, 90004, United States
Categories Children's Services, Education, Foundation/Grant-making/Philanthropy/Volunteerism, Human Services, Youth Services
Function Senior/Executive Management

Location Maptop

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Job Code ALSC-CEO-2012