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Executive Director, Birmingham, AL

Job Title:            Executive Director

Organization:     Firehouse Ministries

Reports to:         Board of Directors

FLSA Status:      Exempt


Job Overview

The Executive Director is the key management leader of The Cooperative Downtown Ministries, Incorporated (sometimes referred to as The Firehouse Shelter or Firehouse Ministries).  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization.  Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.  The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.




Board Governance: Reports to and works closely with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission.


  • Responsible for leading the Corporation in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

  • Responsible for performing such duties as assigned by the Board.


Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.


  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Corporation, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

  • In collaboration with the Board and staff, as necessary, responsible for grant writing, fundraising, and developing other resources necessary to support the Corporation’s mission.


Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.


  • Responsible for implementation of the Corporation’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that the Corporation can successfully fulfill its mission into the future and implementing such strategic plan.

  • Responsible for enhancing the Corporation’s image by being active and visible in the community, working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations, and utilizing those relationships to strategically enhance the Corporation’s mission.

  • Responsible for serving as the Corporation’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, media, and general public and overseeing marketing and other communications efforts


Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.


  • Responsible for effective administration of the Corporation’s operations.

  • Responsible for the hiring, retention, and supervision of competent, qualified staff.

  • Responsible for establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the Corporation.

  • Responsible for reviewing and approving all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.



  • Graduate degree, preferably in Social Work. 

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership

  • 5+ years senior nonprofit management experience

  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting

  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation

  • Ability to convey a vision of the Corporation’s strategic future to staff, Board, volunteers, and donors

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector

  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other volunteers

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff

  • Strong public speaking ability



Estimated hiring range for this role is competitive based on experience. Any offer is contingent on a background check. A comprehensive benefits package is available, including health insurance reimbursement, paid holidays, and paid time off.


The Firehouse Shelter does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or any other categories protected by law. 


For questions or to apply, contact Bright Street Solutions which is recruiting for this role on behalf of Firehouse Ministries:

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