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Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln

Position Description For

Executive Director


Accountability: Reports directly to the Board of Directors

Position Vision: To provide successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them by positioning Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln (BBBSL) with: increased positive public perception and heightened community awareness of the agency’s services and needs; standards of excellence for achievement in all areas of agency work, meeting or exceeding all standards or goals; and abundant resources. By providing these professionally supportive one-to-one relationships with measurable impact, BBBSL contributes to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Services, or related field, required, Master’s Degree preferred 
  • Non-profit/general management experience required. Non-profit Board experience preferred
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Demonstrate ability to lead, establish strategic objectives, developed work-plans and execute against plan
  • Strong fund development, marketing, and public relations experience to successfully engage external stakeholders including funders, corporate partners, policymakers and communities, and form lasting value-added partnerships
  • Be a continued driver of the organization’s culture with an eye toward the evolving organization and the inherent changes in culture that accompanies growth
  • Excellent listening and speaking skills are necessary


I. Fundraising

  • Develops and implements fundraising plans and proposals in conjunction with Board of Directors
  • Identifies and develops new sources of money
  • Initiates and maintains contact with existing and potential donors
  • Builds and maintains networking relationships within the donor community

II. Agency Management

  • Develops and administers Agency policy and procedure
  • Monitors billing and collection activities
  • Negotiates and signs contracts within approved budget limits
  • Maintains current knowledge and skills in the administration of BBBS service and business administration
  • Office Administration

III. Staff Leadership and Development

  • Lead, motivate, develop, and manage the staff so that they are passionate about what BBBSL has achieved and are committed to working effectively toward continual improvement
  • Ensure a comprehensive staff recruitment and retention strategy to support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ commitment to build a sustainable organization
  • Ensure an effective performance management system for all employees that includes annual objective setting, coaching, feedback, and evaluation 

IV. Program Development

  • Facilitates annual program planning with the help of the Program Director to define new program direction and refine current services
  • Works with Program Director to plan, modify, and evaluate programs
  • Ensures Agency meets or exceeds minimum standards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, insurance, and grant requirements, in an efficient manner
  • Designs and directs a safe quality client service in keeping with professional and community standards of care
  • Recommends policy changes for Program Committee approval or whole Board if necessary

V. Responsibilities to Board of Directors

  • Formulates and recommends program, fiscal and administrative goals and plans to the Board of Directors
  • Works with Board and committees as requested by Committee Chairman to develop and implement their annual goals
  • Facilitates agenda setting, meeting schedule, and logistics for full Board meetings
  • Provides appropriate information to full Board and Board committees
  • Develops with the Board a three-to-five-year Business plan
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Board or as necessary to accomplish Agency purpose, goals, and objectives

VI. Finance

  • Ensure the development of all financial, facilities, and operational plans, oversee implementation of budgets and monitor progress/changes related to budgets
  • Guide the development of the organizations’ financial and technological systems to support, measure and communicate outcomes on quantitative and qualitative performance indicators
  • Develop cash flow projections as needed
  • Facilitates appropriate loan approvals as needed with Board approval

VII. Other

  • Establish annual performance targets for areas of responsibility in consultation with the Executive Committee
  • Performance will be evaluated annually by a Board approved evaluation committee
  • Other duties as assigned 

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions-including, but not limited to the following:

  • Work in a well-lighted, air-controlled office environment.
  • The position may involve traveling through the city and southeastern Nebraska.
  • Limited reaching, bending, lifting, or stooping.

Salary Range: $60,000-$75,000 based on experience.

To apply to be BBBSL’s next Executive Director and drive significant change for Lincoln’s youth and families, send a resume and cover letter to BBBSL Board Member, Veronica Riepe,