Executive Director - Hays

Position: Executive Director
Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Location: Hays, KS

Posted: 12-1-2014

Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc. seeks a visionary leader to promote its mission and expand its impact of services in the 18 counties of Northwest Kansas. Options is a non-profit community-based domestic/sexual violence advocacy agency with its main office based in Hays, Kansas. The leader will collaborate with a non-profit Board of Directors to meet the agency goals and objectives.

As the visionary leader of Options, the Executive Director will provide direction and leadership for the agency to promote victim/survivor advocacy support, 24-hour crisis intervention and awareness of agency services.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; Solid business keen insight including strong financial background and leadership experience; Five years of experience in all aspects of administration, including human resources, effective verbal and written skills, strategic planning, strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience, and task oriented self-starter; Three years budgetary experience; One year experience of grant writing and strategies,

Job Summary:

  • Keeper of agency vision. Supervisory role to all staff and volunteers. The Executive director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for Options consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
  • Maintain passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.

Job Duties:

  • Cooperates and works with the Board of Directors in all phases of the agency; Cooperates and serves on all board committees; Develop with board fundraising plan; Work with board on long-range strategy which achieves agency mission and works to ensure there is consistent and timely progress on agency mission and goals. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the agency and important factors influencing it.
  • Jointly with the executive board committee, conduct official correspondence of the agency, and jointly with designated officers execute legal documents.
  • Responsible for day to day management and success of the organization; including hiring and termination of all employees with agency.
  • Serves as chief spokesperson for the agency along with the Board President. Represent the agency in respectful manner at all times. Oversee all publicity of the agency i.e. radio, television, social media, newspapers, in person, etc.
  • Provide leadership in developing program services, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  • Work with board and staff to prepare, track and monitor agency budgets, grant proposals and grant financial and statistical data; ensure staff job descriptions are developed and up-to-date; conduct regular performance evaluations.
  • Manage agency’s resources through adherence to bylaws and policies; maintain an accurate, but confidential statistical data base regarding programming, client files, donations and staff information as required by funders.
  • Maintain accreditation standards with local, state and federal agencies and guidelines.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations in and out of service area.
  • Oversee an effective and responsive donor relations program including communications, recognition and stewardship activities.
  • Actively participate on the Program Council of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence by attending quarterly meetings and serving on committees when requested or needed.
  • Collaborate and cooperate with other domestic violence and sexual programs in surrounding areas, across Kansas and out of state, if necessary.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.

Skills Required:

  • Be able to demonstrate effective leadership performance and outcomes which are agency based; Demonstrate leadership of staff.
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to build and maintain quality program services and agency standards and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors and show ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Demonstrate excellence in organization management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high performance teams, set and manage budget.
  • Demonstrate strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Demonstrate grant writing and grant management experience.
  • Effective organizational, written and verbal communication skills; write and organize reports and business correspondence; ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Be able to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures or governmental regulations; Demonstrate knowledge of current office procedures including telephone communications and record keeping; Proficient in use of current office equipment, computers and software utilized at Options.
  • Be able to manage multiple projects; establish priorities, work independently and proceed with objectives without supervision; task oriented; identify creative solutions given limited resources.
  • Be able to work within flexible agency work schedules, which may include both client crisis intervention and office duties.
  • Be able to demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude for victim services.


  • Exhibit objectivity as well as openness to other’s views; demonstrate ability to provide ideas and collaborate for solutions.
  • Positive, enthusiastic attitude; demonstrate ability to exercise tact; able to view situations from different perspectives.
  • Be able to mentor and coach others ; to work effective in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in one of the following; social sciences, communications, human resource management, nonprofit management or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience
    • Five years supervisory experience.
    • Three years budgetary experience.
    • Two years’ experience or knowledge of non-profit board of directors duties; i.e. board development, board strategy, recruitment etc.
    • One year experience grant writing and reporting.

Working Environment:

  • Normal office environment and office equipment use.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing at least 20 lbs.

Supervision and Training:

  • Immediate supervisor: Board of Directors
  • Secondary supervisor: Executive Committee: Board of Directors
  • Training Requirements: 40 hours initial training:
    • Continuing education to meet accreditation requirements as assigned. May require overnight stays.
    • Be agreeable to mentoring project (if required).


  • Ability to work in the United States.
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • Reliable vehicle w/current vehicle insurance.

For applications, job description and salary information contact Debra or Charlotte at 785-625-3055. Applications taken until position is filled. Options is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Bilingual a plus and minorities encouraged to apply.



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