Executive Director – Job Description

Overview of Position

The Executive Director is responsible for the promotion of the mission and vision of Well of Mercy to both internal and external constituencies. The role is an exempt position.

Role Description

  • Stewards the charism, vision and principles of the Sisters of Mercy and promotes the Catholic Mercy identity of Well of Mercy.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and supervision to fully implement the mission of Well of Mercy in accordance with the organization’s Bylaws.
  • Carries out the policies, procedures and strategic goals set by the Board of Directors.
  • Serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
  • Reports to the Board of Directors, with frequent communication with the Board Chair and Executive Committee.
  • Recruits, orients, supervises, trains, evaluates and rewards staff in accordance with Board policies and guidelines.
  • Maintains communication with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and, with the Board Chair, acts as the liaison to the Corporate Members and their Regional Director.
  • Promotes the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy – non-violence, racism, immigration, concern for women and reverence for the Earth – throughout Well of Mercy’s ministry.
  • Serves as advocate, ambassador, and spokesperson for Well of Mercy by cultivating relationships with individuals, organizations, and the media.
  • Serves as the Chief Development Officer.

General Responsibilities

  • Maintains official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Provides leadership in developing program, operational and financial plans in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff.
  • Ensures that job descriptions are revised or developed as needed, annual performance evaluations are completed, and sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Works collaboratively with staff to direct, delegate and execute the activities and services of Well of Mercy.
  • Encourages the development of the talents of staff members in ways that contribute both to the individuals’ and Well of Mercy’s growth.
  • Assists in recruiting volunteers as needed.
  • Manages all financial transactions and contractual agreements.
  • Prepares annual operating budget with guidance from the Board’s Finance Committee.
  • Oversees the management of guest hospitality, and land and facility maintenance, to ensure an optimally functioning facility.
  • Oversees orientation programs for Board members and staff, inclusive of Well of Mercy’s history and traditions and the charism and values of the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Identifies current and future needs of Well of Mercy and submits recommendations for action to the Board of Directors in a timely manner.
  • With the Director of Development implements and oversees comprehensive fundraising and marketing plans.

Physical Requirements

The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities which are required to perform the essential functions of this position:

  • Vision sufficient to read standard text, read a computer monitor, and drive safely.
  • Ability to speak and hear sufficiently, to communicate clearly, and to be understandable in person and over the telephone.
  • Ability to stand, sit, walk, stoop, and bend routinely.
  • Manual dexterity to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate keyboard, to write, etc.
  • Body strength sufficient to lift and transfer at least 25 lbs.
  • Ability to interact professionally with persons from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends, if/when required.

Well of Mercy is committed to providing a means for applicants who have a disability to identify areas in which they may request reasonable accommodation.

Qualifications desired

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of successful experience in retreat, spirituality, or religious non-profit ministry
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Financial acuity
  • Development and marketing skills


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