Executive Director

Job title: Executive Director
Organization: CAIN
Location: Northside/Cincinnati
Industry: Nonprofit: Food Pantry & Programming

Job Description

The board of directors of Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) is seeking an experienced nonprofit professional to grow the mission and oversee the implementation of the 2024-2026 strategic plan. The executive director reports directly to the board of directors and ensures CAIN remains operationally and fiscally sound. Using a DEI lens, they will grow the organization strategically – take it to the next level – and engage key stakeholders to achieve greater results. The executive director provides agency operational oversight, leads four full time and one part-time employees, engages a corps of 100 volunteers, ensures two properties are operated efficiently and programmatically, and manages a ~$520,000 budget.


CAIN, a 501[c][3], faith-based nonprofit established in 1993, is a neighborhood-based ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community. Programs and services are designed to improve the lives of our diverse guests including people of color, LGBTQ people, Hispanic immigrants, and others served through our food pantry, rent and utility assistance, weekly dinners, Annette’s House community hub and Poverty Liberation Collective.

Mission & Strategy
• Collaborate with board, volunteers, and staff to ensure mission-fulfillment through programs, strategic planning/implementation, and community outreach
• Maintain outcome management systems to track data and evaluate program effectiveness/impact (financial and otherwise) utilizing best practices
• Provide oversight to all programs and services to ensure relevancy, effectiveness, and efficiency. Monitor day-to-day delivery of all services and ensure they continue to be reflective of the guests’ needs and strategic plan

Community Engagement
• Serve as the “face” for CAIN (for the entire community); ensure that CAIN is involved in local and national initiatives regarding poverty, food pantries, and social services
• Enhance CAIN’s image by being active and visible in the community; create and cultivate connections with other nonprofit leaders, local businesses, guests, the general public, and stakeholders/community partners

Financial Management & Operations
• Ensure CAIN’s actions are consistent with best practices, including, but not limited to: balanced budget, proper operational and human resource policies/procedures and compliance to said policies, oversee the audit process, operate within the confines of each fiscal year budget, and other activities that ensure the fiscal integrity of CAIN
• Evaluate budgetary needs of CAIN and connect these needs to the various programs/services so each has the proper resources to succeed
• Effectively and efficiently administer CAIN’s operations including staffing, performance management, facilities, safety/security of staff, volunteers, and guests

• Collaborate and serve as the executive liaison to the board of directors through communication, reporting and attending relevant meetings of the board and/or committees
• Provide reports to the board at regular meetings that illustrate progress to strategic plan goals and objectives and internal and external issues that may affect CAIN’s funding, mission fulfillment, image, and reputation
• Maintain official board records and documents; ensure compliance with (501[c][3]) regulations

Philanthropy, Volunteerism, & Development
• Nurture a culture of philanthropy where board, staff, and volunteers understand the importance of connecting people with charitable resources to CAIN’s mission
• Increase annual revenue consistent with strategic goals through fundraising
• In collaboration with relevant staff: research grant funding sources, oversee the annual development plan, write grants and proposals, cultivate donors, and participate in fundraising events
• Identify, cultivate, steward, track, and request funds from donors and prospective donors
• Ensure that there is a solid corps of volunteers to assist with mission-fulfillment
• Learn and utilize nonprofit fundraising best practices to ensure donor intent, ethical fundraising, and raise needed funds for new programs and services

• Embodies the values of CAIN and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of their role
• Demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising
• Bachelor’s degree preferred with five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector; candidates without a bachelor’s degree with ten years’ nonprofit experience will be considered; and all candidates must have demonstrated senior leadership experience and people management skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability share CAIN’s story with diverse audiences
• Keen understanding of the important relationship between the executive director and the governing board
• Proven experience with initiating, growing, and cultivating strategic partnerships and collaborations
• Operations experience (budget, staff management, facilities, policies/procedures, outreach, etc.)

Timeline & Talent Recruitment Application Process
Salary Range: $90,000 – $97,250.
June: Recruitment of potential candidates for executive director of CAIN.
June/July: Phase I: Interview with Anne Maxfield, who is conducting the search.
July/August: Phase II: Interview with the search committee (a date for the actual Phase II interview has not been set yet; confirmation of a date and venue will occur on June 27, 2024).
August: Phase III: Interview with the board of directors and key staff.

Note: The recruitment process, position description, dates, and processes may be adjusted as needed.

Cover Letter & Resume Submission Instructions:
All candidates’ interest and submission will remain confidential. Qualified candidates should submit their resume to: Anne M. Maxfield at ammaxfield1@gmail.com, who is managing the search. ALL candidate resumes will be carefully reviewed and each will receive confirmation of receipt from Anne. Only those candidates who will be invited to Phase I interviews will
receive a second communication.

Again, this is a confidential process. Thank you for your interest in CAIN, whose mission is: Connecting our community to challenge poverty by feeding bodies and souls.

CAIN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.