About College Settlement of Philadelphia
College Settlement’s mission is to “deliver a unique camp experience to young people concentrated in the greater Philadelphia area, without regard to economic circumstances. Our programs foster personal growth and provide a safe, affordable, and nurturing place for young people to enjoy the outdoors while learning about themselves, others and the environment.”
The College Settlement of Philadelphia was founded by Anna Freeman Davies in 1892 to provide social, cultural, and educational programs for the immigrants of South Philadelphia.
Today, College Settlement operates overnight camp programs (ages 8-14) and day programs (ages 7-12) for children with financial disadvantages from the metropolitan Philadelphia area and surrounding communities. Many of these children live in difficult situations and face challenging problems in their daily lives. We offer them an enjoyable, educational summer camp experience.
Our Camp is set on an expansive 235-acre site of varied and ecologically diverse land about 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia, in Horsham, PA. The property includes over 35 structures, a lake, two swimming pools, multiple adventure challenge courses, an environmental center, and a community-based farm. We aim to be affordable, accessible, and transformational in the lives of children; to support families; and to serve communities. College Settlement serves 950+ campers in day and overnight summer camp programs. During the school year, we serve another 4,000-5,000 school students in the Outdoor School Program. Both programs are heavily subsidized for camper families and schools through our philanthropic initiatives.
College Settlement celebrated 100 years of Summer Camp in 2022 and is celebrating 50 years of Outdoor School in 2023!
Our long-standing vision has been to prepare young people for success in their lives. With all children facing the new and daunting challenges of the 21st century, our life-changing services are needed now more than ever. College Settlement stands ready to rise to the challenge of providing more children with positive experiences, tools, and role models that will shape their life prospects.
For more information on College Settlement, please visit www.collegesettlement.org.
The Executive Director Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic social service and educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. College Settlement is seeking a strategic, entrepreneurial, relational, and collaborative leader for the role of Executive Director. The Executive Director will promote College Settlement’s mission and values through demonstrated strategic leadership, strong personal conviction, and a record of accomplishment in service-driven organizations. The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing a $2M+ annual budget, delivering the vision for our growth and development, ensuring strong team management and the highest quality of service in each of the program areas. The Executive Director will also ensure the organization’s financial viability, build collaborative partnerships, and serve as the key spokesperson for College Settlement.
Working closely with the staff and Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead College Settlement in implementing our strategic plan, deepening our innovative programming, growing and diversifying our revenue streams, engaging in more strategic partnerships and collaborations, and capitalizing on our expansive properties and facilities.
The current Leadership Team of College Settlement includes the Camp Director (overseeing summer camp and Outdoor School programming) and Development Director (overseeing fundraising and grants). The College Settlement Board of Directors intends to add a new Operations Director position. The hiring of an Operations Director will enable the Executive Director to focus on external-facing activities, strategy, and leadership around internal culture, while leaving the operations and administration to another seasoned executive leader.
The Executive Director will have the following responsibilities:
- Implementation of our Strategic Plan:
- Drive the successful execution of the College Settlement strategic plan, ensuring alignment with goals and objectives
- Oversee the implementation of key initiatives and projects with the support of the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors
- Monitor and evaluate progress toward strategic milestones, adjusting as necessary to ensure forward progress
- Identify opportunities for program expansion, innovation, and partnerships to enhance the organization's impact and sustain financial viability
- Develop and implement performance metrics to track the effectiveness and outcomes of programs
- Team Building and Collaboration:
- Lead three (3) solid-line direct reports – Camp Director, Development Director, and Operations Director
- Attract, retain, mentor, motivate, and empower a high-performing team, fostering a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and open communication
- Develop and implement effective team-building strategies to enhance employee engagement and motivation
- Promote a supportive, safe, and inclusive work environment that values diversity and encourages professional development
- Encourage cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst staff members and stakeholders
- Foster and promote culture consistent with our mission and values
- Financial Management and Resource Development:
- Oversee the organization's financial operations, executing formal financial controls, including budgeting, financial planning, and reporting
- Working with the Development Director, ensure a comprehensive resource development strategy to secure sustainable funding
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, sponsors, and funding agencies to expand the organization's financial resources and meet fundraising targets
- Ensure compliance with financial regulations, policies, and best practices
- Board Management and Stakeholder Engagement:
- Collaborate closely with the Board of Directors, providing regular updates on organizational activities and performance
- Support the Board of Directors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities, facilitating effective board meetings and committee engagements
- Engage and communicate with stakeholders, including donors, partners, volunteers, and the community, to foster relationships and garner support for the organization's mission
- Seek input and feedback from stakeholders to inform decision-making and enhance program effectiveness
- Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (advanced degree preferred)
- Minimum 10 years of progressive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, ideally including demonstrated success in a similar executive role
- Proven track record in strategic planning, organizational management, and non-profit fundraising
- Strong knowledge of financial management, budgeting, and financial reporting
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse stakeholders and manage people, projects, and resources towards outcomes
- Experience in Board management and governance, fostering effective relationships with Board members
- Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team, fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence
- Passion for our mission and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on underserved urban and suburban young people
Compensation & Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $135,000 to $150,000 with a generous benefits package including 403(b), health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and Paid Time Off.
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College Settlement of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
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