Executive Director

Families Forward

Not for Profit-Charity | Full Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 6/3/24

Job Description

The Executive Director provides vision, leadership, internal management of operations, and collaborative decision-making with staff and the Board of Directors. This dynamic role is empowered to innovate, creating opportunity and providing possibilities for people and families, fulfilling the organization’s mission and strategic plan while also ensuring the long-term success of Families Forward. If you are ready to change lives for the better through your work every day, we look forward to seeing your application!

Deadline to Apply 6/28/24


3001 Grand Ave.

Essential Job Functions


• Collaborate with the Board to develop and implement organizational strategies aligned with the Families Forward mission and values.
• Ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards and provide regular updates on progress and challenges.
• Facilitate effective communication and decision-making between the Board of Directors, staff, and other stakeholders.
• Mentor and empower staff members to achieve their full potential and effectively contribute to Families Forward's mission.


• Responsible for the financial well-being of Families Forward, including budget management and ensuring compliance with all regulatory standards.
• Developing and implementing comprehensive fundraising strategies to support the financial sustainability and growth of Families Forward, including individual giving, corporate partnerships, grant writing, and special events.
• Leveraging collaborative efforts with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, identify and pursue diverse funding opportunities, grants, and partnerships aligned with strategic priorities and funding needs.
• Oversee Program Managers providing leadership, evaluation, supporting and partnering with them as needed for collaborative problem solving and decision-making to achieve effective program delivery.


Bachelor's degree in a related field required; graduate level degree preferred.

Other Formal Training

Current Iowa driver's license and auto liability insurance.


Proven track record of success in nonprofit sector financial management, fundraising, and strategic planning including a minimum of 5-years of experience in a leadership role.


401 k match
Short- and long-term disability
Life insurance
Health insurance
Dental insurance
11 holidays

About the Company

Families Forward is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, supporting four primary programs – Bidwell Pantry, Child Development Center, New Directors Shelter, and The Home Connection – working together to provide compassionate, life-changing assistance to families and their path to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.familiesforward.org.

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Cassandra Halls

Deadline to Apply 6/28/24

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