Executive Director

Position: Executive Director

The Stoughton Area Resource Team Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. It links Stoughton Area School District residents under age 55 with community resources, offers advocacy, and provides support in housing, utilities, transportation, health, employment and other basic needs. Case management is offered as well as short term financial assistance when appropriate.

Job Duties:
Board/Staff Related
• Leads START in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission.
• Oversees all operations of START including strategic planning while working with the Board of Directors in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.
• Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board, and providing timely, accurate information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.
• Supervises all START staff.
• Oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of staff, volunteers and interns.

• Directs brand marketing to effectively communicate benefit to the community.
• Oversees the creation and distribution of all marketing and advertising materials.
• Responsible for updating and managing START’s website and social media.

Fiscal Administration
• Responsible for the fiscal integrity of START.
• Develops, manages, and monitors the operating budget in cooperation with the Board Treasurer.
• Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Grant Writing and Donor relations
• Responsible for grant writing and reporting. Identifies and develops relationships with community based organizations, and performs administrative and fundraising functions, including:
a. identifying and making contact with potential funding sources,
b. speaking to community groups about START services,
c. writing of grant proposals and applications,
d. submitting grant applications and quarterly/final report for funders including United Way of Dane County, local foundations and their donors,
e. presenting grant proposals/requests for funding in person to large and small groups.

• Responsible for regular fundraising that supports START’s mission.
• Coordinates fundraising efforts, annual celebration and oversees fundraising budget.

Client Relations
• Provides monthly outreach for clients to access services.
• Provides housing case management in coordination with Housing Case Manager, as needed.
• Evaluates the progress of clients on short and long-term interventions to address identified emergencies and related barriers.
• Provides services, information and referrals in the areas of finance, housing, medical, legal, food and in-kind emergency assistance, transportation, social/emotional needs and family-related issues.
• Performs related work as required, including crisis counseling, professional life coaching, problem solving, and community advocacy.
• Responsible for the client database and protecting confidentiality.

Community Relations
• Represents and promotes START in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, faith-based groups and governmental entities.
• Develops, maintains, and models collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery.
• Models relationship building skills in all interactions with staff, volunteers, board members, and the community.
• Conducts regular community outreach efforts and builds relationships with local media.
• Participates regularly in coalitions, trainings, groups and meetings that align with START’s mission.

Requirements and Qualifications:
• Master of Social Work (MSW) or related degree, with state licensure current and active.
• Valid driver’s license is required; willing and able to travel for home visits and meetings using own
vehicle. Will need dependable vehicle and provide proof of insurance.
• Must be willing to take and pass a criminal background check and be free of offenses prohibiting employment under HSF12 at the time of employment, and annually thereafter.
• Knowledge of Comprehensive Assessment Protocols.
• Ability to be bonded.

• Ability to hold compassion and empathy for all people.
• Ability to manage different tasks and adjust schedule accordingly.
• Desire to provide client-centered care to all program participants.
• Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with peer professionals at other Social Service Agencies.
• Ability to communicate and work effectively with people of diverse racial, cultural, social, educational and economic backgrounds.
• Ability to manage and maintain professional boundaries.
• Ability to remain calm when responding to potentially life-threatening crises.

• Experience working with databases and ability to quickly adapt to new computer program reporting tools.
• Intermediate-level proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel, Power Point.
• Ability to manage website and social media accounts.

• Understanding or willingness to learn harm-reduction practices, motivational interviewing skills, and trauma-informed care.
• Organizational, leadership, time management, and teamwork skills.
• Ability to work independently within program parameters.
• Strong communication and public speaking skills.

• Experience working with homeless, at risk of homelessness, those in crisis, and low-income households.
• Experience in identifying participant needs and in coordinating services among various community resources.
• Experience supporting those in difficult financial or social situations with the ability to create financial budgets with participants.


Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: contact@startstoughton.org



Organization: SToughton Area Resource Team – START

Job Location: Stoughton, WI 53589

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