Executive Director

Scott Carver Dakota CAP - Shakopee, MN

Under the direction of the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the Agency by working with the Board and CAP management to establish and carry out long and short range goals, strategies and plans in compliance with policies and regulations set forth by the Agency’s policy, data privacy laws, and the by-laws and articles of incorporation. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall Agency operations, fundraising, employee engagement and mission development with a client centered approach.

  • Provide information, advice and counsel to the Chairmen of the Board, Board Committees and the Board of Directors in the creation of policies, programs and strategic direction. Support all activities associated with the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, schedules and locations.
  • Provides advice and counsel to the Board to assist in setting policies and monitoring the performance of the agency. Recommends new policies, programs, and action plans consistent with the vision of the agency; executes all policies/decisions of the Board.
Agency Leadership
  • Responsible for administration of overall operation of the agency, including reviewing and evaluating the results of program activities, ensuring that contractual obligations are being fulfilled, allocating resources for greater effectiveness and efficiency, developing organizational and administrative policies and program objectives for Board consideration.
  • Foster and sustain consistent internal communications. Establish an effective flow of information to insure employees are knowledgeable for the Agency business and to ensure interdepartmental relationships are nurtured.
  • Analyzes and evaluates programs and administrative policies and procedures. Coordinates and initiates new program areas through study and evaluation of data furnished by target groups, Board of Directors and other sources of new program ideals.
  • Responsible for leadership and cultivation of Senior Management as a team.
  • Has legal and fiscal responsibility for the overall Agency including technological advancement.
Strategic & Resource Development
  • Maintain a fluid Agency so it is poised to pursue new opportunities, expand current operations, and to enhance local collaborations on issues and activities that promote the vision of the Agency.
  • Drive Agency fund raising activities to enhance program activities, capital improvements and overall Agency cash flow.
Community Engagement
  • Serves as liaison officer between the Agency and other service organizations.
  • Ensures community awareness and support of CAP's goals, mission, objectives and operation by initiating and leading an active public information program.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
Bachelor’s degree required. Higher degree in relevant subject preferred. Minimum of 10 years’ experience in senior management leadership. Extensive successful experience interacting with Boards, Board Development and Fundraising. Executive experience with non-profits required and experience working with Community Action Agencies is highly desired. Strong preference given to experience with social service programs and collaborative partner development. Must be an effective team builder with strong operational management skills.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of non-profit operations management, including programs, fundraising, finance, human resources, information technology, etc.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct for employees.
  • Principles of change management, performance management and organizational development.
  • Techniques and methods for long-range strategic and financial planning.
  • State and Federal laws, statutes, rules, codes and regulations governing the operations of the agency.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of management.
  • Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, occasionally when relations may be confrontational or strained.
  • Principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations.
Skill in:
  • Coaching, motivating, influencing, relationship building and collaboration at all levels of an organization.
  • Reading, interpreting, understanding and applying Federal and State rules and regulations, and CAP policies and procedures.
  • Designing, organizing and leading systematic change processes in a complex organization.
  • Analyzing problems and resolving disputes, and recommending effective solutions.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Effectively communicating with diverse internal and external groups in verbal and written forms.
  • Planning, organizing, administering, coordinating, reviewing and evaluating a wide variety of programs and services through executive management staff.
  • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, codes and regulations.
  • Fostering an inclusive culturally competent environment successfully with a variety of individuals in an empathetic manner.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Operating a personal computer using standard and specialized software.
A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License, proof of insurance and review of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report is required.

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Mobility to drive a motor vehicle in order to attend meetings. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.