Job Opening – Executive Director

The Human Services Coalition (HSC) of Tompkins County is seeking an Executive Director who combines innovative and strategic thinking with personal integrity, a commitment to the dignity and well-being of all people, and the ability to lead inter-agency collaborations to achieve organizational and broader community goals. The HSC brings together agencies, local government, and the community at large to support the integrated delivery of health and human services and to assist in the development of innovative responses as new issues evolve. The new Executive Director will lead HSC’s efforts to explore racism as a problem of institutional power and make every attempt to dismantle racism in the non-profit sector. The Executive Director will coordinate the building of coalitions, assure the optimal application of available resources, and encourage educational programming for community agencies. The candidate will be open and inquisitive and possess an honest and compassionate worldview that engenders trust and respect among a diverse staff and community stakeholders.

The Executive Director reports to a Board of 15 and works closely with local municipal, business and community leaders, human service agencies, and other regional and state officials. The Executive Director supervises a staff of 20 and exercises oversight of multiple service contracts. The Executive Director administers and manages an annual operating budget of $1.7 million, consisting of federal, state and local funds as well as public and private grants. The Director is expected to foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment utilizing modern management techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided locally. There is a culture of innovation in the Tompkins County community, wherein collaboration and initiative are strongly encouraged.

Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Human Services Coalition Organization and Management:

1. Oversee all HSC activities in accordance with the Mission Statement, Strategic Plan, By-laws, Work Plans, and Personnel Policies
2. Provide Support for HSC Board and Committees by providing vision, insight, policy recommendations, options, and resource materials
3. Hiring, overall supervision, and evaluation of staff performance in conjunction with:

a. Job descriptions,
b. Work plans, and
c. The creation of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment

4. Oversee HSC finances
5. Research and pursue source of funding for HSC activities
6. Prepare annual preliminary working budget for submission to the Administration and Budget Committee and Executive Committee for HSC Board approval
7. Monitor and review quarterly financial statements for submission to the Administration and Budget Committee. Submit financial reports on a quarterly basis to the Board of Directors. Meet with auditors and review audit report. Prepare renewal grant requests to HSC funders
8. Review and approve all financial transactions in conjunction with the Finance Director

B. Planning and Coordination:

1. Oversee all HSC programs to assure goals and objectives are being met
2. Work to ensure coordination, collaboration and efficiency in management and delivery of human services in Tompkins County
3. Meet regularly with providers and agencies to share information, provide support and maintain good working relationships
4. Encourage and facilitate anti-racism, equity, and inclusion initiatives within and among nonprofit agencies in Tompkins County
5. Serve from time to time on various local, regional and state committees and advisory boards to provide information, advice on planning and coordination, and advocacy as a representative of the human service community
6. Provide technical assistance, including data and facilitation as needed to community agencies and municipalities
7. Act as liaison between various agency groups in planning matters as needed
8. Support the development of systems of evaluations to ensure that service outcomes are positive
9. Ensure that the HSC has the capacity to oversee the City/County health and human services funding review process; provide assistance to other funders as requested and as resources allow
10. Work closely with legislators to support a comprehensive service delivery system for Tompkins County residents
11. Provide guidance on the planning, coordination and presentation of capacity building workshops on topics of need and interest in the human services community
12. Oversee consultation services to nonprofit agencies
13. Act as Co-Chair and lead agency for the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care Committee (CoC) including facilitating multi-agency meeting and providing oversight of CoC community projects
14. Act as Chair of the local FEMA Board

C. Public Involvement and Education:

1. Promote public awareness of the programs of the HSC and the Health and Human Services Community at public meetings, community forums and other community events
2. Act as a representative of the Human Services Community to promote understanding of the health and human services system to improve public access to services
3. Sit on Committees as needed to assure representation from the Health and Human Services Community

D. Other duties as necessary to further the goals of the agency.

About the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County
The mission of the Human Services Coalition (HSC) is to enhance the delivery of health and human services in the Tompkins County area. We envision a community that embraces the dignity and well-being of all, supported by a vibrant non-profit sector. We believe that
commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will allow us to meet the highest standard of performance, quality and services as we work to achieve our mission, vision, and goals.

With a staff of 20 and a budget of $1.7 million, the HSC is the hub of Tompkins County’s human services sector. The HSC encourages cooperation among providers to develop well-organized service delivery systems and provides leadership development training opportunities and consulting to non-profit board members and staff. It provides opportunities for networking, discussion, collaboration, and sharing resources across the nonprofit community to address community issues. Through its Health Planning Council, the HSC promotes health planning, assessment, and the development of needed health services and resources; access to health care services; and integration of the various components into a functioning system. Through Information and Referral (211), the HSC publicizes availability of and promotes effective service delivery through efficient allocation of community resources. For more information on all of these programs, visit

About the Community
Tompkins County is one of the most attractive and livable areas in the United States. The County, with a population of 105,740 (2020), is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. Tompkins County is situated at the southern tip of majestic Cayuga Lake in an area of dramatic gorges and waterfalls. The people of Tompkins County are welcoming, civically engaged, and diverse.

The County offers a vibrant city center, small villages and hamlets, forested hillsides, rolling farm land, over 26,000 acres of State Forests and Wildlife Management Areas, and nearly 3,000 acres of State Parks. Ithaca, the county seat, with a population of 32,108 (2020) has a small-town atmosphere yet showcases qualities of a much larger city through an abundance of restaurants, theatre, arts, shopping, cultural activities, and community festivals and events. Ithaca was named in the Top 100 Best Places to Live, by (2018), #2 Best Small College Town by USA Today (2016), and Healthiest City in New York State by 24/7 Wall Street (2015). The County is the employment center for the region with a strong human services sector, a local medical center, and a robust public transit system. Tompkins County’s economy is diverse and the three institutions of higher learning – Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins-Cortland Community College (TC3) – make education our top economic contributor and are responsible for many local assets unique to the area and communities of this size. The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport greets over 200,000 passengers annually and generates over $30 million for the local economy while serving as a major international gateway to Cornell, Ithaca College, TC3 and other major employers in the region. Ithaca and Tompkins County are cited by AARP and the World Health Organization (2015) as being part of the global network of Age Friendly Communities.

Leadership experience in human service planning and evaluation with demonstrated increasing responsibilities in project management, budget management, and staff supervision. Master’s Degree in Social Work, Administration, Planning or a related field; Bachelor’s Degree plus significant equivalent experience may be considered.

Excellent planning and evaluation skills, oral and written communication skills. Capacity to take initiative, provide leadership, and present a balanced perspective toward concerns of funders, providers, and consumers of human services. Possess a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.

The Human Services Coalition embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports individuals of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented or marginalized identities to apply.

Competitive salary and benefits package

How to Apply
Email cover letter and resume to by 5pm EST on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. All submissions will be acknowledged with a return e-mail. Contact the Search Committee Chair at the for assistance with any issues or questions.

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