Executive Director

St. Paul, MN + hybrid option
$11,500 per year + benefits
Apr 26, 2022
May 26, 2022
Executive, Nonprofit
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Status: Full Time, Salaried

Reports to: Board of Directors

Supervises: Currently a staff of 4 and contractors

Salary: $115,000 and generous benefits

  • Paid Time Off (sick time/vacation time) – 160 hours first year, which can be used as it is accrued
  • Health/Dental and Life insurance
  • Retirement/403(b) plan
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability

Office location: The MSSA office is located at 125 Charles Ave, St. Paul, MN. A hybrid option is available.

Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Travel: 10% in state

Organizational Summary

The Minnesota Social Service Association’s (MSSA) Executive Committee is searching for MSSA’s next Executive Director. MSSA is a dynamic organization committed to supporting the health and human services through continuing education and training, grassroots public policy, and member benefits. MSSA was established in 1893 as the Minnesota Conference on Corrections and Charities to share best practices from Minnesota and other states to improve care for clients. Today MSSA represents over 3,250 health and human service professionals from non-profit, for-profit, and government agencies. Our members work in all areas of human services including mental health, chemical health, aging, children's services, unemployment, homelessness, and more. To learn more about MSSA, go to www.mnssa.org.

Our Mission

Uniting diverse professions and passionate people through education and legislative advocacy to enrich lives.

Our Core Values

Social Responsibility * Equity * Inclusion

Position Summary

The Executive Director maintains a culture of excellence that advances the agency’s values of social responsibility, equity, and inclusion.

The Executive Director must possess strong management and leadership skills for quality oversight of programs, operations, and financial and human resources (staff, volunteers, and Board), resulting in mission accomplishment, program quality, and long-term organizational sustainability.

The Executive Director serves as the liaison to internal and external stakeholders to promote and support an equitable, visionary, and strategic organizational culture that is in alignment with MSSA’s values, mission, and goals.

The Executive Director will be familiar with the complexities of the health and human service field in both for-profit and non-profit arenas.

Roles and Responsibilities

Board of Directors

  • Work with the Board of Directors to execute and evaluate MSSA’s strategic plan
  • Equip the Board of Directors with the financial and programmatic information to aid in governance, decision making, accountability and oversight
  • Work effectively and in partnership with the MSSA Board of Directors
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of MSSA committees
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills through previous roles in work and/or community organizations

Staff Supervision and Management

  • Develop, supervise, and direct organizational leadership
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in all its dimensions and support equity, impartiality, fairness, and inclusion in all aspects of the work
  • Ensure MSSA has the staff resources necessary to carry out its mission
  • Set the tone for a workplace culture that advances equity, transparency, humor, learning, and excellence
  • Supervise staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work both individually and in a small-staff, team environment

Member Engagement

  • In partnership with MSSA staff and Board, continue to develop robust member engagement opportunities
  • Serve as primary liaison to MSSA’s regional chapters
  • Collaborate with staff to build and promote MSSA’s member engagement strategy

Finance and Fund Development

  • In partnership with the Executive/Finance Committee and staff, develop an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors
  • Keep Board of Directors informed of MSSA’s expenditures and monthly revenue
  • Diversify MSSA’s funding to guarantee sustainability
  • Negotiate and execute contracts on behalf of MSSA

Organization and Program Development

  • Develop and present impactful public presentations for public relations, education, and fund development purposes. By “impactful,” we mean presentations that move people to action.
  • Well-honed organizational and project management skills with a high level of attention to detail
  • Lead the development of cohesive organization, administrative, and financial plans, policies, and procedures in coordination with the Board of Directors and staff



Qualified applicants for the MSSA Executive Director position must demonstrate exceptional leadership, positive relationship-building, and outstanding communication skills. Applicants must have an ability to balance multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment while setting appropriate priorities. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively is essential. Comfort and experience with public speaking is a plus. The Executive Director position calls for high-level management, administrative, operational, and supervisory experience, and skills. Experience with grant writing, fund development and financial management is required. Public policy knowledge is also required. The ideal applicant will be passionate about health and human services, MSSA’s mission and will be able to model and communicate the philosophy, vision, and values of MSSA.

Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of leadership and administrative experience in health and human services, public safety, nonprofit management and/or social justice. English proficiency required.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) is desired.


Only completed applications will be accepted.

Candidates must complete the following in PDF format:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (optional)

Prior to the first interview, applicants will be required to respond to an Applicant Questionnaire.

Please upload your resume using this link: https://mssasubmissions.secure-platform.com/a/. You will be required to create an account to upload the information or if you are currently a member of MSSA, you will need to log in to your account.

The application process will remain open until position is filled. First round of interviews will tentatively begin May 16. They will be held via Zoom. The second round of interviews will be held in-person in St. Paul.

MSSA hopes to fill this position by July 1.

No phone calls please.

Applicants from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

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