Job Title
Chief Executive Officer
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
Washington, DC
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Position Summary
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA), located in Washington, DC, has been operating for over a century offering hope and a helping hand where it is needed most. In 1917, a group of seven Lutheran entities pooled their resources and came together to have a greater impact on the local community than what they could each achieve individually. The agency's intention was never to proselytize or create new Christians, but rather serve its neighbors in need despite their race, faith, or gender as Jesus once taught us. It serves in that same tradition today, collaborating with communities and congregations of all faiths to serve its most vulnerable neighbors. LSS/NCA employs approximately 50 dedicated staff members and currently has annual revenue of approximately $6 million. The organization is well underway in implementing a new migrant support services program, which will provide a broad range of support services, as well as be the first ever health care program paid for by the government for migrants not in detention who are awaiting asylee status. The program will support individuals throughout DC, MD, and VA, and anticipates additional revenue of approximately $3–$4 million. Reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors who can serve up to two three-year terms, the CEO is responsible for providing strategic leadership in both the articulation and achievement of the agency’s mission. A key focus for the new CEO will be development of, in concert with the board, a robust strategic planning process that identifies methods for ensuring the organization’s ongoing commitment to mission and its continued viability in the context of a changing and challenging environment. Also responsible for wise stewardship of the organization’s financial resources, team development, new program development, advocacy and fundraising, the CEO provides assurance of the highest quality of care in all services. The ideal candidate will provide efficient and effective leadership that guides successful operational results, ethical integrity and financial soundness, efficacy and efficiency of the entire organization. The finalist candidate must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as be a person of deep Christian faith with demonstrated commitment to the Christian mission of LSS/NCA. (S)he will serve as the primary representative of the organization and liaison with all faith-based, non-profit, community, state, local and federal government entities/partnerships and/or stakeholders. An additional area of focus that the finalist candidate must show strength in includes the developing and mentoring of a high performing, collaborative team. (S)he will further build a competitively superior organization by attracting, developing, and retaining talent to ensure that people with the right skills and motivations are in the right place at the right time to meet business needs and mission fulfillment. Master’s degree is required; an advanced degree in social work or related field or equivalent experience is desirable.
How to Apply
Candidate nominations or expressions of personal interest may be directed in confidence to Elizabeth Feltner, Senior Project Manager, Deffet Group, Inc., via email: