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Executive Director - Pathways to Change  

Pathways to Change is a non-profit agency dedicated to enhancing public safety and quality of life by providing a variety of services to court-involved individuals and others desiring to address maladaptive or harmful patterns of behavior.  With over two decades of providing services to Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, Pathways to Change has impacted the lives of thousands or area residents and their families. Working since 1993 under several different names, the agency has built a solid reputation for providing a variety of high-quality services, primarily to those involved with the criminal justice system. Pathways works collaboratively with many organizations and task forces in the Durham, Orange, and Chatham County communities, maintaining active Memoranda of Understandings with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, departments of social services, and domestic violence agencies in all three communities. We also participate regularly on several task forces and committees that work toward goals similar to those of Pathways to Change.  

Pathways integrates community-wide work in response to the alarming rates of intimate partner violence, children exposed to domestic violence, and those struggling with harmful behavior by offering sustainable evidenced-based programs that respect and celebrate the diversity, dignity, and contributions of all. Community partner engagement and collaboration are key aspects of this position. Signature programs include NC-certified Partner Abuse Intervention (Domestic Violence Classes), Anger Management, and the Strong Fathers Program. All services are offered in an environment of support and accountability, providing clients a path toward positive growth and change. Our success is grounded in the "coordinated community response" model. We build ongoing communication with domestic violence agencies, probation/parole, law enforcement, courts, other nonprofits and professionals working with our participants. This model also ensures that survivor safety is prioritized above all else and that our participants are connected with resources to address the various other needs they may present to reinforce accountability. Our work is rooted in the theory of dosage: more hours of re-education has the potential to inoculate our clients from committing future acts of violence and harm.



Pathways’ Board of Directors includes representatives from the judicial system, law enforcement, community, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and others. They serve 3-year terms and advise and support the Executive Director.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is chief operating officer and shall have general direction over the agency’s  operations, fundraising/grant writing, marketing, finances, and human resources.  The Executive Director shall implement all policies and strategic plans instituted and adopted by the Board of Directors, submitting periodic reports, developing personnel policies in concert with state and federal law, procurement practices and any other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall serve as the primary face of the organization to the public. 



Pathways is looking for stable leadership for the next phase of our history. To protect children and victims of domestic violence, we seek to expand and deepen our work by taking advantage of partnership and funding opportunities that will allow us to embed our model within coordinated community domestic violence interventions. The Executive Director is charged with the oversight of all areas of Pathways to ensure that our mission is supported.  He/she does this by ensuring that the counties served by our programs and services have the necessary structures in place to implement local training classes within their region. 



In addition to having the prerequisite understanding of and passion for our mission of offering services in an environment of respect, support, and accountability, the ideal candidate will have proven experience in management of multi-location domestic violence efforts, fundraising, management, financial and human resource management, and policy.  Detailed duties are as follows, but not meant to be exhaustive:

General Operations:

·         Maintains a regular and visible presence in all areas of the organization to stay connected with operational and program needs and the needs of program participants; to support staff and volunteers; and to ensure organizational priorities are being met.

·         The Executive Director is responsible for actively engaging a diverse constituency of member programs, emerging programs, allied organizations, policymakers, and financial contributors to fulfill the mission of the organization.

·         Directs the organizational and operational structures to administer Pathways’ work in Chatham, Orange and Durham Counties to ensure goals are met, including location of headquarters office and satellite locations where trainings are offered.

·         Develops a sustainable organizational, governance and administrative structure, including supervision of Program Intake Coordinator/Victim Outreach Specialist, remote staff, and volunteers. 

·         Oversees Court Liaison advocacy to ensure presence at domestic violence courts in Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties, positioning the agency as a “friend of the court” and ally to ensure abuser accountability and immediate execution of judges’ orders and/or referrals from probation departments.

·         Oversees compliance of digital record-keeping and assessments, including necessary tools are administered, such as BIPPOs, Lethality Assessments, pre-surveys and ACEs scores to facilitate periodic reporting and tracking of clients.

·         Ensures that correct electronic catalogue of curriculum is updated as needed and accessible to those working remotely, and promotes safety and security of online referral system.

Financial and Human Resource Management

·         Develops and monitors the organization’s budgets in coordination with the bookkeeper, the treasurer and the board chair.

·         Reviews the organization’s policies and by-laws; meets with board treasurer, banking officials and CPA annually for end of year 990 tax return preparation.

·         Makes certain all federal, state and local funders’ reporting requirements are met, on schedule.

·         Works with the Board and staff to ensure the organization has the resources required to be financially healthy and maintains adequate reserves.

·         Manages chart of accounts and prepares monthly and quarterly financial forecasts based upon expenditures and revenue projections.  Presents to Board for approval the agency’s annual budget during its Annual Meeting.

·         Sets appropriate compensation structures in place for facilitators and staff.  Manages all human resource issues and works expeditiously toward resolution.

·         Ensures a culture of respect, equality, and non-discrimination, convening staff meetings monthly to assess operations, client, management and/or other activities in counties served. Ensures appropriate coverage is in place in absence of facilitators.

·         Provides periodic feedback and performance evaluation, including firing, hiring, and team member on-boarding.

·         Generate and provide information, tools, training, and technical assistance that onsite facilitators need to implement best practices and successfully teach classes in Chatham, Durham and Orange Counties. Offer a wide variety of training and professional development opportunities related to Batterer Intervention Program development and implementation.


Communication/Partnerships and Public Presence:

·         Serve as Pathway’s lead spokesperson; articulate and advocate its mission and promote its model to domestic violence task forces, individuals, communities, policymakers and the media.

·         Ensures appropriate Memoranda of Understandings are in place annually with strategic partners, such as domestic violence agencies and counties where Pathways operates.

·         Attends and participates in monthly domestic violence task force meetings in Chatham, Durham and Orange County, occasionally offering presentations promoting the value of intervention programs to combat and reduce incidences of domestic violence.

·         Establishing additional external partnerships that help to fulfill Pathways mission.

·         Oversees marketing strategy, including use of Social Media and periodic emails with relevant content and advertisement of three core programs, including maintaining and updating discrete lists in MailChimp software.


Fund Development:

·         Expand revenue generation opportunities such as assessing and determining reasonable enrollment and course fees plus sponsorships. Conduct fundraising activities to support existing programs and growth opportunities. 

·         With a sense of urgency, explore varied funding sources to ensure a diverse revenue stream, including private and public foundations; local, state and federal funds; and other funding opportunities. Take primary responsibility for grant writing and associated reporting to funders.

·         Establish and maintain a Strategic Financial Plan to ensure fiscal sustainability.

·         Maintain a timetable of possible grant opportunities and make applications, including reaching out to build relationships with program officers, etc.


Board Member Relations:

·         Cultivate strong relationships with the Board of Directors. Pursue and on-board new members who support the work of Pathways and who provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

·         Schedules bi-monthly and/or quarterly Board Meetings, including Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors.

·         Provide the necessary on-boarding of new directors, including offering periodic presentations during Board of Directors meetings to deepen the knowledge and engagement of directors in the work of Pathways.

·         Develop, in tandem with the Board, a five-year strategic plan that lays out plans to promote fidelity of programming and services.

·         Translates strategic priorities into clear and attainable work goals. Monitors results and keeps the Board apprised of progress and challenges.



·         In partnership with Elon University, assist with conducting multi-site research and work in partnership with Elon to disseminate material related to Pathways’ efforts.



·         Bachelor’s degree required in social work, social sciences or human services.  Master’s degree preferred.

·         Knowledge of domestic violence intervention strategies and local and national professional organizations.

·         Proven track record of success in a leadership position overseeing operations of an organization or program with exposure to foundations, while maintaining solid relationships with staff, board, donors and community.

·         A minimum of five years of senior level nonprofit organization experience is preferred.

·         A solid knowledge of accounting, budgeting, financial management and marketing.

·         Extensive experience in leading the process of ongoing strategic planning.

·         Extensive experience in public speaking/public relations.

·         An entrepreneurial spirit, preferably including experience developing and implementing public-private partnerships to achieve community-wide social and human service goals.

·         Rapidly acquires new knowledge, understands the core work of the organization and successfully encourages the team in meeting goals.

·         Evidence of experience effectively conveying complex and sensitive issues to diverse audiences, orally and in writing.

·         Evidence of successfully “managing up” in prior work setting while keeping communication lines open, independently assesses priorities, develops detailed plans, monitors progress against deadlines and delivers work products on-time across multiple projects and demands.


SALARY AND BENEFITS Full-time position, grant-funded position. Competitive salary DOE. Benefits to be negotiated. 

TO APPLY Candidates should send resume, cover letter including your salary requirements, and contact information for 3 references to: info@pathwaystochangenc.org

Applications accepted through May 7, 2019.

Interviews to be held in June 2019. Projected start date: July 2019.