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President, Father McKenna Center

Washington, DC
Father McKenna Center
Washington, D.C.
About Us

The mission of the Father McKenna Center is to accompany and care for families struggling with poverty and men facing homelessness by providing food, shelter, clothing, and services to support their journey toward stability, productivity, meaning, and hope. Located on the campus of Gonzaga College High School, rooted in the Ignatian Catholic tradition, and built upon the good works, ideals, and values of Father Horace McKenna, S.J, we believe all persons are made in the image and likeness of God and as such deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We believe that people who struggle with poverty and homelessness deserve access to material, spiritual and support resources that will lead to stability and meaning in their lives. We believe that the wider community should embrace and support people who struggle with poverty and homelessness to ensure access to the resources necessary to reduce or eliminate these conditions.

Position Summary
We are seeking an experienced nonprofit executive with a demonstrated commitment to our values and mission to lead the strategy, people, programs, and day-to-day operations of the Center. The top candidate will bring a demonstrated record of success as an organizational leader with a broad and diverse set of skills in strategic planning, operations, financial management, partnership development, fundraising, and communications. While the top candidate does not have to be a practicing Roman Catholic, the individual must eagerly embrace the Ignatian tradition and embody the core values of the Gospel, such as authenticity, integrity, courage, love, forgiveness, hope, healing, service, and justice.
Key Responsibilities
  • Vision, Mission, Culture, and Strategy: Continue to develop a vision, mission, culture, and strategy that aligns with the Center’s Ignatian values and respects its history and people.
  • Programmatic Success: Ensure all programs are delivered at the highest quality; support program leaders to meet clearly defined goals and innovate as needed to serve our clients.   
  • Organizational Operations:  Lead and support operations, facilities, and administrative staff to ensure all services are delivered consistently and in compliance with relevant policies and laws.
  • Financial Management: Monitor and manage the organization’s financial health; develop and oversee budgets, reports, tax filings, and audits.
  • Team leadership: Build an organizational structure that promotes professional development and growth opportunities for our talented staff.
  • Relationship development: Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including Gonzaga High School leadership, funders, nonprofit partners, government agencies, and Board members
  • Fundraising: Maintain existing funding relationships and identify and develop new sources of funding to support FMC’s ongoing and future needs
  • Communications: Serve as the primary spokesperson and passionate advocate for FMC at private and public events and in traditional and social media
  • Previous experience leading (and growing!) a nonprofit social services agency, preferably serving a similar client population or with issues related to homelessness, poverty, or addiction
  • An understanding of best practices in all aspects of nonprofit operations, financial management, and legal compliance
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a vision and strategy with clear, measurable objectives and a culture of accountability
  • Proven experience building strong relationships successful partnerships with diverse stakeholders
  • Previous experience engaging donors and volunteers to commit time, financial, and other resources to support the mission

Ideal Attributes
  • A person of deep faith and integrity who connects personally to the values of the Center
  • An authentic commitment to FMC’s mission as evidenced by professional or volunteer experience in a relevant field
  • A servant leader with high emotional intelligence and compassion balanced with a firm and decisive leadership style
  • Sense of humor, flexibility, and grace under pressure
  • Creative problem solver
  • Collaborative, humble, and inclusive
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