Executive Director

The Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust seeks an experienced, executive leader to advance the organization’s mission to provide resources, opportunities, and economic empowerment to the community. The Executive Director plays a crucial role in leading and advancing the organization's mission and objectives. The incoming executive director will be an experienced fundraiser with a proven ability to navigate the development landscape in the city of Philadelphia. This position requires a dynamic individual with strong leadership acumen, strategic planning capabilities, and operational management expertise. The Executive Director will be responsible for developing and expanding organizational programming, fostering community engagement, and managing various partnerships. Additionally, the person in this role will oversee office activities, ensuring compliance with leases, contracts, and various vendor relationships.
About Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust
The Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust was founded in 1966 by the late Reverend Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, to provide resources and opportunities essential to self-help and economic empowerment. The Trust owns and operates the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center which provides office space to a range of social and human service providers. The Trust is co-owner of Progress Haddington Plaza at 56th in Philadelphia, PA. The Trust uses its resources to economically empower the community and individuals through a range of grants and as well as scholarships for college and vocational schools, internships, and community engagement.
Background of A Highly Favorable Candidate:
The ideal candidate for this role will be an energetic and innovative self-starter with a proven track record of advancing institutional growth. The Trust is highly engaged in the Philadelphia community and requires a leader who has a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively across a variety of stakeholders and to produce quality results as an independent contributor. Strong communication and people management skills are essential.
Professional Characteristics:
  1. Proven, effective leadership skills with a deep understanding of servant leadership in community-engaged organizational contexts
  2. Experience in multi-directional management and
  3. Proficient in brand communications, marketing, and storytelling.
  4. Ability to represent the organization effectively with stakeholders.
  5. Established experience in strategic planning & implementation, including experience in developing, and adjusting strategic plans.
  6. Ability to align strategies with organizational goals and adapt to changing environments.
  7. Experience with operational management and oversight, including management of staff and facilities.
  8. Experience and insight in leasing, tenant management, vendor selection, and overall operations supervision.
  9. Experience in fundraising and grant writing, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
Key Responsibilities
  • Organizational Development, including the Development and expansion of programming to meet (and advance) the mission and objectives.
  • Fundraising and development, including grant writing and reporting, especially as it relates to organizational programming.
  • Cultivate community engagement initiatives to enhance the organization's presence.
  • Advance strategic partnerships aligned with the organizational goals.
  • Office Management including the supervision of office personnel, providing leadership and guidance to the staff.
  • Oversee benefit and payroll administration.
  • Prepare and recommend annual plans and budgets to the Board in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  • Financial Oversight including compliance reporting and adherence to approved plans and operating budgets.
  • Maintain accurate organizational records and provide reports, financial statements, and program analyses to Board members and/or relevant partners and stakeholders.
  • Market available spaces to prospective tenants. Screen and negotiate lease agreements with tenants and set and/or adjust rental rates based on market trends.
  • Compliance Management, including ensuring compliance with tenant leases, licenses, contracts, and vendor activities.
  • Manage requests for proposals, consultant agreements, and contractor activities.
  • Board interface, including acting as staff to the Board and its committees, serving as the Board’s liaison to community and civic groups, government, and elected officials.
This is a full-time in-person role. The salary range is $95,000-$135,000 annually with benefits aligned with nonprofit industry standards including PTO and a 50% employer-paid medical benefit.
Organizational Information:
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees of the organization.
Relevant Financial Information:
The Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust (Trust), is a 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1966 as the Zion Non-Profit Charitable Trust. The Trust serves to provide resources and opportunities that inspire a sense of self-help and that lead to social and economic equality. The Trust stands as a source of pride for the Progress Movement, which has for over 50 years provided a variety of social and human services.
Service Area / Industry Information:
The Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center (“the Center”) is a 67,000 SF two-story office building designed and constructed uniquely as a one-stop human services center. The Center was erected under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. Leon H. Sullivan and dedicated on September 12, 1978.
Additional Information:
This is a full-time, in-person position based in the Philadelphia office. Regular hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and this position requires working occasional evenings and weekends for programming purposes.
Application Process:
Email your resume to Monica WIldes, MHS at lhst@diverseforce.com by 04/01/2024. This is the final date for applications. Confirmation of receipt of application will be sent by return email. Virtual screening with preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please.