Alexandria House

Alexandria House

Position Announcement – Executive Director


After 20 years of service to women and children experiencing homelessness, Alexandria House is seeking its second Executive Director. In partnership with the Founding Director, the new Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of Alexandria House. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic, programmatic, and operational responsibility for Alexandria House's staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

The ED will develop deep knowledge of Alexandria House’s core programs, including transitional residence, youth programs, child care program, permanent housing, and community resource center. Most importantly, the ED will fully embrace and understand the Alexandria House culture - a “community” providing refuge for women who have been disenfranchised and marginalized.

About Alexandria House

Alexandria House is a transitional residence community and house of hospitality for women and children in need. Located in mid-city Los Angeles, it provides safe and supportive housing to single women and women with children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Alexandria House also responds to community needs, and provides a neighborhood gathering place for residents, past residents, and neighbors alike. Alexandria House is consciously anti-racist and committed to creating a community with the values of mutuality, dignity and respect.


The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director position are listed below. Additional duties may be determined by the Board of Directors.

Fund Development / Fundraising:

  • Take the primary leadership role in fundraising planning and implementation.

  • Oversee grant administration including invoicing, fiscal reporting and meeting all grant administrative requirements.

  • Identify resource requirements and research funding sources.

  • Establish strategies to approach funders, including development of ongoing relationships with individual and private corporate donors as well as city, county, state and federal public granting offices.

  • Collaborate with staff and board stakeholders to define, craft and submit funding proposals with excellent potential for successful multi-year allocation.

  • Ensure all fundraising records and documentation are accurate and entered in a timely manner.

Board Administration and Support:

  • Support operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, and interfacing between Board and staff.

  • Provide ongoing reports to the Board on the condition of AH and all important factors influencing organizational health.

  • Support the Board in an annual strategic planning process aligning all organizational initiatives with the mission and vision of AH.

  • Support Board member recruitment and Board development as requested by the Board.

Program and Service Delivery:

  • Oversee design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services.

  • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, measure successes and proposed improvements. Effectively communicate results to the Board, funders, and other constituents.

  • Provide direct supervision to managerial staff.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in relevant fields.

Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management:

  • Ensure that resources are used effectively, maintaining accountability for all resources, and AH complies with all legal requirements affecting the organization.

  • Responsible for working with staff and Board to develop and recommend a yearly budget for Board approval.

  • Prudently manage AH's resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.

 Human Resource Management:

  • Oversee recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.

  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.

  • See that an effective and cohesive Leadership Team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.

  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the overall mission and vision of AH.

  • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse and committed staff.

Community and Public Relations:

  • Serve as a liaison and assure the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to key stakeholders.

  • Oversee development of publications, media presentations and outreach materials that promote the organization and its services.

  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations while simultaneously retiring any debt.

Desired Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology Social Work or related field required. Master's degree from an accredited college or university highly desirable.
  • Five or more years demonstrated experience managing staff, fund development, operations, and directing an organization involving the provision of services to women, children and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people from diverse socio-economic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus within groups.
  • Knowledge of best practices and research in the area of homelessness support services, trauma-informed care, and integrated systems of care.
  • Knowledge of grant administration and fiscal management principles and systems, including funding strategies, direct experience with writing grants also desirable.
  • Bilingual helpful.

Desired ED Qualities:
The following personal qualities and traits are necessary to succeed in this position: Empathy, Integrity, Transparency, Healing, Consensus-building, Self-awareness, Compassionate, Creative, Flexible, Deep listening, Community builder, Problem solver, Positive attitude, Mission-driven, sees this as a “Calling” to serve, and is able to nurture the Spirit-Joy!! (Adapted from the 12 Principles of Servant Leadership)

Compensation & Benefits

Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000 (DOE), medical, vacation and sick leave. A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. Anticipated start date: Mid-2017.

Deadline: Open until filled.

To apply: Please email all documents as a PDF to In the Subject line, please put: AH Executive Director – Your Name. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Please no telephone calls.

Please submit:

  1. A detailed cover letter: a) Describing your experience as it directly relates to this position, b) Why you are feeling “called” to work at Alexandria House, and c) Please answer the following two questions. Please no more than 3 pages.

    1. What do you feel are the differences between a community and an organization?

    2. There is often a need for crisis management during the course of a day – how do you “triage” what needs to be done throughout the day?

  2. A resume.

  3. Three recent, professional references with name, telephone number, email address, and affiliation.

     Alexandria House is an equal opportunity employer.