Executive Director of Emily’s Place

Emily's Place
August 24, 2023
Plano, Texas
Job Type


Emily’s Place

Founded in 2002, Emily’s Place works to break the cycle of domestic violence through long-term care that seeks to restore faith, hope, and health. It accomplishes this by providing transitional housing and support for women fleeing domestic abuse and their children for up to two years, giving families the time they need to achieve financial independence away from their abuser. Our holistic program serves as the bridge between homelessness/emergency shelter and independent living for the families in our care.


The Executive Director is the key executive leader for Emily’s Place. Reporting to and in conjunction with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for determining the direction of Emily’s Place, setting its standards, building its programs and leadership team, and executing its strategic plan. An innovative problem-solver and open and clear communicator, the Executive Director will ensure that Emily’s Place financial, administrative, operational, marketing, communications, human resources, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization to ensure the highest level of service to clients.

Balancing leadership and passion with operational capabilities, the Executive Director will ensure that the organization is positioned to succeed through oversight and development of its infrastructure, program operations, and finances and through the recruitment of staff and Board members. Fundraising is an integral component of the Executive Director’s responsibilities.

The Executive Director will also serve as a key spokesperson in interacting with donors, civic leaders and organizations, nonprofit partners, news/media professionals, and other stakeholders. As a representative of Emily’s Place, the Executive Director must maintain a professional communication style when working with both external and internal stakeholders.



  • Create an organizational culture that reflects a commitment to the mission and the pursuit of quality improvement.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic strength, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent excellence in finance and administration, management, staff development, and communications.
  • Develop short- and long-term planning processes to implement the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and staff.
  • Raise awareness and provide education to stakeholders and the public on domestic violence.
  • Ensure that the organization is meeting the needs and expectations of clients, staff, Board, and other partners on equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Set and achieve the strategic direction for increased fundraising and for working toward the organization’s mission.


  • Grow a successful fundraising program that draws support from diverse funding streams including major gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation support, special events, and government grants.
  • Serve as an articulate and visible spokesperson to the donor community to enhance recognition of and support for Emily’s Place.
  • Ensure that internal systems are in place for effective donor acquisition and donor stewardship programs.
  • Ensure that existing and new development initiatives, campaigns, events, and outreach programs engage Emily’s Place existing donors, attract new donors, and encourage current donors into higher levels of support.


  • Exercise general management of the organization by providing direction, support, and accountability with staff.
  • Foster an empowering culture that leverages the strengths of the team.
  • Establish steps, timetables, and resources for accomplishing short- and long-term objectives.
  • Articulate clear goals and responsibilities that result in continuous performance improvement.
  • Ensure the organization acts according to the highest legal, ethical, and professional standards.
  • Ensure efficient and effective operations through sound business and fiscal practices throughout the organization.


  • Assume responsibility for the financial health, stability, and planned growth of the organization.
  • Prepare, plan, and execute a strategy that is approved by the Board to ensure a growing revenue stream.
  • Direct staff processes for developing the annual budget and collaborate closely with staff members to ensure a financially sound operation.
  • Monitor all finances and program objectives by collaborating closely with staff and the Board.
  • Oversee compliance with all government and private grants and ensure necessary reporting to all funders and regulatory agencies.
  • Meet standards of annual independent audit.


  • Minimum seven years of executive or senior leadership experience in nonprofit agencies with significant exposure to Board of Directors and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building relationships and serving as a spokesperson and representative with funders, community leaders, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong financial and operations management skills.
  • A team-builder with demonstrated success leading, motivating, and managing performance and development of staff.
  • Proven successful experience in areas of fundraising and financial resource development.
  • Strong understanding of regulatory compliance support policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of evaluation methods and statistics.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Unquestioned integrity, professional ethics, and personal values.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working with residential programs a plus.
  • Experience working with major government grants, including VOCA, a plus.

Application Instructions

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to ckraeplin@emilysplacetx.org. Please put Executive Director in the subject line.

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