About Positive Directions
Founded in 1971, Positive Directions - The Center for Prevention & Counseling Inc, is a Westport,
Connecticut, community- based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to the mission of
supporting individuals, families, and communities by providing treatment for mental health and
addictive behaviors, and prevention programs that build resiliency and life skills in adolescents, adults, and families. Our prevention staff, collaborating with town and city governments and other local partners, ensures our communities are informed regarding risky behaviors, working to help
adolescents and their families make healthy choices and decisions. Clinical services include individual and family counseling, with the option of teletherapy and telepsychiatry, serving principally the towns of Fairfield, Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Positive Directions is a thriving agency, well respected throughout our community and the State of Connecticut.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of Positive Directions. The Executive Director
shall be a confident, hands-on leader with a track record of success in organizational management,
including deep managerial and operational expertise. The Executive Director is responsible for
overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the agency. Key duties include
fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The successful candidate will understand the
importance of a robust partnership with the Board and staff, and will ensure fiduciary responsibility,
sound financial management practices, and accountability while remaining creative and innovative.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and works in service to our staff,
clients and communities.
1) Regulatory and Licensing Requirements
The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that all programs of Positive Directions meet the
requirements of a nonprofit organization in the State of Connecticut and ensuring compliance with all
applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including funding requirements.
The Executive Director shall be responsible for fundraising and for developing resources sufficient to
ensure the financial health of the agency. The Executive Director must have experience in fundraising
leadership and shall have familiarity with a wide range of fundraising channels including individual,
corporate, foundation and government giving. As the face of Positive Directions, the Executive Director must be able to effectively articulate and convey the mission and priorities of the agency to a wide range of constituents including donors, Board members, staff, clients, federal, state and local
government agencies, and community organizations.
3) Financial Performance and Viability
The Executive Director shall be responsible for the fiscal integrity of Positive Directions and shall
develop resources sufficient to ensure its financial health through grants, fundraising, community and
corporate contacts, treatment, and prevention programs and through the institution of sound financial
practices and policies. The Executive Director shall oversee the preparation of and shall submit to the
Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements which accurately reflect the
financial condition of the agency.
4) Organization Mission and Strategy
The Executive Director will work with Board and staff to ensure that the mission of Positive Directions
is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach and will be responsible for
strategic planning to ensure that Positive Directions can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
Shall be responsible for the enhancement of Positive Directions’ image by being active and visible in
the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations. Will
supervise compelling cross-platform communications, including e-communications, direct email
marketing messages, online experiences, and other content. The Executive Director will be skilled in
leading the agency in its efforts to enhance strong brand recognition and will connect and sustain
excellent relationships with existing and potential partners, government agencies, and policy leaders.
5) Organization Operations
The Executive Director shall be responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff
and for the effective administration of Positive Directions’ operations. The Executive Director shall also
be responsible for signing all agreements, grants and related documents made and entered into on
behalf of the agency.
A minimum of three (3) years experience in a responsible leadership position (e.g. program,
department or organization level).
Experience in building organizational sustainable capabilities
Experience in clinical management, and/or familiarity or experience with the provision of clinical
services and the expectations or demands on service providers strongly preferred.
Experience with mental health agencies and/or service providers a plus.
Track record of success in fundraising.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and confidence in public speaking.
A bachelor’s degree is required.
The successful candidate will be offered a competitive compensation and benefits package
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Positive Directions is an equal opportunity employer. Positive Directions will not discriminate against
an applicant or an employee because of race, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, past or present history of mental disorder, mental retardation,
learning disability, physical disability (including blindness), sexual orientation, genetic information,
veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Positive
Directions will not discriminate against an applicant or employee in relation to pregnancy, childbirth
and related conditions, including the right to a reasonable accommodation to the known limitations
related to pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions, including the right to a reasonable
accommodation to the known limitations related to pregnancy.
We are accepting candidate resumes & cover letters via email only at:
Please name your documents clearly with Last Name in document title.
Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until March 31, 2021.