Our vision to embrace the world in a network of charity

The Des Moines Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. This position administers all Council operations in the Des Moines metropolitan area. A full description of duties and responsibilities, as well as applicant minimum requirements and application instructions can be found below. Deadline for submission of resumes is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015. Salary and benefits package includes a starting salary of $60,000 and health insurance. The process includes resume review, background checks, and panel interview. Send hard copy or electronic resume to:

Council President
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
1426 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314

Email: president@svdpdsm.org

POSITION: Executive Director

GOAL: To provide leadership for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Des Moines. The Executive Director serves as the Society’s Chief Operating Officer, reporting to the Society’s Board of Directors and its President. The Director maintains a service-oriented culture within the organization in accordance with the mission and principles of the Society, as well as managing the general growth and the development of the Society’s special works.



Fundraising and Development

  1. Coordinate management of annual and fund raising activities and all financial solicitation. This includes performing the duties of an outside consultant.
  2. Develop, plan and implement all direct-mailing campaigns.
  3. Develop, research, and cultivate potential donors.
  4. Encourage planned estate giving efforts
  5. Ensure proper donor recognition.
  6. Research granting agencies, both public and private, or delegate and oversee qualified staff.
  7. Develop/write grant proposals or delegate and oversee qualified staff.
  8. Organize special fund-raising and St. Vincent de Paul events or delegate and oversee assigned committees.

Public Relations

  1. The Executive Director and Council President serve as the Society’s spokespersons.

The Executive Director is encouraged to speak to civic, service and religious organizations.

  1. Establish and maintain contacts with media ( e.g., television, newspapers, etc.).
  2. Develop and implement external marketing strategies ( e.g., newsletters, advertising, etc.).
  3. Answer requests for information (including providing written materials).
  4. Promote the reputation of the Society and maintain contact with key individuals and local government, other non-profit agencies, and the business sector, to further the Society’s public image
  5. Develop and maintain a social media presence.

Act as Liaison to the Board

  1. Represent Council staff to the Board.
  2. Work with Board to ensure fulfillment of the Society’s mission.
  3. Bring all appropriate issues and policy decisions to the Board in a timely manner so that they are addressed and resolved.
  4. Assist with integration of new Board members and provide for ongoing leadership development.
  5. Provide Board committees with staff support as necessary.
  6. Work with all special work program advisory committees.

Serve as Liaison to Outside Agencies

  1. Develop contacts (i.e., network) with people who are sources of information

and support the Society’s Mission.

  1. Maintain contacts and relationships through periodic interaction with other non-profit agencies.
  2. Serve on other community agencies’ boards of directors when appropriate and with Board approval.

Administration, Leadership and Resource Management

  1. Coordinate donations, and funds from grants/foundations.
  2. Develop and manage District Council budget in conjunction with Council department heads and the Board.
  3. Oversee financial accounting for the District Council.
  4. Maintain knowledge of availability of local, state and federal resources
  5. Supervise the receipt of incoming donations.
  6. Ensure grant compliance, including working with staff to fulfill grant reporting requirements.
  7. Responsible for handling all problems as assigned by the Board of Directors
  8. Work with all advisory committee chairpersons and overall program management.
  9. Supervise the distribution of checks and the mailing of bills
  10. Following budgetary guidelines, approve or delegate approval of all purchases per office procedures.
  11. Handle insurance matters as directed by the board
  12. Accept large donations (real estate, equipment, etc.) and fulfill all legal requirements in consultation with legal counsel.
  13. Supervise staff/office personnel on daily basis
  14. Manage Council’s business office facilities and properties.
  15. Disseminate relevant information about decisions, plans, and activities.
  16. Gather relevant information about day-to-day Council operations from staff.
  17. Coordinate legal issues with legal counsel
  18. Delegate to program directors, oversight of all programs, services, activities and measurement of all program objectives in consultation with program advisory committee.
  19. Hire, discharge, train and evaluate staff in accordance with Council policies and state and federal law. Provide guidance for general staff development.
  20. Encourage and facilitate constructive resolution of conflict among staff, volunteers, etc.
  21. Foster teamwork and cooperation among staff, volunteers, and Board members, and foster identification with the Society’s mission.
  22. Deal with crises.

Strategic Planning

  1. Work with Board to develop and implement short-term and long-term goals/objectives for the Council
  2. Work with volunteers and Council staff to develop and implement short-term and long-term goals/objectives for the Council
  3. Continue development and maintenance of existing charitable programs
  4. Identify and develop new charitable undertakings to meet unmet community needs in conjunction with special work advisory committees.

Conference Work

  1. Work with local St. Vincent de Paul conferences. (Answer questions, solve problems, network, etc.).
  2. Work with Conference Development Committee to develop new conferences.
  3. Work with Conference Concerns Committee to disseminate information to conferences.
  4. Provide staff resources to Vincentian Conferences as directed by Board, including Ozanam Schools.
  5. Assist Conferences in the establishment of new ventures (special works).

National and Regional Society Business

  1. Attend National and Regional meetings as required.
  2. Work in conjunction with National and Regional officials as requested by Council Board.
  3. Work with Council Officers to complete all required reports for the Society.



  1. Knowledge of the principles and current practices of business and personnel management
  2. Ability to learn, interpret and apply rules and policies relating to the operation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and District Council of Des Moines.
  3. Ability to assemble and analyze data and make appropriate recommendations for the efficient operation of the District council and its’ works.
  4. Must be able to deal effectively and openly with employees, volunteers, and clients through positive human relations.
  5. Must have effective professional leadership and communication skills.
  6. Must be able to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  7. Must be computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Office.
  8. Must be an active, participating member, in good standing, of the Roman Catholic Church or conform to the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
  9. Must be aware of and understand the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s mission and goals-desire to serve the poor and a commitment to the Society.
  10. Must be able to work occasional non-traditional hours (evenings, weekends and holiday).

Preferred Education

Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Business Management, Human Services, Human Resources, or Personnel Administration and six years of similar work.


An Associate Degree in a related field and 5 years of experience in a position of leadership or management with similar duties or work environment.


Vision Statement:
Like that of its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, the vision of the Society of
St. Vincent de Paul “is to embrace the world in a network of charity.”

Mission Statement:
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.