FOCUS Churches of Albany is a faith-based organization created more than 50 years ago in response to the disruption created by the development of the new Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. At that time four churches in the area came together to respond to the needs of the community affected by the significant displacement of residents. Since then, the organization has evolved to meet community needs and now operates both a local Food Pantry and morning breakfast program, named by guests the "Breakfast Club". In addition, FOCUS facilitates collaboration among the six current member churches, "doing together what we cannot do alone", particularly to advocate and educate ourselves and our community leaders about issues of poverty, hunger and other concerns. FOCUS welcomes partners and affiliates from many faith communities who work together to help raise awareness and address critical issues facing our downtown Albany neighborhoods.
The Executive Director Position
The position is 30 hours per week, including evening and weekend availability for special events and Board meetings. There is the possibility of additional hours, depending on the interest and ability of the candidate in working with staff and the Board to develop new resources and programs.
Requirements: Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a recognized college or seminary. The successful candidate must demonstrate that they are well organized with strong skills in personnel management, program oversight, and board relations. The Executive Director must be able to manage budget and financial issues, and development of new resources through grant writing and community support for the work of FOCUS. Strong communication skills are critical within the organization, with the general public and other community organizations as well as staff and guests of the FOCUS programs. Applicants must demonstrate an ability and desire to work inclusively with diverse groups and individuals ranging from the guests of FOCUS programs to partner churches and inter-faith partners as well as the Albany community at-large. Experience with or understanding of church functions, ecumenical and inter-faith issues highly desirable.
Summary Responsibilities: The following is a general overview of the responsibilities of the Executive Director.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible to:
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