The Ideal Candidate

In its next Executive Director, St. Anthony’s seeks a servant leader who has a heart for working with and alongside the poor, as well as direct-service experience and a broad set of management skills.

The ideal candidate has a personal mission of serving people who are poor, disadvantaged, and outcast out of an impulse to honor the dignity of all people and to offer hospitality to anyone regardless of their life circumstances. While candidates do not need to be Catholic, successful candidates will have deep personal resonance with St. Anthony’s values of healing, community, personalism, justice, and gratitude, be sensitive to the faith-based commitments of the Franciscans friars, and have a reputation for living out those values in their professional and personal lives.

St. Anthony’s seeks a leader who will bring vision and a strategic mind to the task of meeting basic needs in a city and a community where those needs are both highly visible and the subject of much attention. The ideal candidate has a track record of bringing multiple stakeholders—internal and external—to the table to create and implement innovative programs to meet the evolving needs of both clients and community. This individual understands the basics of the social policy landscape and how to work within the ecosystem to determine St. Anthony’s most effective contribution.

The incoming Executive Director will have experience working closely with a board of directors to maximize its effectiveness in supporting the organization. With a facilitative style and a natural inclination toward collaboration, the ideal candidate is adept at managing change and fostering role clarity.

Candidates must have experience supervising organizational leaders, with a track record of developing management and leadership capabilities from within. The ideal candidate inspires employees to high levels of performance and holds staff accountable to commitments and standards. A practical understanding of organizational development, as well as leadership of organizational finances, is essential.

The new Executive Director will be a proactive representative of St. Anthony’s externally and internally, and be comfortable interacting regularly with guests, volunteers, and staff at all levels, as well as with the media and political leaders. The ideal candidate will be a practiced public speaker with a proven ability to shape public narrative and advocacy.

Candidates must be comfortable providing leadership to and participating in fundraising activities, particularly managing relationships with long-standing and new major donors. Experience leading an organization through a capital campaign is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity with Catholic Social Teaching. Experience with or knowledge of the Franciscan tradition, and a general awareness of the structure of the US Franciscans, is helpful but not required.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a minimum of eight (8) years progressively responsible management experience, including management of and significant work within social services programs similar to those of St. Anthony’s. Education or training equivalent to a graduate degree in nonprofit administration is required.

The Executive Director will be located in San Francisco.