CEO Saginaw,  MI
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Underground Railroad, Inc. is a non-profit corporation serving all residents of Saginaw County who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human slavery. Since 1977, Underground Railroad, Inc. is the only provider of emergency shelter, services, leadership and programs to end domestic and sexual violence in the community. Please review our website at:

Underground Railroad, Inc. is seeking a CEO to lead the overall strategic and operational leadership of the organization. We are looking for a proven leader who can balance the external visibility with the internal management responsibilities to achieving the overall success of Underground Railroad, Inc.

General Responsibilities

  • Leads the departmental directors to ensure all departments are operating successfully and collaboratively and in compliance with Underground Railroad, Inc. bylaws and articles of incorporation. 
  • Serves as Ambassador of Underground Railroad, Inc. to the public, all stakeholders, government officials, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. 
  • Leads the organization in all aspects of daily operations, strategic development and implementation, fiscal oversight, and employee management.
  • Establish appropriate annual and long term financial objectives and manage to consistently achieve these goals.
  • Represent Underground Railroad, Inc. to diverse governmental, civic and community organizations as well as professional and academic communities, including speaking engagements.
  • Attract, develop, support, reward and retain highly skilled and high performing management professionals.
  • Work closely with the senior leadership team to develop strategies that address both current and future needs of Underground Railroad, Inc. including programming, advocacy, education, technology and facility planning.
  • Regularly coach and annually evaluate direct reports to maximize performance.
  • Lead the development department in the ongoing efforts dedicated to the Annual Giving, Special Events, Endowment Fund, Major Gifts and Planned Giving.
  • Develop and manage the application and continuation of grant and contract support. Ensure compliance with the policies and procedures of those grant and contractual obligations and when not congruent with the agency operations or mission, address such issues in the interest of the agency and its betterment.
  • Work with the Board to formalize a strategic plan and modify as appropriate. Establish financial and other performance measures and report progress against the plan on a regular basis.
  • Provide leadership in identifying Board development needs, and in the identification, recruitment and orientation of new Board members.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Social Work, or applicable field of study with at least 5 years in business management with a non-profit or its experience equivalent.
  • MBA or similar advanced degree with experience in leadership non-profit positions highly desired.
  • Demonstrated communication skills necessary to lead an organization with a strong public presence. Proven donor development and grant writing/management experience.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault. Its causes, service delivery models, methods of prevention, treatment, and its sociological consequences.
  • Verifiable ability to manage top-level staff and the financial affairs of an organization.
  • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in establishing effective working relationship with staff, volunteers Board of Directors, community service agencies, other social service groups.
  • Vision to seek out new promotional avenues to support fundraising and program objectives.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills – inspiring, professional and credible.
  • Strong demonstrated fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends as required.

For a complete position profile please contact:

Debbie Lockwood – HR Collaborative – 616 443-8414


Underground Railroad, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer

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