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Opening Doors Executive Director

Opening Doors, Dubuque, IA

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Opening Doors, the nonprofit organization that operates Marie House and Teresa Shelter in Dubuque, Iowa, is hiring an Executive Director to provide the overall administrative responsibility for this organization.  Opening Doors offers hospitality and opportunity to women, alone or with children, who need emergency/transitional housing and related support services.

The Executive Director is a full-time position with overall administrative responsibility for the entire organization.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the position is responsible for providing all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions. Working with and through direct reports and others,  the Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, programs, budget, strategic plan, public image, and interactions.  Previous experience in the areas of leadership, management, fundraising and social services is essential for this position.  Bachelors degree in the field of Business, Accounting and/or related human services field required.

In collaboration with existing community resources and services, Opening Doors vision is to offer a variety of opportunities for women to affirm their dignity and to achieve their potential for independent living in an environment that will benefit the neighborhood.  The following essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Prepares the agenda for and attends monthly meetings of the Board of Directors;
  • Prepares a monthly board report;
  • Prepares for and attends all board committee meetings;
  • Implements decisions of the Board of Directors;
  • Maintains communication with the Board and ensures that the Board is kept fully informed on the conditions of the organization and all important factors influencing it;
  • Maintains official records and documents;
  • Recruits, hires, supervises, evaluates and, when necessary, terminates administrative staff;
  • Ensures that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held and that sound human resource practices are in place for all staff;
  • Ensures that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place;
  • Encourages staff and volunteer development and education;
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of quality people;
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments in the field;
  • Develops new policies and procedures, as needed, with the Program Director’s assistance;.



  • Responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices;
  • Develops the annual budget with the assistance of the staff, Finance Committee, and board and ensures that the organization operates within budget guidelines;
  • Ensures that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work;
  • Coordinates the annual audit with the bookkeeper;
  • Authorizes payment of all bills



  • Assists other team members in providing education to the community on issues of homelessness (speaking engagements)
  • Regularly meets with donors;
  • Assists with grant writing and reviews all grant applications before they are mailed;
  • Participates in fundraisers to support Opening Doors
  • Is on-call when problems arise at Maria House or Teresa Shelter
  • Graciously accepts donations from the community



  • Program Director
  • Development and Marketing Director
  • Office Manager



Education, experience, and skills:

  • The Executive Director will have proven experience and positive results in the areas of leadership, management, development, and fundraising as well as experience with social services.
  • BA in Business, Accounting or related field with at least five years experience with progressive responsibilities.
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Demonstrates an ability to exercise general knowledge of office equipment.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and commitment to the problems of poverty, the welfare system, single-parent families, women’s issues, mental illness, and addictions.
  • Can remain calm in emergency and crisis situations.
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge
  • Valid Driver’s License with proof of insurance.


Physical, mental, and environmental requirements:

  • Require above average judgment to deal appropriately with confidential information;
  • Ability to apply advanced thinking as needed;
  • Ability to stand on carpet/tile floors, sitting, occasional reaching, squatting, kneeling, gripping, climbing, carrying, bending, and pushing/pulling;
  • Requires occasional lifting a maximum of 50 pounds;
  • Occasional exposure to chemicals, fumes, office equipment noise, and slippery surfaces;
  • Work primarily performed indoors and is free from adverse weather conditions.

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Job Details

Req Num --
ID 410807
Dubuque, IA
Positions 1
Full Time
Pay --
Banking/Mortgage/Financial Services
Human and Social Services
Volunteer and Non-profit
First Shift

Preferred Candidates

Years of Experience 2-5 Years
Education Bachelors

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