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The mission of St. Luke’s Community House is to create a community where children, families and seniors from all walks of life can easily access the resources needed to live fulfilling lives. Placing the highest value on community, dignity, respect, integrity and sustainability, St. Luke’s educates, enriches and empowers our community through meaningful collaboration and quality service.

Focused on meeting the needs of the community for over 100 years, St. Luke’s has become a mainstay provider of preschool, senior and community programs in the West Nashville area, serving over 13,000 clients per year. Through collaboration with other nonprofits, St. Luke’s is a critically important service hub in the West Nashville community. St. Luke’s Community House has established itself as a trusted place where individuals can walk in and receive the services they need or be connected to the services they need through a host of partner organizations. Services and partnership services include: preschool, services for families and school children, mobile meals and activities for seniors and disabled individuals, free tax preparation, among others.

At St. Luke’s Community House, our clients are most important to us and they know they can come to St. Luke’s to find stability, respect and dignity as our community changes around us. Through our doors, there will always be hope!


Reporting to an 18 member Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization. The CEO is responsible for evaluating, developing and overseeing the delivery of all programs and services in accordance with the agency’s stated purpose and strategic plan, and in such a manner that optimum results are achieved in relation to the resources of the agency.

The CEO will provide strategic leadership and management over a vibrant and committed professional team currently consisting of three senior management direct reports and over 30 staff members. Collaborating with Board, Staff, and partner organizations, the CEO will represent St. Luke’s Community House through interaction with a wide range of entities and provide the leadership and foresight to broaden awareness and support of St. Luke’s services with funders, key stakeholders and partners. S/he will capitalize on opportunities, identify challenges, and prioritize, leverage, and secure the resources necessary to meet those challenges. The CEO also ensures that fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resources and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented with fiscal soundness.


Strategic and Operational Oversight

· Develops and recommends to the Board of Directors specific long and short range plans for the development of agency programs and services.

· Develops and/or updates policies for the effective and economical operation of the agency.

· Supervises, directs and evaluates key staff in the performance of their duties.

· Evaluates the services being provided by the agency in relation to board-adopted Strategic Plans and specified goals and standards, and recommends modifications where appropriate.

· Provides direction and management for the personnel function of the agency, including active participation in or approval of personnel actions.

· Assumes responsibility for direction of an agency with an operating budget of over $2,000,000 with a staff of 30 people.

Fiscal Accountability

· Prepares agency budgets in partnership with leadership staff and is held accountable for oversight and management of budgets, once approved.

· Directs all financial operations of the agency, working in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer.

· Maintains awareness of the agency’s financial position and proactively initiates action as needed to ensure financial stability.

· Ensures that reasonable financial controls and recordkeeping are maintained by senior management and staff.

Revenue Development

· Works with the Chief Development Officer, development staff, Board, and the Board’s Development Committee to develop yearly plans and strategies for increase fundraising through all available means.

· Working closely with the Chief Development Officer, the CEO oversees all contribution acknowledgements and donor tracking.

· Partnering with the Chief Development Officer, the CEO leads fundraising activities to support the operations budget and, if applicable, capital campaign budgets and to grow the endowment through appeals to the following sources: Direct Mail Appeals, Special Events, Foundations, Individuals, Grant-makers, Governmental entities, Institutions, Businesses, Churches, the Thrift Shop and any other organizations identified as likely funders or donors.

Community Relations

· Communicates the function of St. Luke’s to the community through a public relations program.

· As outlined in the Strategic Plan, prioritizes programmatic functions for St. Luke’s to develop as a hub for other nonprofit organizations and entities in the West Nashville area, and collaborates and engages opportunities to partner with other organizations and community partners in order to extend and optimize quality services to clients in a transitioning community.

· Ensures that St. Luke’s serves as a thought leader in West Nashville and the broader Nashville community through various committees and community engagement.

· Remains current in knowledge of social service trends and activities by maintaining involvement in the professional field, and imparts this information to the Board and Staff.

· Acts to maintain highly effective client relations under all agency programs.

· Encourages board members and key volunteers to participate in speaking opportunities at various civic meetings, churches and businesses.


St. Luke’s is at a pivotal point in its 100 year history. The organization is operating from a healthy financial base, with a high-functioning and committed staff, and a dynamic Strategic Plan. The incoming CEO will have the opportunity to exercise his or her vision and leadership skills to collaborate, innovate and be an instrumental thought partner within West Nashville and the greater Nashville community, and to realize the mission of St. Luke’s to meet the needs of individuals within our ever transitioning community with quality, dignity, and respect.


· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with degrees in social work or related fields. A Master’s Degree or relevant work experience is preferred but not required.

· At least five years of relevant professional experience (nonprofit experience is highly preferred), including at least three years of supervisory and administrative responsibility.

· Demonstrated experience cultivating successful relationships with grantmakers, funders and donors.

· Programmatic leadership experience; experience in human or social services sector a plus.

· Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans across an organization or at least a major organizational department or unit.

· Reasonable understanding of nonprofit fiscal management, including working knowledge of accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and expense management.

· Organizational management experience, including hiring, developing, motivating, retaining, and counseling management and staff.

· Experience developing strong and effective relationships with a diverse group of Board of Directors is preferred.

Other Desired Qualifications:

· Willingness to engage partners, community funders, and clients.

· Team and Action-oriented.

· Excellent Communicator.

· Innovative.

· Ability to prioritize and/or adapt programmatic needs for a transitioning community and expanding geography.

· Passion for the mission of St. Luke’s and serving the Nashville community.


The position of CEO is a 40 hours a week, full time position. A full benefits package is offered, including agency-paid group life, short & long term disability, medical, and 401k retirement plans. Social security, workers’ compensation, vacations and holidays are included.


St. Luke’s is committed to a CEO selection process that embraces diversity and inclusion. Individuals of color and individuals from historically underserved backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

St. Luke’s is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination. It is the policy of St. Luke’s that all applicants and employees are entitled to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion or creed, gender (includes pregnancy or related medical conditions), national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected characteristics as required by local, state and federal law. In compliance with the provisions of all applicable state and federal civil rights laws, employment decisions will be made to employ the most qualified individuals without regard to the above factors. Additionally, it is and shall continue to be the Organization’s policy to provide promotion and advancement opportunities in a non-discriminatory fashion. St. Luke’s is an equal opportunity employer. St. Luke’s does not, and will not permit any of its employees to engage in discriminatory practices involving individuals that they come in contact with as representatives of this Organization, or their co-workers.

TO APPLY: St. Luke’s Community House has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.

Please submit your resume and expression of interest to Chris Spagnola, Senior Recruiter, at