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29 Jun 2022

School Network Staff Executive Director

The Elizabeth Peabody House
 Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description


A community hub in Greater Boston for more than 125 years, The Elizabeth Peabody House (TEPH) supports families in reaching their full potential through early childhood education, youth development, and family assistance. Founded in 1896 as a settlement house, TEPH continues its mission today as a modern nonprofit with deep roots in Somerville, MA’s Winter Hill neighborhood.

The Elizabeth Peabody House fosters the holistic development and wellbeing of its students and their families through its preschool, after school program, summer camps, and food pantry. Welcoming all families, TEPH serves a racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse community hailing from Somerville and the surrounding area. 

The entrepreneurial team at TEPH stands ready to nimbly respond to community needs today and into the future. We seek a self-starting leader who shares our passion for strong families and strong communities, is able to spot opportunity amid challenge, and thrives on a tight-knit team.



The Elizabeth Peabody House is currently looking for a passionate and experienced individual to lead the organization as Executive Director (ED). Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will set the strategic direction and oversee daily operations of The Elizabeth Peabody House. Managing a team of five direct reports and a staff of fifteen, the Executive Director will be responsible for achieving TEPH’s mission by delivering effective programs, ensuring a strong financial position, fostering a positive and inclusive culture, and engaging families, civic leaders, and community members.

The ideal Executive Director is a highly relational leader with a proven track record of success in the nonprofit sector, possesses a passion for community wellness and child development, and excels in connecting with diverse communities. 



The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include:

  •  Strategic Vision and Leadership  
      • Collaboratively define and build a strategic plan and related resources for TEPH  to serve more students and community members 
      • Champion and foster a data-driven culture to elevate effective practices across the organization 
      • Lead Board of Directors development and engagement to maximize impact  
  • Resource Development 
      • Build new and existing revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support the existing operating budget of $1.2M and future growth 
      • Lead fundraising efforts across the organization and communicate effectively across all stakeholders including donors, partners, staff, and board members  
      • Work to diversify and deepen funding sources
      • Develop and cultivate high-level relationships with major individual, corporate, and foundation donors 
      • Partner with board and internal teams to advance program goals through fundraising and partnerships  
      • Oversee financial stability by ensuring the diligent management of TEPH’s budget and developing budgets that align with organizational priorities 
  • Brand Management and Partnerships  
      • Amplify the brand by acting as the key spokesperson, positioning TEPH as a lead community partner tackling the opportunity gap  
      • Assure the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented to key constituents (e.g., employees, students, teachers, parents, volunteers, donors, and overall community)  in a strong, positive manner that builds awareness and deepens investment 
  • Team Management and Development  
    • Align, motivate, and inspire internally and externally; support stakeholders at all levels of the organization; nurture relationships between and among the various programs and overall community
    • Oversee operations across the organization
    • Ensure the attraction, motivation, and retention of talent 
    • Lead and manage in a way that builds a positive and inclusive staff culture
    • Drive the team towards achieving individual and broader goals and hold everyone accountable to both collective and individual goals  



What you’ve accomplished (required):

  • 10+ years of work experience in education, youth development, or nonprofit management (5+ years of direct management experience)
  • Experience managing full-time staff members to strong job performance and satisfaction while centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Proven track record of developing direct reports and cultivating a high performing team
  • Experience serving or working with marginalized communities and holds an asset-based belief in our students and families
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

Skills you have developed and knowledge you have acquired:

  • A highly relational professional with the capacity to build strong, trusting relationships with both staff, students, and community stakeholders
  • Strong visionary leader who galvanizes others and influences actions internally and externally
  • Effective project manager who manages competing priorities and implements strategy with fidelity 
  • A strategist who approaches work through an intentional lens in service of thoughtful prioritization, purposeful pivots, and contingency planning to ensure outcomes are met
  • An experienced fundraising professional with the ability to secure revenue from various funding streams

How you work and what you value:

  • You have a deep and authentic commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and are eager to manage staff, engage students, and support our community
  • You will be excited to innovate, enjoy the iterative nature of that work, and are an entrepreneurial and self starter
  • You enjoy working on a team and will operate in ways that will build trust with teammates (integrity, reliability, empathy, etc.)
  • You enjoy managing others and are adept at coaching and developing others to strong job performance and satisfaction outcomes



The Executive Director  is a full-time, overtime-exempt role and will be eligible to receive: 

  • A competitive base salary range of $100-$150k based on work experience 
  • Paid time-off (15 PTO days; 12 holidays; up to 80 hours of sick time)
  • Health benefits (medical and dental)
  • Retirement plan (403(b) with match)
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Educational financial assistance



The Elizabeth Peabody House adheres to all state and local COVID-19 regulations. Vaccination for COVID-19 is recommended for all staff, but not required. Currently, masks are worn indoors by staff, students, and visitors. Thorough cleaning and disinfection are conducted regularly.

The Elizabeth Peabody House strives to build a staff that reflects the cultural diversity of the communities that we partner with. The Elizabeth Peabody House provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We encourage BIPOC-identifying individuals to apply. All candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

How to Apply

The Elizabeth Peabody House has partnered with RCG Talent Solutions on our search for our next Executive Director. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to

Bureaus: -Other-. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 100,000 and above.