Executive Director: Joseph J. Peters Institute

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 9:09 am.


Since 1955, The Joseph J. Peters Institute has been helping individuals and families heal by providing expert clinical care to people suffering the effects of trauma. Serving the Delaware Valley and beyond since 1955, the Joseph J. Peters Institute is nationally recognized for contributions in research and education, prevention and training, and evaluation and treatment through both Survivor and Offender services. The Institute is an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation, and based in Philadelphia, PA.

Recognizing that true healing comes when an individual finds hope, the Institute works to build that hope through trusted relationships between individuals and their treatment providers using evidence-based practices. Today, the Joseph J. Peters Institute (JJPI) is actively engaged in leading treatment and research efforts to understand the cause and effect of sexual and interpersonal violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other types of trauma. The Institute is experienced in the prevention, treatment, and research of sexual and interpersonal violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of trauma, and remain one of the few agencies in the country that offers a comprehensive approach to trauma by addressing the entire cycle of abuse.


All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience. Qualified candidates for the role of executive director will promote JJPI’s mission and values through demonstrated strategic leadership, strong personal conviction and a record of accomplishment in nonprofit management. The executive director is responsible for providing a vision for the organization’s growth and development, ensuring strong team management and the highest quality of service in each of the program areas, assuring the agency’s financial viability, building collaborative relationships and serving as the key spokesperson for JJPI in the community.


REPORTS TO: JJPI Board of Directors

DIRECT REPORTS: CFO, Director of Survivor Services, Director of Safety and Responsibility Programs, Director of Partial Hospital Services, Director of Forensic Services, Director of Prevention and the Executive Assistant.


  • In partnership with the JJPI Board, establish and implement operating policies and procedures that ensure programmatic and fiscal compliance and efficacy.
  • Represent JJPI through networking and outreach efforts in the provider community, with stakeholders, and with other community advocacy partners.
  • Hold regular staff meetings to discuss agency plans, identify operational issues as well as to assess progress and current needs of the organization.
  • Network with other service systems to promote strategic growth and potential organizational development opportunities.
  • Provide ongoing supervision and evaluation of Senior Staff to include: the Implement initiatives for the recruitment of qualified staff and develop strategies for internal promotion and retention
  • In conjunction with the PHMC training department, develop a comprehensive and stakeholder supported training curriculum.
  • Ensure Compliance with Federal, State and local regulations, as well as with requirements of other funding sources.
  • In collaboration with PHMC’s Communication Department, develop JJPI marketing “brand” to ensure continued marketing efforts are effective in promoting further community education and interest in  JJPI”s services.


  • Establish and ensure compliance with all contracts with funding agencies, insurance companies, etc.
  • In collaboration with the JJPI Board, set appropriate fee schedules for private pay reimbursement
  • Provide ongoing Supervision of day to day fiscal management, to include program funding and  budgeting processes
  • In partnership with the JJPI controller, monitor fiscal status and viability through monthly review of income statements, balance sheets, and budget summary reports.
  • In collaboration with the JJPI Board, develop new program initiatives to ensure financial sustainability and growth of the organization
  • Evaluate new program initiatives to ensure consistency with the organizations financial goals.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with funding sources, including both public and private, including steering JJPI proposal writing, in-house campaigns, external fundraising efforts and special events.


  • In collaboration with the Clinical team, establish and support the implementation of an effective TQM process in each of the clinical programs; work with PHMC’s TQM department to ensure consistent monitoring of stakeholder expectations through quality measures
  • Ensure that best practice initiatives are maintained and measured through performance based indicators
  • Provide overall leadership and oversight to clinical staff in relation to service and operational protocols.


Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree, in business, public health, social work or a clinical track, with at least 10 years of senior management experience.
  • Track record of effectively leading a regional and/or national non-profit; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, manage a budget, and obtain operational targets using outcome measures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors; demonstrated ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Knowledge about sexual violence, child and adolescent mental health, trauma, and sex offender issues.
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