Executive Director: Covenant House PA

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 11:22 am.


Covenant House Pennsylvania is the Pennsylvania affiliate of Covenant House International, which was founded in 1972 and is the nation’s largest privately funded nonprofit organization responding to the needs of young people who suffer from homelessness, abuse and neglect, and who are survivors of human trafficking. Covenant House Pennsylvania’s mission is to serve suffering children of the street with absolute respect and unconditional love. Covenant House Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia and York, PA.

Covenant House Pennsylvania began serving homeless and disconnected young people in 1999 from a simple storefront in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. A year later, CHPA opened a 51-bed emergency housing shelter in the Germantown neighborhood, serving 18-21 year old young adults and their children. In 2011, Covenant House Pennsylvania expanded its housing programs to include a 20-bed transitional housing program for young adults. Early on, Covenant House Pennsylvania recognized that supportive services are essential to helping homeless young people acquire the developmental assets that will enable them to achieve self-sufficiency. In response to this need, Covenant House Pennsylvania also added an array of complementary services and programs that include:

·                Individual case management

·                Education classes

·                Work readiness training

·                Job placement assistance

·                On-site clinical support to address mental and physical health needs

During the last five years, Covenant House Pennsylvania has worked extensively to support the many strengths and meet the increasing needs of the young people we serve. We’ve been fortunate to experience a period of significant growth, expanding our shelter by 25 beds (from 51 to 76), opening a small permanent housing program in Philadelphia, and expanding outside Philadelphia for the first time in our history to York, PA, opening a street outreach, drop in, and 10-bed shelter program. CHPA has also recently been awarded funding to open the first joint transitional housing / rapid re-housing program in Philadelphia, which will serve 36 youth at a time and be based in a donated building that is to be renovated. CHPA has been able to raise significant additional funding to support this work, with revenues growing from $3.9m to as much as $6m during the next fiscal year. Covenant House Pennsylvania now serves over 3,000 young people every year. Covenant House Pennsylvania also leads the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and works to educate law enforcement about trafficking and advocate for changes in law to protect trafficking survivors.

The Position

With responsibility for 70 employees and an annual budget anticipated to reach as much as $6m next fiscal year, the Executive Director plays the central role in raising resources and approving and monitoring operating and capital budgets, as well as developing long-range policies and programs and supervising the staff and activities of the organization, setting and maintaining professional standards, and working cooperatively with the Covenant House International President and executive team. The position reports to both the President of Covenant House in New York and the local Board of Directors.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the following key areas:


· Devote his/her/their time almost exclusively to development and fundraising efforts, to meet the joint objectives of increasing the overall budget and increasing the percentage of the budget raised locally from diverse sources.

· Direct fundraising energy to secure private and public sector funding necessary for the operation and growth of Covenant House Pennsylvania, working from his/her/their already-established contacts in the Philadelphia community.

· Approach potential donors and serve as an active fundraiser responsible for growing and diversifying fundraising efforts.

· Market Covenant House Pennsylvania to broaden significantly the awareness of our mission and to raise our profile, thus widening our funding base in the city and other locales.

· Advocate for increased funding for Covenant House Pennsylvania in the city, at the state level and nationally to improve revenue sources at all levels of the public sectors.

· Define and implement a funding strategy for Covenant House Pennsylvania’s human trafficking work.

· Define and implement a fundraising strategy that will sustain and grow the Covenant House Pennsylvania programs.

Strategic Planning and Leadership

· Develop strategic plans for the growth of Covenant House Pennsylvania, articulating a vision of service to respond to local needs and present such plans to the Board of Directors for review and approval.

· Shape the vision, direction, and strategy of Covenant House Pennsylvania in close association with Covenant House International, the local board and the senior staff.

· Provide inspiring leadership to strengthen Covenant House Pennsylvania’s brand and services in the local community.

· Develop and manage a strong core leadership team to ensure the effective management of all aspects of the Covenant House Pennsylvania operation.

· Act as chief spokesperson for Covenant House Pennsylvania, representing the mission to the media, prospective donors, government agencies, staff, etc.

· Express cogently the goals and aspirations of Covenant House to all who need its services and to those who support it.

· Articulate the spiritual values and policies needed to execute the mission of Covenant House and develop an internal culture that radically supports those values and policies.

· Act as an advocate on behalf of homeless, runaway, trafficked, and at-risk adolescents.

Fiscal Management

· Ensure the development of an effective system of internal accounting controls including organizational arrangements with clearly defined lines of responsibility and delegation of authority.

· Safeguard, verify and maintain accountability of assets.

· Oversee the formation of the annual budget.

· Promote services that are cost-effective, employing economy while maintaining a high level of service.

· Work cooperatively with the development efforts promoted by Covenant House International headquarters.

External Relations

· Serve as the external spokesperson for Covenant House Pennsylvania’s mission and services to all constituencies, the general public and the media.

· Represent Covenant House Pennsylvania with local and national business, nonprofit and government entities and officials.

· Serve as an advocate and work with legislators, regulatory agencies, and other representatives of the community and social services industry to promote the delivery of Covenant House services.

· Network with agencies that have a similar mission, to strengthen the lobby for homeless youth.

· Establish and maintain an effective system of communication with other Covenant House Executive Directors, sharing information and expertise.

· Maintain a strong relationship with the President and senior managers of Covenant House International.

Internal Administration

· Direct, improve, and implement program content and program quality control processes within and consistent with the Covenant House mission, philosophy and policies established by the Board.

· Evaluate organizational structure and administrative operations.

The Ideal Candidate

The new Executive Director will be a decidedly motivated and accountable administrator; a visionary leader and an extremely effective fundraiser. He/she should be highly dedicated to Covenant House Pennsylvania’s mission. The strongest candidate will have significant grounding in and connections to Philadelphia’s safety net organizations and philanthropists.

Candidate Qualifications

To be eligible for consideration candidates must meet the following qualifications:

(1) BA degree (preferably in Human Services, Social Work or other applicable field); a master’s degree is highly preferred;

(2) A deep understanding and demonstrated record of success in fundraising (knowledge of prospective local Pennsylvania major donors is a clear must);

(3) At least 10 years of progressive senior experience, with executive responsibility in an agency of comparable size to Covenant House Pennsylvania. In addition to an affinity for the Covenant House mission, such experience should include a very high degree of fundraising expertise; strategic planning and visioning skill and experience; general administrative and managerial experience; a sound grasp of programming; finance/budgeting; and residential care. Experience and ease in communication with teenagers is highly desirable;

(4) The ability to collaborate well with others and to promote and articulate the mission of Covenant House Pennsylvania, with the expressed intent of raising the agency’s profile in the public arena;

(5) The highest level of oral, written, and interpersonal skills and able to effectively work with a broad range of individuals and organizations, including Board members, donors, professional colleagues, and subordinates;

(6) The ability to make speeches and interact with the media. Further, the successful candidate must be of impeccable character with a strong moral code, and a solid understanding of the agency’s international role in care of homeless, trafficked and abused youth;

(7) Given that this role reports to a national President based in New York, as well as to a local Board of Directors, a readiness and disposition to work within a federation of local sites guided by a national headquarters leadership structure are highly desirable; and

(8) A willingness to travel and to undertake some evening and weekend work.


There will be a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, as well as an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

Interested parties may send letters of intent and resumes to:

Rosalee Sánchez

Director of Operations

Covenant House Pennsylvania

31 East Armat St.

Philadelphia, PA 19144


Covenant House Pennsylvania is an employer of choice offering:



-Flexible Spending Accounts

-403b Plan

-Life Insurance

-Vacation/Sick/Personal time

-Tuition Reimbursement

How To Apply
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