Executive Director Job Description-Full

Children’s Grief Connection (CGC) was established in 2001 and currently hosts family grief camps that occur twice a year. Hearts of Hope camps service roughly 150 campers per year with a dedicated support network of volunteers of all ages and walks of life.  CGC works very closely with Minnesota Funerals Directors Association (MFDA), as a partner to help provide grief support to the families and communities they serve.


CGC also partners with Federated Insurance, Funeral Directors Life, as well as many private funeral homes, schools, and small businesses.  The Children’s Grief Connection Executive Director is the key management leader for the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and community outreach.  The position reports directly and is evaluated annually by the Board of Directors.


All applicants should be able to demonstrate the following Executive Director Skillsets, as defined by the Board of Directors:

  • Executive Leadership–The Executive Director should demonstrate leadership with staff, board members and our large group of volunteers. They should also be a spokesperson for the organization to the communities we serve.
  • Non-Profit Management–Show us your ability to manage a non-profit organization. Be familiar with the legal and operational aspects of a successful non-profit.
  • Fundraising / Grants–We currently have one major fundraiser each year along with several small grants. We believe that the future growth and impact of CGC is dependent upon expanding both fundraising events, grants and potential revenue streams.
  • Program Development– We believe our growth opportunities may come from the addition of more grief camps, and possibly even offering grief counseling services via a strategic partnership. The Executive Director will collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a comprehensive growth plan.
  • Strategic Vision–The Board of Directors is committed to developing a strategic plan to serve as a blueprint for our future. We want an Executive Director who will express ideas, participate and shape our vision into the best possible outcome for everyone.


General Responsibilities:

  • Board Governance: Works with the board to fulfill the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for leading CGC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Oversee CGC Board of Director’s quarterly and committee meetings.  Manage the administrative needs of all board and board committee information.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement and approval in policy decisions, fundraising opportunities and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Communicate and maintain Board committees to advise the overall operations of the organization.
  • Financial Performance: Develop resources sufficient to ensuring the financial health of the organization.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of CGC, to include working with staff and the Finance Committee on developing a proposed annual budget to the Board followed by monthly/quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing resources necessary to support CGC’s mission.  Supporting and implementing Board approved donor, family, volunteer ideas and efforts for fundraising.
  • Organization’s Mission and Strategy:
  • Work with the Board of Directors and CGC staff members to ensure that the mission of CGC is fulfilled through programing, strategic planning and community outreach.
  • Responsible for the implementation and development of CGC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.  Acquiring current research and information; then applying that knowledge to meet the needs of CGC’s growing programs.
  • Responsible for strategic planning (with Board partnership) to ensure that CGC can successfully fulfill its mission for future growth.  Creating and developing annual objectives, tracking, overseeing completion of objectives, and presenting results back to the Board of Directors.
  • Serving as CGC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public
  • Responsible for the enhancement of CGC’s marketing image through visibility in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations (particularly the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association.) 
  • Oversee Children’s Grief Connection’s operations:Implement appropriate resources to ensure that the organization runs effectively.
  • Responsible for effective administration of CGC daily operations. Reporting to the Board, supporting board committees, regular review of Minnesota Council on Nonprofits communication and trainings, National Alliance for Grieving Children communication and trainings, National Bereavement Camp training.
  • Responsible for maintaining official records and documents and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Ensure tax filing, payroll and employee regulations are followed.
  • Acquire and maintain insurance contracts (D&O, General Liability, Workers Comp, Business liability, car, special event), Manage technology and software contracts and updates and be proficient in CGC’s technology package
  • Neon database, QuickBooks Accounting, Zoom telecommunication, Trello, Passkey technology security, Slack messaging
  • Responsible for the hiring, management and retention of competent, qualified staff members.  Schedule and coordinate weekly staff meetings, annual/biannual staff evaluations and provide development through feedback and direction
  • Current staff includes two (2) part time employees:  Program Director (oversees camp operations, coordinating of volunteers and manages CGC’s social media presence; Operation’s Systems Manager (manages online camp store, CGC’s operating systems, and provide support to ED and PD)
  • Responsible for signing all notes, contractual agreements and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of CGC according to the current Accounting Policies and Procedures.



  1. You must attend CGC’s Hearts of Hope Grief Camp at minimum once a year.
  2. You must be (or become) proficient within Children’s Grief Connection’s office programs. (Neon, QuickBooks, Zoom, Trello, Passkey and Slack)


Professional Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Three (3) to Five (5) years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including (but not limited to) planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of CGC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies, grants and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector


Professional Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and collaborate with staff members
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Keeping up with grief practices and trends


Salary Range: 

$45,000–$55,000 annually, determined by qualifications and experience. This is a part-time (30 hour) exempt position. Children’s Grief Connection has a total compensation philosophy that includes base salary and a flexible work environment. We are receptive to expanding the Executive Director role and compensation with future organizational growth and revenue.


Requirements for Applying:

  1. Current Resume
  2. Three (3) Reference Letters; reflecting three (3) distinct relationships
  3. Business Plan; not exceeding two (2) pages, reflecting on you understanding of CGC and our mission. Your qualifications and capabilities as consideration for the CGC Executive Director role. An overview of your personal sense of passion and vision for the future of Children’s Grief Connection.
  4. Brief Explanation of ED Skillsets;Written example of how you have used the above-mentioned skillsets successfully within previous roles and experiences.

*To apply please click on the following link https://bit.ly/2yZ4xun and attach the required documents as PDFs by September 16th, 2019.