Executive Director/Program Director

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Thistle Hills Inc.

Thistle Hills, Inc.
Executive Director/Program Director

(September 2020)

Position Title: Executive Director

Type of Position: Full Time, Exempt

Location: Coatesville, PA

Start Date: December 2020

Salary: Between $70,000 – $75,000 plus benefits

Position Overview: We are looking for an exceptional person to advance our mission of transforming the lives of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. This staff member will be responsible for operations, fundraising, planning, coordinating, and implementing our residential program for four women. Experience building partnerships with local social service agencies, professionals, and volunteers to fulfill our mission is a plus. This position will also have involvement in conceptualizing a social enterprise with board assistance. This is a start-up non-profit organization. See www.thistlehills.org


  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of Thistle Hills.
  • Develop an ongoing relationship with the Outreach Coordinator at Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee, for guidance and framework to model their highly successful Magdalene House residential program. Thistle Hills is an official sister organization.
  • Develop working partnerships with the local social service agencies and professionals, such as Chester County OIC,

Coatesville Center for Community Health, Legal Aid, Therapists, Doctors, and Dentists, Addiction Recovery
Specialists, Yoga Instructors, etc. to assist the women in our residential program.

  • Lead applicants through the screening and approval process and ensure ongoing support for the program’s women.
  • Availability for emergencies outside of normal business hours.
  • Provide oversight for maintenance of the residence
  • This position will require the ability to move, navigate stairs and lift objects
  • Maintain official records and documents compliant with federal, state, and local regulations; ensure confidentiality and secure storage for financial, personnel, donor, and volunteer files.
  • Ensure that annual action and resource development plans with timelines drive progress and effective systems are available to communicate successes to the Board, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of nonprofit management.


  • Jointly with the Board, assure that the organization has a long-range strategy to achieve the mission and meet the expectations of stakeholders, funders, and the community.
  • Provide leadership to the Board and/or staff to develop policies and programs, organizational and financial plans; implement Board authorized plans and policies.
  • Regularly meet and communicate with Board members to keep them fully informed to make mission-based decisions about strategic plans, programming policies, goals, and support activities.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board and each standing Board committee, including Executive, Finance, Fund

Development, Governance, Program, and any ad hoc committees.

  • Maintain solid, collaborative working relations with the Board of Directors, providing information and guidance for the Board to make informed and necessary decisions.


  • Serve as the ambassador and advocate; represent Thistle Hills to current and potential partners both locally and regionally; publicize and raise community awareness of its activities, programs, goals, mission, and needs of its users.
  • Identify and create opportunities to enhance Thistle Hill’s visibility, position, and credibility within the community.
  • Assume a leadership role in the community by serving as a spokesperson for Thistle Hills, representing and effectively promoting its mission and programs.


  • Work with the Board and Fund Development Committee to ensure that adequate funds are available for Thistle Hills to carry out its work through donor identification and cultivation, fund-raising events, grant-writing, and other opportunities.
  • Continue to develop and implement fundraising strategies to deepen, cultivate, and solicit financial contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support Thistle Hill’s mission.
  • Align all focused program areas with the overall mission.
  • Maintain positive relationships with existing donors and nurture them to increase contributions.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the persons responsible for fundraising cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
  • Work collaboratively with the board to manage all fundraising and grant-writing initiatives at the corporate, foundation, government, and individual levels and increase the amount and diversity of revenue streams.
  • Oversee timely preparation of the annual budget with the Board, Finance Committee, and treasurer.
  • Manage financial resources within the Board approved budget; assure sound financial practices.
  • Ensure overall financial stability, capacity, and sound stewardship of fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Monitor and administer Thistle Hills within the budget, optimizing available funds most efficiently.


  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives to ensure they accomplish the mission.
  • Promote and ensure proper leadership and involvement in program planning, development, evaluation, and quality assurance efforts with our various social service agency partners.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of Human Trafficking, Addiction Recovery, and Trauma-Informed Care/Resiliency.


  • Encourage a climate that attracts, motivates, supports, and keeps a diverse staff of energetic, enthusiastic, and top quality people.
  • Oversee the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, paid staff, vendors, and volunteers, paying special attention to building an effective team, with appropriate provision for succession/promotion is in place.
  • Assure that: job descriptions are fully developed; orientation, training, and on-going evaluations of performance are provided; improvement plans are developed as needed, and sound human resource practices are in place and followed.
  • Supervise and support future staff in their programmatic and administrative duties.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education; assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the organization’s total program.
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
  • Manage staff’s guidance and professional development.
  • Ensure staff is motivated, understands the organization’s goals and values, and has clear responsibilities.
  • Conduct staff performance evaluations to ensure appropriate alignment with Thistle Hill’s strategic and operational goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree, MSW Preferred or equivalent
  • At least three years’ experience as an Executive Director, preferably of a non-profit or similar work experience
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and able to adapt
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to handle and resolve conflict
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with the purpose
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience or willingness to work with social media


Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume. Applications without both resume and cover letter will not be considered.

The Thistle Hills is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000.00 – $75,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • On call

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