Executive Director, Pinellas - PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

US-FL-Pinellas Park
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Executive Director, Pinellas County - PACE



PACE Center for Girls, Inc.’s girl-centered culture celebrates the power and potential of girls. With 19 non-residential centers throughout Florida, we provide a safe environment where middle and high school aged girls can thrive. Our balanced emphasis on academics and social services is combined with our program model to produce an experience that is nationally recognized as one of the most effective programs for helping at-risk girls realize brighter and more productive futures. At PACE we believe in girls until they begin believing in themselves. We believe in second chances. We believe in looking forward, instead of backward.


PACE began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in programs designed for boys or placed further into the system for their own protection. There were no effective alternatives. Started by Vicki Burke and guided by research-based recommendations which called for gender responsive programming, PACE created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls. PACE began in 1985 with one center in Jacksonville, Florida serving 10 girls. Today PACE includes 19 centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year and PACE has changed the life trajectory of over 37,000 girls since its inception. PACE’s comprehensive and holistic approach to Educational Alternative Services includes academics, counseling, training, and advocacy services.



As the Executive Director of the Pinellas Center, you will support approximately 136 girls per year, averaging around 53 girls at any given moment (ages 11 through 17) by maintaining a nurturing environment that supports our girls as they grow, mature, and align their education, personal development needs, goals, and dreams on a positive trajectory. You will report to the regional executive director, who reports to the chief operating officer. We have a track record of success and you will provide the vision and direction at the Pinellas location to ensure the PACE mission is achieved in the local community. Your colleagues, executive directors at centers across the state, are tenured, seasoned, dedicated staff – we all work together to support the goals, resource management, and success of each of the centers.


After three comprehensive months of training with seasoned executive directors in other centers, you will take the lead at Pinellas, overseeing all aspects of programmatic excellence, board management, community engagement, staff leadership, and fundraising. Your success will be drawn from your ability to develop strong community relationships to increase the Center’s visibility and support, develop and train your staff of 15, gain the trust of the board, and successfully manage strong financials for the Center. 


About the Pinellas County Center

Since opening its doors in 1997, PACE Pinellas has served more than 1,500 girls from all backgrounds by offering them and their families hope and opportunity for a brighter future. These girls were failing in school (88 percent), struggling with histories of abuse (35 percent), combating unhealthy relationships, and facing a wide range of other serious risks, resulting in arrest records for many of them (34 percent). By introducing hope, love, and change into their lives, PACE helps girls continue and complete their education (88 percent), stay out of the criminal justice system (89 percent) and obtain the skills necessary to lead productive lives as leaders, mentors, role models, successful business professionals, and positive forces for change (97 percent).


Responsibilities as the Executive Director

Leadership and Advocacy

Demonstrate leadership and advocacy for the agency at all levels including:

  • Advocate for the needs of girls in the local community.
  • Participate in special assignments and projects.
  • Provide input and communication pertaining to policies, procedures, and strategic direction setting.
  • Cultivate relationships with major stakeholders (i.e., legislatures, city and county officials, business interests, other child-serving agencies, Juvenile Justice Council (JCC), and school boards).
  • Demonstrate measurable results pertaining to our Standards of Excellence.
  • Focus on the needs of the agency and balance all competing voices in order to make optimal decisions for girls and staff.
  • Articulate and model the values of the agency in a way that inspires the staff, girls, and board.

Human Resources

  • Motivate and inspire a passion for the agency and mission, and excellence in roles of responsibility.
  • Select and place highly qualified staff in all positions.
  • Provide direction and model for middle managers the strategies to ensure the retention goals of the agency are met.
  • Provide opportunities for growth and development of staff.
  • Supervise, counsel, and evaluate staff.
  • Develop and implement a succession plan for all major roles in the Center.
  • Resolve employee relations issues in a manner that is amicable to staff and agency.
  • Create an adaptable learning environment for agency, staff, and volunteers.
  • Obtain maximum utilization of the staff by clearly defining duties, establishing performance standards, conducting performance reviews, and recommending a competitive salary structure.
  • Follow human resources policies and procedures to ensure compliance.


  • Manage Center finances within approved budget (approximately $2 million).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the monthly financial reports, identifying trends and discrepancies.
  • Communicate and clarify the monthly financial reports to assist the board in their oversight of the Center budget.
  • Prepare budgets that have solid assumptions for the future, in compliance with board policy.
  • Follow finance policies and procedures to ensure timely compliance.
  • Provide contract information to the Finance Department to assist with, and ensure the accuracy of, monthly financial statements.
  • Ensure necessary controls and audits of processes related to financial controllership.


  • Develop a group of supporters that are commensurate in size and capacity to the local community.
  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain and grow community supporters and donors.
  • Solicit and secure diverse, multiple funding sources.
  • Ensure the community public relations efforts reflect the values of the agency.
  • Comply with development policies and procedures (including Center board guidelines).


  • Ensure program operates in compliance with DJJ, the school board, and grant contracts.
  • Establish referral sources and an appropriate waiting list.
  • Achieve outcomes for girls that significantly exceed the standards of the contract.
  • Demonstrate competencies of gender responsive programming and train at center level.
  • Provide core PACE services that are provided in accordance with the agency guidelines.
  • Align new initiative(s) that advance the mission.
  • Achieve consistent successful QA reviews.
  • Comply with program policies and procedures.

Governance and Boards

  • Ensure that the board reflects the primary community interest.
  • Recruit, train, and develop board members on a continuing basis.
  • Provide board orientation to new members.
  • Influence and lead the board to operate within the Center board guidelines.
  • Facilitate regular board retreats.
  • Encourage consistent attendance at board and committee meetings.
  • Develop and implement a succession
  • Work closely with the board to develop strategic plans that include both long-term and short-term priorities.
  • Facilitate consistent representation to the board of trustees.


Qualifications of the Executive Director

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social services, education, or nonprofit management. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • 7-10 years of experience managing multiple programs in a nonprofit organization. Experience in a child-serving agency, particularly in an at-risk environment, is preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications; must be capable of compiling data and reports.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. (You will be required to represent PACE at certain speaking engagements.)
  • Demonstrated experience working with boards and governance where team-building and problem-solving skills are utilized to maintain board stability.
  • Demonstrated success in development/fundraising and grant writing.
  • Experience handling complex financials, budgets, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Current Florida driver’s license and ability to travel by automobile, plane, train, etc. Occasional overnight travel may be required.


Attributes of the Executive Director

  • Adaptable. You relate well to people of all levels. Whether you are helping a girl through a crisis, speaking with a legislator, or making a funding appeal to a donor, you are self-confident and comfortable modulating your approach to fit your audience.
  • Compassionate. You genuinely care about people and are sensitive to the needs, work-related and otherwise, of others. You make yourself available to help, are thoughtful and tolerant, and show real empathy for the joys and pains of others.
  • Composed. You handle pressure and stress well and serve as a settling influence in crisis situations. You have the courage to stand on your own. Instead of being defensive or irritated during tough situations, you are mature and can take control without showing frustration.
  • Creative. You come up with new and unique ideas, easily making connections among previously unrelated notions. You are original and value-added in brainstorming settings. You know how to strategically cater a program model to meet the needs of the community.
  • Customer focused. You go above and beyond, dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of both internal and external customers. You get first-hand information and use it for improvements. Your actions are based on what your customer needs.
  • Good listener. You practice attentive and active listening, use patience in hearing others speak, and can accurately restate the opinions of others, even if opinions differ.
  • Manager. You know what it takes to develop high functioning, well-run programs. You take the time to mentor and grow your team. You take pride in your work and your staff.
  • Organized leader. You are administratively and operationally sound. You can manage all details of a nonprofit environment from top to bottom, keeping the trains running on time.
  • Rapport builder. You effortlessly establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and stakeholders, quickly gaining their trust and respect. You serve as a strong ambassador between your organizational needs and the needs of outside partners.
  • You understand how to separate and combine tasks for efficiency and take advantage of opportunities for synergy and integrations. You are able to simplify complex processes to get more out of fewer resources.
  • Results-driven. You know how to organize people and activities and you easily figure out the process for getting something accomplished. You are data-driven and committed to achieving positive outcomes.
  • Trustworthy. You are widely trusted, keep confidences, and admit mistakes. You have high integrity, are direct and truthful, and would never misrepresent yourself for personal gain.


What’s Attractive to the Right Executive Director Candidate?

  • This role is yours to own. You will have strong support and resources from across our network and you will have a seat at the table on decisions impacting your Center.
  • You are joining a movement where you can make a real impact. You will have the opportunity to serve as ambassador to your community, strengthening the bond between young women, their families, and their futures.
  • Our work is truly rewarding. We have an incredible team of dedicated, passionate staff who are committed to the transformation and blossoming of hundreds of lovely young women.
  • We are well-established and financially stable. You will not have to spend all of your time fundraising or inventing new processes. Instead, you will have a support network that is strong, proven, and easily accessible to help with any challenges you may face.
  • We have extensive leadership training and onboarding programs to ensure you have all the tools you need to be successful in your new role.
  • We have proven, systematic measures of success. From your first day forward, expectations will be clear and you will be given routine, specific feedback throughout your career at PACE.
  • Your input is essential to our continued success. You will be part of our decision-making process; your voice will be heard and your opinions will be valued.
  • PACE is now recognized as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment, and self-sufficiency amongst girls by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, National Mental Health Association, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • We offer a generous benefits package that includes:
    • Three medical plan options with United Healthcare, which includes a high deductible health plan that is 100 percent sponsored by PACE (no payroll deduction)
    • Dental and vision plans with United Health Care
    • Access to Employee Assistance Program
    • Participation in PaceFit wellness program
    • Participation in 403b retirement plan
    • Employer paid life insurance, AD&D coverage, and long-term disability
    • Paid time off program
    • Gender responsive training
    • Trauma-informed training
    • Strength-based training 


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Alternative Titles:  Executive Director, Managing Director, Program Director, Coalition Leader, Campaign Manager.


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