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JCEO of Clinton & Franklin Counties Inc.

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Executive Director/CEO

Brief Job Description:


Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO) was created in 1966 as Clinton County’s official anti-poverty agency, two years after the signing of the historic Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964. The original mandate, which still holds true to this day, was to provide resources and services that promote people’s dignity and self-sufficiency. Programs have changed throughout the years to reflect the changing needs of the community. However, all programs are based on JCEO’s mission to alleviate poverty through practical, timely, and innovative programs and services that emphasize and develop problem-solving skills for people.

JCEO seeks a dynamic and progressive Executive Director with a collaborative leadership style. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and provides direction and leadership for JCEO’s mission and vision, represents and speaks for the Agency and its work, and manages day-to-day operations to achieve the Agency’s goals in accordance with the strategic plan. This person is responsible for both internal and external relationships, including, creating and maintaining a positive work culture and philosophy; maximizing the use of available personnel and resources; and ensuring that JCEO provides appropriate and necessary services to the various groups it serves.



Is responsible for the daily operations of JCEO. Is responsible for carrying out all policies established by the Board of Directors.

Understands all phases of the Community Action Agency program. Reviews on-going programs for appropriateness and researches other programs which may help to meet JCEO's mission in the future in accordance with the JCEO Mission Statement.

Oversees agency operations to ensure compliance with JCEO policies and procedures as well as federal and state rules and regulations. Advises directors of potential problems and recommends alternative methods of providing services if needed.

Plays a leadership role in establishing and maintaining close working relationships with cooperating agencies to avoid duplication of services. Negotiates with cooperating agencies to plan for service provision.

Ensure that all physical properties of JCEO are kept in a good state of repair and operating condition.

Informs the Board of Directors on all aspects of JCEO's business and program management. Works with members of the Board to maximize their participation, interprets policies, procedures and guidelines set forth by funding agencies to the Board members.


Develop and implement plans for the effective use of JCEO's resources including a long range plan developed with input from the Board of Directors, directors and staff.

Working with the Board of Directors, develops a strategic plan for housing for the low income community in the area. Implements the plan as appropriate, with the approval of the Board of Directors.

Works closely with the Board of Directors assisting them in the formulation of policy. Recommends new policies to the Board for approval.

Human Resources

Oversees Human Resources process, ensuring that appropriate systems are in place to recruit, employ, compensate, retain and educate all employees in a fair, equitable and consistent manner.

Ensures that Human Resource practices are consistent with the established Human Resources policies and labor contracts of JCEO.

Oversees the employee/labor relations environment. Has positive, open communications with directors, staff and union leadership.

Provide appropriate recognition of staff members, leaders, volunteers and partner agencies when such recognition is deserved.


Presents and oversees the administration of an annual operating and capital budgets and manages the fiscal affairs of JCEO. Prepares budget in consultation with directors to allocate funds, control costs, and maintain operations at a level consistent with agency guidelines.

Maintains a sound system of budgeting, management, and accounting of all local, state, and federal funds at the disposal of JCEO.

Develop and maintains a current an inventory of local, state and federal sources of funds for programs relevant to JCEO and of the respective guidelines and procedures for obtaining such funds.

Works with directors to develop plans for supplementing services and advises in preparing applications for funds.


Is active on the local, regional, state and federal level representing community action programs to develop opportunities to better serve clients and promote agency goals. Is an effective liaison between local, regional, state and federal offices of funding and governmental agencies.

Disseminates information concerning community action programs as appropriate.

Interprets policies, procedures and guidelines set forth by funding agencies and JCEO to the community.

Is actively involved in the local community as well as at the regional, state, and federal level.


· Bachelor’s degree and five years of related experience; or, an Associates' Degree with a CCAP certification; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience is required;

· Strong verbal and written skills; requires an aptitude for motivating and coaching;

· Requires fiscal management experience, the ability to comprehend, interpret and effectively manage multiple budgets and expense;

· Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning;

· Promotes a cohesive and team work environment;

· Demonstrated involvement in local communities;

· Proven interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills;

· Ability to respond effectively and professionally to sensitive inquiries or complaints;

· Must be able to maintain respect for diversity and individual cultural backgrounds/practices;

· A valid driver’s license is required.

JCEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:

Please submit letter of interest and resume to hr@jceo.org.

Application Deadline: