Posted February 25, 2020

Executive Director Job Description

Reports to: GCHR Board of Directors
Open to Full-time Candidates
Direct Reports: GCHR Therapists (9); Administrative, Marketing & Development Staff (2)


  • Experienced leader with proven strategic, managerial, and fundraising skills

  • Passion for faith-based and secular counseling and to extend the GCHR’s reach

  • Ability to communicate the GCHR’s inclusive welcome to a wide spectrum of communities

  • Christian faith

  • Experience with/understanding of counseling

Scope of Duties

In collaboration with the Board, Staff and Therapists, cast a vision for and lead the GCHR to a place of greater visibility and impact in the larger community. Develop a plan for its long-term financial sustainability through a combination of service fees, fundraising, and exploring new counseling venues. Expand the GCHR’s existing reputation for clinical excellence and therapeutic best practices. In all ways, advance the GCHR’s mission “to provide clinically excellent counseling and training in a discreet and caring environment grounded in faith.”


  1. Recruit, equip, and encourage Therapists with support from a GCHR “chief clinician.” This includes ensuring all Therapists are motivated, effective, and that professional credentials and operating practices are up-to-date.

  2. Coordinate and liaise with local and regional clergy, particularly with Stanwich Church, our Founding Congregation and Sustaining Partner, and other community leaders – both faith-based and secular – to assess needs for events, seminars, groups, and other opportunities for the Center.

  3. Optimize and enhance the Center’s impact in the community by leveraging and directing our Staff and Therapists to provide programming and events which are high-quality and meet the needs of the region.


   4. Manage Staff and Therapists to ensure all contributions are cost-effective and sufficiently impactful. Ensure all             Therapists have clear and measurable goals for their practices and are making tangible progress toward achieving them.

  1. Provide periodic reviews and professional development for Therapists and Staff.

  2. Ultimate authority for all personnel decisions regarding Therapists and Staff.

  3. Manage all operations for cost effectiveness and efficiency.


  1. Serve as the primary community relations officer for the GCHR, extending its influence throughout the community to generate referrals and new client opportunities. Cultivate relationships with the religious, civic, press, non-profit, and healthcare communities. The ED serves as a coordinator between clergy and general community needs, and the Therapists’ expertise.

  2. Actively develop friendships with influential and well-resourced people in the community and region to build a robust network of loyal supporters.

  3. Prepare annual strategic goals for Board approval.

  4. Assist Administrative Staff in preparing balanced annual budget for approval by Board Treasurer and President(s), and ultimately the full Board. Monitor and meet budget figures.

  5. Oversee evaluation of current administrative systems and implementation of any new systems including intake, calendar, facilities planning, billing, and financial reporting.

  6. Review and make recommendations to the annual fundraising plan developed by the Marketing & Development Staff in coordination with the Board.


  1. Support the Administrative Staff with upkeep, maintenance, and enhancements to the physical and intellectual property of the Center.

  2. As part of occupying Stanwich Church property, present Annual Report for endorsement by Stanwich Church Elder Board.


  1. Cultivate productive working relationships with Board members, seeking their wisdom (but not operational direction). Meet regularly with Board President to ensure strong alignment.



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