Position Title: Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington, Inc.

Organization: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington Inc.

Location: Lexington, KY

FLSA: Full-Time/Exempt


The Director of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington, with the direction of the Board of Directors, provides leadership, ensures fiscal responsibility, carries out and develops programs, and represents the agency in accordance with its values and mission. The Director is responsible for the management, facilitation, and operations of all programs and services provided by the organization.

Current programs include Bridging the Gap (rent & utility assistance), counseling, emergency/Disaster assistance & recovery.


  • Lead all staffing-related decisions and activities related to organizational design and engagement, including staff recruitment and retention.
  • Plan, develop, supervise, and lead the financially sound operation of all programs and services.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finances and administration.
  • Formulate budget and supervise financial accounting that meets all federal, state, and local compliance standards.
  • Ensure preparation of timely financial statements that are reported to the Board.
  • Provide an active link to the Bishop and the national office of Catholic Charities USA, as well as keep staff informed of opportunities and new developments.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan and manage for results.
  • Coordinate effective and ongoing communications among all staff and stakeholders.
  • Support a work environment that fosters employee engagement, creativity, diversity, efficiency, and effectiveness.


  • Envision and determine the future of the agency and the fulfillment of the mission with staff, Board, and community input.
  • Set strategic vision to continue the mission of the organization and the Diocese of Lexington.
  • Partner with staff and other agencies e.g. El Centro de San Juan Diego to conduct community engagement and support of the community.
  • Assess current service delivery models and create new methods to develop programs in support of the mission.
  • Collaborate with the Bishop, Board, and volunteer committees to develop annual goals and success metrics and budgets in support of the mission.
  • Advise the Board on issues, events, and new opportunities that directly support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington’s mission, identify opportunities to increase alliances, and drive strategic priorities.
  • Consult and collaborate with related organizations and stakeholders to develop partnerships to identify trends, benchmark data and expand capacity.
  • Engage staff in strategic planning and goal setting and drive innovation accountability to support the strategic plan.
  • Work with Catholic Charities USA and the Diocese of Lexington to strengthen relationships and increase the alignment of services to best meet the community’s needs.


  • Responsible for oversight and coordination of Catholic Charities’ fundraising strategies, relating to grant development, building donor relations, and other fundraising activities.
  • Provide oversight of strategies and action plans for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington advocacy, communications, program development, and public relations.
  • Represent the organization to key stakeholders, legislators, policymakers, the public, and the media.
  • Develop and cultivate partnerships with leaders of other organizations to achieve Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington’s mission and strategic objectives.


  • Develop and convene effective meetings to support the Board’s responsibilities effectively.
  • Keep the Board and President fully informed of the financial and organizational condition of the agency.
  • Develop, recruit, maintain, educate, and support a strong Board of Directors.
  • Seek Board involvement with strategic direction and planning.


  • Promote social justice, and increase the opportunity to reduce poverty for the people of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
  • Follow Catholic Social Teaching to drive mission and better impact our community.
  • Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates top-quality workforce and volunteers.
  • Practice authentic servant leadership while acting as a coach and mentor to staff members.
  • Participate in and support respect life ministry.


The Director will be a strategic thinker, innovative, relationship builder, and collaborative leader with the following experience and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Social work is preferred; a Master’s degree in the Human Services field with two years experience in a human services program. A Business Administration degree will be considered.
  • Must be baptized as a Christian, identify as a Catholic, and be registered in a Catholic Parish.
  • Committed to the mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington. Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to the trends, issues, regulations, and best practices.
  • Proven Executive management experience is preferable within a non-profit, or some combination of experience to know the unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Three to five years of experience od preferred in leadership and management of staff, resource development, external and internal relations, financial management, strategic planning, and business administration.
  • Ability to develop, recommend, and administer a fiscally sound and responsible budget.
  • A consensus builder who can collaborate with the Board, staff, community, and partners. A team builder, leader, and supporter. Proven skills in ensuring highly engaged staff through mutual respect and cooperation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, ability to convey the strategic vision to a wide range of audiences through presentations, Board meetings, and meetings with other external partners.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, spoken and written, preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity through demonstrated leadership approach. Possesses cultural competence to build relationships.

Supervision: Reports to the Board of Directors, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington.

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should forward their cover letter, resume, and list of five (5)  professional references to Deacon Tim Stout at tstout@cdlex.org

Job Title
Executive Director
Catholic Charities Diocese of Lexington
Lexington, KY
Posted On
June 6, 2024