Catholic Charities of South Carolina (CCSC) is a statewide agency founded in 1945 to serve those most in need. Called by Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church, CCSC promotes dignity, ministers to the spiritual and physical needs of those under our care and acts to break the cycles of poverty. Serving over 50,000 people a year, we change lives by meeting people where they are and accompanying them on their journey.

South Carolina has an average poverty rate of 14%, higher than the national average. In some counties the poverty rate is over 36%. The state struggles with the continued impacts of generational poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, educational inequalities, and racism. At the same time, South Carolina is growing quickly, particularly along the coast and in the cities. It is becoming increasingly necessary to meet the diverse needs of our growing population.

With 30 staff members and an annual budget of $3.7M, CCSC is poised to grow and meet the challenges facing residents of the Palmetto State. It is our responsibility to lead and organize the Catholic response to the issues facing South Carolinians.

The Call

Jesus established his Church over 2000 years ago. As a branch of that same Church, the Diocese of Charleston works to restore all things in Christ’s holy name. Catholic Charities of South Carolina is in need of a leader who is committed to the teachings and traditions of our faith. The candidate must be ready to bring relief and evangelization to communities in desperate need of our ministry. They must be capable of inspiring staff, parishes, schools, and community partners to come together and do their part to realize the vision set forth by Christ himself, recorded in the Gospels.

The Executive Director must be a practicing Catholic in good standing and with a strong desire to empower every ministry to bring an encounter with Christ to every person served by Catholic Charities. They must have a strong background in fundraising and development and be prepared to lead efforts to expand the organization’s reach and donor base. South Carolina has a large and rapidly expanding Hispanic population. As such, the new Executive Director must be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop and implement a unified mission for Catholic Charities
  • Direct and participate in fundraising and development efforts
  • Provide oversight of all services, develop the annual budgets for Catholic Charities program cost centers:
    • Central administrative office, Catholic Charities Regional offices, Office of Immigration Services, Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice Program, Seafarers Ministry, International Ministries, all grant programs
  • Serve as the public face on all matters and coordinate communications to constituencies regarding matters of concern or celebration
  • Promote the evangelization efforts of the Catholic Church through social ministry and works of charity
  • Direct the planning of programs and operations
  • Ensure that programs, services and grants are responsive to community needs
  • Ensure compliance with legal and contractual commitments and constraints
  • Ensure the maintenance of requisite licensure
  • Direct the implementation of policies to ensure effective delivery of quality service in a caring, efficient way
  • Direct the delivery and tracking of parish social ministry groups and immigration services
  • Develop new service and program areas in response to emerging needs
  • Identify funding opportunities and program sponsors for new and existing programs
  • Cultivate grant opportunities with outside entities, etc.
  • Nominate, approve, supervise, and evaluate the following staff positions:
    • Director of Field Offices for Catholic Charities; Director of Immigration Services; Seafarers Ministry; International Ministries; Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice Program Leaders; Executive Assistant of Catholic Charities
  • Provide liaison to boards, committees, and other community agencies and direct staff support to board members
  • Serve as mediator as required to resolve client concerns
  • Respond to complaints and concerns in a caring and professional manner for effective client service
  • Serve in leading the efforts to educate and promote Catholic Social Teaching to the board, staff, and Catholic community

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct risk management activities of the Agency

Education Requirements/Position Qualifications

  • Practicing Roman Catholic accepting of all teachings of the Catholic faith and in good standing.
  • Minimum of a master’s degree in a Human Service field and minimum of 7-10 years of management experience or the equivalent number of years of experience in Catholic Church ministry.
  • Prepared to lead Catholic Charities’ efforts in Christian ministry and evangelization.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • Intimate knowledge of and familiarity with the structures of the Catholic Church, program development, and business administration.
  • Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills.
  • Extensive understanding of budgeting and accounting principles, grant writing skills.
  • Program development, quality improvement, and outcome measurement experience required.
  • Driver’s license required for extensive travel, both in state and out of state.
  • Responsibilities include work beyond the regularly scheduled workday.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

This position requires standing, walking, sitting, talking, hearing, using hands, using feet, climbing/balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, reaching above shoulders, and tasting/smelling at least 1/3 of the time. This position requires that you will lift up to 10 pounds at least 1/3 of the time.

Job Title
Executive Director
Catholic Charities Diocese of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29407
Posted On
July 1, 2024