Chief Mission Officer

Bridge of Hope

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Contact Information: Edith Yoder

Bridge of Hope is seeking an experienced Chief Mission Officer, who is a nonprofit leadership trainer, encourager, collaborator and ideally has experience in federated model or multi-tier organizations. The C.M.O. serves as second in charge to the CEO and supports a team of 4-5 people. This position is open effective September 2024 and is essential to our mission of engaging Christian faith communities in ending family homelessness through Neighboring relationships that demonstrate Christ’s love.

The Chief Mission Officer is an integral part of the Leadership team, serving as second to the CEO and partnering with other senior leaders to drive the organization in key strategic growth.  The CMO coaches and equips location nonprofit leaders (specifically Executive Directors and board chairs of small affiliates) as they build strong mission engagement and programming within their affiliates/sites. The C.M.O. collaboratively encourages and influences network leaders to increase their reach, impact and outcomes of Bridge of Hope programming and works to expand the Bridge of Hope network into new locations.  The C.M.O. oversees a team of four Location Support staff.

Core Competencies:

  • Fosters Healthy Network: Effectively develops high-performing Executive Directors, affiliate boards, and network relationships; fosters accountability; develops organizational learning capability; engages network leaders to promote greater efficiencies and results.
  • Cultivates Partnerships: Initiates and maintains strategic relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the Bridge of Hope network to advance shared goals.
  • Leads with Cultural Humility: Leads with a spirit of cultural humility by approaching others with openness, setting aside assumptions and stereotypes in order to know another through their own lens and across all areas of diversity.
  • Serves as Thought Leader: Seeks to share Bridge of Hope through thought leadership around homeless services, and the impact of social capital and spiritual capital within Christian faith communities who serve as Neighboring Volunteers.
  • Inspires and Engages People: Passionately and effectively presents a transformational vision; creates a clear and compelling view of the future by helping others understand how Bridge of Hope outcomes will change lives.
  • Models Integrity and Ministry Values: Genuinely cares about people especially families facing homelessness and Christian faith communities who seek genuine ministry together; communicates openly and honestly to foster trust relationships among colleagues and those we serve; fosters personal growth and demonstrates reverence; lives out the Bridge of Hope values of following Jesus, engaging the church and choosing hope.

Additional Skills and Characteristics:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the mission of Bridge of Hope: To engage Christian faith communities in ending family homelessness through neighboring relationships that demonstrate Christ’s love.
  • Commitment to and belief in the ability of Christian faith communities to positively impact families facing homelessness.
  • Ability to engage in brave conversations that build rapport and results.
  • Committed to excellence in nonprofit, faith-based services.

Education/Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • National/federated/multi-tiered nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Experience with/awareness of homelessness issues and social service field.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in nonprofit leadership, including program implementation, managing a nonprofit, staff supervision, program administration, and board development.
  • Familiarity with front-line work and research on homelessness, poverty, housing, etc.
  • Demonstrated personal initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills required.
  • Strong facilitation/presenter skills required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Ability to motivate, influence and encourage leaderships and groups.
  • Ability to mediate between different points of view and seek to integrate diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to work from a strengths-based position coaching individuals in the development of nonprofit and leadership skills.
  • High proficiency and comfort in computer technology essential, including Microsoft Office products (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Share-Point and Planner), and videoconferencing.

Position Base: This position allows for the possibility of a work-from-home employment arrangement within a 1–2-hour drive of the national office in southeastern PA. In-office time will be expected monthly as needed.

Travel Requirements: Occasional travel will be required, likely 4-6 times per year, including attendance at the annual Bridge of Hope conference. The typical length of travel is 2-3 days.