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Executive Director Catholic Charities Finger Lakes


Catholic Charities Overview

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester was founded in 1917 with a mission to build a just and compassionate society to advance the dignity of all people. We serve our neighbors across the 12-county Rochester Diocese through six divisions with over 70 program sites and a $95M total annual budget. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester is one of the ten largest Catholic Charities organizations in the United States.

Inspired by the Gospel and rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester meets basic needs; advances economic security; pursues housing solutions; strengthens families and children; delivers compassionate mental health and addiction care; supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; welcomes immigrants and refugees, and more.

Recognizing the importance of transforming systems that contribute to inequity in our communities, Catholic Charities is also a powerful advocate for social justice.

Catholic Charities offers a mission-centered work environment that values innovation and teamwork. Our success is measured by the impact of our work for the individuals and communities we serve.


Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes | Overview

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes is one of six divisions of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, serving approximately individuals throughout Wayne, Ontario, Cayuga, Seneca and Yates counties.  

CCFCS provides a rich array of human services to those in need throughout all stages of life. With an annual operating budget of $2.6 million and over 40 compassionate staff members across four locations, the following services are offered: Social Security advocacy, emergency assistance, family case management, a community lunch program, regional permanency centers, a community clothing center, supervised visitation, drug court, counseling and a college-bound initiative.

In 2021, two divisions of Catholic Charities – Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and Catholic Charities of Wayne County – merged to increase mission impact in the five-county region.


Executive Director | Position Profile

Catholic Charities seeks a mission-focused, strategic and results-oriented individual to serve as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes.

The Executive Director leads, manages and sets strategy for Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes. This position is responsible for managing agency operations and fiscal performance. The Executive Director will embrace Catholic Charities’ mission, purposefully lead a strong and caring staff team, seek out funding to fuel service delivery, collaborate with Board members on strategy and vision, and ensure Catholic Charities is a vital presence and valued partner in the communities served.

The Executive Director is jointly accountable to the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and to the President/Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.       Provide strategic leadership to the organization and foster an organizational culture centered on the mission of Catholic Charities.

2.       Provide executive oversight of all agency operations, program management and reporting.

·         Guide program managers in establishing goals and monitoring results.

·         Regularly visit all program sites and maintain relationships with respective staff.

·         Oversee Agency physical assets, including site facilities, leases, and maintenance.

3.       Oversee agency financial planning and fiscal integrity.

·         In collaboration with Finance staff, develop an annual budget and monitor monthly financial performance.

·         Maximize efficiency in operations

·         Provide primary leadership in seeking, developing, writing and securing grants.

4.       Foster relationships with community partners.

·         Enhance the organization’s image and increase overall visibility

·         Establish collaborative relationships with community stakeholders such as government officials, other human service providers and local and diocesan pastoral leaders.

5.       Provide vision, insight, background information, policy recommendations, and staff support to the CCFL Board of Directors.  Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board.

6.       Promote parish social ministry and address parish social ministry needs.

7.       Ensure that the Agency maintains an effective public policy legislative network.

8.       Function as an essential member of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester Executive team, collaborating with peer division directors and central office department leaders.

Position Attributes

·         Demonstrable passion for the mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester and Catholic Social Teaching.

·         Integrity, compassion, strong service mentality.

·         Results oriented with a track record of accountability and achievement of goals.

·         Proven ability as an effective team leader and team member.

·         Ability to rapidly change and adapt to new situations or issues that arise.

·         Effective communicator with strong oral and written skills and a willingness to share information.

·         Able to interact successfully with all levels of staff at Catholic Charites Central Office and agency divisions, as well as the Diocese of Rochester.

Position Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field preferred. Candidates with appropriate Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience will be considered. Actively practicing Catholic in good standing.

Five years of executive management experience. Demonstrated ability to lead public relations and fundraising campaigns. Experience in human services is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with candidate experience and education. Employees at Catholic Charities are eligible for a robust benefit package. 


Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.

Completion of all application field is not necessary at this time.