Executive Director

Executive Service Corps of the Triangle
Executive Service Corps of the Triangle
Desired Location: 
Triangle Area
Organization Type: 
Executive Director/CEO




Executive Service Corps of the Triangle (ESC) is governed by a 15-person Board of Directors and has a small staff with an operating budget of roughly $250,000. The majority of income is from service contracts with the remaining from the philanthropic support of corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Annually, approximately 75+ active executive-level pro bono consultants provide direct services to many nonprofit organizations in the community.  Additional organizations and individuals are also reached through educational workshops and a new internet-based matching service, called Build-a-Better-Board.  Staff capacity and the number of pro bono consultants serving are both at historical highs.

ESC, which was founded in the 1980’s by the Rockefeller Foundation, has 15 loosely affiliated chapters in operation across the US.  The pro bono consultants that volunteer for ESC generally have over 10 years of senior management experience, are retired, work part-time, or have flexible schedules.

Our local Triangle chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary this past year along with it’s active, enthusiastic base of clients, consultants, partners and supporters.  Although the type and diversity of services has evolved over the years, ESC has remained true to its original mission. ESC of the Triangle exists to help nonprofits achieve their missions.  We match nonprofits with executive-level pro bono consultants who provide high-quality, affordable consulting and capacity building services.  ESC of the Triangle is a financially strong organization, as evidenced by an exceptionally strong balance sheet.

To learn more, visit our website: www.esctriangle.org .



The opportunity for the organization and the successful candidate is essentially GROWTH, from multiple perspectives:  1) The explosion of our local population and thus community needs brings with it a higher need for high quality, affordable consulting services; 2) The investments previously made in workshop content and information technology allow for creative propagation of our services beyond our Triangle boundaries; 3) The high standards set by our Board, Staff and Consultants create a personal growth opportunity for the successful candidate.  

Therefore, ESC seeks a leader who is energized by the goal of expanding programs, services, and partnerships. The successful candidate will be a self-starting, compassionate, relationship builder who thrives on driving innovation. Reporting directly to the Board, the Executive Director will supervise a staff of two to four employees. The new leader will be expected to build on past success and forge new collaborations and partnerships with major donors, community leaders and related organizations to drive ESC to new heights.

The new Executive Director will benefit from the strengths of the organization, including:
• A proven model that helps scores of worthy nonprofits to better achieve their missions.
• A mature governance board of directors and donor community committed to building a strong future.
• A strong relationship with other nonprofits serving the community.
• A strong base of executive-level pro bono consultants who make the programs possible.
• A significant track record of 30-years of outstanding service to the community.
• Recent investments in information technology which uniquely position the organization
• An exceptionally strong cash position and balance sheet.


The new Executive Director will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:

Stakeholder Leadership: Serve as the primary advocate, fundraiser, spokesperson, and administrator. Develop a philanthropic spirit and unified sense of purpose among staff, board members, donors, consultants, and strategic partners to achieve the stated mission. Work with board and staff in refining the vision and strategic plan that charts a growth course for the future. Articulate the mission and vision in an inspiring way to internal and external constituencies. Share ESC’s stories of impact to motivate consultants, board members, donors, and other partners in a way that inspires them to support the organization.

Staff Development: Build an effective, enthusiastic staff and culture of teamwork and accountability.  Ensure that all human resource processes are executed with quality, including policies, payroll, insurance, and compliance issues. Provide opportunities for team building and professional development. Recommend and execute changes in roles and staffing to maximize mission achievement.

Consultant Resource Development:  Expand the breadth and depth of relationships with executive-level consultants, in a way that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and significant philanthropic investments in the organization’s future. Regularly evaluate performance, and performance processes for all,  Ensure pro bono consultants feel appreciated and valued for the time and efforts they contribute.

Program and Financial Oversight: Bring an innovative approach to expanding program and services and gauge program effectiveness through solid metrics that yield measurable outcomes. Oversee finances and overall operational effectiveness. Support the staff and board to promote effective planning, oversight, and execution of all organizational activities.

Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations: Work to build a strong brand consistency to leverage financial, programmatic, and fundraising opportunities available. Seek regular dialogue with staff, donors, consultants, and other key partners on issues important to the organization’s future. Serve as the face of the organization in the community.

Board Relations: Support governance of the board to identify, retain, and celebrate board members and board interns. Maintain regular communications with the board of directors and provide the board with the necessary reports, support, counsel and information necessary for effective board governance.

Legal: Comply with all state and federal laws governing the operation of a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.


The new leader must demonstrate a firm commitment to and passion for ESC’s mission and vision. In addition, he or she should possess a variety of attributes, including:
• Visionary leadership that motivates the board, staff, donors, consultants, and community partners.
• An entrepreneurial spirit cast toward expanding partnerships, relevant services, and strong donor and consultant relationships.
• Big picture vision with an ability to attend to the details when needed.
• Integrity, consistency, and sound judgment in decision-making.
• A willingness to listen and respond respectfully to questions and concerns.

• Content expertise on relevant coaching and consulting to nonprofit organizations.
• Knowledge and understanding of local community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the organization's strategic objectives.
• Familiar with North Carolina and relevant federal laws governing the operation of a non profit.
• A proven track record in building and maintaining relationships that foster a spirit of collaboration.
• Demonstrated success in increasing revenues and/or philanthropic investments.
• Equipped with the gift of inspiring others through effective storytelling, written, and interpersonal skills.
• Five or more years of experience in a non-profit leadership position where he/she managed a team.
• Organized with a capacity to prioritize daily and ongoing tasks from an organizational and individual perspective.
• Effective at managing and motivating staff while also holding them accountable.
• A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college/university.


Email resume and reference letters to craig@sdtriangle.com no later than January 31, 2018

Review of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the position is April 1, 2018.  Compensation is commensurate with candidate experience and size of the operating budget.

Executive Service Corps of the Triangle is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Email resume and reference letters to craig@sdtriangle.com no later than January 31, 2018