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Catholic Social Services, a multi-service, multi-sited nonprofit organization that provides high-quality, accessible social services, is seeking an experienced leader to serve as Executive Director.  With a central office in Fall River and offices in New Bedford and Hyannis, Catholic Social Services (CSS) delivers a wide range of human services in Southeastern Massachusetts.   

The Organization

Catholic Social Services has proudly served the community since 1924.  Originating as primarily an adoption and welfare agency, CSS’ service scope has broadened.  The current mission is simply “to help those in need,” strengthening individuals and families and advocating for social justice.  CSS operates within the physical boundaries of the Diocese of Fall River (Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties in MA) and has grown to serve over 82,000 individuals annually with a budget of $8 million and 150 linguistically proficient and culturally diverse/sensitive staff.  It formally links and collaborates with local parishes, agencies and systems to strengthen community services.  Funding comes from state and federal contracts as well as philanthropic support from the annual Catholic Charities Appeal.  Committed to the Church’s social mission, CSS provides over 30 unique services and programs which address immediate and structural problems encountered by the disadvantaged including:

  • Emergency services – financial and utility assistance, facilitating access to public benefits, emergency shelter, and housing and shelter search
  • Services to families living in motels
  • Permanent supportive housing – transitional and long term housing for families and singles, homeless shelter
  • Housing retention – mortgage default and delinquency advocacy, money management counseling
  • Counseling services – crisis intervention and mental health counseling for Catholic schools, the Diocese of Fall River and uninsured, under-insured and low income people
  • Immigration and refugee law education and advocacy; citizenship preparation and naturalization; Central American immigrant worker community development
  • Disability services for marginalized clients, advocacy, referral and support in navigating state and federal services, case management and information
  • Adoption – domestic and international adoptions, pregnancy and parenting counseling, foster care

With the goal of advancing human dignity and promoting social justice, truth, and solidarity in the community, CSS serves persons of all faiths and cultures facing socioeconomic, cultural and racial barriers that preclude their engagement in mainstream services.  CSS is currently the largest provider of social and human services to immigrants in the southeast region of MA and the largest provider of food and beds for the homeless outside Greater Boston.  Please visit our website at

The Position

Reporting to an 8-member Board of Directors and working with the Bishop, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for CSS staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission while upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church and working within the guidelines of effective nonprofit practice.  


The Executive Director of Catholic Social Services provides moral leadership as a tireless partner and advocate on behalf of the disenfranchised, involving marginalized people in the processes of community life.  Responsibilities include:

Leadership, Management and Governance 

  • Ensure rigorous program evaluation in order to improve outcomes and measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Enhance board membership and effectiveness.
  • Ensure consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications systems.
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize CSS volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain high-performance executive and senior management teams.
  • Maintain productive relationships within the network of Catholic Charities USA leaders.

Grants/Fundraising & Communications

      • Expand local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion while simultaneously retiring building debt.
      • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
      • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.


      • Design and complete strategic planning, taking advantage of opportunities to generate new revenue, build new services and grow current programs.
      • Build new partnerships and establish relationships with funders and political and community leaders.
      • Be an external local and national presence, communicating results of local programs as models for replication within the Catholic Charities network.


  • Passionate commitment to CSS' mission.
  • Proven leadership and management experience.
  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA or MSW.
  • At least 10 years of senior experience managing outcomes-based organizations and staff.
  • Track record of effectively leading organizational growth and expansion.
  • Record of effective interaction and success with a fundraising and development team within an organization.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Demonstrated success in board development.
  • Strong marketing and PR experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Persuasive communicator with strong written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; multilingual preferred but not required.
  • Idealism, integrity, self-initiation, and positive attitude.

To apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, at


PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS (PCA): The Office for Persons with Disabilities is looking for PCA's for upcoming clients we are surrogates for. Clients of different ages and disabilities. Previous experience as a PCA/CNA a plus. Experience with toileting issues, sponge baths, med distribution, and transfers; drug addiction and mental health issues a plus. Must have reliable transportation and be available weekends and nights. We have PCA case all over Southeastern MA.


If interested or for more information, please contact
Coordinator - Office for Persons with Disabilities
Catholic Social Services
238 Bonney St.
New Bedford MA, 02744
Phone: 508 - 997 - 7337

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