St. Vincent de Paul – CEO of Cincinnati – Catholic Telegraph


  • Are you seeking to grow your faith through meaningful work?
  • Are you willing to be the face of an organization with neighbours, volunteers, staff, community partners, donors and government officials?
  • Are you a natural relationship builder and a willing fundraiser?
  • Do you accept the challenge of leading a complex organization in a dynamic and changing landscape?
  • This is a mission-driven leadership role for a well-established, financially strong and highly reputable community resource looking to its next phase of growth and impact.

St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati (SVDP) is recruiting a CEO to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission and ensuring continued growth and community engagement. (


For more than 150 years, St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati has compassionately cared for neighbors in need across Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More than 1,100 neighborhood volunteers, working out of one of SVDP’s parish conferences, provide emergency personal assistance for needs such as food, clothing, rent and utilities, prescription drugs and much more. Moreover. SVDP services, including the Deaconess Health Check/Charitable Pharmacy and the Becky & Ted Catino Choice Food Pantry, are based at the Don & Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood.

SVDP also operates eight thrift stores in the Cincinnati area that serve both as a form of service, providing free clothing and furniture to neighbors in need, as well as the organization’s social enterprise, generating support to help provide programs and services. The core of SVDP’s mission is to fill the spiritual, emotional and material gaps in people’s lives and to serve with dignity and respect. SVDP is one of hundreds of St. Vincent de Paul District Councils across the United States.

OUR MISSION: A network of neighbors, inspired by gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships and service to those in need.


The CEO will provide overall direction for the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of all components of the SVDP program. The CEO will represent the organization to various stakeholders and ensure sound financial and organizational management. The CEO will lead a talented and passionate management team, a total staff of more than 400 associates and an annual budget of nearly $50 million.

The CEO is appointed by the Board of Directors, with overall accountability to the SVDP Board of Directors and secondary accountability to the SVDP Charitable Pharmacy Board of Directors. The CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board of SVDP.


Organizational leadership, goal setting and evaluation:

  • Provide spiritual leadership and lead with compassion
  • Lead and guide the strategic planning process and its implementation
  • Ensure that SVDP and its programs comply with internal and external performance standards and regulatory requirements
  • Cultivate Board engagement and lead the process of recruiting new members as opportunities arise

Organizational Development:

  • Provide vision, motivation and leadership to employees and volunteers
  • Recruit, empower and evaluate a management team of seven people, using coaching and mentoring techniques; encourage and support development opportunities
  • Create succession plans to ensure continuity of leadership

Fundraising and financial management:

  • Set goals, approve plans, track and support the efforts of the external relations team
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key donors
  • Oversee the budgeting process and manage financial results accordingly
  • Provide strategic oversight of a multi-faceted revenue stream, including social enterprise

Communication :

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with board members, volunteers and staff. Ensure an adequate flow of information in all directions so that each group is well informed and of course
  • Work with staff to plan and coordinate public relations programs to improve public perception of SVDP
  • Represent SVDP in the community through speaking opportunities and presentations

Advocacy and collaboration:

  • Act as an advocate for unrepresented neighbors
  • Participate in key community meetings/events relevant to vulnerable population issues
  • Collaborate and partner with community organizations to advance SVDP’s mission and impact


  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to SVDP’s mission
  • Must be a practicing Catholic
  • Experience of being the face of an organization with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Proven success in managing and developing a senior team and in day-to-day leadership
  • Strong network in the Greater Cincinnati community or proven ability to develop such a network
  • Demonstrated success leading a meaningful fundraising initiative
  • Strong financial acumen with previous P&L responsibility for a similar or larger sized organization
  • Experience in creating and implementing human resources policies and procedures
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • Embraces diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and has a demonstrated ability to create an inclusive culture
  • Experience working with boards of directors and engaging volunteers and donors to support a mission-driven organization
  • Led or actively participated in a strong strategic planning process
  • Familiarity with social services/vulnerable population services preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or related field preferred
  • Five (5) or more years of successful executive management and leadership experience in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors, progressively demonstrating greater accountability


  • A charismatic and inspiring relationship builder
  • Equally comfortable in conversations about spiritual, financial and social services
  • Confident, decisive, natural leader and unifier
  • Comfortable engaging with multiple constituencies including neighbors, volunteers, donors, community leaders, church leaders, elected officials and media
  • Visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Empathetic and passionate, with a heart for the mission; consider this work as a vocation
  • Adopt a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Leader visible throughout the organization
  • Can manage conflict and navigate difficult conversations
  • Demonstrates personal accountability and transparency
  • High integrity and work ethic; occasionally available evenings and weekends
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to execute
  • Motivates and empowers staff; is not a micro-manager
  • Outstanding Communicator and Listener
  • Bring joy to work every day and celebrate success!


  • See the impact of your daily efforts on the lives of neighbors
  • Lead an experienced and passionate management team
  • Collaborate with an engaged and supportive Board of Directors and a dedicated volunteer base
  • Every day is unique with a wide variety of work/experiences
  • Develop your faith through your daily work

Michele Plessinger [email protected] Barry Elkus [email protected]

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