Position Profile

Executive Director
Postpartum Education and Support, Inc.

Raleigh, NC


Postpartum Education and Support (PES) serves pregnant women and new mothers suffering from depression, anxiety, and other symptoms of Postpartum Mood Disorders, as well as offering resources for their families. PES also provides educational outreach and support services for the communities and healthcare providers that serve this population. The nonprofit was founded in 2005 as on outgrowth of Moms Supporting Moms, a peer-lead support group established by a mother and two healthcare providers in 2008. Moms Supporting Moms continues to serve mothers as an expanded program of PES.

Since its inception, PES has been a grassroots program, with board members and volunteers taking on many organizational duties. As PES has proven the value of its program over the past few years, the board seeks a new Executive Director who can continue to grow the organization and establish it in its next phase of development. With this growth, the time commitment and salary for this part-time position are expected to increase.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, supports the vision of the board, and is involved in all facets of the organization—administrative, fundraising, board management, community outreach, volunteer management, and marketing and communications. Understanding of board governance and the ability to work collaboratively with the directors are essential to this position.

The environment at PES is cultivated by the committed, collaborative leadership of individuals passionate about the mission. The Executive Director plays a key role in this vibrant organization, which requires that the individual be well-organized and efficient and have a compassionate, professional approach.

The Executive Director must: demonstrate initiative and drive; have strong interpersonal skills; be able to plan, organize, and manage the work of multiple projects; and act as the spokesperson for the organization and represent it at special events, community projects, and other endeavors to promote and raise awareness of the organization.

The successful candidate will have a history of clearly demonstrated leadership; will be able to build productive relationships with various stakeholders (e.g., community members and leaders, legislators, major donors, and nonprofit leaders); and will be an articulate, effective public speaker and advocate. This person will have administration experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, as well as a strong understanding of accounting, budgeting, compliance, and financial reporting. The successful candidate must have the ability to increase funding for the organization, including raising funds from individual donors, grants, annual campaigns, and events. Development experience is a plus.

The Executive Director must be a broad thinker and creative problem solver, able to discern the needs of the organization, set a strategic vision, and plan accordingly.

The Position

This is a great opportunity for the new Executive Director to grow this organization and add a personal mark on a respected, effective program. In this role, the Executive Director will be responsible for enhancing the current position of the organization in the community and strengthening it through expanded support. This high-energy position serves as the primary representative for PES, requiring an individual who is able to lead a top-notch team of volunteers and board members, become familiar with and well-connected to the community, and communicate the passion for the mission and advocate for services and support for women.

In consultation with the current ED, it is estimated that the current duties of this role take 15 hours per week. The board has budgeted $900.00 per month, with an opportunity for an increase at the 6-month review. Plans are in place to raise the compensation as the hours and responsibilities increase. Recognizing the flexible nature of this role and allowing for growth, this position is a home-based opportunity, with a laptop provided by the organization. At this time, PES does not have an administrative office location.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the position include the following:


  • Perform administrative duties to maintain organizational efficiency
  • Ensure compliance with all federal and state regulations
  • Serve as the front-line contact person for the organization for all matters
  • Respond to referral requests promptly
  • Be available “on-call” during program hours and during rare cases when a client needs emergent care and activation of emergency protocol is necessary


  • Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan with assistance from Board of Directors
  • With assistance from the Fundraising Committee Chair, find and apply for grants; produce required reports for each grantor
  • Identify and solicit individuals for support
  • Create annual appeals to targeted audiences
  • Plan and implement special fundraising events
  • Write acknowledgement letters
  • Maintain, nurture, and develop relationships with foundations, individual donors, government agencies, and corporations

Board Management

  • Organize, prepare reports for, and attend all board meetings, and work closely with the Board Chair and Committee Chairs
  • Ensure good board communication
  • Assist with developing a strong fundraising board by supporting current board members and cultivating new board members


  • Develop an annual budget and any special project budgets with the Board of Directors’ involvement
  • Monitor the budget, including cash flow projections and variance analysis
  • Approve, create, and sign all contracts as necessary
  • Work closely with the Treasurer to manage accounts payable and receivable

Marketing and Communications

  • Create and update marketing materials, including print and electronic media, and the web
  • Identify and organize community relations opportunities
  • Manage maintenance and promotion of website, with assistance of volunteer web master
  • Serve as point of contact for media inquiries and promote PES mission and programs through media outreach

Program Oversight

  • Assist with determining program needs and develop and monitor budget for meetings
  • Assist with support-group meeting needs, including location, volunteers, materials, etc.
  • Ensure volunteers have adequate training, resources, and support appropriate to their volunteer position

Staff Supervision

  • Oversee administrative coordinator’s main work tasks: recruit and train volunteers, maintain donor database, assist with special events, and manage distribution of MSM materials


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. Bachelors Degree
  2. Demonstrated 3+ years of experience in successfully leading a nonprofit organization or program, and demonstrated understanding of the Executive Director role
  3. Breadth of experience in programs, finance, and operations
  4. Proven individual fundraising, foundation grant, and special event experience
  5. Knowledge and experience in nonprofit board development and management
  6. Strong interpersonal skills. The ideal person for this job will be collaborative, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic
  7. Able to maintain clear communication on all levels. Proven written and oral presentation skills
  8. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines on ongoing basis
  9. Efficient time management and project management skills are crucial

To apply

This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest.

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