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Executive Director Job Opening – CACS (MI)

Capital Area Community Services

Lansing, Michigan

Seeks Executive Director


Job description (2 pages)
Closing date: August 31, 2017

Search Announcement

Capital Area Community Services is a large nonprofit human and social services agency based in Lansing, Michigan with an annual budget of more than $20 million.  Since 1964, CACS has served the people of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties, building partnerships and strengthening families.

CACS is part of a national network of community action agencies dedicated to eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty through community-based programs and services.   Some of the programs and services operated by CACS include Head Start, Weatherization, Financial Literacy, Senior Information and Assistance, Commodity Food, Homeless Prevention and other Housing Services.

Full search announcement

General Scope of Services

Responsible for the overall direction, coordination and implementation of all areas of CACS including operations, fiscal and human resources, governmental affairs, communications and programs, and agency property and facilities. The Executive Director has 9 direct reports who supervise approximately 400 agency employees in 28 locations.

Our next Executive Director will possess the following Core Competencies:

  • Leadership Style: An engaged leadership with strategic vision
  • Operational Skill: A skilled negotiator and political advocate
  • Management Style: A calm team builder who can focus and inspire staff, board, volunteers and the community
  • Community Engagement Philosophy:  A strong communicator who is excited about being the public face of CACS

See job description for additional information including essential duties, necessary knowledge, skills & abilities, and compensation.

To Apply

The Search Committee will begin screening and interviewing qualified candidates in mid-August and select the final candidate in October 2017.  The CACS Board of Directors intends for the incoming and retiring Executive Directors to have a period of 4 - 8 weeks overlap in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Qualified candidates should submit a detailed, thoughtful cover letter of no more than one page along with a resume to:  Julie Powers, Search Committee Chair at jpowers@cacs-inc.org in one PDF file.  Additional materials submitted will not be considered.


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