Executive Director

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Des Moines: a growing faith-based, non-profit social services agency in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate self-starter for its Executive Director position.  Reporting to the Board of Directors and the Bishop of Des Moines, this position will provide administrative leadership and overall direction to advance the agency’s vision, mission, strategy, annual goals, and long-term objectives. The successful candidate will have full accountability for all functions and operations including organization leadership, fundraising, staff management, financial management, external relations, and Board relations.

Catholic Charities is dedicated to serving vulnerable populations in the 23 counties of southwest Iowa. Through our ministry, the agency strives to provide resources for the basic needs with dignity while empowering those living in poverty to reach self-sufficiency. Our key services include: choice food pantry, empowerment services, emergency family shelter, pregnancy counseling, adoption search, professional therapy, refugee resettlement, domestic violence shelter, and sexual abuse program. Currently Catholic Charities serves over 30,000 clients annually. Catholic Charities structure includes a Board of Directors, where the Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines presides. Over 80 full and part-time staff members and a host of volunteers provide services throughout Catholic Charities’ four locations. The Executive Director manages four direct reports:  the Director of Human Resources and Operations, Director of Programs, Director of Development, and Communications and Events Director.


Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board and staff to update the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with Catholic Charities’ core mission.
  • Ensure that all programs provide effective services that incorporate best practice standards, are reflective of Catholic Social Teachings and identity, and exhibit the flexibility to meet the changing needs of agency client populations and the communities served.
  • Provide inspirational leadership to all staff and ensure the development and management of a professional and efficient organization.
  • Establish effective and inclusive decision-making processes to enable Catholic Charities to achieve the long-and short-term goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensure open communication about measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated goals and objectives. 

Fund Development and Public Relations

  • Serve as external face of Catholic Charities and be proactive in promoting the agency’s mission, values, and services in public events.
  • Work with the Development Director to ensure a flow of funds that permits Catholic Charities to make continuous progress towards achievement of its mission.
  • Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding, and development strategies and communicate these goals throughout the organization to enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.

Strengthen Infrastructure and Operations

  • Facilitate cross-program collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff at all program sites; create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment to support consistency in Catholic Charities’ strategic and operational plans and data collection.
  • Communicate regularly with program staff to ensure programmatic excellence and evaluation, fundraising, communications, and support; develop timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ensure delivery of high quality services while managing current and future growth.
  • Support and motivate Catholic Charities staff.
  • Work closely with the Board to oversee financial status and priorities of Catholic Charities to ensure sound financial controls are in place.
  • Increase efficiencies and consistency throughout the organization by developing and implementing standardized administrative and support systems.
  • Organize and oversee The Catholic Charities’ Social Justice Consortium on the diocesan programming and outreach on Social Justice Initiatives.


The ideal candidate will possess most if not all of the following qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in the Human Service, Mental Health, Social Work, Public Administration or related field is required. MBAs with relevant experience may also be considered.
  • At least 10 years’ in the health and human service field with progressive leadership, operational and nonprofit management experience; track record of success in a multi-site, outcomes-based organization of comparable complexity.
  • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church and possess a deep knowledge of the structure and the social mission of the Catholic Church.
  • Have experience managing state and federal grants.
  • S/he will be a strong, collaborative, inclusive, and compassionate leader.
  • Demonstrate passion for Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and services.
  • Have prior experience working in an organization that serves diverse and vulnerable populations, preferably with a Catholic social service agency.
  • Significant Board development, fundraising, marketing/branding experience.
  • Strong commitment to professional development of staff with a successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team; ability to manage and communicate with staff who are geographically dispersed.
  • Financial savvy and ability to establish and monitor budgets, set priorities, delegate, and guide investments.
  • Analytic and problem solving skills that support sound decision.
  • Excellent coalition-building skills with ability to communicate and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills with experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser.
  • Ability and availability to travel up to 20% percent of time.
  • An optimistic outlook with a sense of humor, integrity, and patience.
  • Ability to function independently and often under pressure while managing multiple concurrent projects and deadlines, including effectively managing crisis or emergency situations.
  • Ability to be on call for evening and weekend events and/or program issues.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, internet, and social media.
  • Work a standard work week, but additionally will sometimes work evenings and weekends to accommodate fundraising activities, Board meetings and representing the organization at public events.


Interested and qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to  Catholic Charities offers competitive salary and benefits plans.  Benefits include life, long-term disability, a full range of insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription), 403(b) retirement plan contributions, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected for this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.



School-Based Therapist (part-time)

Catholic Charities is currently accepting applications for a licensed therapist to work in our school-based program proving therapeutic services to students in elementary through high school grades.  This is a part-time position that offers a three-day work week, retirement benefits, and year-round employment outside the school year.


  • Build and maintain a full-time caseload each week
  • Complete diagnostic assessments and formulate treatment plans reflective of child/family needs
  • Actively engage with school staff about the implementation and communication this position provides to students
  • Complete case notes concurrently
  • Provide timely submission of payments and/or insurance billing within 24 hours of service delivery
  • Attend regularly scheduled supervision meetings with school personnel and agency staff
  • Work collaboratively with school personnel in the provision of School Based Mental Health services
  • Complete all paperwork for data reporting


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Full Clinical Licensure (LISW or LMFT, or LMHC, PhD in Psychology); or independently licensed within six months of hire
  • Valid driver’s license/auto insurance
  • Ability to work in a positive and cooperative fashion
  • Must be proficient in the use of computers, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and the use of email
  • Previous experience working with children and adolescents

For confidential consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter to, or by mail to Catholic Charities, Human Resources, 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-2501.



Emergency Family Shelter

Shelter Staff (part-time)

Catholic Charities is currently recruiting for part-time shelter staff to work overnight and weekend-evening shifts at our family emergency shelter.  In conjunction with other shelter staff, primary responsibilities will be to create a safe and supportive environment for shelter clients, enforce shelter rules, maintain proper documentation, clean and sanitize rooms and public areas, meet all requirements for basic standards of housing, provide crisis intervention and attend meetings and training as required. Must be dependable and adhere to all organization policies and regulations as specified by Catholic Charities and the State of Iowa.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter, indicating shift preference, to



Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program

Shelter Advocate (part-time)

Part-time weekend and overnight positions available.


Provides support to women and children staying at the Phoenix House.  Maintains security of the Phoenix House.  Assists in the maintenance and upkeep of the shelter facility.  Assists families in communal living.  Assists with de-escalation and stabilization of critical situations during evening and weekend hours.

To view the job description, please click here.

As part of the recruiting process you will need to answer the following questions together with your cover letter and resume.

  1. What does it mean to you to be an Advocate for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault?
  2. Why is confidentiality important when providing services to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault?
  3. Conflict management is an integral skill for Shelter Advocates. Please describe your style of dealing with conflict in the workplace:

– Between yourself and a client

– Between yourself and a co-worker

– Facilitating conflict between clients

  1. Working in a domestic violence shelter and sexual abuse program requires effective ‘triage’ of priorities and the ability to multitask. Please describe a work/volunteer experience where you were required to use these skills.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to