Position Profile

Executive Director
Postpartum Education and Support, Inc.
(Contract, Part Time)


Raleigh, NC

The Organization

Postpartum Education and Support (PES) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. We offer support for mothers and their families; provide resources for health care providers; and heighten public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. PES was founded in 2007 by the volunteers and physicians of Moms Supporting Moms (MSM) with the goal of growing the services provided by MSM.

MSM is a peer-facilitated support group started in 1998 to provide assistance to mothers suffering from Postpartum Mood Disorders (PMD). It was founded by a mother after she struggled to find help when she was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety after the births of both of her children. The organization has grown from a small group into a well-known community resource with a solid reputation for assisting mothers, and their families, who are dealing with PMD.

Postpartum Education and Support now holds Moms Supporting Moms under its umbrella of services and has successfully expanded its offerings to include other programs. Some of the expanded services include: more support group meetings; talks for community groups interested in helping new mothers; CME-credited courses on PMD; in-service programs for nurses, lactation consultants, and doulas; and consultations with other groups across the state interested in starting support groups in their own communities.

Postpartum Education and Support is led by a dedicated and active group of volunteers who are committed to growing PES in ways that will provide much-needed assistance to mothers and their families.

The Area

The Triangle area of North Carolina includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, and is geographically located in the center of the state. Located within the area are the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, home to corporate giants and the destination for much corporate relocation. The Triangle is an area of outstanding educational resources offering seventeen universities and colleges. In addition, Raleigh has tremendous resources where cultural and performing arts programs, professional sports teams, and nonprofit organizations thrive.

For more information about the Triangle area visit triangle.citysearch.com and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitraleigh.com.

The Candidate

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 grow the organization and establish it in its next phase of development. With this growth, the time commitment and salary for the 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. The Executive Director must demonstrate initiative and drive, have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to plan, organize, and manage the work of multiple projects. The Executive Director functions as the spokesperson for the organization and represents it at special events, community projects, and other endeavors to promote and raise awareness of the organization. Articulate and dynamic, the successful candidate will be an effective public speaker and advocate. The successful candidate will be able to build productive relationships with various stakeholders (e.g. community members and leaders, legislators, major donors and nonprofit leaders).

The Executive Director must have administration experience, preferably in the non-profit sector, and a strong understanding of accounting, budgeting, compliance and financial reporting. In addition, understanding of board governance and the ability to collaboratively work with is essential to this position. The successful candidate must have the ability to increase funding for the organization, including raising funds from individual donors, grants, annual campaigns, and events.

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 successful candidate will have a history of clearly demonstrated leadership, and be trusted and respected. The leadership will be marked by maturity and good judgment, and collaborative, yet decisive management. 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 successful candidate will be creative and cooperative, with a strong sense of community and a demonstrated personal commitment to the mission of the organization.

The Position

This is a great opportunity for the new Executive Director to grow this organization and add their 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.

As a result of recent time studies, the PES Search Committee estimates the current duties of the role to take 12-15 hours per week. The Board has budgeted $850.00 per month for the position as it exists now, with plans to raise the compensation as the hours and responsibilities increase. Recognizing the flexible nature of this role and allowing for growth, this position has been established as a home-based opportunity, with a laptop provide by the organization. At this time, PES does not have an administrative office location.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the position include the following:


  1. Perform administrative duties to maintain organizational efficiency
  2. Ensure compliance with all federal and state regulations
  3. Serve as the front-line contact person for the organization for all matters
  4. Respond to referral requests promptly
  5. Be available “on-call” during specified service and program hours


  1. Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan with assistance from Board of Directors
  2. Find, write, and apply for foundations and corporations grants; produce required reports for each grantor
  3. Identify and solicit individuals for support
  4. Create annual appeals to targeted audiences
  5. Plan and implement special fundraising events
  6. Write acknowledgement letters and manage donor database (training provided for database)
  7. Maintain, nurture, and develop relationships with foundations, individual donors, government agencies and corporations

Board Management

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


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

Marketing and Communications

  1. Create and update marketing materials including print, electronic media and the web
  2. Identify and organize community relations opportunities
  3. Manage maintenance and promotion of web site
  4. Write and distribute all press releases

Program Oversight

  1. Assist with determining program needs and develop and monitor budget for meetings
  2. Assist with meeting needs including location, volunteers, materials, etc.
  3. Oversee and manage the volunteers
  4. Some evening work will be required to fulfill program needs


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 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 would 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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