The Way Back Recovery Center: Executive Director

Date Posted: 10/17/2019

The Way Back Recovery Center, Dallas, TX

Job Description

The Way Back Reentry Center has helped thousands of parolees in Dallas obtain employment and stable residence for 46 years. The Way Back Reentry Center is a guide and a resource to help direct and support those previously incarcerated who hope for a better, productive life. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1973 to serve those returning to our community from incarceration.

The Way Back Reentry Center is seeking an accomplished professional to serve as its Executive Director.  The ED will communicate the strategy and vision of the organization to the North Texas community to expand our services and partnerships. The Executive Director will be responsible for four employees and manage the budget.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead and direct the organization, enhancing processes and infrastructure that will allow The Way Back Reentry Center to continue to grow and fulfill its mission. Those responsibilities include:

  • Leadership – Communicate and implement strategic plans and policies. Oversee operation of the organization and ensure that all operational goals are met. Ensure staff, partners and the Board have sufficient and up-to-date information. Stay current on trends and anticipate future needs to ensure the organization is positioned for growth.
  • Fund Development – Lead the efforts of a fund development strategy to strengthen and diversify funding sources. Create innovative marketing and outreach strategies using technology and social networks in order to increase visibility of the organization. Cultivate strong relationships with key donors: individuals, foundations and corporations. Build brand strategy and drive community awareness. Become well known in the community as the “face” of the organization. Leverage community resources and collaborations.
  • Community and Public Relations – Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Seek opportunities for public speaking to promote visibility. Establish solid working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups and other nonprofit organizations. Actively engage and energize partnering organizations and funders.
  • Board Administration and Support – Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of strategic goals and the organization’s vision for the future. Actively engage and energize Board members and committees. 
  • Programs and Service Delivery – Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence. Oversee design, marketing, promotion, and quality of programs and services. Define, analyze, and implement metrics for client satisfaction and program outcomes. Refine program productivity and efficiency based on outcomes. 
  • Financial – Ensure the organization is fiscally sound. Develop annual budget for Board approval and prudently manage organization's resources within those budget guidelines. Ensure timely and accurate reporting of financial information. Analyze actual performance vs. budget on a monthly basis and report significant variances to the Board. Ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws. Ensure all financial policies and procedures are followed.
  • Organizational Culture – Promote an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, compassion for those WBH serves, gratitude for donors, a common organizational vision, professionalism, innovation, teamwork, and open communication.
  • Human Resource Management – Ensure all policies and procedures are up-to-date, followed, and conform to current laws and regulations. Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures. Establish measureable performance goals for employees and ensure that performance reviews are conducted annually.  Responsible for the recruitment, retention and release of all personnel.
  • Information Technology – Ensure all operating systems are fully functioning and updated including the website and other communication tools.
  • Facilities – Manage and maintain office space, ensuring compliance with the lease and appropriate insurance coverage and safety features.  


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least five years of senior leadership experience, in the nonprofit/public sector a plus
  • Proven ability to raise funds though foundations, major gifts, corporations, special events and media campaigns
  • Effective strategic thinker; experience in developing and implementing strategic plans
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with Board Members, Staff, and Community Partners
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills; experience in public speaking
  • Ability to raise the visibility of the organization
  • Experience in marketing
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, encourage teamwork and collaboration
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate
  • Integrity, credibility and commitment to the mission and those we serve

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Mary Jones at
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