Job Opportunity – Wellspring Interfaith Social Services Executive Director

Position Title: Executive Director, Wellspring InterfaithWellspring Interfaith Social Services (Wellspring) FILLED

Posting Date: February 9, 2017

Reports to: Board of Directors

Closing Date: March 15, 2017

Compensation: Competitive

Organization History/Background: Wellspring’s roots began in 1968 when five downtown congregations (Emmanuel Lutheran, First Presbyterian, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Trinity English Lutheran and Wayne Street Methodist) plus the YWCA joined together to bring it to life – known then as West Central Neighborhood Committee. At its inception, the main purpose was providing summer programs for youth who lived in Fort Wayne’s West Central neighborhood.

In June 2004, the name was changed to Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, in part because the organization was serving a much broader population base than just the West Central area. Over 80% of those who take part in Wellspring programs live within a 2.5 mile radius of the downtown area. From the early years, the organization quickly expanded to offer a variety of programs that focus on the educational, social, physical and recreational needs of children, youth and adults.

Today, Wellspring has a capable team of fifteen staff and two hundred volunteers that served 6,377 people in 2016. A high percentage of those were involved with Wellspring on an ongoing basis. The Wellspring budget has grown to more than $900,000 through a strong emphasis on program evaluation and innovation and exceptional relationships with funders and donors. Wellspring is located in the midst of the exciting downtown Fort Wayne revitalization. Key programs include the Older Adult Program, Summer Day Camp, After School Program, Parent Club, Food Bank and Wellspring Shoppe, a free clothing bank.

Leadership Transition: Frank Zirille began his duties as executive director in January 2005 and he has capably led Wellspring through numerous transitions and strong growth to serve our community and neighbors. Recent leadership highlights have included participation of the board and staff in the development of a “Cultural Creed” that reinforces Wellspring’s driving values around inclusion, human dignity, and justice. Frank will be retiring on June 30, 2017.

Position Description: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director provides primary leadership for the ongoing management of the organization, from strategic planning to day to day operations. More specifically, the Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Organizational Leadership and Vision
  • Community Partnerships, Fund Development and Funder Relations
  • Program and Project Management
  • Fiscal Management, Ethical and Legal Compliance
  • Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
  • Board Partnership and Relations
  • Staff Planning, Development, Culture, and Oversight
  • Stewarding the Wellspring Cultural Creed

Qualifications: Candidates should possess most of the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred – extensive experience may be considered in lieu of degree
  • Five or more years of leadership experience, including staff supervision and management
  • Significant experience and responsibility in a fund development role
  • Well-connected around the city or proven relationship-building skills in another community
  • Nonprofit and/or for-profit leadership experience
  • Active participation in community and sensitivity and respect to interfaith diversity


  • Demonstrated ability to envision and inspire people to reach ambitious goals
  • Collaborations and partnerships
  • Able to assemble and manage a financial budget
  • Proven relationship-building skills with a variety of community leaders
  • Great consensus builder, able to support and share leadership
  • Community and member focused, great at soliciting input and listening
  • Exemplary presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Adept in using information technology

Personal Characteristics

  • Visible leader
  • Energetic, Well-organized, Results-driven
  • Strength of Integrity and Ethical Wisdom
  • Cultural Competence
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • High Integrity

Application Process: To apply, provide resume, cover letter, industry references and responses to four key questions at: or then “Nonprofit Job Board”. Wellspring encourages applicants from persons of all races, backgrounds, disabilities, and veterans. More information on Wellspring at

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