The President of the Metropolitan Human Services Commission serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and is responsible for the operational and strategic functions of the Commission as well as the day-to-day management of the organization. The President oversees a staff of 12 to 15 professionals and other support personnel. He or she serves at the pleasure of the Board, which is composed of 18 citizens of the community who are appointed by the funders.
As the immediate delegee of the Board's authority, the President shall be expected to develop the structures and processes to achieve the Commission's strategic goals. The President is required to represent the Commission to a wide variety of audiences. Accordingly, the President must be a skilled communicator. The President must bring strong organizational and administrative experience and skills, from either the public, private or not-for-profit, to the position including the ability to create and operate a functional budget within the financial constraints of the funding structure.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a sensitivity to the shifting focuses of the human services community and an understanding of the need to retain organizational flexibility to be able to meet these changes. The President will be expected to possess the ability to guide MHSC to new levels of its redefine future. Since MHSC is undergoing a significant realignment, as the result of a strong self-assessment and a shift in the different requirements of the primary funders, the President must be able to manage change while keeping an entrepreneurial spirit that will allow him or her to lead the effort to redefine MHSC.
An increasing emphasis on the collection, retention, use and interpretation of data calls for a level of familiarity with the concepts and use of information technology in this kind of enterprise. The President must be very comfortable with the use of information technology as a business tool and be able to remain abreast of developments in this area, especially as they apply to the work of MHSC. Initially, she or he will be responsible for the development and implementation of information technology that supports the new MHSC.
The President must be able to mount and pursue a development program. The financial underpinnings will gradually shift from reliance on the three historical sources to a broader funding base that will include income from "fee for service" contracts as well as other funding souces thay may be developed through grants and gifts. Accordingly, the President must be able to develop other sources of funding and establish a plan to attract further financial resources to increase the financial base of the organization.