Executive Director - Catholic Charities of Orange County

Sterling Search Inc. - Santa Ana, CA

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC). 

Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC) has been serving individuals and families in Orange County, California for over 35 years. It is one of 12 Catholic Charities agencies in the State of California and is part of the nation’s largest social service network through an affiliation with Catholic Charities USA, which serves more than 9 million people each year.

CCOC has an annual budget of $3 million and a lean, dedicated, and hardworking staff who are extremely passionate about their work. Its mission is served through several core areas of service, which include operation of the Cantlay Food Distribution Center, Counseling and Therapy Services, New Hope Crisis Hotline, Immigration and Citizenship Assistance, Camp Re-Creation for the Intellectually Disabled, and Family Financial Assistance programs. Over 100,000 individuals are served annually through these services. The highlights of their programs are their immigration and food distribution services. They have recently increased their monthly food distribution from 80,000 to 220,000 pounds, serving 800 homeless people and 2,800 families, due to an improved, larger space and expanded refrigeration. Approximately 9,000 people per month rely on Catholic Charities for nutritious food. Programs and services are available to people of every religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial background.

This is an exciting time of growth for CCOC, which is, through its skilled and committed Board of Directors, senior management team, staff, and volunteers, focusing on expanding its community reach. As is true for most social services agencies today, CCOC faces a changing climate in traditional funding for some of its long-term programs. The Board of Directors recognizes that they are at a significant turning point and is evaluating how to leverage CCOC’s assets to become even more effective in delivering its mission in a community whose diverse constituency base is changing and where traditional funding is shifting. One of the most important tasks for the new Executive Director will be assessing the current and future programmatic landscape and evaluating how CCOC can best continue to serve the people of Orange County. Immediate initiatives include building upon the data of a recent strategic retreat and plan and, building a strong marketing, fundraising, and communications plan.

With an effective infrastructure, leveraged by a dynamic, humble thought leader in the Executive Director role, CCOC is poised for greatness, building on decades of success to enrich the circumstances and spiritual lives of those they serve.

The next Executive Director will share the passion and commitment to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with CCOC’s diverse clients to meet their economic goals and advance their physical and social well-being. The Board of Directors is seeking a visionary leader with the experience and demonstrated accomplishments to successfully navigate and collaboratively lead the next phase of CCOC’s growth. The Executive Director must bring a passion for Catholic Charities; the capability to lead staff, board, and volunteers; a demonstrated track record of managing successful outcomes for programs; and the ability to diversify fundraising revenues.

This individual must possess intellectual horsepower and be naturally persuasive, fair, and accountable. He/she will hold true to the teachings and morals of the Roman Catholic Church. The new Executive Director will lead based on core ethics of collaboration, self- improvement, and a deep appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity packaged with a drive for excellence.

CCOC is offering excellent compensation, as well as a comprehensive benefits package.



Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall success of the Agency. The Executive Director is charged with building on CCOC’s years of success, realizing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability and community engagement.

The Executive Director is the chief spokesperson representing the organization to constituencies, both internal and external. The Executive Director will lead and manage the organization’s strategic and operational plans, including strategic planning implementation and development; operational, talent, resource, and budget planning; relationship building with CCOC’s business and community partners; and outreach to its donors. He/she will also provide forward-thinking leadership and manage in an open, collaborative environment, which is proud of its commitment in partnering with its clients to achieve lasting change in their lives.

The Executive Director will build, foster, and maintain a balanced organizational culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.




Board & Diocesan Relations

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Board of the Directors to provide leadership, financial oversight, and program development and implementation.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Develop implementation of policies and procedures authorized by the Board.
  • Ensure that the appropriate Diocesan leaders are kept fully informed and updated on the condition of the organization.
  • Ensure, maintain, and foster positive relationships and effective communication with Board, staff, volunteers, and Diocesan personnel.


Mission & Vision

  • Ensure that the mission and vision is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field and community needs in the areas the agency serves.
  • Convey a vision of the agency’s strategic direction to staff, board, volunteers, and donors.


Strategic Plan

  • Responsible for long range strategies and strategic plan implementation that ensures the agency successfully fulfills its mission into the future.
  • Maintain working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field and community needs in the areas the agency serves.




  • Responsible for effective oversight of all agency operations, program managementand performance outcomes.

  • Establish and update agency policies and procedures for all operations and programs.

  • Regularly visit all agency departments and offices, maintain relationships with respective staff.

  • Provide leadership and direction to staff to ensure organization a and administrative compliance with federal, stateand local regulations.

  • Complete continuing necessary non-profit certifications.

  • Oversee administrative and fiduciary functions while delegating duties and maintaining formal means of accountability for all staff.


Human Resources

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to include employee handbook, updated job descriptionsand regular performance evaluations.

  • Cultivate values of trust within the organization, maintain climate which attracts and motivates a diverse staff of high performing individualsand build a strong management team.

  • Encourage staff development and education and assist staff in relating their specialized work to the overall agency mission.

  • Ensure, maintainand foster a positive relationship, effective communicationand positive results with staff and volunteers.

  • Responsible for hiring and retention of qualified staff.


Fiscal & Risk Management

  • In collaboration with the Finance Committee, take responsibility for and oversee agency fiscal integrity to include proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements that accurately reflect the agency’s financial condition.

  • Responsible for fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of a positive financial position.

  • Under the direction of the Board, responsible for signing all notes, agreements, contractsand other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the agency.



Community Relations

  • As the primary spokesperson for CCOC, enhance the agency image and increase overall visibility throughout the community.

  • Work closely with community stakeholders, agencies, associationsand general public to establish sound working relationships.

  • Participate in seminars, meetings, programsand/or on committees of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Charities of California and apprise Board of Directors and appropriate Diocesan executive(s) of any relevant issues.

  • In collaboration with the Diocesan Communications office, plan and implement opportunities to promote the agency story and image.


Marketing & Development

  • Cultivate individual parish relationships via growth and expansion of a “Friends of Catholic Charities” program that engages pastors, priestsand parish staff.

  • Maintain and grow development efforts and major gifts program.

  • Develop relationships with the press and media within the Diocese.

  • Oversee the development of communications and media plan that incorporates range of both online and print tactics which drive interest, awareness and support.

  • Administrative oversight of all development and fundraising activities.

  • Work closely with Board and development staff to identify, cultivate, maintainand solicit donors from both public and private sectors.

  • Oversee grant resource development plan to include seeking, research, proposal writingand reporting requirements.


This is a senior level leadership position. The candidate must be able to handle detailed, complex concepts and problems, balance multiple tasks simultaneously, and make rapid decisions regarding administrative issues. This position requires the ability to work well with others and demonstrate grace under pressure while maintaining a sense of humor.



  • Non-profit management and governance;

  • Philanthropy;

  • Community relations;

  • Government contracts;

  • Social services and human service agencies;

  • Human resources and facilities operation;

  • Proficiency in Information technology and all social media platforms;

  • Cultural responsiveness.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters degree (in a related field) preferred.

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership with or more years senior non profit management experience.

  • Experience in developing and adapting community-based programs responsive to local needs and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals from many cultures and walks of life.

  • Proven track record of strong board relations.

  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-makingand reporting.

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegatingand program development.

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

  • Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to motivate others in a positive manner.

  • Accomplished track record in fund development and developing diverse revenue streams.

  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skill.

  • Strong computer skills to include all Microsoft Office Suite applications.

  • Active member of a Catholic faith community.

  • Familiarity with and strong commitment to Catholic social justice.

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.


  • Deep understanding of and appreciation for the mission and day-to-day work of Catholic Charities with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others.

  • Centeredness, maturity, and calm in an environment of dynamic change.

  • manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization.

  • An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills.

  • A hands-on, engaged leader who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusiveflexible, creative, energeticand fair minded.

  • A decisive and resourceful individual with the willingness to accept responsibility and take charge of results and is able to work successfully with limited resources.

  • A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, forging ahead when appropriate and holding back when necessary, and sensitive to the feelings and opinions of others.

  • An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual.



Please send resumeto: or call 714-433-7042

Direct all correspondence emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc.

All inquiries made to Catholic Charities will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

Previous resume submissions have been forwarded to Sterling Search, Inc.

Catholic Charities of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted On: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Position Contact
Julie Lugo
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