Haley House Executive Director

  • Haley House
  • South End, Boston, MA, USA
Full Time Management Nonprofit Human Services Food & Beverage

Job Description


A feisty nonprofit in Boston that uses food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people. We empower individuals and strengthen neighborhoods. We are a complex organization that includes a soup kitchen, a housing program, a cafe and bakery, an urban farm, and much, much more. 


A highly qualified leader who is invested in the mission of Haley House and in the communities we serve. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, oversight, accomplishments, and stature of Haley House. Working in an inclusive style with the Board, staff, and volunteers, the Executive Director shall define, articulate, and (through personal example) embody the values and mission of Haley House. Through effective leadership and management, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that Haley House’s programs, operations, finances, staff, and volunteers meet established goals and objectives and that Haley House’s reputation as a valued community resource and service provider is maintained and enhanced. 

Our next leader must be collaborative and reflective, comfortable asking questions and seeking support, highly skilled in written and spoken communication, detailed and adept at prioritizing and multitasking, passionate about food, focused on affordable housing and building community around it, and experienced in issues related to social and racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.


We have had a rich tradition of outstanding leaders. For more than 45 years Kathe McKenna (co-founder of Haley House with her husband, John) led the organization, which grew from a South End soup kitchen to a multifaceted nonprofit. 

In 2013, Bing Broderick succeeded Kathe. Bing led the organization with professionalism and grace. He built on the successes of Haley House and expanded its reach in Boston. He developed a dynamic and creative team, built consensus, addressed critical needs, and set the organization on a successful future-oriented path. Having had only two executive directors in our more than 50-year history has led to stability in our organization. We look forward to a leader who will continue that tradition. 



Program and Service Delivery

  • Encourage cooperation, interaction, communication, and joint endeavors among the communities and programs within Haley House. 
  • With the Program Director, oversee the design, marketing, delivery, and quality of programs and services, to ensure that they meet specific, identifiable needs in the community.
  • Establish, monitor, and implement all appropriate policies and procedures for the effective management of Haley House staff, programs, and services.
  • Working with the Finance Manager and appropriate internal and external resources, oversee all technical equipment and systems of Haley House, including financial systems, website, database, and other systems.
  • Working with appropriate internal staff and external resources, oversee maintenance and enhancement of all properties owned and licensed by Haley House.
  • Steward and guide the operations of the Live-In Community and Meals Program as they change and adapt to meet the needs of the guests.

  Financial and Risk Management

  • With the Finance Manager, professional staff, our outsourced Financial Consultant, and Board Treasurer, develop and recommend the yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage Haley House’s resources within budgetary guidelines.
  • With the Financial Consultant and Board Treasurer, oversee the investments and reserve funds of the organization.
  • With the Development Director, work to ensure funding for programs to meet the needs of the budget and support the effort to build relationships in the donor and philanthropic communities.
  • Strive to find new resources and cultivate new revenue streams and expand staff, as appropriate.
  • Oversee the partnership with our pro bono legal representatives. Bring significant legal issues to the attention of the Board for input and possible decision making.
  • Ensure that all reporting to oversight agencies (e.g., Secretary of State, auditor, benefactors) is completed by mandated deadlines.
  • Oversee the securing of appropriate insurance, permits, and licenses.

Community and Public Relations

  • Ensure that fulfilling Haley House’s mission is given top priority in working within and outside the organization.
  • Work to represent Haley House’s mission, values, programs, and services consistently to the community through all the channels at our disposal. 
  • Work with the Development Director to publicize our events and programs to news outlets, social media, and the greater community of stakeholders. 
  • Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations and work to maintain Haley House’s positive reputation in the community.
  • Build relationships with our neighbors and pay special attention to their concerns.
  • Make sure the voices of those most impacted are prioritized in raising the needs and concerns we are seeking to address.

Human Resource Management

  • Recruit and hire the best personnel, giving priority to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Hold personnel accountable for performance and contributing to a positive culture.
  • Create a positive workplace culture that values information sharing, teamwork, and mutual respect among staff.
  • Support the development of staff, through mentoring, training, and leadership example.
  • Ensure that all personnel, the Live-In Community, and volunteers embody and carry out the values and mission of Haley House.
  • Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to the approved budget and authorized personnel policies and procedures that conform with legal requirements.
  • Manage and direct the HR Manager.

Board Liaison

  • With the Board Chair, prepare an agenda to direct the conversations at each board meeting with relevant developments and critical issues and programmatic updates.
  • Report any significant events or milestones in programs, finances, or external relations.  
  • Present and solicit Board approval for any new impactful policies.
  • Communicate directly with Board officers between meetings to keep them informed of relevant developments.

Qualifications and Working Conditions

  • Five or more years working in social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, housing, community organizing, food security, and/or food service, including leadership roles. 
  • Experience working with a diverse team and a track record showing commitment to addressing issues of social and racial justice, inclusion, and equity.
  • Ability to work full-time with some night and weekend responsibilities. This is not remote employment.
  • Although the main office is at 23 Dartmouth Street, the Executive Director will visit and oversee all Haley House locations.
  • Current driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
  • We offer a zero-deductible health insurance benefit as well as life, dental, 403(b), and PTO.


You to apply if you are committed to strengthening the mission of Haley House. We are committed to being inclusive and expansive in our search to identify candidates that include BIPOC, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ+ people. We know that Haley House embodies creating equity and justice. 

We strongly encourage questions and applications from qualified people.

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: EDsearch@haleyhouse.org.