Executive Director of Mercy by the Sea

Position re-opened, March, 2021. Currently accepting applications.

Location:  Madison, Connecticut

Description:  This is an exciting opportunity to lead a truly unique ministry driven and mission focused organization. Mercy by the Sea (MBTS) is a Retreat and Conference Center founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Northeast Community. Since 1974, Mercy has welcomed all who seek to enhance the quality of their lives in a complex, changing world. With an exceptionally beautiful, Long Island Sound location, Mercy by the Sea offers guests a sacred space of peace and tranquility where creativity can flourish and personal, professional and spiritual renewal and growth can take place. There are a myriad of offerings at MBTS including private, directed and group retreats, structured programs, both in-person and virtual as well as space for professional meetings and conferences – all in a serene, quiet, natural setting.  

Position Summary:  Serves as the organization's chief executive director and carries out the mission and vision of Mercy by the Sea subject to the direction of the Board of Trustees. Responsible for overall operation of Mercy by the Sea and acts to advance and provide interpersonal and strategic leadership, public relations, and fiscal management in accordance with and in a manner consistent with the mission of Mercy by the Sea and the Sisters of Mercy.


A.  Education:

  • Bachelor's degree and senior management experience is required; a Master's degree is preferred.

B.  Experience:

  • Previous experience in non-profit or charitable organizations preferred. Must have experience in technology-based office management and office support. Requires demonstrated success as an executive with proven multi-tasking capabilities. Ability to effectively prioritize tasks and time demands.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience, especially in the areas of financial management, budget development, administrative and financial standards relating to non-profit organizations, development and fund raising.

Essential Skills / Responsibilities

A.  Attainment of Mission/Strategic Leadership

Attainment of Mission

  • Ensure that the mission and values of Mercy by the Sea and the Sisters of Mercy are pervasive throughout the organization and are communicated to the public.
  • Ensure an environment that is conducive to contemplation and human development.
  • Expand the scale, impact and reach of Mercy by the Sea, firmly establishing it as a valuable resource for contemplative thought and action.
  • Work collaboratively with the Sisters of Mercy leadership to ensure the integration of the Mercy mission throughout the work of Mercy by the Sea.

Strategic Leadership

  • Formulate and articulate a strategic vision with the Board of Trustees and position Mercy by the Sea for future growth and development.
  • Provide leadership and work with the Board and all staff to ensure the development, implementation and evaluation of long and short-range strategic plans.
  • Analyze trends and community needs to foster development of new programming opportunities and execute accordingly.

B.  Management Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, supervise and maintain a committed and skilled staff.
  • Participate in recruiting, training and maintaining committed and skilled members of the Board.
  • Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and Board committees with full power to vote on all matters coming before the Board of Trustees.
  • Provide the Board of Trustees with information, seek guidance and input as appropriate, review strategic and on-going issues, and gain necessary approvals from the Board of Trustees.
  • Review and recommend policy changes that govern Mercy by the Sea to the Board of Trustees for approval.

C.  Interpersonal Leadership

  • Develop and cultivate a workplace culture that exemplifies and affirms the mission of Mercy by the Sea.
  • Provide expert and effective communication with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Foster teambuilding and collaboration and implement good business and human resource practices.
  • Ensure a work environment that welcomes and retains quality volunteers.
  • Embrace diversity.

D.  Resource Development / Public Relations

Resource Development

  • Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of a diversified financial development plan to meet/exceed annual budget that includes, but is not limited to, appeals, special events, grants, and individual, corporate and planned gifts.
  • Focus and lead Board fundraising responsibility.
  • Work with the Board and its committees to establish and grow fundraising for program expansion, capital improvements and creation of endowments to provide for long-term financial sustainability.
  • Create and implement new activities and revenue streams to help meet community needs and expand budget development goals.
  • Sustain and grow a culture of philanthropy through a deep understanding of the unique nature of each donor.

Public Relations

  • Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of a public relations plan to raise awareness that includes current technologies and social networking, and that complements financial development plans and programs.
  • Provide excellent communication to present and prospective donors, past and prospective program participants, and the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Serve as the spokesperson for Mercy by the Sea in the community.

E.  Fiscal Management

Ensure fiscal viability through:

  • Managing the overall finances.
  • Developing the budget and the process for adoption.
  • Establishing purchasing procedures and obtaining competitive bids.
  • Setting all rates charged in relation to costs to meet operational needs.
  • Cost controlling in all areas of operations.
  • Planning in conjunction with the Development Committee for long range capital and extraordinary expenditures.
  • Communicating and working effectively with the Finance Committee.
  • Working in conjunction with marketing to develop innovative revenue streams.
  • Working with the Board to coordinate the independent audit.
  • Preparing the Annual Report.

Other Functions

Performs other duties as requested by the Board of Trustees.

Participates in civic community organizations as appropriate.

For questions or further inquiries, contact:
Fran Rabinowitz, Chair of the Search Committee at frabinowitz@capss.org.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Fran Rabinowitz at FranRabinowitz@mercybythesea.org

Or mail to:
Fran Rabinowitz
c/o Mercy by the Sea
167 Neck Road
Madison, CT 06443

Electronic submission preferred.

Application deadline: April 23, 2021.