Salary (50k – 55k)


40 hrs


KC First Steps Office

Kershaw County First Steps is seeking an Executive Director to be responsible for the successful leadership, overall management, and operations of the agency according to the strategic direction, and policies set by South Carolina First Steps and Kershaw County First Steps Board of Directors. The Executive Director will ensure all programs and initiatives are aligned with the agency’s mission and vision to successfully achieve strategic objectives. The Executive Director will represent the organization to the greater community to further partnerships, advocacy objectives, programing initiatives, and community partnership goals.

Key Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

  • Assure organization has a long-range plan involving board and staff and mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.
  • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with Board of Directors and staff to carry out plans and policies authorized by the local First Steps Board and the South Carolina First Steps Board of Directors.
  • Jointly, with chair and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and research in the field.
  • Ensure an effective leadership team representing Communication, Human Resource, Finance, and core Program Directors convenes regularly to support the vision and mission of the agency.
  • Ensure all policies and procedures are reviewed annually and continue to meet the needs of the agency.

Financial Reporting

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
  • Possess budget management skills, including preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Work with staff, Finance Committee, and Board in preparing the budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Ensure adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.

External Relations and Program Compliance

  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Execute all grants according to the official grant agreements, including budgets and required reports, including the Annual Report, the Formula Grant, and the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Serve as First Steps’ primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the public. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the community.
  • Approve and review all social media content, blogs, and newsletters representing the agency.

Talent and Team Development

  • Responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Encourage staff professional development, supporting the mission and vision of the agency.
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse, well-qualified staff.
  • Ensure an appropriate provision for succession is in place.
  • Provide HR oversight for administrative staff and staff in the community-based classrooms, including payroll and benefits management.

Board Relations

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, and strive to increase the overall visibility of the agency throughout the State.
  • Ensure Board is kept fully informed on the state of the agency, and communicates effectively with the Board providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Qualifications & Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development or related field is required, master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in nonprofit management, team leadership and program governance.
  • Strong experience in budget management, financial management and financial reporting.
  • Experience in early care and education.
  • Ability to convey a vision of First Steps’ strategic future to staff, board, and community partners.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies, donor relations, and utilizing internships.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight, collaborate, and lead a team of staff and volunteers.
  • Experience in building and maintaining effective community partnerships.