OPEN POSITION: Executive Director

By February 9, 2019Careers
Boy reaching out to horse

The Executive Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for Agape’s staff, programs, expansion, and mission execution across its three locations.

We enjoy coming to work; we love what we do. We love working with each other; we love our donors, riders and families, volunteers, and of course, our horses. We’re motivated by a larger vision, a purpose that continually pushes us to be better and grow stronger. We’re looking for someone that can not only do the job detailed below but share that same passion and drive. Someone who is humble and hungry to create amazing, life-changing experiences for others through partnering with horses. Your ability to lead, develop, cultivate relationships, and execute on a plan will be extremely important. The ability to effectively communicate our mission and tell our story to engage donors to partner with us is critical. We need a highly self-directed, outcomes-oriented, team builder and leader (that’s a lot of buzz words) committed to Agape’s mission and vision.


Cicero, IN




Salary + Benefits



OUR VISION: Why we do what we do

We believe that lives can experience healing and joy in an environment where unconditional love and the wonderment of a horse connect, creating a haven for unbridled hope.

OUR MISSION: How we do it

Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-facilitated experiences.


Leadership & Management

  • Lead, develop, and retain Agape’s high-performance team and culture
  • Ensure program excellence through:
    • Rigorous evaluation
    • Consistent quality of finance and administration
    • Fundraising and communication
  • Engage and energize Agape volunteers, board members, participants, partners, and funders
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to develop and maintain engagement and strategic direction.
  • Serve as ex-officio of each board committee

Advocacy & Communications

  • Act as primary spokesperson for Agape
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, including web presence and external relations
  • Leverage external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities for Agape

Operations & Program Planning & Implementation

  • Develop & implement effective systems/processes to:
    • Track scaling progress
    • Evaluate program outcome
    • Effectively communicate successes to key stakeholders
  • Develop and implement strategic business planning for organizational growth and expansion
  • Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funders and community leaders at each operating site

Financial Planning & Stewardship

  • Develop and implement an annual budget for Board approval
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities
  • Cultivate relationships with individual donors, corporations, and foundations to increase financial sustainability
  • Oversee all fund development including grant writing and reporting, special events, tributes, direct mail and email campaigns, and other donor-related activities
  • Responsible for the overall stewardship of Agape’s resources – people, animals, and capital


Perks at Agape

  • Genuine, caring, and collaborative dynamic team environment
  • Amazing and supportive community stakeholders
  • Travel around central Indiana due to Agape’s multiple locations
  • Flexible schedule and work environment
  • Generous PTO, vacation and holidays benefits
  • Love horses? Love the outdoors? Love people? – we have all of that. Every. Single. Day.
  • Be a part of a unique mission where you witness incredible growth and healing through a loving, supportive environment unmatched anywhere else

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree minimum with 3 years of senior leadership experience
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead and scale a performance and outcomes-based organization
  3. Experience executing a capital campaign through to successful completion
  4. Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide-range of stakeholders and cultures

Preferred Competencies

  • High degree of initiative
  • Savvy, mature and emotionally intelligent
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude
  • Communication skills, written and oral
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility
  • Computer/technology proficiency (ex: Google Drive, Salesforce, MailChimp)
  • Experience with a donor management system (Bloomerang)
  • Organizational and time management skills