Protected Harbor Seeks an Executive Director

Protected Harbor logo: A purple circle with a black illustration of a lighthouse sending out a yellow beacon in the center. Around the perimeter it reads, A Safe Haven for God's Special People.

Executive Director
Protected Harbor, Inc.

Fort Myers, Florida

About Protected Harbor

Protected Harbor was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to develop and operate permanent supportive housing, enhanced by Christian care, for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Protected Harbor is a faith-based organization operating out of two locations in Fort Myers, where adults with developmental disabilities live and socialize together. The first home built—referred to as Protected Harbor 1—is a beautiful facility which houses six women in individual bedroom-bathroom suites, with two live-in care giving couples. Protected Harbor 2 is an equally beautiful co-ed facility with two live-in care giving couples, and it is licensed to serve six individuals. The Protected Harbor residential community is centered on lifelong opportunities for social, emotional and spiritual growth. The Board is highly committed to the success and future growth of Protected Harbor.

Protected Harbor has an annual operating budget of $500,000. The organization receives government fees to offset the cost of services, but the organization is also financed by resident fees, contributions (individual, corporate, organizational), fundraising events, and grants. The organization has grown and matured to the point that the Board is now ready to hire an Executive Director. The long-term vision is to add additional facilities and to create an endowment which would provide funding for developmentally disabled individuals who are not currently eligible for other funding, but are seeking and would benefit from a loving, Christian home.

Desired Candidates

The ideal candidate is a seasoned manager (with a preference for experience in the provision of residential services for people with developmental disabilities) who has demonstrated success in fundraising. The ideal candidate will genuinely share the vision of Protected Harbor. Given that Protected Harbor is dedicated to offering various opportunities for spiritual growth for its residents, and to ensure that environment is maintained, the person hired for this position is expected to be a transparent leader who has a real passion for Protected Harbor as a faith-based organization. The ideal candidate must also have excellent communication skills, be a “self-starter” with a strong work ethic, and exhibit high energy.


Day-to-day operations of the corporation are under the direction of the Executive Director, reporting to and serving at the pleasure of the Board. Organization and operational planning, decision making and execution, external relations and fundraising will be his/her primary responsibilities.

1. Board Governance: Works with Board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in maintaining the Protected Harbor vision and a supportive strategic plan to ensure this vision is implemented.
  • Suggest potential candidates for service on the Protected Harbor Board and/or committees, identified through the Executive Director’s active involvement in the community.

2. External Relations: Represents the organization to the community.

  • Responsible for networking to build interest in and support for Protected Harbor.
  • Able to effectively engage with diverse groups, including funders, faith-based organizations, grant making institutions, service clubs, the media, elected officials and others.
  • Able to convey the organization’s vision and strategic priorities to elicit support from those inside and outside the organization.

3. Fund Raising: Generates funds through new sources.

  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization, to include research regarding individuals/funding sources, the development of fundraising plans, cultivating and engaging donors, soliciting gifts, and reporting on client outcomes and the impact of donors’ gifts.

4. Operational Planning & Management: Oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services to ensure that the programs and services contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board. Provides ideas on strategies/options that will promote growth and expansion of services.
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.

5. Financial Planning & Management: Plans for adequate resources and ensure sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures.

  • Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget and administer funds according to the budget; control the monthly cash flow of the organization.
  • Review with the Board comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the organization.

6. Human Resource Planning & Management: Determine and oversee staffing requirements and policies for organizational management and program delivery.

  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
  • Recruit, select and supervise house managers for each location.
  • Ensure house managers hire staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization’s mission.
  • Ensure that appropriate training is provided and implement a performance management process for all staff.
  • Coach, mentor and hold accountable house managers as appropriate to improve performance.

7. Risk Management: Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (residents, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image, and implement measures to control risks.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, personal attributes and/or abilities required.

  1. Education and Experience: At least an undergraduate degree in Social Work, Business, Finance, Non-Profit Administration, or closely related area. Master’s degree is preferred. Seven (7) years of progressive management experience in the nonprofit sector with a proven track record in fundraising. At least 4 to 5 years of experience working with developmentally disabled adults would be highly desirable. The person hired is expected to participate in on-going professional training opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge.
  2. Skills and Abilities: Candidates should possess mature personal characteristics such as patience, tolerance, compassion and a willingness to learn. Candidates must have a strong sense of serving and caring for the needs of adults with disabilities. In addition, candidates must possess strong written and verbal language skills and be competent in using associated computer systems and software, as required.
  3. Reasoning Ability: Candidates should have maturity and common sense to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of issues that may arise when working with residents and their families.
  4. Personal Attributes: The person hired for the position will have direct personal contact with the residents of Protected Harbor. They must be responsible and of good moral character. The person hired must pass a comprehensive criminal background check. To ensure that the focus of Protected Harbor as a faith-based organization, providing a loving, Christian home environment is maintained, the candidates for this position are expected to be mature adults with personal integrity, character and reputation consistent with this goal, who would be a role model of the Protected Harbor values for the residents and staff. The person hired for this position must be in good physical, mental and emotional health, as evidenced by a stable, even disposition, a sense of humor and ego strength that subordinates personal, self-centered preferences and convenience to the greater good of the corporation, its staff and its residents. The person hired must be able to effectively deal with conflict and adversity.


The compensation for the chosen candidate will be competitive for the position and the area. In addition, Protected Harbor provides a generous monthly stipend toward privately purchased health insurance, a car allowance, a match up to 3% of salary contributed to an IRA, plus holidays and personal days (for vacation and sick leave.)


Protected Harbor is an Equal Opportunity Institution and EEO/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Employment offers are made on the basis of qualifications and without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age or veteran status.

Application Process

To apply for this position, submit resume and cover letter to Don Harkins, The Moran Company. APPLY NOW

For more information about Protected Harbor, visit their website.