The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall management of its finances, operations, and personnel. The Executive Director provides leadership necessary to ensure that Smart Start achieves its mission of improving the system of early childhood care and education in Craven County.

Essential Responsibilities – (Not all inclusive)

  • Leadership and Staff/Board Development
  • Provide strong mentorship through clear direction and clear performance goals. Monitor progress, encourage, coach and support employees.
  • Support board development and involvement with strategic direction.
  • Community Partnerships
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders Actively network, build and nurture community relationships that create opportunities (funding, program, volunteer) by engaging with and being visible in the community.
  • Fund Development
  • Develop and implement strategies to expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
  • Financial Administration
  • Develop, manage and supervise annual budget to ensure fiscal accountability and adherence to all funders’ policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education Requirements

  • Candidates must possess at least a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) in business administration or related business field, public administration, public policy, education or human service-related field.

Experience Requirements

  • Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in management and financial administration with at least three years of supervisory experience.
  • Salary Range: Up to $75,000 based on qualifications.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: CSSselectioncommittee@gmail.com

  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.