The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is actively seeking a full time Executive Director to join this vibrant non-profit agency which has been serving Austin community since its founding in 2007.  

To assist adults and children as they move from loss to life through support, therapy, education, training and consultation throughout the greater Austin area.


  • Compassionate, professional care

  • Empowerment of each individual

  • Spirituality within the struggle

  • Transformative power within loss

  • Ongoing connection

  • Community



The Austin Center for Grief & Loss desires to serve all individuals in need of grief, loss, and trauma related services regardless of ability to pay. Founded in 2007 by Khris Ford, the mission of The Austin Center for Grief & Loss (Austin Grief) is to assist children and adults as they move from loss to life through support, therapy, education, training and consultation in the greater Austin area. The agency is run by a dedicated staff and Board of Directors and maintains a strong reputation among clients and other similar service providers, mainly due to the high-quality programming, compassion, and call to serve.  



A team leader who brings the message of Austin Grief to the Austin community with passion and magnetism, and is independently motivated to manage, direct and strategically support the work of Austin Grief in the community. The optimal candidate for this position will facilitate and grow a vigorous and highly successful fundraising program. The candidate will also oversee the business and administrative aspects of Austin Grief. This person will readily demonstrate a commitment to the agency and its mission through engaged participation and the ability to lead the agency into its next phase of maturity. The candidate will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to meet established goals.  




The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of proven leadership experience in non-profit leadership, management and business operations, and/or fund development with a proven track record of strategic fundraising and community building successes. Excellent communications and organizational skills are keys to success in this position. Attention to detail in budget planning and management are a must. Experience as an Executive Director or in a key management role for a similar organization is preferred – either with a small and emerging non-profit, high-touch client organization, or counseling environment.  



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. 

  • High integrity. 

  • Three or more years senior nonprofit management experience, working with CEOs or their equivalents. 

  • Experience working with a Board of Directors. 

  • Leadership experience in a member-driven organization. 

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills with the ability to collaborate, develop, and communicate the organization’s mission and vision to staff. 

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and clinical practice management software is a bonus. 

  • High level strategic thinking and planning experience. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s mission and strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers, and donors. 

  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation. 

  • Financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.  

  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 

  • Fundraising experience related to grant writing. 

  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers. 

  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy. 




The position is full-time, with hours flexible to meet the responsibilities of the position. Compensation includes a competitive salary based on experience of $70,000 - $80,000, healthcare benefits, and a contribution to a Simple IRA. A year-end bonus may be offered based on fundraising results. Minimal night and weekend work is required.  



Critical Function Areas are:  

• Budgets and Finance  

• Fundraising, event planning, and donor development  

• Agency administration  

• Internal and external communications  

• Short and long term strategic planning and execution  

• Board and volunteer relations  

• Human resources, staff and intern support  



Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names phone numbers of at least three professional references to: HR@austingrief.org. References will not be contacted until candidates have been interviewed. Letter of interest should include how the mission of The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is meaningful to you, and what unique qualities you will bring to Austin Grief. 


POSTING DATE:     February 10, 2020 

CLOSING DATE:     March 6, 2020 

JOB STARTING DATE:  Preferably March 23, 2020 



The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any individual in the United States legally, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.