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Chief Executive Officer Framingham, MA

The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) – a human services organization dedicated to organizing resources for social change and economic independence across Massachusetts – seeks a visionary, mission-driven Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who can build upon the agency’s significant record of accomplishments. Originally founded as a community action agency in 1965, SMOC has grown to serve more than 46,000 people through a multi-faceted portfolio of more than 50 distinct programs that range from housing to behavioral healthcare to education. For FY2021, SMOC’s budget is $113.3M with a staff of between 800-900 individuals.

SMOC was founded with the belief that Everybody Matters. Since 1965, the agency has grown to include an interconnected web of services in five main areas: housing; behavioral health; education, employment, and training; energy and financial assistance; and family and nutrition. As much as possible, these programmatic offerings are co-located so that individuals and families can access what they need without visiting multiple sites. The organization is deeply committed to providing safety net services that otherwise would not exist.

SMOC has experienced many years of success and growth under the leadership of long-time Executive Director Jim Cuddy, who will retire in 2021 after more than 35 years of service to the organization. Under Cuddy’s leadership, SMOC has expanded its work across Massachusetts while also establishing a strong reputation as an innovative and consistent provider of services.

The next leader will bring a demonstrated commitment to the mission of SMOC, a record of programmatic vision and business savvy, and will have proven experience leading an organization or unit of similar complexity. The successful candidate will have extensive experience with external relations, including forming and maintaining strategic partnerships, liaising with government agencies, promoting resource development, and representing an organization as its public face. Demonstrated success in working effectively with a board, building and sustaining employee engagement, championing diversity, inclusion and equity, participatory decision-making, and staff development is essential.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications with resumes and cover letters may be submitted below.

Electronic submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.

SMOC will not discriminate against any applicant for employment with the agency because of race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.


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