Job Details

Executive Director- Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC)

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience



-        Are you passionate about helping individuals and families navigate their way to self-sufficiency?

-        Are you ready to leverage your past successes and lead an organization?

-        Do you enjoy networking and partnering with community advocates and leaders from the business, educational, and non-profit sectors?

-        Have you enjoyed and had success owning successful fundraising initiatives?

-        Can you collaborate and develop strategy with an engaged and talented Board of Directors?

-        Are you ready to lead a solid management team and financially sound organization into its next level of success in a growing and changing community?

The Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) is hiring a new Executive Director to report to the Board and lead the organization to fulfill its mission and ensure continued financial health. 



In 1986, MEAC was founded by a group of twelve community churches and the Madisonville Community Council to pool the community’s resources and better serve individuals and families with critical needs.

For over three decades, MEAC has been providing vital assistance, primarily in the form of food, clothing, rent and utility assistance, to individuals and families who reside in Fairfax, Madison Place, Madisonville, and Mariemont. In 2003, the neighboring communities of Oakley, East End, and Hyde Park were added to its service area.

Other programs include:

-        In 2007, MEAC expanded services to assist clients with filling out applications for public benefits including food stamps and other state and federal programs.

-        In 2009, MEAC began offering a preschool literacy program for children ages 3-5.

-        In 2010, MEAC’s Early Literacy Program was established at Madisonville’s John P. Parker School for students in Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd grade. 

-        MEAC, through a collaboration with other local organizations throughout the years such as the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, provides support for after-school programming focused on increasing student’s skills in reading, math, and social development. 

-        Renovation: In 2015 MEAC completed a major renovation project in the church building.  This renovation doubled the space of the MEAC Marketplace (formerly Food Pantry and Boutique), added a much-needed elevator to help with operations and service to our clients, and created additional office space for MEAC staff.


MEAC’s Mission
To offer access to education, services, and engagement that enable all neighbors to thrive, reach self-sufficiency and independence.



  • Strategic leadership:  Position the organization for long-term success by tracking community trends and identifying opportunities for expansion of needed services
  • Financial leadership:  Provide stewardship of the organization’s financial health
  • Program and operational excellence:  Manage a staff of 5-8 to ensure that programs are well-run, and that client satisfaction is high
  • Community engagement:  Be the face of the organization with diverse clients, Board members, funders, and community partners
  • Fundraising: Partner with the Board to broaden sources of funding to include grants, corporate sponsorships, individual giving, and special events
  • Staff leadership and development:  Attract, develop and retain a high performing staff; empower staff to “own” key programs
  • Marketing and Public Relations:  Build awareness of MEAC in the community through innovative marketing and public relations initiatives
  • Board cultivation and development:  Recruit and engage Board members to further the organization’s mission; collaborate on key strategic opportunities and decisions
  • Volunteer Engagement: Work with staff to recruit and engage volunteers



  • Demonstrated connection to MEAC’s mission
  • Four-year college degree with 5+ years supervisory/leadership experience
  • Overall management and P&L responsibility for a non-profit agency, complex program, or division of a company
  • Meaningful fundraising success for a non-profit organization, including grant writing, working with foundations and corporate giving
  • Experience being the face of an organization with employees, key customers, and in the community
  • Demonstrated success working to affect change at the community level with a strong commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff and neighbors
  • Active involvement with a mission-driven organization as a Board member or management team member
  • Accustomed to wearing many hats and operating with a small staff and limited resources
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends for meetings, special events, and programs
  • Strong leadership during times of change, crisis, or uncertainty
  • Experience leading a strategic planning effort or being a key contributor
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; comfortable speaking to groups
  • Experience with programs that create access to affordable housing a plus
  • Well-networked in the Greater Cincinnati community a plus
  • Reside or work in the MEAC service area a plus


Barry Elkus, Partner