The Fuel Fund of Maryland (Fuel Fund) is seeking an entrepreneurial Executive Director who is committed to helping low- to middle-income families afford home energy. Our mission is to provide:
This position requires a candidate who is a seasoned leader with compassion for vulnerable individuals and families; who brings extensive relationship building and networking skills; who has a successful fundraising track record; and who possesses an understanding of, or a desire to learn about, energy affordability.
The Fuel Fund is entering an exciting chapter and seeks an entrepreneurial leader to partner with the Board of Directors to lead the Fuel Fund in fulfilling its mission. We are looking for a dynamic professional to define new opportunities that support the Fuel Fund’s vision of providing long-term energy affordability for low-income people, including seniors, veterans, and those living in poverty. Possible new initiatives include:
The Fuel Fund of Maryland is dedicated to energy affordability solutions for low-income households. For more than 35 years, the Fuel Fund has offered emergency financial assistance to prevent the loss of critical utility services. In addition to assisting low-income Marylanders in crisis, the Fuel Fund is committed to ensuring energy self-sufficiency and offers Watt Watchers education and training to empower individuals and their families to be wise stewards of their energy dollars.
To fulfill the mission of the Fuel Fund, donors, Board, and staff support and advocate for funding and services that provide affordable energy to families overcoming hardship caused by poverty in order to help them meet this basic need.
Incorporated in 1981, the Fuel Fund was created in response to the 1970s oil embargo that squeezed supply, causing energy prices to soar. Hardest hit were those people least able to pay dramatic cost increases. Victorine Q. Adams, a Baltimore City councilwoman and noted civil rights activist, intervened and the earliest version of the Fuel Fund was born. She was moved to action when a couple in her council district froze to death in their home. Adams vowed that this would never happen again under her watch. Today, an integrated network of fuel funds across the nation carries on Mrs. Adams’ vision.
The Fuel Fund programs:
Today, the Fuel Fund of Maryland is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, and the Executive Director reports to the Board. The budget is approximately $2.7M. There are 15 staff members, including those who staff the call center.
With an increasing reliance on technology since Mrs. Adams’ days, the need for power is even more critical to safety and health. The role of the Fuel Fund in our community is as vital as ever.
The Fuel Fund of Maryland’s Executive Director serves as the leader of the organization and its primary public representative. The Executive Director works in partnership with the Board to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and creates a strategic vision for future success. The Executive Director is accountable for the programmatic and fiscal integrity of the organization in keeping with the philosophy set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is the chief fundraiser and relationship manager for the organization. The appropriate candidate for the position will demonstrate strong social services management experience, relationship building and strategic leadership skills. S/he will be a visionary leader with a proven track record of developing, implementing, and assessing strategy.
The Executive Director will lead the organization into its next stage of growth and development through initiating, nurturing, and maintaining relationships with community partners, stakeholders, legislators, donors, local businesses and government, as well as with Board members and staff.
12- to 18-month priorities for the next Executive Director include:
Ideal candidates for this position will share the Fuel Fund’s commitment to energy affordability solutions and have leadership experience in a nonprofit or social services organization. Highly qualified applicants will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the Fuel Fund, including:
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a benefits package.
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: FFMD@Raffa.com (e-mail applications are required and only complete applications will be considered). For other inquiries, contact Lauren Weinstein at lweinstein@Raffa.com .
The Fuel Fund of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.
On behalf of the Fuel Fund of Maryland, Raffa, P.C. is working with the Board of Directors and leading the Executive Director search. Founded in 1984, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious organizations. We exist to do meaningful work for organizations like the Fuel Fund of Maryland who are making a difference in our communities and our world.
Learn more about Raffa at www.raffa.com.