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Lantern Lane Farm Counseling Center

Executive Director

Lantern Lane Farm Counseling Center


Job Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing organizational operations, administration, fundraising, community outreach and engagement, assisting in the development and execution of the strategic plan. The position reports directly to the CEO and interfaces regularly with the Board of Directors.

Job Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities:

  • Board Engagement: Works with the CEO and Board in order to fulfill Lantern Lane Farm’s (LLF) mission.
    • Responsible for leading LLF in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
    • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
    • Responsible for reporting to and working closely with the CEO to increase the overall visibility, viability, and sustainability of LLF.
    • Responsible for communicating the organization’s priorities and projects to the Board and participating in Board meetings and relevant committees.

  • Financial Performance & Viability: Approves/Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization.
    • Responsible for the creation of the annual budget in cooperation with the CEO and Board of Directors
    • Responsible for the oversight of LLFs financial integrity, including but is not limited to:
      • Complying with the annual financial audit and related recommendations,
      • Submitting, implementing, and operating within the annual budget, and
      • Abiding by all prescribed financial controls
    • Responsible for fiscal management that ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of LLF, keeping the organization in a positive financial position.
    • Responsible for developing, providing oversight over, and supporting fundraising efforts, including but not limited to:
      • Grant writing, developing, and maintaining donor communication strategies, and campaigns as needed, and
      • Developing other resources necessary to support LLF’s mission and the proposed budget.


  • Mission & Strategy: Works with the CEO, Board of Directors, staff, and therapists to ensure that LLFs mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach and engagement.
    • Responsible for leading and participating in the long-term planning process in conjunction with the strategic plan to create initiatives that further the organization’s overall goals.
    • Responsible for overseeing programs that carry out the mission.
    • Responsible for implementing the strategic plan to ensure that LLF can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
    • Responsible for championing organization’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, faith-based, civic, and private organizations.
    • Responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with various organizations throughout the city and utilizing those relationships to strategically enhance LLF’s mission.


  • Operations & Staff Management: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate. Ensures a healthy organizational culture that prioritizes staff and therapist wellness, sustainability, and growth, in both personal and professional ways.
    • Responsible for the effective administration of LLF’s operations.
    • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, values-consistent, and qualified staff in support of the clinical work, by motivating staff to perform at their best through positive encouragement and incentive initiatives.
    • Responsible for reviewing and signing notes, contracts, MOUs, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization, and/or delegating such responsibilities to other appropriate staff members.
    • Responsible for establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of LLF.
    • Responsible to work in tandem with the CEO and/or Clinical Director(s) to contract with and oversee Therapists.
    • Responsible for supervising, supporting, and evaluating staff and/or delegating such responsibilities to other appropriate staff members.
    • Responsible for overseeing marketing and other communications efforts.
    • Responsible for coordinating various teams consisting of staff and/or therapists to foster exchange of ideas and provide cross-team learning opportunities.
    • Responsible for the operation and maintenance of the LLF physical locations, including but not limited to:
      • Hiring labor, working with volunteers, and ensuring high standards of cleanliness, safety, and functionality of all facilities and equipment are maintained.
      • Working directly with the husbandry staff to make sure that horses are cared for appropriately (grooming, food, water, medicines, etc.)

Competencies Required:

  • Alignment with the core principles of Trauma-Informed Care and LLF’s core values of compassion, dignity, community, integrity, and solidarity.
  • Guiding care and concern for the unity, well-being, and sustainability of LLF.
  • Transparent, humble, and high integrity leadership philosophy, with strong personal and professional judgment.
  • Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, reporting, and adjustments as needed.
  • “Big picture” organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and execution, while addressing top-level concerns and finding the best path forward from available data.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentations.
  • Knowledge of organizational software. and systems knowledge to make data functional and actionable.
  • Interpersonal skills to lead and communicate in a collaborative and motivating way, with staff, therapists, Board, volunteers, donors, and community leaders.
  • Able to communicate appropriately by modeling LLF’s mission and vision.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector, and ability to implement them appropriately.
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse staff, volunteer, therapist, and donor groups.
  • Flexible enough to respond quickly to a shifting reality, adjust initiatives and priorities accordingly, and manage multiple moving parts.


Qualifications: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field AND five or more years of management and nonprofit leadership experience OR any equivalent combination of experience/education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been gained.

Additional Information



How to Apply

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume, a cover letter, outlining your qualifications and interest in the position. Please also indicate your salary expectations and how you learned of the position.

Submit to or send to Lantern Lane Farm, Attn: Hiring Manager, PO Box 379, Gladeville, TN 37071.

Position will be posted and search will remain open until filled.


  • Date Posted: February 11, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 03/31/2021
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk, M-F 9am-5pm