Providing food, shelter, help and hope to Missoula’s homeless and hungry.

Executive Director Transition

For over 40 years, the Poverello Center has provided a necessary safety net for our community members living in hunger and homelessness. An award winning non-profit organization, the Poverello Center provides education, advocacy, and a multitude of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of people struggling with poverty in Missoula.

Poverello Center Executive Director Amy Allison Thompson announced that she will be leaving the position at the end of July in a letter released March 8, 2021. The Pov’s Board of Directors will begin accepting applications in mid-March. All relevant information will be available on this webpage.

The Poverello Center, Inc. (Poverello) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead the Poverello in providing food, shelter, help, and hope to all who ask. 

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to work strategically and foster coordination and collaboration among multiple stakeholders. They are committed to thinking innovatively to ensure the focus on the core mission in changing landscapes. This position is an opportunity to engage with Missoula City and County, nonprofit leaders, community stakeholders, partners, employees, and guests to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home.


The Poverello believes all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their housing status. We envision a collaborative and supportive community in which everyone has a safe place to call home. This is accomplished by applying our philosophy of care to a variety of programs and services.

Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and (1) implements the strategic goals and objectives of the organization, (2) along with the executive committee enables the Board to fulfill its governance function, (3) gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, and strategy, and (4) ensures the fiscal strength of the organization through effective fundraising and financial management.

  1. Strategic Planning and Development – Works with the Board, community stakeholders, consultants, and staff members to guide and plan future agency growth and development that remains true to the organization’s mission. 
  2. Culture – Inspire and model a positive work culture that embodies the Poverello’s Philosophy of Care. Uphold the humorous and productive attitude of the organization’s work culture. 
  3. Program and Service Delivery – Oversees the design, delivery, and quality of services and programs offered by the Poverello Center. Continually works to implement progressive and proven strategies to achieve programmatic goals. Works with non-profit partners to promote maximum collaboration and to eliminate costly duplication of services. 
  4. Human Resource Management – Effectively oversees the management of the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. Directly supervises program directors and provides ongoing training and support. 
  5. Financial, Risk, and Facilities Management – Recommends the yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages the organization’s resources within those budget guidelines, according to current laws and regulations. Proactively works with the Board to manage any financial concerns in the organization. Works directly with accounting and auditing firms to ensure fiscal responsibility. 
  6. Fundraising – Provides strategic leadership around all fundraising efforts for the Poverello Center. Works in partnership with the Development Team to develop an annual plan, oversee grant writing and reporting, and facilitate donor cultivation, with a primary focus on working with investment level donors. 
  7. Public Education and Public Relations  – Serves as a public advocate, ensuring both awareness and involvement with statewide, citywide, and community issues relevant to the Poverello Center’s mission. Assures the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a positive manner that is directly tied to the mission to relevant stakeholders, donors, and the general public. 
  8. Board Administration and Support – Supports the administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members, fully participating in Board meetings and committee meetings, assisting with the development and implementation of committee work plans, and interfacing between the Board and staff. 


We’re seeking compassionate candidates who have strong emotional intelligence, think innovatively, and demonstrate a commitment to dismantling oppression. You should have:

  • Masters Degree or a minimum of five years of relevant experience
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Proven fundraising and fiscal management success
  • A demonstrated commitment to building leadership within the organization
  • Ability to manage crisis and a get things done in the face of obstacles
  • Knowledge of Missoula’s homelessness or working with vulnerable populations

Compensation is $75,000 to $85,000 DOE. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental coverage, generous paid leave, an employer contribution to your retirement fund, and access to an Employee Assistance Program. The Poverello is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color and people with lived experience to apply for open positions.

How to apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and three references in a single PDF document by 4/1/21 to

More Information

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40 Percent of our shelter Guests have income but struggle to find housing in Missoula's competitive market.
We receive $800,000 worth of donated food per year, allowing our commercial soup kitchen to serve nutrient rich, fresh meals for a cost of less $1 per person.
We simply could not operate without community support. Volunteers provide nearly 9,000 hours of service each year, a value of $200,000.
$16.44 provides a warm night of shelter and three hot meals to a homeless neighbor.