Paul’s Place, a steadfast source of support for residents of the
Southwest Baltimore communities, seeks a strategic leader to serve
as its next Executive Director and advance the organization’s
mission to improve the quality of life in Southwest Baltimore. This
opportunity marks a pivotal moment in the organization’s history,
as the Executive Director further develops the organization’s
community-centric vision including the recent launch of its $10M
Culinary Arts Training Program, Groundwork Kitchen.
Organization History and Mission
For nearly 40 years, Paul’s Place has served people in the
Washington Village/Pigtown neighborhood and surrounding Southwest
Baltimore communities. The organization began when two volunteers
approached Reverend Philip Roulette of St. Paul the Apostle Church
with the idea to start serving soup and sandwiches. As the soup
kitchen gained traction in the community, it grew from two days a
week to seven, and added a Saturday program and summer camp for
children in the area. By the end of its fifth year, Paul’s Place
began a Nurses’ Clinic that provided health screenings and
distributed necessities like clothing and food. In 1996, after
raising funds for a permanent location, the Outreach Center opened
on Ward Street, where it remains today.
Paul’s Place continues to expand its efforts to improve the
quality of life in Southwest Baltimore through programs and
services that support and strengthen individuals and families while
fostering hope, personal dignity and growth. Building on the
organization’s culinary roots and expertise, Paul’s Place is in the
process of opening a social enterprise that includes a Culinary
Arts Training Program called Groundwork Kitchen, a 110-seat state
of the art restaurant, carryout, and catering facility to further
the mission of employment for self-sustainability. This low-barrier
program is expected to graduate 60 community members each year.
The organization’s programs and services include:
- Case Management Services – In efforts to
increase overall self-sufficiency, Paul’s Place offers one-on-one
case management services to guests that include walk-in and
intensive services. Case Managers support the needs of community
members by focusing on housing, employment, and other services
through street outreach and onsite services.
- Support Services – Paul’s Place has a robust
offering of support services available to guests, such as daily hot
lunches, emergency food boxes, shower facilities, laundry services,
and a no-cost clothing marketplace for adults and children.
Additionally, guests experiencing homelessness can receive
assistance with birth certificates, identification and social
security cards, as well as sign up to receive their mail at Paul’s
- Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteers are able
to have a hands-on role in the work of Paul’s Place by serving hot
lunches, assisting guests in the marketplace or by dropping off
clothing and other essential items for donation.
Groundwork Kitchen is an innovative culinary arts training
program, restaurant, and catering facility located just around the
corner from the main center and offices of Paul’s Place. This
innovative step provides new opportunities and hope for financial
stability for the citizens of Southwest Baltimore. In November
2019, the organization officially broke ground on the $10 million
project, which consists of a 15,000-square-foot building that
contains a 100-seat restaurant and training facility, where
students will learn front-of-house and back-of-house skills in
classes of up to 15 people. Groundwork Kitchen opened this summer,
and the first culinary class begins October 2021.
Recent Accomplishments and Developments
Between July 2019 and June 2020, the numbers of those served
were impacted by the pandemic. During that time, Paul’s Place:
- Served a total of 30,961 guests.
- Had 1,825 guests engaged in case management services.
- Engaged 1,014 volunteers in 6,427 hours of service.
- Saw 218 guests at the Nurses Clinic.
- Successfully changed plans from an in-person fundraising affair
to an online event.
As Paul’s Place and Groundwork Kitchen prepare to expand
services and impact, the organization aspires to accomplish the
following between July 2021 and June 2022:
- Serve over 35,000 lunch guests.
- Engage 2,000 guests in case management services.
- Engage over 1,000 volunteers and generate more than 7,500 hours
- See 250 guests at Nurses Clinic.
- Open carryout at Groundwork Kitchen in July 2021, indoor dining
phased through Fall of 2021 and hoping to be fully operational by
- Move three classes through the culinary arts training
Team and Staffing
Paul’s Place is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors and
has a combined operating budget of approximately $3M. With a
dedicated team of 13 staff members, the number of which has grown
to 20 since Groundwork Kitchen opened, the organization is able to
ensure both the physical and mental well-being of the adults and
children it serves throughout Southwest Baltimore. After nearly 20
years of leadership and service to Paul’s Place and the community,
Bill McLennan will be retiring in early 2022. For more
information, please visit https://paulsplaceoutreach.org/
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will
provide visionary leadership to the organization, stewarding it to
expand on its significant accomplishments to date and toward
realizing a socially-conscious, responsive, and forward-thinking
organization serving the Baltimore community. The Executive
Director will encourage innovative strategic direction, engage
stakeholders in active dialogue, cultivate new partnerships and
support, and work hand in hand with the Board and Staff to ensure
Paul’s Place adequately reflects and addresses the needs of its
local community. The Executive Director will lead Paul’s
Place to sustain existing operations and programming in addition to
expanding its reach and continuing to serve as a catalyst for
positive change in the community.
The Executive Director will provide vision and strategic
leadership in support of the organization’s programs and its newly
developed social enterprise initiative, Groundwork Kitchen. The
executive will engage staff and build the culture of the
organization, internally and externally, with the aim of
maintaining responsiveness to the needs of guests and community
partners. With three direct reports that include the recently hired
Deputy Director, the Development Director, and the Executive Chef
of Groundwork Kitchen, the primary responsibilities for the
Executive Director include:
Strategy and Planning
- Secure the long-term sustainability of Paul’s Place’s mission
by leading and advancing an internal and external strategic vision
with near- and long-term goals that meet the needs of guests and
- Ensure relevancy and impact by cultivating an understanding of
local, regional, and national trends that affect the population
- Introduce and monitor new strategies to expand organizational
reach, promote accessibility, and address community developments,
serving as many residents as possible.
- Research and identify the best interventions to help guests
overcome the diverse array of barriers that they experience.
- In collaboration with the Deputy Director and staff, oversee
the development, implementation, and growth of all programs and
ensure their success.
- Further solidify the management and oversight necessary to make
Groundwork Kitchen operational and sustainable.
- Actively cultivate and maintain critical relationships with
major individual donors, foundations, corporations, local
officials, and civic partners to favorably impact the financial
well-being of Paul’s Place.
- Creatively advance fundraising in a post-pandemic environment
by broadening and expanding the donor base and playing an active
role to support the success of all development efforts.
- Engage, educate, and inspire the Board of Directors to
effectively advocate for, represent, and raise the visibility of
the mission of Paul’s Place.
- Work with the Board of Directors to develop a more diverse
membership and encourage relationship-building through meaningful
interactions with key stakeholders and staff members in the spirit
of promoting inclusive and equitable practices.
- Provide direction, guidance, and support to staff, fostering a
healthy organizational culture.
- Attract and retain a productive workforce with attention paid
to professional development and growth.
- Set the internal tone for the organization through an
inclusive, respectful, and compassionate management style that
aligns with Paul’s Place’s mission and values.
- Ensure the financial sustainability, programmatic health, and
operational efficiency of Paul’s Place in order to continue to
adapt to changing needs in Southwest Baltimore.
- Advance Paul’s Place’s firm commitment to racial,
social, and economic equity by incorporating Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion practices throughout the organization and its
Skills and Attributes
Successful candidates will share a commitment to Paul’s Place’s
mission and embody Paul’s Place’s values of dignity and respect for
others. They will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to
Paul’s Place, including:
- Familiarity with the barriers and challenges experienced by
members of the Southwest Baltimore Community.
- Experience engaging with people from diverse racial, ethnic,
and socioeconomic backgrounds; demonstrated commitment to the
success of all community members, including those from historically
underrepresented and marginalized communities.
- Visionary leadership to inspire and drive the organization’s
culture as it continues to evolve.
- Innovative mindset to achieve clarity and consensus around a
strategic plan and the nimbleness to adapt to changes in the
environment while staying organized, pragmatic, data-driven, and
levelheaded when balancing multiple projects.
- Understanding of workforce development and experience with
- Authentic communication style and exceptional presentation
skills to maintain and build relationships with donors and
- Financial acumen and entrepreneurship to operate multiple
complex lines of services.
- Active listening style, inclusive of all team members’
opinions, insights, and experiences, synthesizing feedback to make
strong ethical decisions.
- Flexible management and delegation style with an open-door
policy that is responsive to each individual staff member and that
inspires the staff.
- Ability to prioritize and maintain accountability and
transparency throughout the organization.
- High emotional intelligence, humility, integrity, and passion
for the mission.
To apply, upload resume, cover letter, and salary requirements
clicking here. For other inquiries,
contact Adrienne O’Rourke at Adrienne.email@example.com.
Resume reviews begin immediately.
Paul’s Place is committed to providing equal employment
opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.
Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried
out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender
(including pregnancy), sexual orientation, national origin,
ancestry, marital status, age, genetic information, gender identity
and expression, veteran’s status or physical or mental disability
as well any other factor protected by federal, state and local
About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector
On behalf of Paul’s Place, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit &
Social Sector Group is working with the Board of Directors to
advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with
Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven
professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and
socially conscious companies like Paul’s Place. Learn more about
our work at http://marcumllp.com/industries/nonprofit-social-sector.