Chief Executive Officer

Respect Together

Harrisburg, PA Remote Remote/Hybrid


US$150-165k (annually)

Executive Director/President/CEO

Full time


Aug 30

The Organization

Founded in 1975 as the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the newly rebranded Respect Together works with leaders and advocates across the U.S. to prevent and end sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. Respect Together’ s main divisions are the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR), with partnerships including RALIANCE and the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC):

  • PCAR: As the state coalition, PCAR partners with a network of 47 rape crisis centers that serve all 67 counties in Pennsylvania providing support to survivors and promoting safe, respectful communities. Promotes public policies that provide protections and services to victims of sexual violence, hold offenders accountable, and enhance community safety.
  • NSVRC: Provides information and tools to organizations and advocates across the U.S. to end sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. 
  • RALIANCE: A Washington D.C.-based partnership among NSVRC and two other leading national organizations, RALIANCE is committed to creating equitable, respectful, and safe environments and has awarded grants to the field, created a sport and prevention toolkit, public policy advocacy, created a behavior-based incident taxonomy, and consults with businesses and organizations about tracking and preventing sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse.
  • NSAC: Brings together nearly 2,000 advocates and activists invested in ending sexual violence. This annual conference, with hosts alternating between Respect Together and VALOR, provides opportunities to share information and resources, advance learning, develop new skills, and increase our capacity to assert the dignity of all people.

Collectively, Respect Together is working together to create a culture in the United States – and beyond – that values and upholds all people being treated with respect and free from all forms of sexual violence and oppression.

With a budget of $23 million, Respect Together is funded by a combination of grants from federal and state government agencies, private and public foundations and donations from corporations and individuals aligned with their mission. Receiving and managing funds from 20-30 different grant sources, Respect Together annually passes approximately 15 million federal and state dollars through to fund services provided by a network of rape crisis centers in Pennsylvania. 

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The Opportunity

Respect Together seeks a visionary and strategic leader to unify the organization as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is charged with building a trauma-informed organizational culture, leading a diverse team of employees and volunteers, and leading the organization’s strategic growth to meet the community’s needs, which includes providing leadership to the two major divisions - PCAR and NSVRC. Responsible for a team of 56 individuals working in Harrisburg and working remotely, the CEO will aspire to a work culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and respectful for all who interact with Respect Together in any way. 

The new CEO will be directly accountable to the Board of Directors and must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and lead with transparency, kindness, and professional integrity. Coordinating key activities of the organization on both the state and national levels, the CEO will center their work on leadership and collaboration, policy development, fundraising, grant management, resource development and management, staffing responsibilities, budget planning and monitoring, and media relations. With strong community ties and a focus on relationship-building, this leader will serve as an emissary for Respect Together and continue to share the organization’s impact both near and far.

The CEO is primarily responsible for: 

Leadership and Organization Management

  • Providing Respect Together with vision and structure by modeling strong and collaborative leadership to the team. This includes oversight of day-to-day operations of PCAR and NSVRC as well as policy development and external relations. 
  • Working in partnership with the other two managing partners to provide leadership for RALIANCE. 
  • Ensuring operations run smoothly while also spending a significant portion of time on longer-term priorities outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Identifying and recruiting strong talent with a proven track record of effective staff and volunteer management, including recruiting, on-boarding, development, evaluation, and coaching. Creating a workplace that is professional and positive and one where growth is attainable.
  • Prioritizing smooth and efficient communications among all Respect Together teams and maintaining a transparency and an open-door policy. Emphasizing collaboration between teams.
  • Ensuring that diversity, equity, and accessibility are considered in all aspects of Respect Together’s work.
  • Overseeing finances, including preparation of long-range forecast and regular reports. 
  • Planning, developing, and implementing new programs and ideas to promote the mission.
  • Overseeing monitoring and investigations on contract compliance to enforce standards.

Fundraising and External Relations

  • Seeking opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with similarly missioned organizations and forges cross-sector relationships.
  • Actively and comfortably engaging with local, state, and federal officials in order to strengthen broad support for the Respect Together mission.
  • Representing Respect Together with all constituents; embracing opportunities to promote the mission and programs of its organizations. 
  • Providing leadership for an external communication strategy and institutional branding efforts.
  • Understanding the diverse revenue streams of the organization and maintaining positive relationships with all entities involved in the delivery of funding and services locally, statewide, and nationally.  
  • Advocating for continued funding for sexual assault services throughout the state of Pennsylvania through professional interaction with Federal and State funders as well as with the Pennsylvania Governor’s office to ensure timely payment of contractual funding streams. 
  • Leading major giving efforts; working with Development Officer to target new sources of fundraising revenue.

Strategy and Board Relations

  • Developing, maintaining, and supporting a high-performing and engaged Board of Directors.
  • Understanding how to maximize the resources of the Board and seeking their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and strategic planning.
  • Communicating effectively with the Board along with providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Collaborating with Board leadership to develop, maintain, and execute the strategic plan for the future of the organization.
  • Serving as nonvoting member of all standing committees; appointing staff committee liaisons as well as serving on the Executive Committee
  • Developing and tracking metrics that monitor the performance of the organization with respect to the mission and key strategic objectives.

The Candidate 

The successful candidate will be passionate about Respect Together’ s mission to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault. The CEO position requires an entrepreneurial and experienced leader to administer programs and services as well as to advocate on both a state and national level for the needs of survivors. Effective and equity-driven, the CEO will be a master communicator, comfortable in front of the gamut of stakeholders necessary to convey Respect Together’ s value.

Demonstrable experience, competencies, and qualifications include: 

  • Passion for and commitment to Respect Together’s mission and vision as well as communities served. 
  • Educational background aligned with the requirements of the position.  
  • A solid background and knowledge of sexual assault and antiviolence issues.
  • Substantial and successful experience in senior management within an organization similar in size, scope, and scale of impact, preferably in human services.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors along with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships. 
  • Adept at building effective teams and motivating others to achieve more, particularly in complex and dynamic organizations. Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative. 
  • A successful record of accomplishment with creating and maintaining relationships with governmental leaders, donors, funders, and community partners.
  • Financial acumen that extends to evaluating financial performance of the organization with regards to long-term operational goals, budgets, and forecasts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong public speaking ability. Able to effectively interact with the media, allied organizations, and PA Centers.
  • Values an inclusive work environment and can demonstrate cultural competence. Track record of creating and sustaining an organizational culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • A strategic thinker: someone who can execute short and long-term strategic and operational plans while balancing day-to-day organizational priorities and goals.
  • Capable of maintaining the highest standards of ethics and personal integrity.

Performance Objectives

In the near term, the new CEO will continue to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following in the first 6-12 months:

  • Cultivate a proactive and productive relationship among Respect Together, rape crisis centers, allied organizations, and the media. 
  • Alongside the Development team, evaluate current development activities, development strategy, and donor cultivation while creating a plan to increase these efforts. 
  • Undertake a strategic planning process to guide Respect Together’s continued leadership and evolution.

Compensation & Benefits

This position offers a competitive salary of $150,000 - $165,000 with a complement of progressive benefits. The workplace environment is hybrid with a balance of in office and remote work time. 

DEI Imperative 

Respect Together seeks to recruit candidates for employment that represent our diverse community in race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability. Inclusive and equitable in our recruitment and retention practices, we are dedicated to uplifting diverse opinions and backgrounds in order to grow and evolve as a welcoming workplace for all.

How to Apply

Respect Together has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Specific questions related to the position may be emailed to Michelle Pagano Heck, President, at Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact Respect Together. 

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About Nonprofit Talent

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