August 27, 2019
Abode Contemplative Care for the Dying
Imagine being at the end of your life. You are without family or friends who have the capacity to care for you, and no place to live in your last days. What will you do? Where will you go? Who will help? These are pressing questions for many in our San Antonio community.
Abode Contemplative Care for the Dying, a member of the Omega Home Network, is part of a growing trend (26 open homes, 38 in process) of community supported end-of-life homes rising up around the United States. Founded by Edwin and Patsy Sasek, ten staff and about 50 volunteers provide day to day physical, emotional, and contemplative care to our Guests at Abode as directed by the Guest’s hospice team. We are not a hospice. We are not a medical facility. We provide a home, care, and love for people who don’t have a place to live or someone to care for them as they are dying.
Since opening in December 2014, we’ve cared for 200+ Guests at no cost to them. The waiting list for one of our three beds is often twenty-five deep. As we look to the next decade, nationally and locally we are unprepared for the increasing end-of-life care needs for the 10,000 baby boomers turning sixty-five in our country every day. In San Antonio, Abode seeks to be on the forefront of change and care for those in the gap – the one’s without family or a place to live - at end-of-life.
The Abode Community seeks an executive director/CEO to lead Abode into our next level of growth and service in San Antonio and beyond.
You understand the position’s focus will be on building new relationships and partnerships between Abode and the San Antonio community, fundraising/development, to provide oversight for day to day operations, and use data driven strategy to measure success and implement growth. This is not a programming executive director position. However, as a leader at Abode Contemplative Care for the Dying, you are willing to learn and be mentored about end-of-life contemplative care practices as these are the foundation of all work at Abode. You are curious about dying and deeply connect to Abode’s mission. You recognize the power of leading with your humanity rather than your title.
You have worked as a non-profit professional for at least three, and preferably five years or more. You have an exceptional development, community building, and strategic planning/implementation skillset. You have raised money for causes you believe in. You have managed people well, created and adhered to budgets, and understand non-profit finances and accounting.
You understand the needs and nuances of working with a board of directors and will lead accordingly. You will partner with our board of directors, the San Antonio non-profit and philanthropic communities, to bring more opportunities for ABODE to care for people in the gap at end-of-life in San Antonio. You will connect nationally with colleagues in the Omega Home Network.
Those who know you best say you are a connector, strong on follow through, and a highly organized person. You are a compelling speaker. You build and maintain relationships with your team, board, funders, and community partners with integrity.
Candidates are invited to email a letter of interest, including bio and resume, to Abode’s board president, Robert Soza, Jr.
In the subject line write: “Abode Search Committee”
Send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters of interest will be accepted until 12pm, September 13, 2019.
Candidates invited for phone interviews will be notified by noon, 9/20.