Roanoke, VA

  • Department: Administration
  • Posting Date: 12/08/2023
  • Closing Date: Open until filled
  • Salary: $90,000-$115,000/year
  • Code: CEO-ADM
  • Cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and references required.

Total Action for Progress (TAP) is a community action agency that serves eleven localities in the Roanoke Valley and adjacent communities: the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Lexington, Roanoke, and Salem.  TAP helps individuals and families achieve economic and personal independence through education, employment, affordable housing, and safe and healthy environments.  Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

TAP is seeking an experienced CEO who is responsible for maintaining an organizational culture that embodies the following values: Advocacy for the oppressed, the disadvantaged, and disenfranchised. Results orientation. Fiscal and programmatic accountability. Teamwork, collaboration with others and partnership building. Excellence in performance. Innovation. The passion to make a difference. Responsiveness to the needs of the community.  Maintenance of an agency-wide focus on Whole Family and Trauma Informed services.


  • Responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization and the strategic plan as set forth by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for meeting with key board committees especially Finance, Property, Personnel and all others at the request of the Board Chair.
  • Responsible for carrying out the policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for final approval of the hiring and termination of all staff.
  • Responsible for the financial health of the organization, the development and prudent expenditures of the same according to budgets prepared by staff and approved by the Board of Directors and audited by financial and program auditors.
  • Responsible for making sure that staff are provided with wages comparable to similar employment and benefits necessary for their well-being and that of their families.
  • Responsible for developing a creative work environment where employees and volunteers are stimulated to take initiative, develop leadership and carry out their responsibilities with dedication, warmth and initiative.
  • Responsible for inspiring others in the organization to be passionate about caring for the needs of our families.
  • Responsible for stimulating collaborative ventures with other organizations, the private sector and federal, state, and local governments to strengthen services for low-income Virginians.
  • Responsible for representing the organization publicly before public, private, and network organizations.



  • An understanding of the specific nature of a community action agency, its history, and commitment to the same.
  • Advanced understanding of a variety of programming that includes early childhood development, youth and adult education and training, housing development and management and a wide range of economic development programming including business start-ups and loan pools.
  • Excellent presentation, writing and public relations skills.
  • High emotional and cultural intelligence enabling the person to connect with a wide range of people from a variety of ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.
  • High energy level and proven ability to manage stressful or extenuating circumstances.
  • Bilingual ability is a plus.



  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Ten to twenty years in a senior management position of an organization with similar complexity and size of TAP.
  • Experience writing grant submissions and managing a team of grant writers.
  • Experience working with a board of directors.
  • Experience working effectively with the public and representing an agency before the public.
  • Experience working effectively with local, state, and national public officials on issues vital to the organization.
  • Experience and passion for working with a highly diverse organization.
  • Essential computer skills and the experience and ability to oversee IT operations.



  • Must pass a comprehensive background and drug check.
  • A valid Virginia driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.



This description provides information regarding the core functions of the designated position, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties whose performance may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

TAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a Drug Free Workplace.  We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.



Salary range is $90k to $115k depending on qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate will be offered a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement plan match and gift, paid time off, sick leave, free short term disability, long term disability, life insurance/AD&D, and professional development support, 14 paid holidays.



To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume with salary expectations, and three professional references to Tabatha Cooper, HR Director, via email at or via mail to:  TAP, Human Resources, PO Box 2868 Roanoke VA  24011

This position will remain open until filled. Inquiries may be directed to:

Tabatha Cooper – HR Director
PO BOX 2868
Roanoke, VA 24001
Phone: 540-283-4800