Episcopal Community Services
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., April 11, 2013 — David E. Griffith has left his position as CEO of Modern Group Ltd. headquartered in Bristol, Pa., to become the first non-clerical executive director of Episcopal Community Services. The move was announced April 10 during a celebratory reception at the Union League honoring the Rev. John E. Midwood, who will retire June 30 as ECS’ 10th executive director. While Griffith remains chairman of Modern, one of the nation’s largest material handling, construction and stand-by power distributors, he joins Midwood for an unusual two-month overlap of leadership.
A seamless leadership transition is especially important to ECS as the social services agency continues to embrace new models of effective service delivery and outcome measurement. With less stable government funding and increasing competition for foundation grants, “ECS recognizes that it’s no longer just about ‘doing good work,’ it’s also about achieving measurable outcomes,” says Miriam Kepner, chair of ECS’ Board of Trustees. “Mr. Griffith’s experience in management, technology and fundraising will be invaluable as we continue to meet these challenges head-on — and build on the forward-thinking initiatives of the Rev. Midwood.”
Noting that ECS is a model and leader in its field, Griffith remarked to the group of about 200 ECS supporters at the Union League, “Our future lies not in being a safety net, but in continuing to provide the opportunity and programs that lift people in need up and that offer a thoughtful path of permanent change in their lives. To do this today, and to do so even better tomorrow. This is our collective clarion call to service. What I have learned we call “ECSness.”
Griffith has served on many for-profit and non-profit boards. Currently, he is board chair of the Delaware Valley Floral Group, Sewell, N.J.; vice chairman of the Philadelphia World Affairs Council; and chairman of the McEwen Family Scholarship Trust. He also is a director of the J.J. Haines Company in Baltimore, the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, the Hepatitis B Foundation, and the Griffith Family Foundation, and serves as a member of IBM’s Midmarket Advisory Council. A former trustee of Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., he was secretary of its board and chairman of its Development and Marketing Committee, which raised over $90 million in two capital campaigns during his tenure.
A lifelong Episcopalian, Griffith says his faith is central to his decision to leave the corporate world to guide ECS, feeling a deep call to service and to the work of the agency. Previous work with the church includes serving as the former senior warden, finance and stewardship chair at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, Pa. His wife, Jacqui, holds a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and is actively engaged with the school.
Griffith is a frequent speaker to industrial, academic and nonprofit organizations on technology, social media, leadership, development and work/life balance. He has lectured at Leadership Inc. in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and at Rutgers University. He is the author of several articles on compensation practices and policy.
Griffith joined Modern in 1992 after working as an executive with IBM, ROLM and MCI. He started with IBM as a software engineer and served as a branch manager, regional manager, administrative assistant to the president and director of marketing. At MCI he was vice president of marketing for the National Accounts Division. He graduated with honors from Kenyon College with a B.A. in history and economics.
Episcopal Community Services is a high-performing, learning organization that is embracing new models of effective delivery and outcome measurement amid a changing, unpredictable social service environment. As a result, ECS is leading the way in empowering and transforming the lives of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children, youth, families and seniors through a broad range of educational and social service programs. One of the most trusted names in the field since 1870, ECS continues to affirm human dignity and promote social justice every hour of every day.
Position Opening: Institutional Giving Manager
Episcopal Community Services (ECS), a Philadelphia non-profit social
services agency with an annual budget of $9 million, located in Society
Hill, is seeking a seasoned advancement professional to fill its opening
for an Institutional Giving Manager (IGM). The IGM reports to the Chief
Advancement Officer and is responsible for researching and identifying
institutional funding sources for ECS programs.
The IGM works collaboratively with agency staff to identify funding
needs and develop funding proposals. The ability to establish
successful relationships with a broad array of constituents is
imperative to this position. The ideal candidate will have excellent
organization, communication and interpersonal skills; as well as, the
ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
Qualifications: Bachelors (min.) or Master's (preferred) degree. Minimum
three (3) years professional grant writing and institutional funding
experience in a non-profit setting. Comfort ability with budgeting and
program evaluation protocols. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Windows
Office suite is required. Internet research and knowledge of the
Raiser's edge fundraising software is highly desired.
We offer a very competitive salary and excellent benefits package;
medical/dental, 401(k), short/long term disability, transportation
subsidy, tuition reimbursement, student loan forgiveness, adoption
assistance, first time home owner assistance and generous vacation
allotment. For a more comprehensive overview of our benefits package, or
to apply online, please visit our employment home page; at
For consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements
to: email@example.com or mail to ECS, Attention: HR/IGM, 225 S. 3rd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106; FAX 215.351.0294 EOE
Episcopal Community Services
Main Office at Old St. Paul’s Church
225 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone (215) 351-1400
Fax (215) 351-1497
Episcopal Community Services has continued to meet the changing needs of the Philadelphia community for over 140 years. Our mission is to empower vulnerable individuals and families by providing high-quality social and educational services that affirm human dignity and promote social justice. ECS services help people of all faiths improve their own lives and gain the skills they need to be self-sufficient.
Current programs include:
- Foster care for abused and neglected children
- Home care services for frail elderly persons
- Shelter for homeless women and their children
- After-school youth development programs and teen workshops on Saturdays
- Permanent housing for homeless families
ECS offers an array of human service programs for vulnerable individuals and families of all faiths. The ECS approach is strength-based and client-centered. In the coming year, ECS programs will serve more than 2,000 children, youth and adults. Funding is provided by government contracts, foundation grants and support of parishes and individuals. ECS is blessed to have an endowment built by generations of Episcopalians, the income of which covers overhead costs, so 100% of every contributed dollar goes directly to services. For more information, visit www.ecs1870.org.
ECS Out of School Time
Central East Middle School
238 E. Wyoming Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19120
Phone (215) 456-3160
Fax (215) 456-3179
ECS St. Barnabas Mission
6006 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151
Phone (215) 528-5400
Fax (215) 528-5409