Vice President, Executive Director

Non Profit Organization
Washington, DC
Jun 08, 2018
Jun 20, 2018
Full Time
Reporting to the Regional Vice President of the West Region, this dynamic, visionary change agent leads 22+ staff members and 87+ AmeriCorps members serving in partner schools. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with City Year Seattle/King County's advisory board, comprised of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of Seattle. The Executive Director is accountable for a current annual budget of approximately $4.5M, while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to ensure the sustainability, growth, and scale to achieve City Year's Long-Term Impact goals. Serving as the primary champion of City Year's impact locally, the Executive Director leads efforts to keep students in school and on track, while also ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the site. The Executive Director represents the organization within the Seattle community by mobilizing powerful coalitions to catalyze greater educational opportunity for underserved students. These constituencies include: advisory board members; district leadership and school partners; Volunteer Florida; alumni; and private sector funders and sponsors. Additionally, the Executive Director is a Vice President for City Year Inc.'s national organization and therefore strengthens the connection between City Year's national initiatives and the local work in Seattle. Through this role as Vice President, the Executive Director also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year's national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.Job Description Responsibilities The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local Seattle market, the City Year West Region, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of: revenue, student impact and school partnerships, development, management and retention of AmeriCorps members and staff, and site board development and relations. Our Executive Directors embody our core values and must have the firm belief that education has the power to help all students reach their full potential and a passion for increasing our nation's graduation rates. To successfully execute the job's core responsibilities, a successful Executive Director must demonstrate the following behaviors: Build and forge partnerships and coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance the cause of educational equity Mobilize internal and external stakeholders towards a bold vision of how they can impact the lives of young people Build and empower teams to fully own their functions while driving accountability and take personal responsibility for their success Build community and foster a caring and supportive environment with sense of connection and belonging Demonstrate curiosity and humility as a life-long learner who seeks out diverse perspectives and opportunities for self-improvement Possess a deep sense of personal accountability to ensure the success of both City Year Seattle/King County locally and City Year, Inc. nationally Connect with and inspire diverse teams of 18-25 year olds Through these lenses, the Executive Director will focus on the following primary areas of responsibility: Student Impact: In partnership with senior site staff and regional support staff, the ED will ensure high quality and commitment to the nationally developed service delivery model implemented by City Year AmeriCorps members in partner elementary, middle, and high schools. AmeriCorps Member Experience: Ensure the site delivers a transformational experience for all City Year AmeriCorps members, where at least 93 percent of AmeriCorps members complete their service and stay involved with City Year's mission long-term. People and Culture: Lead, coach, and develop up to 28 full-time staff members who support training and development of AmeriCorps members. Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Serve as chief fundraiser and lead site staff and local advisory board to motivate key influencers to raise the funds necessary to meet annual and long-term revenue goals (approximately 50% public sector including school district and AmeriCorps and 50% private sector, which is approximately $2.4M). Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with funders; build a sustainable revenue model based on philanthropic, government, and corporate sources. Negotiate, sustain and close partnership with district and school leaders that result in annual revenue. Financial Management: Ensure City Year Seattle/King County raises three percent more than it spends by managing fiscally-sound budget, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a site budget of $4.5M. Board Member Engagement: Recruit, develop, and manage a diverse, dynamic and deeply engaged local advisory board to build upon and execute a multi-year site strategic plan while also contributing to the success of the national organization. Ensure cultivation and engagement of future board leadership. Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials - Governor, Mayor, City Council, local and state school board representatives, Washington State Legislature, and members of US Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement. Maintain effective and collaborative relationship with AmeriCorps state commission (Serve Washington); oversee the preparation of effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet performance and compliance requirements associated therein. AmeriCorps Member Recruitment: Collaborate with City Year's national recruitment and admissions team to ensure site recruits, selects, and admits AmeriCorps members within the regional framework, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals. Partner with site staff to ensure a strong cohort returns annually for a second year of service. Alumni Engagement: Ensure the development of local alumni board to leverage alumni to support AmeriCorps members in service and continue their lifetime of service. Marketing and Communications: Lead the site in increasing visibility and brand awareness of City Year's work in local and national media, social media and marketing channels by developing and leveraging local relationships. In Seattle, the top priorities include: Grow the current community of champions and financial investors to sustain existing revenue goals and ensure future expansion into Seattle area high schools. Continue to deepen public sector relationships with emphasis on Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle. Establish strong partnership with the new Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools and deepening relationships with other key members of the administration and board. Lead local board and bring new talent to the board to support future financial sustainability and growth while building brand recognition. Invest in partnership and collaboration with City Year, Inc. headquarters to ready the organization for next phase of local growth. Further the site's commitment to Race & Equity by investing in culture, community, and partnerships while prioritizing anti-racist systems, processes, and practices. Qualifications Strong ability and experience in the behaviors listed above Demonstrated success managing effective and engaged teams, including managing through multiple layers of management Strong cultural competency, emotional intelligence, and experience and comfort working with underserved communities Proven skills in influencing and motivating stakeholders; track record in fundraising (particularly major gifts) and/or sales and a “closer” a strong plus High level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships Exudes grace and confidence under pressure Strong communication, listening, and public speaking skills needed to powerfully represent City Year's mission and vision Ability to attend evening and weekend events; ability to travel to in-person meetings in various cities quarterly Significant local non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience preferred An established cross-sector, local network a plus Knowledge of Seattle and Seattle educational landscape strongly preferred Content knowledge of K-12 education, youth development, and/or community or national service strongly preferred 8-10+ years of professional experience in progressively senior positions, with a proven record of budget management and exceeding goals Bachelor's degree; advanced degree a plus

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