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President & CEO
ExecuNet • New York, NY
Posted 2 months ago
The President & CEO is a unique, high-profile leadership opportunity for a visionary individual who can inspire network-wide growth. The President & CEO will step into the role following a period of important maturation and innovation in the organization, with a well-developed infrastructure and aligned team. As such, the leader will leverage this strong foundation to take the organization to its next level in all regards: impact, reach, funding, and visibility.
This person will provide the vision, compelling strategic direction, and management expertise for one of the country’s most important girlsserving organizations. As the chief advocate, spokesperson, and fundraiser, the President & CEO will capitalize on current momentum and lead expansion efforts to serve many more girls through the high-impact Company. experience and to advance its advocacy goals. This person will be a catalyst to support increases in the number of advocates, supporters, and partners that are so critical for quality growth. The new leader will expand and protect the reputation of Company. as a premier, research-based girls’ organization, and help move the institution forward in meeting society’s changing needs.
The structure of Company. consists of a national office and 81 local affiliate organizations. While the President & CEO directly oversees and manages the national office, this leader is also is responsible for ensuring the vibrancy of the entire network: maintaining strong relationships with affiliates, assessing the impact and footprint of the entirety of Company., and engaging at local levels on a regular basis. Across the network, which scales to $90M in budget, the President & CEO must operate across a complex environment, with an ability to both influence and lead, while valuing and integrating the perspectives of a distributed system. To that end, the President & CEO will direct the overall organization, its programs and projects, operations and staff. The President & CEO ensures the organization is fiscally and administratively sound and that its operations, marketing and communications, information systems, and fund development efforts are coordinated and support the strategies and policies agreed upon by the Board.
A key priority for the President & CEO will be to grow philanthropic support of the organization. Company. enjoys substantial corporate funding, which has been sustaining to the organization. There is significant potential to diversify development efforts, particularly with regard to individual philanthropy and foundation support. The President & CEO will be a key leader in this regard, ensuring Company.’s long-term success. The President will also ensure the organization continues to rise to the occasion at this moment in history and serve as a voice for all girls. Company has already established its foundation in advocacy work, and the President & CEO will ensure the organization continues this important work, including serving as a key ambassador and spokesperson on these issues.
Naturally, the President & CEO will have ongoing responsibility to thoroughly understand Company., its mission and policies, culture, values, history, key stakeholders, affiliates, programs, finances, fundraising efforts and potential; and have a solid grasp of the issues facing girls from all segments of the population. The current Strategic Plan guides the organization through 2020; the new President & CEO will use 2019 and 2020 to plan and prepare for the next growth phase of the organization.
• Assume leadership of Company.’s fundraising; working with the development staff and the Board, create, execute, and regularly monitor an aggressive fundraising plan;
• Establish personal relationships with key donors in order to encourage ongoing support; continue building a funding constituency that extends beyond the current donor base, including foundation, corporate and individual donors, and government funders;
• Explore and implement strategies to market Company. and to generate financial support through branding, strategic partnerships and alliances with corporations, and the like.
Management and Operations
• Facilitate the ongoing development and management of a highly-skilled professional staff; inspire a spirit of collaboration and cohesion; identify strategies to maintain high morale and facilitate unity around a common purpose; create an atmosphere that rewards initiative as well as crossdepartmental collaboration for results;
• Oversee sound human resources policies and procedures, including clarification of staff functions, performance appraisal, and compensation reviews;
• Provide oversight to all financial aspects of the organization including budgetary processes, audits, cash flow management, and financial analysis; regularly assess the organization’s financial systems and controls, ensuring that sound and efficient financial structures are in place and that reporting systems are accurate;
• Achieve continuous improvement and potential innovation in operations.
• Possess a solid understanding of the Company. experience and the outcomes for girls for whom the organization holds itself accountable; ensure that programming, research, and training processes are energized, properly resourced, cohesive, and well-integrated;
• Advance the state of Company. information systems and explore how the increased use of technology can serve as a delivery mechanism for programs and training;
• Monitor ongoing evaluation of the Company. experience with its programs and services to ensure their relevance and impact.
• Direct and oversee a multi-year, network-wide advocacy campaign to combat sexual harassment;
• Engage key governmental, organizational, and other partners in setting and/or influencing policies that affect girls, in particular, and youth, in general;
• Be the spokesperson for the campaign.
Public Relations and Marketing
• Raise the organization’s national profile and visibility; participate in key corporate, nonprofit, government, and general market events;
• Develop relationships with the media as a savvy and credible communicator;
• Build the organization’s brand in as many venues as possible.
• Gain the confidence of the Board and bring forth their best efforts and talents; develop a strong working relationship with the Chair of the Board and with each board member;
• Implement board policies, goals, and objectives;
• Coordinate the efforts of various Board committees and task forces, including the Board Development Committee; nominate, orientate, and support new Board members; ensure that there is diversity on the Board.
• Build relationships with local affiliate leaders; go out into the field to meet the affiliates and visit the centers; learn as much as possible about and respect their activities and ensure that an effective partnership continues with open channels of communication;
• Ensure that the national office continues to serve as an advocate for, and represents the interests of, the affiliates around the country and works to bring value to their efforts;
• Assume a leadership role at the National Conference and the Council Meeting, the Executive Directors’ Roundtable, and New Executive Director Training Sessions.
The Person Pivotal
Experience & Expertise
The President should have the following experience and qualifications:
• Critical interest in the mission, programming, and advocacy agenda of Company., as well as a deep commitment to girls and to gender equity;
• Exceptional, highly credible communication skills, with the ability to serve as the lead spokesperson and ambassador for Company., and an ability to elevate and evangelize Company.’s advocacy priorities;
• Proven strategic management capabilities and commensurate fiscal responsibility with a regional or national decentralized network – in the private or not-for-profit sectors;
• If from the private sector the individual should have served as a nonprofit board leader;
• A record of success in raising major funds and in creating marketing strategies and alliances that generate revenue;
• An understanding of an affiliate or franchise model and the comfort and ability to manage through a process of influence and motivation without direct control.
The successful candidate should be the following:
• A strategic thinker who is able to successfully manage Company. today, while providing a bold vision for the future;
• Able to conceptualize and express ideas, and anticipate and act on events which may create opportunities for Company.;
• Comfortable promoting the organization’s mission externally, and speaking passionately on behalf of girls in a broad and diverse public fora;
• A deep appreciation for diverse communities, cultures, and economic experiences, and an awareness of the issues facing the population served by Company., a commitment to advancing equity and inclusive practices as demonstrated through previous work;
• Have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills;
• Demonstrate effectiveness in empowering staff and collaborating with a board, should be as comfortable with national leaders as with local communities;
• An innovator by nature who generates opportunities to catalyze Company.’s growth and therefore its impact, a thoughtful risk taker with fresh ideas who can initiate rather than just respond, and look for new ways to work with external constituents;
• A decision maker who is firm and confident, yet flexible;
• A collaborator and consensus builder with good judgment and the ability to reconcile divergent points of view, resolve conflicts, and ensure that all of the constituents of Company. operate as a cohesive unit;
• An ethical individual with outstanding human qualities; able to relate to diverse audiences, impart trust, integrity, stability, sensitivity, common sense, and tolerance, and motivate others in a similar vein;
• A leader comfortable with ambiguity and process, and with an aptitude to lead across a complex structure with diverse stakeholders;
• A systems thinker broadly, but also with a keen understanding and appreciation for information technology, the use and impact of data, and social networking, particularly given the investment in the #GirlsToo campaign;
• Someone with energy, a sense of humor, and maturity in order to maintain perspective and a sense of balance.
• Willing to commit to leading the organization for an extended period of time, minimally five years;
• Willingness to travel 45-50%.