Executive Director - Center for Transforming Communities
Contact: Mindi Stewart
City: MemphisState: TN 38112
Executive Director Job Description
Center for Transforming Communities’ vision is that every Memphis neighborhood becomes a place anyone would gladly call home. CTC believes that the strengthening of neighborhoods is a core component in Memphis’ advancement to becoming a 21st century city. And, CTC believes that a missing ingredient among the efforts to revitalize and strengthen distressed neighborhoods is a complementary, mutually reinforcing relationship between institutions impacting neighborhoods and the citizens within those neighborhoods. To that end, the impact that CTC seeks to have is an increase in neighborhood voice, power and inclusion in decision-making at all levels. CTC focuses on strengthening the eco-system within neighborhoods through its unique transformational work.
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Mutual and reciprocal relationships of trust
- Participatory, collaborative, collective action
- Focusing on capacities, assets, and strengths
- The importance of history, heritage, and local culture
- Visioning, organizing, action, reflection, change
Overview Executive Director Role
The executive director works in partnership with the board and the staff to direct and formulate the plan for achieving the agency’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives. The executive director manages the organization’s programs and operations, manages fiscal resources, hires and supervises staff, and represents the organization in the community. The executive director reports to the Board of Directors.
Responsibilities to the Board
- With the chair of the board, develop meeting agendas to ensure the opportunity for the board to fulfill all responsibilities effectively. Develop an annual calendar to include all critical issues in a timely manner.
- Provide regular, timely internal financial statements to the board that compare performance to budget and to the previous year or other benchmark to see that CTC operates within budget guidelines.
- Keep the board and board chair fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors.
- Involve each board member at an optimum level. Stimulate each to reach the highest potential as a board member.
- Assume responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
- Ensure the organization’s philosophy, values and mission are pertinent and practiced throughout the organization.
- Ensure that a long-range strategy is adopted and that it achieves its mission in an appropriate and timely manner.
- Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit CTC to carry out its work.
- Lead fundraising efforts, including overseeing grant writing, supporting the board’s involvement in fundraising, personally cultivating and soliciting donors, and supervising development staff and implementation of fundraising plans and policies approved by the board.
- Develop and manage strategic partnerships that enhance the sustainability of CTC and its ability to achieve its mission.
- Hire and manage the staff, including training and development that ensures qualified human resources necessary for the achievement of the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives.
- Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with stakeholders.
- Maintain a work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people through a culture that builds relationships and respects others’ experience.
- Formulate and administer all major policies and procedures.
- Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization and ensure proper representation to its various constituencies—residents, agencies, organizations, funders, general public, etc.
- Manage the Commons (i.e. facilities and tenets) in a way that embodies the CTC culture.
The executive director should possess
- More than 10 years’ experience in nonprofit management, or 5 years with an advanced degree.
- Management skills to recruit, develop, motivate, and retain a qualified staff.
- Leadership capacity to grow and sustain CTC.
- Significant knowledge and experience in community development, community engagement and community organizing.
- A track record of effectiveness in developing strategies, gaining buy-in, and implementing to achieve results.
- Skills in working with and understanding the role and responsibilities of a volunteer board
- Experience developing and administering budgets
- Proven ability to plan and implement a fund development program
- Proficiency in writing and administration of grants
- Excellent interpersonal skills that are reflected in an ability to interact professionally with all constituencies of CTC
- Organizational skills that will permit managing work efficiently as well as working on multiple projects simultaneously, each at a different level of development
- Excellent written communications and oral presentation skills
- Emotional intelligence to handle changes and challenges in a positive and graceful manner
- Computer literacy including word processing, data base management, fundraising software, and social media
CTC strives to maintain a workplace of mutual respect and collegiality. It is our firm belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. Using our asset-based lens, we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Further, we expect all employees of CTC will respect the diversity of those around them. It is our hope that employees of CTC will show a genuine appreciation for the diverse backgrounds, abilities, talents and gifts of their colleagues and the community members and organizations with whom CTC partners. Doing so, we believe, is in keeping with the mission and values of CTC.
Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume by June 30, 2018 to email@example.com or mail to Center for Transforming Communities, 258 N. Merton, Memphis, TN 38112.
Please note that an invitation to interview for the position will be based on the strength of your cover letter. Your letter should explain how your qualities, skills and experience will make you an ideal candidate for the job. Early submissions are encouraged, as applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled.