Organization Summary (Please summarize the organization in 250 words or less.)
Bridges to Community is a small but highly effective organization with a dual mission: 1) working with impoverished communities to develop human capacity, to do community needs assessments, and to work with community members on short and long-term development projects; and 2) bringing volunteers to work, learn from, and reflect with community members in order to educate the volunteers and encourage them to work as agents of change in the world.
As the Executive Director of Bridges to Community, you will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. The Executive Director is responsible for successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. He or she is responsible for ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of fundraising, volunteer recruitment, finance and administration. He or she must be able to coordinate programmatic and administrative plans between the NY office and the Bridges to Community offices in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Leadership and Vision:
- Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
- Act as the primary spokesperson, articulating a clear vision and direction for Bridges to Community, promoting the mission and building support for programs and initiatives;
- Role model and foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff in multiple locations;
- Cultivate an organizational environment based on innovation, accountability and continuous improvement;
- Lead, motivate and inspire staff to achieve the objectives of Bridges to Community’s mission;
- Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
Fundraising and Volunteer Development:
- Oversee the creation and implementation of a fundraising plan for the organization;
- Oversee the creation and implementation of a volunteer recruitment and maintenance plan;
- Seek additional funding from public, corporate, foundation and individual sources in order to grow and maintain a diversified portfolio;
- Support the Board of Directors with their fundraising and volunteer development plans and activities;
- Identify and cultivate relationships with donors and funders;
- Oversee the creation and updating of marketing materials and a marketing plan targeted to different donor and volunteer segments.
Operational Planning, Administration and Personnel Management:
- Develop an operational plan which translates the strategic objectives of the Board of Directors into concrete, measurable action steps;
- Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization;
- Ensure delivery of high quality programming which includes program evaluation and continuous improvement;
- Attract and retain qualified, motivated, and innovative staff;
- Build a cohesive team of NY and in-country staff;
- Develop plans for optimal staff performance with clearly stated goals, and evaluation based on performance against those goals.
- Oversee all fiscal activities for the organization including budgets and financial reports and facilitate board review and approval process;
- Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget; monitor monthly income against targets and cash flow of the organization, and ensure the Finance Committee and full Board get regular and comprehensive reporting on the fiscal state of the organization;
- Ensure timely submission of all federal and state requirements;
- Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
- Serve as chief spokesperson and represent the mission of Bridges to Community to the general public, key stakeholders, organizations, elected officials, funders, constituents, and the media;
- Cultivate relationships with funders and volunteer groups;
- Maintain organization visibility and promote its accomplishments and activities in the community, media and general public.
- Provide timely reports to assure the Board is kept apprised of all Bridges to Community activities, finances, development and constituent issues;
- Support efforts for ongoing board development and recruitment;
- Facilitate the Board’s development of short and long term strategic planning goals;
- Provide information and guidance to the Board pertaining to community needs, threats, and opportunities in order to facilitate informed decision-making;
- Identify and evaluate risks to the organization’s people (staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill and image and implement measures to control risks.
Essential Job Criteria
Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred in business/public administration/non-profit management.
Experience: 7-10 years nonprofit experience including senior level nonprofit management.
Travel: Must be available for travel to sites in Nicaragua and the DR.
The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in all or most of the following:
1) Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization.
2) Think strategically: Assess options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.
3) Plan and organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
4) Be Adaptable: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
5) Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
6) Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear and thorough manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
7) Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Fluency in Spanish is desirable but not required.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED