President - Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN)
- 24-Jul-2017 to 17-Aug-2017
- - Indiana Afterschool Network/Charitable Advisors
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Full Time
Seeking youth development and education champion to support and advance the afterschool field and movement in Indiana and across the country. IAN is one of the leading afterschool networks in the country. Work with a capable staff of seven and engaged statewide board to expand youth access to high quality afterschool and summer programs that prepare them for success in education, careers and life. The Board seeks an outgoing, community-oriented candidate with strong leadership, fund development, financial management, partnership, and organization skills.
Ideal candidate brings passion, commitment and understanding of afterschool, youth development and trends. Experience in developing funding relationships with foundations, business, and government partners. Ability to mobilize staff, partners, and constituents toward impact and outcomes. Excellent relationship-building, communication, and verbal and written skills. Requires five or more years of applicable leadership and management experience. Bachelor's Degree Required: Master's Preferred in nonprofit management, youth development, education, social work, or related field.
About the Indiana Afterschool Network
This is an exciting and unique time in IAN's history and we are seeking a leader with the commitment, reach, and skills to champion, support, and advance the afterschool field and movement in Indiana and across the country.
Vision: Indiana is a place where are all k-12 children and youth have access to high quality learning opportunities beyond the school day that prepare them for success in education, careers and life.
Mission: we mobilize people, organizations and communities to connect afterschool and summer programs with the supports they need to create positive youth outcomes for inspiring futures.
1. Innovative partnerships: Mobilize people, organizations & systems
2. Greater investments: Move policy and cultivate champions
3. Program quality: strengthen afterschool programs and staff
4. Capacity and culture: Strengthen the ability of IAN to fulfill its mission
IAN is Indiana's leading nonprofit intermediary organization dedicated to expanding quality afterschool and summer programs for Indiana's children, youth and families. IAN began in 2001 as a grassroots effort of afterschool providers and school districts, supported by the Indiana Department of Education. By 2007, IAN had engaged diverse leaders to obtain funding from national and local foundations, corporate sponsors, and several Indiana city/county government agencies to become a formal organization. IAN was invited to join the national network of statewide afterschool networks spearheaded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, giving IAN access to the latest research, best practices, and trends in afterschool. IAN now has more than 5,000 partners across the fields of education, youth development, business, government, faith-based and community organizations in Indiana and nationally.
Building on national expertise and working closely with state agencies and the afterschool field, IAN has developed a wide range of tools and supports to connect afterschool and summer programs with the resources they need to create better outcomes for youth, especially in our state's most under-resourced communities. This includes best practice standards, assessments, an online professional development academy, annual afterschool conference, statewide STEM taskforce in partnership with the I-STEM Resource Network, and a network of citywide and regional initiatives. IAN acts as a state and national afterschool advocate and resource and is Indiana's affiliate for the National Afterschool Association and Afterschool Alliance. IAN is referenced in several national research publications.
Serve as the leader of the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) to move forward the vision, mission and goals of the organization. Work with the IAN Board of Directors, staff, and community partners to make Indiana a place where all children and youth have access to quality learning opportunities beyond the school day that prepare them for success in education, careers and life.
Overall vision and leadership, resource development and strategic partnerships, board engagement, constituent relationships, team leadership, fiscal oversight and operations, public policy, public engagement and awareness.
While the President is responsible and accountable for the operations of the organization, they lead a capable staff team that partners with them to deliver the following:
1. Vision and Leadership
• Work with IAN Board of Directors, staff and community to establish a compelling vision and strategic direction that advances IAN and the afterschool field
• Promote public policy and serve as an influential champion for positive youth development
• Work closely with the Mott Foundation statewide afterschool network consortium and national organizations focused on afterschool and education
• Build respect and profile for IAN; increase visibility, credibility and impact
• Identify and pursue promising opportunities that advance IAN and the afterschool field
• Monitor and act on significant trends at the national, state and local levels
2. Resource Development and Partner Engagement
• Cultivate and maintain public/private funder relationships and develop multiple revenue streams
• Establish positive relationships with funders and partners at the national, state and local levels that support IAN and the afterschool field
• Mobilize diverse stakeholders to work together toward a shared vision and impact
• Strengthen and deepen relationships with afterschool providers and community partners
3. Board Engagement
• Engage the board in establishing the vision, mission, direction and key decisions of the organization
• Engage board members to serve as spokespersons and champions and to cultivate influential relationships
• Keep the board fully informed on major priorities and decisions; build and sustain positive collaborative relationships with board members
• Work with the board and officers to ensure an effective governing body; keep board members actively involved; and cultivate and recruit new members
4. Staff Team Leadership
• Create strong morale and spirit in staff team; share wins and successes; foster open dialogue; define success in terms of the whole team
• Promote shared leadership and decision-making
• Ensure organizational work processes are efficient and effective, and that staff have the tools, technologies and supports to meet the responsibilities assigned to them
• Hire, retain, and support the best people and talented staff
5. Fiscal Oversight and Operations
• Lead development and implementation of organizational strategy
• Work with the board and staff team to ensure there are solid internal management and quality assurance processes for human resources, accounting, legal compliance, etc.
• Work with the board and staff to establish budget, manage funds, track progress and maintain sound financial practices
• Ensure that programs and projects are implemented and managed effectively to maximize impact; ensure that there are effective processes for tracking and communicating outcomes
Skills and Qualifications
• Passion, commitment and understanding of afterschool, youth development and trends
• Proven track record in fundraising and leveraging public and private funds
• Ability to establish and articulate a compelling vision and strategic plan
• Ability to mobilize staff, partners, and constituents toward impact and outcomes
• Excellent relationship-building, communication, and verbal and written skills
• Strong values, high integrity, positive reputation
• Demonstrated experience managing a staff team and creating a positive work culture
• Experience engaging with a board of directors
• Highly effective meeting facilitation skills
• Strong and sophisticated fiscal management and project management skills
• Bachelor's Degree Required; Master's Preferred in nonprofit management, youth development, education, social work, or related field
ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
1) Briefly share your connection to youth development or afterschool programming and how this position fits into your career plans.
2) Tell us about your experience and success in developing and maintaining strong relationships with foundation, corporate, and government funders.
3) Briefly explain your experience in working with operations and finances, including budgets, grants, HR/staffing, etc.
4) How would your current staff members describe you as a leader/manager?
5) IAN works with a broad range of stakeholders that bring their own goals and aspirations to the table. Tell us about a situation where you took a leadership role in bringing people or organizations together to work toward a shared goal.
6) Tell us about your experience working with a nonprofit board. As the staff leader - how have you effectively engaged your board?
For more information about IAN and our staff, board, and work: www.indianaafterschool.org
Click the APPLY button to submit cover letter and resume by August 13.