FRIENDS OUTSIDE in LOS ANGELES COUNTY (FOLA)
About Friends Outside in Los Angeles Country
Friends Outside was founded in 1955 in Northern California, to provide support and services to families affected by incarceration, and to their incarcerated and formerly incarcerated loved ones. The goal of the organization is to “break the cycle of incarceration.” Currently, Friends Outside has community-based offices in Watts, mid-City Los Angeles, Inglewood and Pasadena. Friends Outside is arguably the most well-known organization of its kind in Los Angeles County. It has positive working relationships with various entities of the criminal justice system, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Probation Departments, while maintaining a close relationship with its targeted population. More than any of its other achievements, it is this long-standing, trusting relationship with its clients that has enabled Friends Outside to access and assist this targeted population, many of whom do not trust easily.
The mission of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) is to assist community partners, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration, and to act as a bridge between those we serve, the community at large, and the criminal justice system, thereby enhancing the character of justice.
The Executive Director advances the mission of the organization in conjunction with criminal justice system leaders and those affected by the criminal justice system. The Executive Director will have the ability to work across various levels of government, non-profit and for-profit systems. Qualities sought in the candidate for Executive Director of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) include: a visionary and proven executive that can lead the organization with exceptional skills in non-profit management, fundraising with an emphasis on proposal writing, marketing and community/stakeholder engagement. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Lead FOLA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
- Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
- Partner with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
Financial Performance and Viability
- Provide the Board with an annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflects the financial condition of the organization and ensure fiscal integrity.
- Coordinate fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
- Oversee fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support FOLA’s mission.
- Engage in program design and proposal writing to obtain grant funding.
- Implement FOLA’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
- Manage strategic planning to ensure that FOLA can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
- Serve as FOLA’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the public.
- Enhance FOLA’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations
- Manage the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff with emphasis on qualified persons with lived experience with the criminal justice system.
- Responsible for signing all contracts, notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
- Ensure contract compliance, including oversight of preparation and timely submission of all fiscal and program reports required by funding sources; ensure that all contractual obligations are met; and development of appropriate corrective action plans to address identified compliance deficiencies should they arise.
- Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of FOLA.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in criminal justice, social services, mental health or associated human services field.
- At least five years work experience at a non-profit, with senior management and leadership experience, inclusive of knowledge of the principles and practices of non-profit organizational management.
- Working knowledge of the criminal justice system.
- Knowledge and experience with implementation of evidence-based models/practices used effectively with reentry populations and children/families impacted by criminal justice system involvement.
- Transparent and high integrity leadership.
- Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
- Ability to manage state, county and federal contract/grant requirement and meet financial/reporting deadlines.
- Ability to convey a vision of FOLA’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors.
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
- Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers.
- Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
- Strong public speaking ability.
Salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package including medical, dental, and vacation.
Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.
Envision Consulting was retained by Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) conduct the search for their incoming Executive Director.