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Executive Director sought for Peninsula Nonprofit serving Foster Families

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Transformations by Olympic Angels
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Jefferson County, WA
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Published 10 days ago

Olympic Angels exists for one reason - to radically improve the experience of foster care for children and families on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We believe every child deserves to be loved and have deep, affirming, consistent relationships that allow them to lead a full life as they move through the foster care system. The direct involvement of community members in supporting foster, biological, and adoptive families makes this possible. 


This organization has grown out of an urgency to change the outcomes for foster families and the children they care for. We benefit from a national network of over 22 Angels chapters around the country who are all-in to share energy, ideas, resources, and momentum. 

Typically, chapters are led from the onset by an individual who steps into the executive role after a founding board raises start-up funding. In our case, we’ve been led by a group of citizens who formed a working board and raised funds for initial program staffing and an interim director. After nearly two years of program success, we are ready to hire a deeply motivated leader to step into the Executive Director role that is essential for growth, organizational health, and transformative outcomes for kids. 


This offering does not represent just a job - it represents the opportunity to create lasting change and impact in a unique corner of the country. The foster system is the last safety net for children that have experienced severe trauma or neglect, and too many are falling through. On average they will move seven times in two years of care; less than half will graduate high school; half will be homeless or incarcerated within a year of aging out; and, compounding inequity, the Peninsula’s foster population is disproportionately represented by children of color (particularly Native), LGBTQ+ youth, and children with special needs. In our rural area children are often removed from their communities altogether because of a lack of local foster homes. With these moves, they lose everything they know - friends, extended family, school, and other community supports. These outcomes are unjust, largely avoidable, and terrifically costly to society - morally, socially, and economically. 


At the core, we believe the solution is engaging the whole community in care, weaving the threads and tying the knots that can catch and hold all children. The model is simple - develop and empower teams of volunteers to provide holistic support to families and mentorship to teens. Our programs are ultimately driven by the healing power of consistent healthy relationships. 

See www.olympicangels.org for more information, including links to our social media. 


POSITION OVERVIEW: 

Olympic Angels is growing quickly, grounded in an entrepreneurial mentality. Here you will find a level of intention and drive that is unusual among nonprofits. We have far exceeded our 2020 goals and are financially and functionally strong. We are looking for a skilled leader who can help guide our team and take our organization’s operations, management, and growth to the next level. They will shift the organization from a start-up phase to one focused on growth, and lead our expansion westward from Jefferson County into Clallam County. 


The ideal candidate is driven to create and innovate. There will be far too much to do all at once, so it’s important that you have the ability to focus and see ahead to the next set of opportunities and challenges on the horizon. All our staff must be hungry, humble, and smart, and no one more so than the leader. Perhaps the most important thing is that you are grounded in why this work matters. Children deserve much, much better than what the foster care system currently provides and as the leader of this organization, you have to believe this more than anyone. 


As Executive Director, you have to see the change that is possible and activate others. Our belief is that every person, every business, every faith community, every organization, can play a role in making foster care better for children and families on the Peninsula. Your task and joy will be to lead others to discover what they are going to do to bring about this change. This is a role deeply rooted in community organizing and action. 


The Executive Director will be capable of coordinating people internally and externally, demonstrating values that drive an organizational culture of transparency, accountability, care, and results. You will provide strategic foresight and leadership in governance, programs, finance, and operations. The right person will be someone who can learn new things very quickly, enjoys solving problems, and is committed to growing the people around them. 


As our national network has demonstrated, the right candidate can come from a variety of backgrounds - advocacy, sales, education, faith, small business, etc. Most important is your willingness to serve with excellence, ethics, and determination. Most of what we create locally is shared nationally, allowing good ideas to be amplified across the country. We believe we are stronger together- collaboration with other chapters is essential, as are adaptability and grace. 


SCOPE

The Executive Director is a leader responsible for overseeing all operations, providing day-to-day oversight of the organization and staff in line with strategic goals and our business and work plans. They report to the Board of Directors.


TARGETS

The Executive Director must deliver results, keeping Angels on pace to:

  • Recruit 80 new volunteers in the course of 2021, 100 in 2022, and 120 in 2023
  • Achieve a 2021 revenue goal of $260,000, $373,000 in 2022, and $537,000 in 2023


ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  Governance:

  • Assist with ongoing Board and governance development
  • Communicate and coordinate actively with the Board; provide the information necessary for the Board to function properly, conduct proper strategic and financial oversight, and make informed holistic decisions 
  • Assist Board President with planning and facilitating monthly meetings


  Leadership:

  • Hold, promote, and quality-manage the organizational ethos, values, and culture
  • Develop the leadership capacities of staff (currently 3) and volunteers (>100)
  • Hold the organization accountable to regularly updated strategic, business, and work plans
  • Deliver recommendations for improvement that guide the organization through phases of growth and enable long-term stability and success
  • Enhance partnerships and reputation by being active and visible in the community, working closely with other professional, civic, and youth development organizations


  Finance & Revenue:

  • Identify, engage, and secure new sources of near-term and long-term funding
  • Participate in donor cultivation and solicitation visits, alone and in support of Board members
  • Oversee and assist the grants team with grant writing
  • Help create, lead, and constructively evaluate fundraising campaigns
  • Assist Treasurer in ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting
  • Maintain a minimum of 80% of all expenses allocated to programs.


Operations:

  • Oversee day-to-day administration and operations toward goals; performance management and evaluation of staff, programmatic progress, marketing and communications, and systems management
  • Recruit and retain employees by creating a culture of transparency and accountability, practicing positive employee affirmation, communicating regularly, setting clear expectations for both employees and supervisors, and creating a positive culture and opportunities for employee engagement 
  • Enable ongoing professional development and coaching for Board and staff
  • Participate in the National Angels leadership community: orientation, monthly web calls, daily Slack communications, and ongoing peer support


Marketing & Communications:

  • Invest in marketing as the primary tool and opportunity to reach donors, volunteers, and community partners
  • Ensure marketing is focused on storytelling and not just advertising
  • Work closely with the Marketing Manager to develop goals and strategies for marketing efforts


Programs:

  • Support the whole organization to serve children, youth and families experiencing foster care 
  • Support Case Managers in maintaining and growing the Love Box and Dare to Dream programs
  • Ensure program quality in-line with National Angels best practices
  • Provide equitable service to all children, youth, and families - Angels serves everyone, no exceptions
  • Work with staff to create and execute program events that support children, youth, and families, both in our programs and on the waitlist
  • Work collaboratively with other Peninsula service providers, including and especially the Department of Children, Youth, & Families
  • Oversight and quality control of program processes, case files, and volunteer engagement
  • Ensure that confidential information is kept secure


SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, & EXPERIENCE

  • High integrity leadership and commitment to transparency
  • 5+ years experience in a leadership role managing a team
  • Bachelor’s and/or graduate degree preferred 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to convey mission imperatives and strategic vision to staff, partners, volunteers, and donors
  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Savvy to the influence of media and marketing
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector preferred
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends, with occasional travel


WAGES & BENEFITS

We are a young organization with a growing budget. The Executive Director must be entrepreneurial, be willing to start where we are, and achieve clear targets to grow your salary to a level at or above area norms. Our commitment to you includes:

  • A starting salary of $60,000/yr
  • A clear set of performance-based targets that offers the potential to quickly (within 6-12 months) elevate to a base salary of ~$80,000/yr and a retirement savings matching program (401k)
  • $800/month health care stipend
  • $1000/yr professional development allowance
  • $1800 moving allowance and assistance locating housing if needed for relocation


Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and cover letter articulating why you are driven to advance the Olympic Angels agenda and how your skills and abilities intersect with the organization’s needs to info@olympicangels.org. We particularly welcome proposals from candidates who reflect the populations we serve. This position will remain open until filled. 

For questions or more information, contact Ian Hanna, Board President: ian@olympicangels.org

Olympic Angels exists for one reason - to radically improve the experience of foster care for children and families on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We believe every child deserves to be loved and have deep, affirming…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Salary

$60,000 - $80,000

Benefits

We are a young organization with a growing budget. The Executive Director must be entrepreneurial, be willing to start where we are, and achieve clear targets to grow your salary to a level at or above area norms. Our commitment to you includes:

  • A starting salary of $60,000/yr
  • A clear set of performance-based targets that offers the potential to quickly (within 6-12 months) elevate to a base salary of ~$80,000/yr and a retirement savings matching program (401k)
  • $800/month health care stipend
  • $1000/yr professional development allowance
  • $1800 moving allowance and assistance locating housing if needed for relocation

We are a young organization with a growing budget. The Executive Director must be entrepreneurial, be willing to start where we are, and achieve clear targets to grow your salary to a…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Jefferson County, WA
Associated Location
Jefferson County, WA, USA

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and cover letter articulating why you are driven to advance the Olympic Angels agenda and how your skills and abilities intersect with the organization’s needs to info@olympicangels.org. We particularly welcome proposals from candidates who reflect the populations we serve. This position will remain open until filled. 

For questions or more information, contact Ian Hanna, Board President: ian@olympicangels.org

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and cover letter articulating why you are driven to advance the Olympic Angels agenda and how your skills and abilities…

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