Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2005 and located in the lower Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 20 languages are spoken in this diverse community where more than 30% of the residents were born outside the United States. It is a fast-growing “young” neighborhood, with 40% of the population under age 21. Despite a high unemployment rate and lack of growth in median annual household income, its population and business community are growing.
OCCCDA’s mission is "To extend healing and hope in the Oxford Circle community believing that God's purpose of reconciling all people to Jesus leads us to minister on spiritual, physical, social & economic levels." As a tenet of our faith, we believe that all people are created in the image of God. Therefore, OCCCDA is committed to serving others regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or national origin. Our strategic goals are to 1) strengthen educational outcomes through programs and partnership, 2) nurture family stability, 3) build sustainable community and economic development, and 4) leverage our assets, including our building, to serve our community.
OCCCDA’s multiple programs focus on immigrant and lower-income families and individuals including a STEM-based after school program serving 145 children, the Family Resource Center at the Laura H. Carnell Elementary School that provides nonacademic support to students and families; our early childhood literacy program in 4 languages, adult education (ELL, ABE/GED), job search assistance, community food distribution, and business support services. Pre-pandemic, OCCCDA hosted or co-organized an annual Fun Run & World Food Fair, featuring a 5k race and international home-made food, and an in-person Toy Store where parents selected from donated gifts for their children for a nominal fee.
In 2020, OCCCDA proved its resiliency, rapidly adjusting programs to continue its mission. A small learning pod developed, the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative met with parents via Zoom, and the Emergency Food Distribution Service grew exponentially to serve 200-300 families per week. The Business Corridor Development initiative that launched in 2018 to provide assistance to new and established entrepreneurs along our commercial corridors pivoted to help business owners apply for COVID-related funding. One “casualty” of the pandemic was OCCCDA’s thrift store, which was closed in spring of 2021 due to unsustainable costs.
In every sector of programming, from out-of-school care to adult education, to family supports and business corridor development, OCCCDA works to create interactions and programming where multilingual and multicultural families and individuals feel seen, heard, respected and supported in their development.
In its 16th year, OCCCDA has grown from a volunteer organization into a $2+ million per year budget, community-based and grassroots organization with about 30 vibrant full and part-time staff. With its high-quality community-serving education and economic development programming, OCCCDA has been recognized as an anchor organization in the Oxford Circle neighborhood, and has developed strong ties to local, city and regional partners. OCCCDA is a stable, healthy, organization with a strong track record and a sustainable future. We are looking for someone to carefully tend this well-established organization, continue to deepen its roots, and strategically envision how our impact can grow as it continues to reveal Christian love for one another and for Jesus Christ in this world.
The board of directors seeks an Executive Director to continue this trajectory. Applicants must have strong leadership qualities and some knowledge of the community, and/or a desire to get to know and invest in this growing multicultural, multi-lingual, and family-oriented neighborhood.
Desirable candidates will be able to affirm and appreciate Christian and Mennonite values, as expressed through Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, which birthed this nonprofit. While striving to maintain the organization’s profound ties with the founding congregation and stakeholders, the Executive Director will also welcome persons of all faiths and no faith to its programs and events, as people interacting with OCCCDA come from many paths and life situations. An essential aspect of individuals’ and families’ experience with OCCCDA is that they can trust that when they or their children are in our programs, they will be safe, cared for, and receive high quality instruction and care. OCCCDA is known for its compassionate, competent, committed service through trustworthy and dedicated staff. Maintaining this high level of trustworthiness and welcome is paramount.
Our reputation as a good partner at local, city, and regional levels and as a provider of high-quality programming and management have led to long-term partnerships and opportunities. We support educational programming across all ages. Currently we are interested in developing innovative and effective programs to draw in and support teens and young adults in their educational and employment paths.
The Executive Director will be able to work closely and transparently with the board of directors, maintain relationships with our existing committed donors, and develop new relationships with community partners and donors, large and small. In addition to working with the board, the Executive Director will be required to coordinate effectively with the joint Property Committee which oversees management of property assets.
This position carries with it the opportunity to nurture existing and grow new relationships with businesses, local churches and their pastors, as well as civic leaders. Finally, for candidates with substantial experience leading, managing, working collegially with mature staff, this position offers an opportunity to further designate responsibilities and develop the organization’s internal leadership, promote staff retention, and mentor less experienced personnel. The Executive Director will be entrusted with continuing high-quality, trusted programming while steering internal organizational and operational stability with purposeful growth in mission.
Essential Qualities of the Executive Director
The person to lead OCCCDA in its next season will have faith in Jesus Christ that is evident through a mature, gracious, thriving life, and long-term healthy relationships, including active engagement and membership in a community of faith/congregation. The Executive Director must be comfortable praying in public and include a biblical social justice framework in decision making. The next Executive Director of OCCCDA will be comfortable leading a dynamic organism that engages community members partially by modeling supportive relationships internally among staff and externally with community members and partners. Warmth, caring and genuine concern for people will be evident through her/his people skills, including eye contact, listening skills, and a trustworthiness that transcends cultural and socioeconomic differences.
This person will be able to communicate effectively with the board, donors, staff, and colleagues, whether it be a congregational setting, interactions with children and younger people, or “on the sidewalk,” with people from any job type or walk of life.
This person will have an informed understanding of the complex nature of poverty and social injustices, along with a proven desire and record of work within the missional and programmatic areas of OCCCDA. Applicants with experience in non-profit, development work will be preferred.
The next Executive Director will be highly organized, with proven management experience and understanding of operational processes, to identify and communicate clear goals for organizational and programmatic growth and ensure disciplined progress toward the stated goals. Both “big-picture” thinking and analytical abilities to apply practices for efficient day-to-day task and resource management are highly desired. Candidates will need substantial experience in preparing budgets, analyzing finances, strategic planning, decision making, and grant reporting. Prior experience supervising direct reports, managing multiple staff and volunteers is a plus.
Fundraising: This person should have aptitude for building relationships of trust and gratitude with supporters, confidence in laying out a compelling case, a willingness to ask for major gifts, and regularly communicate with stakeholders.
Time & Energy Management: Since this position, in addition to other tasks, invariably requires some evening meetings and a willingness to work certain weekends, it is imperative that the Executive Director be able to delegate, has mature self-awareness, can nurture continuing energy and motivation for the work, can inspire others for the work, and know when time or space is needed to recharge her/his energy.
Summary of Key Qualities of the Executive Director
SUPERVISOR: Board of Directors
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 8/20/2021
The Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) is in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. The neighborhood is diverse with over 20 languages represented at the local elementary school and over 30% of the population being “foreign born.” It is a young neighborhood with 40% of the population under the age of 21. Oxford Circle’s residential population and business community are growing, despite a significant drop in median household income since 2007.
OCCCDA was formed in partnership with Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in 2007. The mission of OCCCDA is “to extend healing and hope in the Oxford Circle community, believing that God’s purpose of reconciling all people to Jesus leads us to minister on spiritual, physical, social & economic levels.”
Programming includes a K-5 afterschool program, summer camp, school-based family resource center, adult instruction in GED and ELL, small business support, workforce development, early literacy programs, emergency food assistance, and annual community events.
OCCCDA seeks an executive director who will maintain our excellent reputation as a community partner, advocate, and high-quality service provider. The executive director is responsible for Strategic Planning and Governance, Fund and Donor Development, Organizational Operations, and Financial Management, including compliance with external contracts. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
COMPENSATION: The position is full-time. Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $60,000-$70,000 plus vacation, holiday, and health benefits.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategic Planning, Governance & Implementation of Mission (15%)
Governance & Implementation of Mission:
Fund, Donor & Community Partnership Development (25%)
Community Partnership Development:
Organizational Operations & Leadership Development (25%)
Organizational & Leadership Development
Financial Management (35%)
Qualities & Commitments
Required Knowledge, Skills/Abilities, & Experience
HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and (3) professional references.
Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2005 and located in the lower Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle, Philadelphia…
Vacation, holidays, and health benefits.
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Qualified candidates are invited to submit their cover letter, resume and (3) professional references.