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Executive Director

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BEST
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Medford, MA
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Published 20 days ago

Mission

BEST is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide individuals with the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives. We do this through a variety of services that include job-specific skills training programs and access to educational courses (ESOL, computers, skills certifications) supported by career and academic coaching. BEST’s partnerships include its primary funder and partner UNITE HERE Local 26, participating employers, public and private funders, and community organizations.


Job Summary

BEST is a workforce development nonprofit focused on the well-paid sector of Boston’s hospitality industry. Covid-19 upended the industry which presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for an Executive Director to set BEST on a new course. UNITE HERE Local 26 members continue to be BEST’s focus but given that many may never return to their jobs and others will be slow to be re-hired, BEST will need to adjust its programming and funding streams. We seek an experienced Executive Director to work in partnership with BEST’s leadership team and BEST’s Board of Directors to set strategic direction. BEST’s leadership team will continue to run BEST’s day-to day operations. The position will be subject to a six month “probationary period” following the Executive Director’s start date.


Responsibilities

  • Identify the needs of Local 26 members and the current employment landscape to set the direction of BEST going forward. 
  • Determine what changes need to be made, if any, to implement a revised strategic plan. The Executive Director will look at BEST staffing, programs, space, operations, budget, etc.
  • Seek and acquire funding to implement new direction. Experience with government funding would be helpful, as well as experience with private and consortium funders. Experience with labor/management partnerships a plus.
  • Serve as liaison with public and private funders, government officials, non-profit partners, UNITE HERE Local 26, GBHE labor/management trustees, and hotel employers and others.
  • Promote racial equity, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence as the guiding principles of the organization. 
  • Responsible for the financial health of the organization, including securing funds, delivering results, signing contracts, and developing annual budgets.


Qualifications 

The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to BEST Hospitality Training’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements may include:

  • Strong financial skills and experience to understand, develop and manage the organization’s annual budget and finances.
  • Labor union, labor/management, industry and workforce development experience a plus.
  • Track record of effectively leading a performance and outcomes-based organization.
  • Strong cultural competency principles, understanding of intersectionality of race, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion, language, citizenship, and sexual orientation. 
  • Experience and knowledge of business principles and organizational management with the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and ability to cultivate existing and new board member relationships.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of grant and contract administration and negotiation.
  • Strong public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications and database software.
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations, occasional evening meetings required.


To apply:

Send resume and cover letter to BEST Interim Executive Director Joan Abbot at jabbot@BESThtc.org

Mission

BEST is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide individuals with the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives. We do this through a variety of services that include…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Medford, MA
Associated Location
101 Station Landing, Medford, MA 02155, United States
4th Floor

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to BEST Interim Executive Director Joan Abbot at jabbot@BESThtc.org

Send resume and cover letter to BEST Interim Executive Director Joan Abbot at jabbot@BESThtc.org

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