Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time

Published

09/08/2018

Address

136 Magazine Street
Cambridge
Massachusetts
02139
United States

Description


Science Club for Girls (SCFG) seeks an inspiring and visionary leader, dedicated

to the advancement of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and

math (STEM), to serve as its next Executive Director. In this dynamic role, the

Executive Director will lead a growing 24-year-old organization based in

Cambridge. The Executive Director will work to advance the overall mission of

the organization by enhancing and communicating the compelling vision for

SCFG. She or he will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure

that SCFG is running outstanding, financially sustainable programs that are

assessed for effectiveness and positioned for improvement and growth.

We’re looking for someone who has:


• Strong leadership skills and a passion for promoting gender, racial, and

economic equity, excitement about the opportunities to diversify and

create equity in the STEM workforce, and a commitment to the mission

and goals of Science Club for Girls.

• Experience with out-of-school time programming, youth development or

STEM education.

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to connect

effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds.

• A track record of success in fundraising for a non-profit organization.

• A focus on problem solving and ability to adapt to changing conditions, to

find creative solutions, and to create strategies for greater effectiveness.

• Experience in developing and sustaining partnerships with and between

organizations focused on providing skills, education and other

opportunities for economic mobility.


To apply: Email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to

employment@scienceclubforgirls.org. Your cover letter should briefly and

specifically address your experience as related to the key elements of the job

description.

We welcome and encourage persons of all backgrounds, gender identities, race,

and ethnicities to apply.


Organizational Background


Science Club for Girls (SCFG) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to

foster excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls in grades K-

12, particularly from groups most underrepresented in STEM fields by racial and

economic background, by providing free, experiential programs and by

maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology,

engineering & mathematics. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and

foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in STEM

as both goals and options. We target girls who may be first in their family to

attend college, and we embrace a mentoring approach that engages women and

girls across generations and academic/career stages to create a network of

support for their mutual advancement.


SCFG opens a new world for our participants, so they can make meaning of and

be delighted by the world around them, so they can connect with role models, so

they can imagine themselves and their future differently, and so their universe

can expand. The organization has received several important awards including

the 2017 Verizon Innovative Learning Best in Region winner, the Massachusetts

Department of Transportation Community Service Recognition Award, The

Engineering Center Education Trust Leadership Award in STEM Education, a

Root Cause Social Innovator in STEM Education and Enrichment, and the MA

Conference for Women Advancement Award among may others.


The new Executive Director will assume leadership at a time of great opportunity

when SCFG is poised to grow its proven programs and to attempt new,

innovative approaches. In Spring 2018, we worked with a strategic planning and

development team to develop a plan for sustainable growth. During this period,

fundraising momentum has accelerated, with important support from individuals,

foundations, and corporations and from the City of Cambridge, as well as the

parents and friends of our girls. Demand for our program continues to increase.

We are looking for a leader to play a significant role in leading our organization

into the future. The incoming Executive Director will play a pivotal leadership

role in our expansion and in securing the financial resources to grow and sustain

our programs in pace with increasing demand. With the support of the Board of

Directors and staff, the new Executive Director will be poised to make a deep

impact on the future of Science Club for Girls and the lives of the young women,

scientists and girls we serve.


Job Responsibilities


The Executive Director (ED) should be committed to Science Club for Girls’

mission and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its

mission and financial objectives, through sound programmatic and fundraising

strategies. The ED should be an adaptive leader, skilled fundraiser, and

exceptional communicator, with experience managing a growing organization.


Key Responsibilities


Strategy

• Ensure that the organization continues to have a long-range strategy and

associated short-term goals to achieve its mission.

• Lead implementation of the strategic plan and ensure the organization

makes timely progress toward its goals, with the flexibility to adapt to new

circumstances as needed.

Resource Development

• Create and execute a fundraising plan to expand and diversify funding

sources to ensure both adequate funds for the organization to carry out its

work in the short term and long-term financial stability and strength as the

organization grows.

• With support from staff and the Board of Directors, generate $500,000 to

$1,000,000 annually to support operations through major gifts, annual

giving, corporate and foundation grants, community support and special

events; cultivate and steward institutional and individual donors.


Financial Management

• Maintain sound financial practices and ensure that the organization

operates within budget and is financially sustainable.

• Prepare annual operating budget in collaboration with the Board, its

finance committee, and staff.

• Conduct periodic financial analysis of existing programs and operations

and provide strategic financial forecasts of future operational models.

Board Management and Development

• Maintain strong partnerships with Board members, activating, engaging,

and supporting them while receiving appropriate guidance and direction.

• With Board Chair and governance committee, support Board members in

fundraising activities; provide information and data as requested to

support their financial and programmatic oversight responsibilities.

• Establish and maintain clear, transparent communication so Board

members are adequately informed and appropriately involved in critical

business and strategic decisions.

• In collaboration with the Board’s governance committee, cultivate new

Board members.


Communications and External Relations

• Lead the organization’s communications and outreach efforts and serve

as the visible champion and spokesperson of the organization, advocating

on its behalf to individual and institutional donors, government agencies,

corporations, as well as civic and philanthropic organizations, and

establishing mutually beneficial working relationships and cooperative

arrangements.


Organizational Leadership

• Research and track significant developments and trends in the field.

• Ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

• Increase staff as appropriate in proportion to revenue and program

expansion.

• Provide oversight, ensure program quality, and oversee program

evaluation.

• Research and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on

potential partnerships for greater sustainability and effectiveness.

• With staff, conduct ongoing evaluation and improvement of the

organization’s volunteer engagement efforts, based on a keen

understanding that the organization’s impact on our mentor scientists is an

important outcome of our work.

• With staff, build a team in which every member identifies as a fundraiser

and contributes to a team mentality focused on outreach and

development.

• Foster a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff and

build a culture of inquiry, experiential learning, collaboration, and fun.

Manage the hiring, performance and personal development of direct

reports.


Qualifications


The Search Committee seeks candidates with the following qualities and

characteristics, understanding that each candidate brings relative strengths and

weaknesses and that no single candidate will likely be strong in every area.


Experience


Candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management

experience and a passion for gender and economic equity. Demonstrable

experience and other qualifications include:

• Experience as an Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer of a nonprofit

organization preferred.

• Experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an

organization to its next stage of growth.

• Experience building partnerships between non-profits with shared

missions.

• Strong external relations experience with the ability to engage a wide

range of stakeholders and cultures.

• Track record of raising $500,000 or more annually, with personal

experience closing six-figure gifts.

• Success working with a Board of Directors, with the ability to cultivate

board member relationships.

• Experience in STEM, STEM education, youth development, and/or out of

school times programs.


Skills/Abilities


• Demonstrated capacity to think strategically, set priorities. and achieve

goals.

• Ability to build, lead, motivate, and support a team of talented

professionals with integrity and diplomacy.

• Ability to provide leadership that is inclusive, is culturally sensitive and

reflects and affirms an egalitarian organizational structure.

• Commitment to goals and outcomes-oriented management and datadriven

program evaluation.


These will benefit your application, but are not required:


• Advanced degree, such an MBA or MPA.

• Experience creating and implementing a technology-focused curriculum

and/or building a team of staff with experience running technology-focused

curriculum.

Professional Level

Executive

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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