Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Position: Executive Director
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on decreasing litter and blight, improving neighborhoods, educating children and adults about the environment, and cultivating community pride. The KCB mission is to educate and encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environments. KCB’s education, revitalization and environmental initiatives build community and foster pride in the places where we live, work and play. Our grassroots network of neighbors, sponsors and volunteers put passion to work across all 52 neighborhoods, creating safer, cleaner spaces and a higher quality of life for all Cincinnatians.
The Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Executive Director is not a City of Cincinnati Employee.
KCB is currently seeking an executive director--a dynamic individual with strong strategic, leadership and fundraising skills. This person must be able to cultivate immediate and long term relationships and partnerships that sustain the viability of the organization and its ability to meet its mission. Internal responsibilities for this position are: fundraising, marketing, asset management, financial oversight and human resources. The executive director reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees.
The executive director is charged with hiring, evaluating, administering employee benefits and handling other personnel matters. He/She provides oversight for financial affairs of the organization, including budget approval, preparation of financial position statements, and ensures financial policies and procedures are followed. The executive director oversees the development and implementation of fundraising plans, including preparing and/or supervising foundation grants and corporate proposals.
Duties, Functions and Chief Responsibilities:
Human Resources: The executive director is the chief executive officer/managing director of the organization. All staff report directly or indirectly through the Director of Programming to the executive director.
Strategy: The executive director steers the organization’s strategic development including leading strategic planning, framework and methodology, and its engagement and buy-in from the KCB staff, community and the KCB Board. The executive director also has primary responsibility to ensure the organization is following its charted course, through regular check-ins with staff (goal setting/performance management) and board (reports).
Fundraising: The executive director manages a portfolio of relationships and partnerships with significant impact upon the short and long-term budgets of KCB including the Mayor, City Council, City Department Directors (primarily the Director of the Department of Public Services), and key influencers within city government as the majority of the KCB budget comes from the City of Cincinnati. The executive director also maintains relations with leaders of key public and private philanthropic investors and grantors.
Business Developer & Promoter: The executive director works with the director of programming to explore strategic partnerships, grant opportunities and new ventures for the organization, in order to fulfill and sustain its mission. He or she is also responsible to create, maintain and foster strategic (or partnering) relationships with key customers of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful namely the City of Cincinnati. He/She is strategically deployed to speak to key audiences and individuals to promote Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
Visionary: The executive director is the chief visionary for the organization, for fulfillment of its mission, organization development and initiative creation especially with regard to litter abatement and elimination in the City of Cincinnati.
Board Liaison: The executive director serves as the primary relationship manager between KCB’s Board of Trustees and its staff. The responsibilities of the executive director are carried out within established guidelines so the organizational, fundraising, budgetary, community relations and volunteer objectives are achieved. The executive director helps structure and populate board committees to the full advancement of these organizational goals. The executive director works closely with the board’s executive committee to develop agendas for full board meetings. The executive director also assists the board in its board recruitment processes to ensure the long-term development of board members. Further, the executive director creates a culture of partnership between the board and staff based on genuine trust and respect.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- A demonstrated interest in and commitment to the revitalization and livability of urban neighborhoods and the preservation of the environment
- A deep understanding and respect for the sources that provide KCB its funding and a willingness to adhere to the accounting standards and documentation required by these sources
- Visionary with goals and actionable plans for the growth and development of the organization and its initiatives
- Demonstrated ability to raise funds from individuals, corporations, foundations and government
- Demonstrated ability to build a team through inclusive and open hiring practices
- Demonstrated ability to build a professional culture in which people want to engage, commit, and grow
- Demonstrated ability to manage positive financial outcomes from a variety of changing sources
- Knowledge of financial statements, budgeting process and accounting procedures
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with people from a variety of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds, beliefs and practices
- Comfortable with group processes; a good sense of humor and patience
- Willingness to get “hands dirty” and actively participate in KCB events
- Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
- Ability and comfort in the delegation of tasks and knowledge
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Ability to lift 30 lbs. and participate in outdoor/physical activities
- Ability to vet grants and other opportunities based on the staff workload, available unrestricted funding, grant expectations and synchronicity with KCB’s mission
- Proficient at commonly used office software programs such as Word, Excel, QuickBooks, etc.
Characteristics of a Strong Candidate:
The executive director will be a person of vision, strength, energy and good humor. The executive director will be highly motivated; ambitious in his/her role to fulfill KCB’s mission. The executive director will be a “dot-connector,” integrating trends and information from external and internal sources for the good of KCB. The executive director will listen to the wisdom of others in making decisions, and regularly seek input from colleagues in matters of import to KCB. The executive director will trust staff, providing them freedom to perform according to their strengths and develop them in their areas of opportunity. The executive director will be diplomatic, recognizing the breadth of relationships under KCB’s care. The executive director will be KCB’s number one cheerleader, and an enthusiastic and effective storyteller. Knowledge and familiarity with Cincinnati neighborhoods is highly desired, but not required.
Education and/or equivalent experience:
A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree preferred. 5-10 years of management and major fundraising experience is required. A background in non-profits and passion for the environment and community development preferred. Experience in community affairs, government or other related field is highly desirable. A demonstrable interest in KCB’s mission is essential.
High Priority Roles and Responsibilities:
- Thinking and acting strategically - being able to pull a strategic plan together
- Building alignment among staff, among the board and between the staff and board
- Defining relationship with primary donor organizations (city and county); being clear about deliverables
- Being visionary about KCB’s future (goals and programming)
- Holding staff and board accountable
Development (fund raising)
- Strong development background in annual development planning, events, grants, donor development, corporate development
- Extending the brand
- Relationship builder
- Increasing community awareness
- Oversight of all financial areas: budget, management of funds, increasing fiscal responsibility of staff
High Priority Competencies:
- Executive presence; to be able to work with the board, corporations and other donors, and the city
- Ability to keep people aligned to a strategy; staff, board, city
- Management of performance; defining and making staff, board, and community partners accountable for deliverables
- Prioritization of work
- Innovation; enabling the organization to grow beyond its responsibilities to the city
- Team development; staff and board
- Negotiation skills; particularly in relation to the city
- Strong communication skills; written and oral
- Board development; building a sustainable board with the right focus - based on operational needs
Apply by Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by clicking here.Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org