Minds Matter is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Through Minds Matter, our carefully selected students gain the opportunity to attend challenging and exciting summer programs, and receive advice and support throughout the college application process.
Founded in New York City in 1991, Minds Matter has since established a national presence with chapters in New York City, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Portland, and Cleveland. In addition to its committed leadership volunteers, Minds Matter's staffing model at present includes one other full-time employee who supports both the NYC and National organizations. Additional full-time staff positions are currently being evaluated, but are dependent on hiring a new Executive Director. New chapters are likely to open during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
Please see below for job description. All interested parties please forward your cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Overall Description of Position:
Reporting to the chairs of the New York City and National Boards of Directors, the successful candidate is a leader with strong education and development experience. Minds Matter is in a period of rapid growth and the Executive Director will need to be able to set a strategic course for the future, significantly increase our fundraising revenues, while keeping up with current demands. The role will initially include a programming component and require oversight of the NYC-based volunteer leadership, although much of these responsibilities will eventually transition to a new full-time Director of Student Programs and Director of Volunteers & Alumni Programs, both of which are expected to be hired within the first year pending Board approval and achievement of fundraising targets.
§ Chairs of the NYC and National Boards of Directors
§ NYC Executive Committee Members
§ National Executive Committee Members
§ Program and Development Assistant
§ Director of Student Programs (to be hired)
§ Director of Volunteers & Alumni Programs (to be hired)
Overview of Critical Responsibilities:
§ Manage all foundation and grant research and applications for the New York City and National organizations
§ Provide support for annual NYC Soiree fundraiser
§ Cultivate, manage, and track relationships with all donors, prospects, and external constituents
§ Oversee general office management and capacity-building, creating a platform for sustained, significant growth
§ Participate in hiring and training of 3rd and 4th employees
§ Serve as primary point of contact for new and potential chapters
§ Oversee curriculum development of Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Test Prep, and Writing & Critical Thinking Programs until hiring of additional staff
§ Oversee NYC Executive Committee until hiring of additional staff, and then co-manage as appropriate
§ Maintain relationships with existing NYC high schools and serve as central point of contact for Minds Matter Inc. with all summer program until hiring of additional staff
PR & MARKETING
§ Develop a comprehensive PR strategy for the organization and steer PR/marketing efforts to ensure that key messages are conveyed strategically to a broad audience including individuals, corporations, donors, educators, foundation leaders, and media sponsors
§ Oversee publication of annual report
§ Bachelor's Degree
§ At least 5 years' fundraising and/or related experiences
§ Experience with nonprofits and volunteer-based organizations required
§ Leadership, enterprise, creativity and ability to work effectively with volunteers, colleagues, and students
§ Ability to work a flexible schedule including some weeknights and/or Saturdays during the school year and perform some domestic travel
§ Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
§ Self-motivation, flexibility and high energy level
§ Ability to prioritize multiple and varied responsibilities and meet deadlines
§ Excellent persuasive writing and verbal communication skills
§ Mastery of standard office software (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint), desktop publishing experience helpful.
Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive compensation package includes merit bonus, health and dental insurance, and 2 weeks of paid vacation.
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org