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Family Nurturing Center of MA (FNC) is seeking a passionate, mission-driven Executive Director to raise the organization’s visibility, develop its vision, deepen its impact, and shepherd the organization through its next phase of growth.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Family Nurturing Center was founded in 1994 by Sharon Shay Workman, PhD with the goals of reducing child maltreatment and abuse and promoting healthy families and communities. Since that time, FNC has grown and evolved to become a highly-regarded community-based family service provider and a nationally recognized training center.
FNC provides training, mentoring, and program development consultation services to more than 1,000 professionals throughout Massachusetts each year. As part of the National Nurturing Network coordinated by Family Development Resources, Inc., FNC has played key leadership roles in nationally funded projects that promote healthy families. FNC has led both government and privately funded local initiatives involving direct services that have served as pilot programs replicated elsewhere.
Family Nurturing Center offers free nurturing and family engagement programs for families in low-income Boston neighborhoods that help parents and caregivers improve their parenting skills and enhance the cognitive and social development of their children. FNC also fosters parent leaders and offers paid parent leadership opportunities. FNC’s training and programming have benefited from long term consistent support from state agencies including the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Children and Families, and many foundations. These programs help to strengthen families, build community and family networks, and provide children with the nurturing and engaging environments necessary to ensure school readiness, resilience, and long-term success. Each year FNC partners with over 1,500 families. FNC also works with other nonprofits to build their capacity and opportunities to offer these programs and services across all of Boston’s most underserved neighborhoods.
In 2020, FNC opened a beautiful, new facility in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester, a 12,800 square foot Family and Training Center that offers an expanded community presence, allows FNC to engage more families, and creates opportunities for new partnerships and collaborations within the community. The building is a draw for families and the hub for FNC’s work locally and throughout the Commonwealth. The new facility includes a dedicated indoor Play Space; meeting spaces for program participants, trainings, and community gatherings; an open concept office space to encourage program collaboration and integrated service delivery; a full kitchen to support group-based programs and events; and full handicap accessibility on all floors.
The mission of FNC, to work with others to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all, is embodied by FNC’s long-tenured, committed staff and engaged, supportive board. FNC’s 24 staff members, of whom three report to the Executive Director, enjoy a collaborative and nurturing organizational culture. FNC is led by a cross-sector 16-member board of directors and is a financially stable organization with an annual operating budget of approximately $3.7m.
Family Nurturing Center saw significant growth under the 16-year tenure of Executive Director Matt LiPuma. With Mr. LiPuma’s impending retirement this fall, the next Executive Director of Family Nurturing Center will join a well-established and reputable organization with highly-effective programs, solid community partnerships, and staff who are committed to the mission and culture of the organization. The next Executive Director of Family Nurturing Center will have the opportunity to capitalize on these strengths to increase FNC’s impact in the future.
Key strategic priorities for the Executive Director include:
Through strategic efforts in marketing, public relations, and relationship development, the Executive Director has an opportunity to elevate the organization’s reputation and visibility as a service provider and field leader in the local community and beyond.
Expand Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
FNC believes that justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) are essential to accomplishing its mission and maximizing its impact. The Executive Director will bring vision and leadership to effectively promote and integrate best practices for furthering JEDI across the work of the organization. Specifically, there are opportunities to offer programs in additional languages; provide services for LGBTQIA+ families; and expand even further the diversity of staff, leadership, and decision-making practices.
Define Organizational Vision
FNC did an exceptional job meeting COVID challenges with speed and creativity. The organization adeptly adopted remote operations and expanded programs, family supports and the number of families served. The next Executive Director has the opportunity to review these successes and strategically advance the programmatic direction and organizational infrastructure needed in a post-COVID environment.
As the leader of a service organization, the next Executive Director will partner with the Director of Programs and Program Managers and oversee the strength, effectiveness and evaluation of programs.
Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights seeks a collaborative and dynamic Executive Director to strengthen and expand a small, growing organization to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice nationally.
Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights(GRR!) works through education and advocacy to protect for younger generations the access to reproductive rights, justice, and health care that prior generations fought to secure. GRR! envisions a world where all people have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion. A world where all can exercise their right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children they do have in safe and sustainable communities.
On a trip to Mozambique, Dr. Julia “Judy” Kahrl, 87, Founder and Board Chair of GRR!, saw the leadership and influence that older women and grandmothers had with younger women regarding healthcare and contraception. Back in the US, Judy was determined to harness the anger and energy of people in her generation that were triggered by the increasing restrictions on access to abortion and family planning. With a group of friends in Maine, Judy founded GRR! in 2013. Within a year, we had inquiries about establishing groups in other states. At that time, our volunteers did not have the time or resources to respond effectively. However, we knew our goal to expand nationally was only a matter of time. Eight years later, GRR! is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to reproductive health, rights and justice. GRR!’s yellow t-shirts stood out at pre-pandemic legislative sessions in Augusta, Maine, as well as at the Maine Women’s March in 2017, when Judy was a featured speaker. To better support activists across the country and respond to inquiries and interest from collaborators to join the work and/or start chapters, GRR! hired a National Grassroots Organizer (NGO) in November 2020.
Since its founding, GRR! has grown from a small group who met around a kitchen table to an organization with national ambitions. In April 2020, GRR! was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) entity and was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. The organization assembled a Board of Directors, who met for the first time in September 2020. GRR! is now seeking an Executive Director who will articulate and hone the organizational vision, create a fundraising plan and determine the ideal staffing structure.
GRR! began as a white middle class organization with aspirations to be diverse by income level, gender, racial identity, and ability. The new Executive Director will lead a culture change and volunteer activist organization, defending reproductive rights and justice to ensure that the full range of reproductive services are legal, safe, meaningfully accessible and shame-free to every person in this country. GRR! is committed to expanding partnerships and participation with Black, Brown, Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and Indigenous activists while collaborating with national and regional leaders from the Reproductive Justice movement.
Currently GRR! operates on a virtual office platform guided by a five-member Board of Directors and an eight-person Advisory Council with a range of experiences. The Executive Director will report to the Board and oversee a dedicated team of five, currently comprised of consultants and volunteers. GRR!’s 2021 budget is $500,000.
The Executive Director will embody GRR!’s organizational values of autonomy, justice, authenticity, personal growth and power, accountability, and collaboration. Key strategic priorities for the Executive Director include:
Growing the Cohort of GRR! Leaders
The Executive Director will help reach people who want to identify as GRR! and collaborate with them to work for cultural and legislative change. GRR! will continue to develop educational materials and presentations to support volunteer advocacy on the state and regional level. Developing state chapters and local representation is a large part of GRR!’s mission. In addition, the organization will continue to offer original, interactive educational workshops and presentations in partnership with institutions of higher education.
An inspiring leader, the Executive Director will support national advocacy through coalition work with other SRHRJ (sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice) organizations. They will do this through relationship building to support grandmothers and older people in sharpening their skills to give voice and strength to their stories, histories and lived experiences.
Expanding GRR!’s Funding Base
The Executive Director will envision, develop and steward a robust funding plan for GRR!’s future sustainability. GRR! will shift from relying primarily on a sole donor to developing a diverse funding base. The Executive Director will serve as the face of the organization and must be comfortable with budgets and talking about funding. They will solicit individual donations, oversee a robust grassroots online campaign, and pursue potential funding from foundations and philanthropic organizations.
Building the GRR! Board
The Executive Director will help identify strong and diverse candidates as GRR! expands the size of its board. The GRR! board is a governance board responsible for oversight of the organization, and these new voices will help GRR! succeed in its mission to advance health, reproductive rights and justice nationally.
Thistle Communities, a 35-year-old real estate development and property management company specializing in affordable housing in Boulder, Colorado, is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to expand the company’s solid footing and continue its successful growth in providing affordable housing in the greater Boulder County market.
Thistle Communities(Thistle) develops, manages and preserves quality, permanently affordable rental and ownership homes in Boulder, Colorado. Since its founding in 1985, Thistle has created over 1,000 affordable homes. With its valued partners, Thistle invests in properties to preserve and enhance over $45M in community assets. A private, mission-based non-profit organization and NeighborWorks America member, Thistle is part of the heart and soul of Boulder County.
With the belief that affordable housing is more than just a place to live, Thistle contributes to the diversity and inclusivity of communities by creating comfortable, quality homes in welcoming neighborhoods and supporting working and low-income families to live near where they work. Thistle listens to residents and practices empathetic management, and partners with service providers for the benefit of residents, staff and community. Thistle is in a unique position to create and preserve the quality and quantity of housing for working families and economically disadvantaged people.
Primary revenue generators for Thistle include: affordable housing rentals, financed primarily through Low Income Tax Credits (LIHTC); For Sale housing, delivering a non-subsidized mix of affordable and market for sale housing, and; third party property management operations. Thistle also operates two housing platforms, the Community Land Trust and Resident Owned Communities (ROC). Current key projects include: development of 70 for sale mixed income affordable housing condo units; expansion of the ROC Program and footprint; growing Thistle’s third party affordable management business; undergoing an internal asset evaluation of 150 maturing LIHTC units, and; renovation/re-leasing of 159 existing affordable multifamily units.
Thistle is managed by a diverse and competent leadership management team of five, including the CEO, and is charged with overseeing the daily activities of the organization and staff of 40 as well as actively participating in developing strategies and tactics for Thistle. With annual revenues of $10.5M and total assets of $108M, Thistle owns and manages 946 homes across a diverse portfolio of properties and is governed by a nine-member board comprised of members representing for profit, nonprofit, housing, development, real estate, and resident communities.
Recent years have seen continued growth, operational and financial strengthening at Thistle with the organization pivoting successfully to COVID-safe operations, at both the properties and the main office. Through recent strategic and board planning activities, several themes have emerged as central to the shared vision of the Board and Leadership Team for Thistle’s continued evolution over the next 5-10 years.
- Pursuit of diverse real estate development activities, ownership and rental, ROC business, targeting a range of incomes
- Expansion of property management; diversifying third-party clients
- Evaluation of new opportunities as they arise for mission and financial sustainability
- Opportunities are evolving in an uncertain environment; Thistle needs to take care not to spread itself too thin in execution and financing
- Focus on synergies and efficiency between departments: development, management, ROC, in order to grow and to manage opportunities for mission and business goals
NELCWIT’s mission is to work within the community to build safety, justice, and dignity for all. Working in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, we offer shelter referrals, crisis intervention, counseling, education/prevention, advocacy, a children’s visitation program and economic empowerment initiatives to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse of all genders. As an antiracist, multicultural organization, NELCWIT joins with and mobilizes other groups and individuals working to end domestic violence and sexual abuse, ensure human rights, and create social change. NELCWIT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Direct service employees are members of the local SEIU.
OVERARCHING ROLE AND BACKGROUND
NELCWIT has a shared leadership structure which requires trust, equal voice, and compromise. Together two Co-Executive Directors (Co-EDs) will make decisions regarding the overall operations, finance, resource development and program management. Additionally, you will serve a more specialized role as Co-ED of Operations, Finance & Administration. The Co-Executive Directors’ roles are:
● Co-Executive Director of Operations, Finance & Administration (as posted here)
● Co-Executive Director of Programs
Aligned with this collaborative leadership approach, there are shared responsibilities within both Co- Executive Director roles. This leadership model is designed as a supportive and accountable partnership. The other Co-Executive Director and the NELCWIT Board of Directors will provide a high level of support.
The majority of this role’s time is dedicated to operations, finance, and administration. There are key responsibilities, high goals, and expectations within this role, specifically in financial management and administrative oversight. This position is responsible for the organization’s financial strength and ability to serve Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.
SCOPE OF WORK: Under the general supervision of the NELCWIT Board of Directors, the Co-Executive Directors are responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization. Your leadership includes overseeing planning, oversight and supervisory duties related to the following NELCWIT operations: Financial Management, Administration, Grants & Contract Management, Human Resources, Development, Communications, Community Relations, Outreach, Collaborations, and Facilities.
Together the Co-EDs will lead, coach, and develop a high performance team, ensure programmatic excellence, and foster a collaborative and professional work environment. Additionally, they plan, organize, and direct the day-to-day programmatic and fiscal functioning, working with staff, contractors, the Board and volunteers to implement the strategic goals of the organization. The Co-EDs will also lead the ongoing anti-racism process for the organization.
The Co-EDs will provide the Board of Directors with monthly updates on key issues affecting the organization and will attend regularly scheduled Board and staff meetings.
Reports to: The NELCWIT Board of Directors
Supervises: Paid staff, contractors, consultants, and volunteers as appropriate
The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation (Foundation) seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to grow and drive the Foundation’s evolving fundraising efforts at an exciting time in the Foundation’s history and 4-H in Massachusetts.
About the Foundation
The sole mission of the Foundation is to generate and provide financial resources to help expand, enrich, and advance 4-H youth development programs across the Commonwealth. The Foundation was formed in 1955 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization with its own Board of Trustees, and works in close cooperation with the University of Massachusetts Extension Program (UMass Extension). UMass Extension is solely responsible for developing and delivering 4-H programming in Massachusetts. The Foundation raises funds for the use of UMass Extension and assists in shaping programs in order to maximize fundraising opportunities. 4-H serves nearly 27,000 Massachusetts youth aged 5-18 years old and has a growing emphasis on outreach to under-resourced urban and rural communities in the state as part of a nationwide initiative to close learning and opportunity gaps for all children.
With offices located in Framingham, MA, the Foundation employs a full time Executive Director and three part-time staff members, and is led by an engaged Board of 19 members. The Foundation has an annual budget in excess of $400,000 and is financially stable with an endowment of $8.3M that covers a variety of program costs as well as its annual administration and operating expenses. In recent years, the Foundation has raised over $200,000 annually and has donated over $1.5 million to 4-H programming in the last five years.
4‑H is a positive youth development and mentoring program that creates confident, curious and resilient young adults through engaged programming around a pledge of one’s Head to clearer thinking, Heart to greater loyalty, Hands to larger service, and Health to better living. Founded in 1908, 4-H is delivered via a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provide experiences where young people learn by doing – and is the largest youth development organization in the United States serving over six million young people annually. The 4-H program in Massachusetts is provided via UMass Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.