Portland ConnectED Executive Director
Reporting to the Steering Committee of Portland ConnectED, this position is responsible for leading Portland’s collective impact cradle-to-career initiative, Portland ConnectED. Central to this work will be developing and supporting partnerships that include strategies focused on community based supports for children, youth and families (e.g., out-of-school time, mentoring), supporting parents, strengthening schools/learning environments, and engaging youth, parents/family, and the community.
- Lead the development and implementation of Portland initiatives focused on the Steering Committee-defined Portland ConnectED results of:
— All Portland children will enter school prepared to succeed;
— All Portland children will read at or above grade level by the end of third grade;
— All Portland students will graduate from high school prepared for college and career success; and
— All Portland high school graduates will complete a post-secondary degree or certificate within six years of high school graduation.
- Provide professional leadership to the Steering Committee.
- Recruit and engage partners and facilitate the work of the partnership and its committees.
- Serve as the lead spokesperson for Portland ConnectED
- Serve as lead fundraiser for Portland ConnectED, with Steering Committee support. Ensure that Portland ConnectED achieves annual revenue goals.
- Serve as the lead program staff for Portland ConnectED, setting annual targets related to the defined Portland ConnectED results and ensuring that Portland ConnectED achieves them.
- Organize the partnership to efficiently and effectively achieve goals and implement activities.
- Provide technical assistance to networks of community partners to maintain momentum, achieve objectives and complete deliverables. Assist in convening and organizing partners to develop evidence based action plans.
- Establish and maintain an effective system of communication throughout the partnership and the community to build and maintain a positive image.
- Develop and cultivate relationships with community stakeholders, including leaders in education, business, faith, nonprofit, philanthropic, and civic sectors.
- Establish and maintain an effective system for information-based decision-making and assessment, including data collection (quantitative data, ‘expert’ perspectives and public knowledge), analysis and evaluation.
- Develop annual budget for Steering Committee approval and provide quarterly budget reporting to Steering Committee.
- Provide budget management, contract management, reporting and other administrative functions.
- Provide meeting organization and support.
- Identify and implement appropriate public policy advocacy strategies to achieve Portland ConnectED results.
- Develop and implement public awareness and outreach strategies to inform donors, partners, the general public and other constituents.
- Identify public and private grant opportunities and prepare grant proposals.
- Ensure the coordination and alignment of Portland ConnectED’s work and results with Thrive2027 community goals and with Portland Public Schools’ Strategic Plan.
- Serve as Portland ConnectED’s representative to other community-wide coalitions and committees.
- Represent Portland ConnectED and serve as point of contact for national networks of cradle-to-career partnerships.
- Perform other related duties as required
Required Education, Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Masters Level preferred (e.g., Public Administration, Non-Profit Management, Community Planning, Education, Social Work, or related field).
- Ten or more years of increasing leadership-based responsibilities in the public or non-profit sector involving collaborative/multi-system initiatives, community development, project management and supervision, preferably related to projects involving schools and/or children, teens and families.
- Proven fundraising success, raising contributions of $25,000+.
- Demonstrated ability to achieve results.
- Experience leading staff, including goal setting, performance assessment, and staff development.
- Proven commitment to increasing social justice by engaging and partnering with diverse communities and stakeholders, including in multilingual and multicultural contexts.
- Direct experience with key partners in Portland preferred.
- Experience in fields related to advancing the success of children and families preferred.
- Knowledge and demonstrated success in facilitating multidisciplinary or multi-organizational partnerships.
- Ability to create processes and systems.
- Facility with data, including analyzing data to provide strategic direction.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and superior interpersonal skills.
- Ability to address and overcome complex issues to achieve desired results.
- Project management skills and ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously, including strong time management skills.
- Ability to conceptualize and operationalize goals and objectives.
- Ability to develop and monitor budgets.
- Ability to work without supervision and to make appropriate decisions. High level of independent thinking, judgment and decision-making.
- Working knowledge of community needs, including the most critical challenges facing children/youth, families and the public education system.
- Experience in working with a Board or Steering Committee.
- Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet related programs.
- Executive presence—polish and self-confidence
Anticipated supervision of 1-2 Portland ConnectED staff
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position regularly requires more than 40 hours per week.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Portland ConnectED is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse environment and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving our communities, and encourage persons of all types of diversity to apply.
Applications accepted until April 17, 2017. Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Daisy Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org