Organization: Anchor Center for Blind ChildrenTitle: Executive Director
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
Anchor Center for Blind Children is a not-for profit organization dedicated to providing early intervention/education to blind and visually impaired children throughout the state of Colorado. Our staff of highly trained vision specialists, therapists and teachers strive to foster the full potential of children who are blind by providing exemplary education, therapy and family support services.
Anchor Center for Blind Children was founded in 1982 by a librarian from the Colorado Library for the Blind, who saw a need for services for blind and visually impaired children, and the local Delta Gamma Alumnae chapter. The first group of children included four preschool students and six home bound infants. Today, Anchor Center serves hundreds of children each year.
Anchor Center for Blind Children is able to provide these services by maintaining a healthy balance sheet and productive assets, as shown on our 2014 financial statement, certified by an independent auditor. Our revenues and other gains are around $2.3 million. We also are able to provide services successfully through our award-winning building, designed specifically for our organizational needs and those of our children. Our educational center is located in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver.
We are currently looking for an Executive Director to lead us as we continue to fulfill our mission to teach visually impaired infants, young children and their families, providing hope and a nurturing environment where children reach their highest potential.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Anchor Center’s staff, programs, strategy, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business and strategic plans.
Leadership & Management:
- Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals
- Actively engage and energize Anchor Center volunteers, families, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors, serve as ex-officio of board committees, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain Anchor Center’s leadership team. Ensure effective systems to track outcomes and progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
Fundraising & Communications:
- Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and strategic plan while simultaneously maintaining and building financial security
- Positional responsibility to generate leads as well as maintain and expand upon major donor outreach and results. Have an executive portfolio of major donors to cultivate
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—developing and executing on a communications plan, including external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand
- Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
- Design and complete updated strategic planning process for program execution and possible expansion
- Begin to build partnerships in new arenas, establishing relationships with the funders, and business and community leaders
- Be an external presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication
The Executive Director will be committed thoroughly to Anchor Center’s mission. All candidates should have proven success in leadership, coaching, and relationship management responsibilities. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree required, preference for advanced degree, ideally an MBA, with at least 10 years of senior leadership experience; track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of development
- Proven track record of delivering on a development strategy, including success with major donors
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
- Colorado Large Center Director Qualification or ability and motivation to obtain in a timely manner
- Proven success in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
To be considered as an applicant for the Executive Director, please submit a cover letter and resume to the email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit http://www.anchorcenter.org.
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