Interise, a national nonprofit that stimulates revitalization in lower income urban communities by providing small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets, seeks nominations and applications for its next CEO.
Over its 14-year history, Interise, has been committed to delivering training to small business owners in over 80 locations across the country. By offering small business owners what they need to achieve success, Interise contributes to an economy that works for all. Interise is committed to evidence-based programs and outcomes and can tie its impact directly to the development of thousands of jobs. Now, in a moment of recommitment to and expansion beyond its founding programs, the Board of Directors at Interise seeks a highly skilled and passionate CEO who will lead the organization into its next phase.
The CEO will be an inspiring leader, establishing strong relationships internally and externally and working collaboratively to articulate and implement a next phase strategic plan for the organization. S/he will oversee an exceptional team of leaders, will build and diversify revenue streams, will ensure strong fiscal management, and will bring new relationships, programs, and opportunities to the work of Interise. The ideal candidate will bring insights gained from lived experience in the communities served by Interise and will demonstrate a commitment to and passion for entrepreneurship. S/he will have a minimum of seven to ten years of progressive leadership experience and will preferably hold a degree in business, nonprofit management, economic development or a related field.
This search is being conducted by NPAG. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.
Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income urban communities and provides a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets. This community creates jobs, grows businesses, and develops community leaders.
At Interise, what started as a class of 14 business owners, in Massachusetts, who were committed to achieving their fullest potential has grown exponentially into a national network of teachers, leaders, and entrepreneurs dedicated to social change, community resiliency, and economic development through the growth of small businesses in urban environments. Since its founding in 2004, Interise has helped small business owners across the country scale by providing them training in best practice management and business strategy. Interise’s approach is evidence based and committed to ongoing learning and development. By studying the complex systems that influence small business success in lower income communities and identifying barriers to success, Interise can not only measure the improvement of small businesses who have participated in Interise programs, but can measure how their improvement leads to job creation. The results are impressive. Businesses that have participated in the Interise program have created jobs at 4.4 times the average in the private sector according to Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data, tying Interise’s programming directly to the development of over 30,000 jobs. Since 2012, alumni, on average, have created jobs at 6.1 times the rate of the entire private sector, and at 6.5 times the rate among other small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. In 2016, Interise businesses achieved 22 percent revenue growth. In addition, to this, 85% percent of Interise businesses are owned by women, minorities, immigrants, or are in low-income communities. These businesses have achieved higher average net revenue growth rates than white-owned companies in every year except 2015, and higher average rates of job creation annually since 2013.
Signature programs at Interise include its award-winning StreetWise MBA program, which uses facilitated peer-learning to provide established small business owners with the knowledge, management skills, and relationships they need to achieve scale. Interise’s strategic partnerships further help to exponentially expand its influence across the country through a mutually beneficial licensing agreement of its curriculum.
Opportunities for the CEO
The next CEO will have an extraordinary opportunity to join a talented and committed team and guide Interise into its next phase of organizational maturity. S/he will first and foremost be an entrepreneur, leading change, leading people, and leading a vision. The CEO will:
Provide Vision and Leadership
The CEO will understand the needs of small business owners in underserved urban communities and the barriers they face to achieving and sustaining success. S/he will translate that understanding into action, leading the development and delivery of a set of exceptional programs for Interise that will build the economic success of individuals, businesses, and communities across the country.
Diversify, Build, and Sustain Funding Streams
The CEO will represent Interise nationally and will expertly negotiate and maintain relationships with a diverse network of funders, partners, and stakeholders. The CEO will work collaboratively with board and staff to identify opportunities for earned revenue streams and the expansion of curriculum delivery through new partnerships. S/he will be a proven and effective fundraiser, working in partnership with the Development Director to enhance corporate, foundation, and individual donor giving to ensure the long-term sustainability and expansion of Interise’s impact across the country.
Oversee Fiscal and Operational Health
The CEO will manage an approximately $4 million budget and will develop and maintain a system of shared accountability to the fiscal and operational health of the organization. The CEO will work collaboratively with staff and board to set goals and metrics of success for Interise and will lead their achievement through the development of strong internal structures and external partnerships.
Build Culture and Manage Change
The CEO will be a natural mentor and coach, supporting a culture in which team members feel valued and are encouraged to grow professionally. S/he must embrace teamwork, communication, collaboration, accountability, integrity at every level, and will help the board and staff at Interise transition from a leader-led organization to a leader-full organization that is positioned for sustainability and growth in the future.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The new CEO will recognize and build on Interise’s strengths while also identifying opportunities for expanding impact in the sector. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following attributes and experiences:
A minimum of seven to ten years’ progressive leadership in a nonprofit, community development, and/or small business serving organization; Advanced degree in business, nonprofit management, economic development or a related field is preferred.
Vision for and leadership in the capacity building of underserved communities through the development of small businesses and a demonstrated understanding of social and economic drivers of success and resilience.
A successful track record in identifying and securing funding from foundation, corporate, and individual donors.
Experience working with or on a high functioning board of directors and a commitment to governance best practices.
Strong strategic planning skills and experience guiding initiatives from concept to successful implementation.
Demonstrated executive-level leadership experience in staff supervision, budgetary management, fundraising, and change management.
Entrepreneurial spirit and experience building successful coalitions, partnerships, and alliances that help to increase the reach and impact of an enterprise.
A leadership style that welcomes the insights and wisdom of others and supports a team culture of trust and shared accountability to outcomes.
Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with a high emotional IQ; Ability to understand, translate, and adapt content for multiple audiences.
Unquestionable ethics, honesty and integrity in professional, business and personal dealings; a positive “can do” attitude.
Flexibility, humility and sense of humor; ability to share credit and spotlight others’ contributions.
Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: INT-CEO@nonprofitprofessionals.com. To expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
Interise is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.