A House in Austin is an emerging, homegrown nonprofit operating in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Through parent-child music classes, parent support groups, and a home visiting program, A House in Austin is empowering families. Our vision is of a community where all children and families have equal access to experiences and opportunity, leading to empowered parents and emotionally and physically healthy children and families.
The organization is at an exciting and critical juncture in its development and needs the right person to lead it into a secure and promising future.
What Makes AHIA Unique
The Austin Community
Dedicated staff closely connected with 23 currently active families
AHIA supports, nurtures, and connects all three
The House—Renovation of the AHIA Parent-Child Center to be completed Summer 2020
Safe, welcoming home-like environment for participants and partners
Founded in 2016, A House in Austin currently has five team members and 1 intern who are passionate about the vision and mission, and the organization is governed by a committed and hardworking 9-person board of directors which will be expanding in the months to come. From Fall 2018 through Winter 2019, A House in Austin has offered over 100 Baby & Toddler Music classes, 54 Parent Chat Hours, and 113 face-to-face parent coaching sessions through home visits. Purchased in 2016, the renovation of the house on the corner of Pine and Race Streets is finally nearing completion. The AHIA Parent-Child Center will serve the community well as a home base for programming and to house partnerships to provide more holistic, comprehensive services for empowering families.
OUR FINANCIAL OUTLOOK
Loyal and generous donors—many individuals and several family foundations and corporations—have successfully supported A House in Austin since its inception. With the completion of the renovation project, expanded programming in the house, and the salary of an Executive Director as well as increased hours for all staff members, the current budget will be tripling to sustain the vision and work of the organization. The responsibility for meeting the new budgetary needs and for sustainability rests on the expertise of the new Executive Director of A House in Austin. For this role, a proven track record for successful fundraising and an ability to tap into a large network of donors and resources is a necessity.
For the role of Executive Director, A House in Austin needs an entrepreneurial visionary with a passion for the work of the organization with a matching skill set as a highly effective fundraiser and as a strong leader. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for A House in Austin’s programs, staff, community relationships and finances.
Fundraising and Marketing: Generate revenue via fundraising, grants, etc. and raising AHIA’s profile within the community via robust marketing efforts.
Programming and Leadership: Assure program quality, organizational growth, and encourage/engage all members of AHIA, including staff, volunteers, and parents.
Management and Operations: Oversee general management and operating responsibilities with the Board of Directors.
Strategic Planning and Execution: Collaborate with the Board of Directors to further define and execute the Strategic Plan.
Fundraising and Marketing:
Serves as an effective spokesperson for AHIA; represents the programs and point of view of AHIA to other agencies, organizations, local officials and the general public.
Develops, implements, and achieves realistic, ambitious annual fundraising
Establishes and maintains positive relationships with individual donors, government, foundation and corporate funders.
Develops and implements a marketing plan that aligns with AHIA mission and effectively conveys messages to target audiences.
Assure program quality—
Programming and Leadership:
Develops and implements a long-range programming strategy which achieves the organization’s mission, and toward which consistent and timely progress is made.
Institutes best practice methods in all programming utilizing a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in early childhood and parenting models.
Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, service providers and organizations that support AHIA programming.
Builds strong relationships with current AHIA families and initiates outreach efforts to prospective AHIA families.
Oversees general management of operations—
Management and Operations:
Manages the daily operations of AHIA ensuring staffing, facilities, supplies, volunteers, etc. meet the programming needs.
Effectively manages, and collaborates with, staff and nurture staff development to maximize employee performance and growth.
Establishes and follows sound financial policies and procedures ensuring adequate control, accurate recording and timely reporting of all financial transactions.
Prepares, with support from the Board, the annual operational and capital budget, ensures that AHIA operates within budget guidelines, and adequately explains variances to the Board.
Collaborate with Board—
Strategic Planning and Execution:
Implements the current Strategic Plan, which is supported by measurable KPI’s that helps AHIA grow in impact.
Communicates effectively with the Board providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Educational Background: A Bachelor’s degree is required, an advanced degree in nonprofit management, social work or related field is preferred.
Proven Leadership Skills: The Executive Director must have at least 5 years of management experience leading a team with an understanding of programming and nonprofit operations.
Highly Effective Fundraiser: The Executive Director must be an experienced fundraiser who has a history of being able to successfully generate revenue and understands the funding community. The Executive Director must be able to connect deeply with our existing donors and to establish new relationships with major donors and tap into a new network of funds—foundations, charitable arms of corporations, public grants.
Strong Communication Skills: The successful candidate will be a highly organized strategic thinker with an ability to be concise and straightforward. The Executive Director will invite open dialogue for feedback and be an engaged listener who asks good questions and summarizes clearly and completely. The candidate will encourage a healthy work environment and be able to implement effective conflict resolution skills. This position requires public speaking, and the candidate will need to be able to represent AHIA confidently for relationship building, collaboration, and support.
Strong Financial Management Skills: The Executive Director must be able to work with the Board of Directors to establish annual budgets and three-year strategic plans that include quantifiable financial goals. The Executive Director must keep the board regularly apprised of performance against established goals, both financial and strategic.
Expected Work Schedule & Demands: This role is for a passionate and dedicated person who feels a calling for this work and is excited to turn creative visions into real impact for families in Austin. While this position offers flexible hours, this is a demanding, entrepreneurial role. Meetings, events, and other time commitments will be required in the evenings.
To apply: Email a cover letter explaining your interest in this position, resume, and salary expectations to AHIAhiring@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2020.
About A House In Austin
An inspired start
Founder Erica Hilgart never intended to start a nonprofit organization. New to Oak Park, she was struggling in her role as a mother to three children. Attending a Musikgarten class in Oak Park, she was struck with the stark dividing line of resources available for families between Oak Park and Austin. With her experience as a former CPS teacher on the west side of Chicago, she had the idea to create a similar parent-child music class in the Austin neighborhood. In January 2016 that idea came to life. Boppin' Babies & Toddlers Music Class held its first class – made possible with the help of friends, family, and space provided by the By the Hand Club. Each week the class grew as families spread the word and invited friends to class. In the second semester of 2016, the class had grown to 14 committed families with 16 babies and toddlers. Each step led to the next — including the purchase of the house on the corner of Pine & Race in Austin — to be the future parent-child center for music classes, parent support groups and parenting courses, and private counseling. A House in Austin became a formal nonprofit to begin fundraising for the future work in supporting families on the west side of Chicago.