The Executive Director for the Community Programs Accelerator will lead strategies that strengthen South Side nonprofits and the capacity of local leaders to accelerate neighborhood impact. This role develops cross-sector partnerships and mobilizes academic, philanthropic, corporate and other resources to increase community-based capacity through a continuum of customized services, access to direct grants, student interns, and shared program space. Â The Executive Director reviews current trends and best practices to develop the University's nonprofit capacity building initiatives and manages other program staff, budgets, and the development of new Community Programs Accelerator programming.
1) Work collaboratively with colleagues in the Office of Civic Engagement on new community-based initiatives.
2) Provide strategic leadership for the Community Programs Accelerator with senior management and serve as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University.
3) Work closely with faculty, students, and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching by coordinating and developing Center programming; includes workshops, conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc.
4) Help support curricular and/or co-curricular programs that engage the entire campus community and create important opportunities for collaboration.
5) Help set strategic goals for the Center.
6) Work closely with the development office, lead fundraising efforts for the Center, and support broader fundraising goals.
7) Oversee a communication strategy and marketing effort aimed at increasing the visibility of the Community Programs Accelerator.
8) Collaborate with others to make the Center a valuable resource to all students and contribute to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community.
9) Develop and oversee the implementation of a financial model for ongoing Community Programs Accelerator operations that ensures reasonable revenues and institutional support sufficient to maintain center-wide programmatic activities.
10) Assess all current community programs administered by OCE to determine viability, value, outcomes, and impact.
11) Develop OCE's capacity to assess the quality and impact of any proposed capacity building/nonprofit program proposed for University support.
12) Identify community partners and collaborations to pilot and assess program impact, and ultimately upon program success, transfer full accountability to community partners to maintain and sustain the program moving forward.
13) Standardize and properly orient and train University students for various roles in community programs and nonprofits, to ensure full utilization of resources and to maximize impact.
14) Update all program content, goals, and objectives to ensure curriculum strategy pushes educational excellence and students to excel.
1) Build strong relationships with University faculty, students, staff, nonprofits, and organizations.
2) Strong verbal and written communication skills.
3) Demonstrated achievements and strong networks with community partners and nonprofits.
4) Willing and able to work evenings and weekends.
1) Master's or doctorate degree.
1) Seven years of experience in nonprofit, capacity building, or strategic partnerships.
2) Five years of experience in higher education outreach initiatives.
3) Two years of experience in an organization with similar scope and objectives and professional employee management responsibility.
2) Cover Letter
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NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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