Project Transformation (PT) - Indianapolis began with a vision and the hope of building connections to solve the challenges keeping our communities from reaching their full potential. Connected to a national model that was founded in 1998 in Dallas, Project Transformation builds brighter futures for children in historically excluded communities by connecting young adults and churches to explore mission, ministry, and our collective call to see our neighbors as friends and transform the world.
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to thrive academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Through building relationships that foster a deeper understanding of vocation, calling, and ministry opportunities, we partner with college-age young adults to create bridges and new beginnings. In partnership with local churches that have more space than people, in neighborhoods that many have long forgotten, we bring about meaningful relationships for change.
Our Three C’s: Children, College students, and Churches create a formula for success in how a child might see their worth and the world of possibilities ahead of them. In our collaborative model of ministry, PT harnesses the bright minds, creative energy, ingenuity, and evolving leadership skills of college-age young adults, who commit to live, love, and learn in an intentional Christian community, while leading summer enrichment and engagement programs for students in primarily Black and brown communities. PT has a longstanding relationship with The United Methodist Church and continues to grow our programs with churches eager to make an impact alongside their neighbors.
We are of faith, and we value relationships, intentional community, connections, discernment of purpose, empowering young people, servant leadership, and holistic development.
It is time for us to grow and build more opportunities to bring about transformational change.
Impact of the Role
We are a young and nimble organization, founded in 2017, searching for an Executive Director with the spirit, energy, and strategic gifts to advance our mission, vision, and values supporting development of children, ministry exploration in young adults, and reconnecting churches with their communities.
As our next leader, you will bring a dynamic mix of creativity, strategic ability, and a passion for people to build sustainable relationships and partnerships as we extend the reach and capacity of the mission. In partnership with the Board of Directors, we will direct our resources to communities with the greatest challenges and ensure that we continue to grow. As a leader, mission guide, and ministry partner, you will shepherd and expand an annual budget of $300,000 through grant writing, fundraising, development, and building new connections with churches, organizations, schools, and businesses that see community impact is realized when we work together.
You have an understanding and personal commitment to develop your faith and spirituality, as well as value mission-driven organizations. You can cast vision and inspire others to find their calling while helping others see their value and the value of others. Most importantly, you are working to make the world more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible from your personal and professional realms of influence. We are an organization that builds diverse networks of volunteers, participants, sponsors, and hosts, and you will lead the effort to ensure each stakeholder has a voice, stays informed, and works together to build the momentum for success.
If you are still reading, then we want to know more about you and what ignites you.
Key Skills, Gifts, and Abilities
A cultivator of people who knows how to build relationships organically and strategically to manage up, down, and around to advance the mission with the Board of Directors, staff, and community partners to cast a vision and ignite, inspire, and influence others
A love of connecting the dots through storytelling and communications, both written and oral; strong presentation skills; experience in public speaking to champion our work with diverse groups of people
A skilled networker to raise the visibility of the organization
Knowledge and experience in financial planning, budgeting, and financial analysis
Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, encourage teamwork and promote collaboration
Strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate
An entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, and self-motivation to drive the work while leading innovation, as well as the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities with ease and the ability of keeping yourself and the organization thriving
The ability to laugh with us and to love us, this work, and the people we work alongside
A deep understanding of Christianity and the polity and practices of The United Methodist Church is preferred, but not required.
Leading the Organization Well
Mission-Minded Leadership + Collaboration
What is leadership without the mission to support it? We are looking for a person with a strong connection to faith, ministry, and community building, and a keen ability to articulate the various aspects of success.
Offer a leadership style empowering employees and volunteers, encouraging good performance, maximizing return on investments and rewarding productivity and ingenuity. Creating an environment that welcomes feedback, discussion, and new ideas.
Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence with a complete understanding of the structure and network of the Church and ministry; how to align the mission, support it with faith and execute based on principle and shared values. Bring a strong track record of success in coaching, leadership development, strategic vision and planning, as well as personal assets of integrity, high energy, and excellent listening and relationship skills.
Work closely with church and community leaders to recruit and retain site churches and partner churches/community organizations through continuous dialogue and support to build sustainable partnerships.
Promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in all lanes of our work. Be a champion for the communities and people who are excluded and under-served. Hold yourself, our teams, volunteers, and board members accountable to the work of racial and social justice.
Administrative + Financial Management
Growing the organization will take skills in administrative organization, as well as in ensuring financial health and management. An appreciation for detail and flexibility is a must to make the mission happen. You will need experience and technology skills in these areas to ensure the organization will continue to grow and lead well.
Develop and implement systems and processes to achieve effective and equitable workloads and workflow; negotiate/approve contracts and agreements for the organization.
Maintain a master database (Salesforce) on interns, donors, children, and volunteers. Manage payroll and keep all employee files up to date. File taxes in a timely manner. Utilize Quickbooks to ensure financial records are maintained.
Work with the Board to develop standing committees and ad-hoc committees/task teams to manage best practices across core areas (including but not limited to: Human Resources, Finance & Administration, Facilities, etc.) for the organization to lead well into its future
Create a process with the Board and staff to match and diversify funding and development opportunities to mission and organization priorities. Ensure the organization is fiscally sound. Develop the annual budget for Board approval and provide monthly reports on financial performance.
Ensure compliance with Federal, state, and local laws. Ensure all financial policy and procedures are followed.
Cultivating Relationships, Partnerships, and Fund Development
As the top brand ambassador of Project Transformation, you will lead the organization by example, meeting our stakeholders and partners where they are, and leading them on our journey. You will initiate new relationships, strengthen existing relationships, and build open channels of communication.
Develop strong relationships with the Board Chair and Board members and work together to develop and implement goals and move the mission forward
Partner with the Board for ongoing board development, as well as connectivity with subject matter experts and consultants to help advance the organization
Identify opportunities for skill development and professional development for both staff and the Board to help the continual growth of the organization and the people involved in its success
Work alongside the Board to develop and implement a plan to recruit and successfully onboard new member churches, volunteers, and partners, and sustain relationships throughout the year
Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Seek opportunities for public speaking to promote visibility.
Develop a robust and scalable plan for fundraising and development to engage board members as partners in attracting new streams of revenue for the organization
Create best practices for research, development, and tracking of funding and grant opportunities with the Board and grant writer(s) to strengthen and diversify funding sources.
Collaborate with the board to cultivate strong relationships with key donors: individuals, foundations, partner churches, community organizations, and corporations through brand advocacy and awareness.
How to Apply
Project Transformation - Indiana has retained Leap and Pivot, LLC to conduct the search for their new executive director and partner in leadership.
All applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format via the online submission form here or email to email@example.com with the subject line “Project Transformation - Indiana – Executive Director Search.”
Cover letters will be evaluated as a writing sample and should include:
Statement of interest
Brief narrative of the applicant’s qualifications/experiences related to the role
And a description of what the applicant will add to our culture with their unique gifts and skills
Application materials must be directed to the email address above. No phone calls, please.
Equal Opportunity Commitment
Project Transformation - Indiana is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Project Transformation - Indiana does not discriminate against any individual based upon their race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability, involvement with the justice system, or immigration status in recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, termination, job assignments, training, rate of pay or other compensation, or other terms and conditions of employment. Applicants from historically underrepresented and excluded communities, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Project Transformation - Indiana will provide medically necessary reasonable accommodations for qualified prospective or current employees with disabilities to facilitate the employee selection process and to enable them to perform essential functions of their positions, unless such accommodation would impose an undue hardship upon the organization.
Bachelor's Degree or Master’s Degree with a focus on organizational leadership or non-profit management is ideal. However, Project Transformation values multiple pathways to attaining professional experience, education, and skills. The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to at least five to seven years in leading organizational growth, community engagement, building relationships, and fund development.
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