Executive Director Growing Futures Early Education Center
Overland Park, Kansas
In operation since 1965, Growing Futures Early Education Center (Growing Futures) is a Head Start center with a mission “to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.” The organization serves more than 200 Johnson County children ages 0 – 5 years and their families with Head Start center-based and Early Head Start center-based and home-based programs. Comprehensive health, mental health, parent involvement and education and other family wraparound services are offered through Growing Futures.
The organization’s next Executive Director will be a leader with high emotional intelligence and a clear, strategic vision who can balance strong Head Start program-centered priorities and advocacy of children and their families with mission-driven management of personnel and operations, with a focus on revenue growth and expansion and nonprofit business savvy. Growing Futures is seeking an innovative leader who can nurture a dynamic organizational culture while holding people accountable; who can honor and grow what has taken root over the last five decades and build on the success of retiring leader Terrie VanZandt-Travis; and who will pursue culturally responsive education and services with passion, patience, and excitement.
The Executive Director will report to and work closely with an 18-member Board of Directors and manage a dedicated staff team, including a senior leadership team of 4. Additionally, Growing Futures enjoys the leadership and counsel of a Policy Council and an Advisory Board. The successful candidate will honor our past and trailblaze our future while leading a $4 million organization.
The 5 strategic initiatives of Growing Futures are:
Excellence in education
Support for the whole child and family
Excellence in people and organizational culture
Community awareness and partnerships
In order to address and achieve these strategic initiatives, the following professional qualifications and personal attributes are sought in the next Growing Futures leader.
Professional Qualifications & Personal Attributes
Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of nonprofit management experience at senior levels. Experience working in a highly regulated environment is preferred.
A passion for serving children and their families as well as for comprehensive family services.
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of fundraising, financial and human resource management in a nonprofit organization.
Skillful manager who commands respect and inspires and motivates staff and volunteers by modeling commitment to a healthy organization and the teams that comprise it. Ability to engage with, motivate, influence, retain, and effectively manage a diverse array of staff and volunteers.
Fundraising experience, including active donor cultivation and major gifts development, donor relations skills and an understanding of the funding community. Successful capital campaign experience preferred.
Strong written and oral communicator, including listening to and communicating with diverse groups.
Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors. Fosters active partnership of the Board in governance, fundraising, and volunteer leadership recruitment.
Strong organizational abilities, including high-level strategic thinking and planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers, donors and clients.
Teaching or classroom experience is helpful, as is knowledge of and experience in early childhood education, Head Start and Early Head Start services.
Salary and Benefits
Salary range is competitive and commensurate with nonprofit organization leadership experience and professional successes. Benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, paid time off (including 9 paid holidays and annual holiday breaks and spring breaks), 403b retirement plan, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and optional supplemental products.
Growing Futures is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination where employees at all levels of Growing Futures are able to devote their full attention and best efforts to the job. Harassment and discrimination, either intentional or unintentional, will not be tolerated in the workplace. Growing Futures prohibits, and will not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination of or by any employee or individual within Growing Futures (whether managerial or non-managerial) based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, ancestry or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
To apply for this position, submit resume and cover letter to Kathryn Evans, The Moran Company. In your cover letter please provide details regarding your nonprofit leadership experience pertaining to the primary duties and responsibilities of the position. APPLY NOW
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