Executive Director

Wilmington 19801, Delaware

JoB Description

Connecting Generations has been helping at-risk youth in Delaware for over 29 years.  Through school-based mentoring and classroom workshops, we help students develop the social-emotional skills necessary for academic success. We support over 100 mentoring programs throughout the state in which approximately 1300 volunteer mentors meet with 1400 youth once a week during the school year. Our workshops engage 1000 students each year in learning how to control emotions and behaviors and develop positive relationships with peers and adults. We are Delaware’s largest mentoring organization and a leading provider of social emotional programs for schools.

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Connecting Generations, Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the overall management and operation of the organization to ensure consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:

  • Leadership
    • Lead the process, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, to regularly update and further develop the strategic plan to guide the organization.
    • Identify, assess, and recommend action to address internal and external issues that affect the organization.
    • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff.
    • Act as the primary spokesperson for the organization.
    • Represent the organization at meetings, events and activities to enhance the organization's community profile.
    • Provide leadership with the Board of Directors and staff in ensuring that Connecting Generations meets the Standards of Excellence for Non-profits.
  • Fundraising
    • Be accountable for achieving Connecting Generations fundraising objectives.
    • Work with the Board and staff to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization.
    • Work with the Development Director to research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization.
    • Develop and recruit individual donors.
    • Actively pursue corporate relations and corporate grants.
    • Prepare, submit and lobby for the annual Grant-In-Aid request to the State of Delaware.
  • Operational planning and management
    • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization. Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and funders.
    • Provide support to the Board by managing the preparation and running of board meetings including developing meeting agenda and supporting materials, setting meeting dates and ensuring that meeting minutes and follow up actions are completed in a timely fashion.
    • Directly manage all office administrative functions, including finance, technology, supplies, office management, and human resources.
    • Directly manage all marketing and communications activities, including the writing and design of materials used to promote the organization and communicate with stakeholders.
  • Program planning and management
    • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
    • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality.
    • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects.
    • Prepare and approve all contracts, MOUs and other binding agreements between the organization and school partners.
    • Ensure programs are focused on outcomes and use appropriate evaluation methods to regularly measure outcomes.
  • Human resources planning and management
    • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
    • Facilitate the development of a healthy work climate where staff feel empowered to advance the objectives of the organization. The staff should feel that their contribution is recognized and appreciated.
    • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions for all staff.
    • Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided.
    • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes setting formal written objectives, monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review against approved objectives. Staff are to be held accountable for achievement of their objectives.
    • Assume end to end responsibility for managing staff (inclusive of hiring, coaching, developing, implementing corrective action, and termination if necessary)
  • Financial planning and management
    • Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
    • Regularly attend all Finance Committee monthly meetings to review financial performance and answer questions.
    • Exercise good financial governance and management.
    • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
    • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization.
    • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments.
    • Administer and evaluate the organization’s 401K plan, and recommend relevant changes/improvements to the Board.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Three or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Demonstrated fund raising ability in a competitive nonprofit environment
  • Successful experience developing and maintaining strong donor relationships.
  • Strong organizational skills including planning, delegation, program management and effective prioritization
  • Excellent communication including strong presentation skills and effective writing including grant writing
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully prepare and secure grants
  • Motivational leadership
  • Experience managing staff in a senior leadership role
  • Ability to develop and implement successful strategic plans.

Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Includes medical/dental and retirement. Flexible work hours. Downtown Wilmington office (Community Services Building). Free parking.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to recruiting@connecting-generations.org by March 22.

No phone calls.

Contact: Board Chair

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Includes medical/dental and retirement. Flexible work hours. Downtown Wilmington office (Community Services Building). Free parking.

E-Mail: recruiting@connecting-generations.org

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