PURPOSE OF POSITION
The purpose of this position is to facilitate the transition from a community-based neighborhood group to a financially stable, incorporated non-profit organization in the state of Texas; manage the day-to-day operations of Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC); promote the mission and vision of EEDC for the Third Ward community; and identify strategies, funding, and partners in the effort to make Third Ward a resilient, dynamic and economically prosperous community where people live, work and thrive in a historically and culturally rich African American neighborhood.
Contributes to the EEDC Board’s effectiveness by keeping the Board of Directors informed; remaining accessible; and answering questions and request; identifying short-term and long-range issues to be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to the Board’s deliberations, recommending options and courses of action, especially where community issues are involved; implementing directives; recruiting Board candidates; working collaboratively with standing committees and advisory groups.
Accomplishes the objectives of EEDC by researching opportunities and problems; recommending strategies to the board of directors; studying the changing needs of the Third Ward community; identifying and anticipating tends; initiating program and initiatives; meeting financial requirements; evaluating and reporting results.
Promotes objectives and goals of EEDC by developing strategic partnerships; establishing personal rapport with potential and actual donors, sponsors, community leaders, stakeholders, media, and elected officials in a position to understand the needs of the community; maintaining a high-level of communication with board members, standing committee members, funders, donors, and business partners.
Achieves fiscal objectives by developing and recommending EEDC’s budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions; anticipating long-term issues.
Obtains funds by promoting EEDC’s interest and benefits to donors; establishing fund development goals; guiding fund development efforts; organizing special campaigns. Identifies potential supporters by identifying grant agencies and foundations; establishing personal networks. Solicits funds and pledges partnering with Board members, volunteers, and staff members; making personal visits, speeches, and promotions.
Maintains the stability and reputation of EEDC by implementing financial controls that will pass independent audits; complying with reporting requirements and agreements; and influencing the development of legal and legislative requirements that support EEDC values, mission and strategic plan.
Maintains EEDC’s credibility by evaluating and reporting financial performance results; working with the executives and staffs of funding agencies, other sponsoring groups, businesses, governmental agencies, and related organizations.
OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT ROLE
Maintains EEDC operations by formulating and enforcing operational and technology efficiencies; program, funding and grant objectives; risk management mitigating strategies; financial and accounting controls; and personnel policies and procedures.
Maintains and develops staff by supervising, directly and through delegating, staff, including hiring, transferring, promoting, demoting, disciplining, counseling, coaching appraising job results, and terminating, as well as providing education and experiential growth opportunities and morale-maintaining consideration.
Plans for and protects the physical and financial resources of EEDC by inspecting and maintaining facilities; budgeting and controlling expenses; enforcing ethical business practices, building staff commitment to mission and vision of EEDC; initiating and participating in fundraising activities, including submitting grant proposals; benchmarking state-of-the-art business practices.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS ROLE
Promotes positive community image by establishing effective communication lines with community members and leaders; providing services and resources; communicating corporate value system; responding to community inquiries and needs; publicizing accomplishments of EEDC; adhering to a professional code of ethics. Establishes and maintains the mission of EEDC by identifying community needs; advocating EEDC’s beliefs; obtaining community feedback and input.
Promotes community trust by interfacing with residents living in the historic Third Ward community, responding to community inquiries and concerns; working with EEDC standing committees and advisory boards, community leaders, businesses, institutions, and other; forming partnerships; participating in task forces; attending community meetings and conferences; representing EEDC at conferences; and speaking at public meetings and conferences and before boards and governmental entities.
Addresses changing community and business trends by involving the community in identifying and formulating priorities; working with residents, anchor businesses and institutions, donors, governmental officials, funders, and other stakeholders on solutions; and documenting and communicating results to the community.
CRITICAL & CORE COMPETENCIES
Strategic thinking/visioning. Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way. Generates new and innovative approaches to problems. Determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends.
Results orientation. Consistently delivers required business results; meets deadlines and commitments; lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal cost; maintains focus on organization goals. Focuses on key priorities. Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has a can-do attitude.
Ability to hire and develop top performers. Sources, selects, and sells top performers on joining the team. Coaches people in their current roles to improve performance and prepares them for future roles. Expects personal performance and team performance to be nothing short of the best.
Honesty & Integrity. Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidences. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Is transparent. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
Analytical skills. Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights. Comfortable with numbers. Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner.
Teamwork. Reaches out to peers and cooperates with everyone to establish an overall collaborative working relationship. Excellent listener. Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.
Persuasion. Able to convince others to pursue a course of action. Able to create strong community ownership in goals. Speaks and writes clearly and articulate without being overly verbose and talkative. Maintains this standard in all forms of written communications including email.
Flexibility/adaptability. Adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Copes effectively with complexity and change. Calm under pressure. Maintains stable performance when under heavy pressure or stress.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES (Within 120 days of Appointment)
- Establish the organization’s operational policies, administrative processes and fiscal controls for the non-profit that includes approval by the Emancipation Economic Development Council Board (EEDC) within the first 90 days of employment.
- With the approval of EEDC Board, hire competent, talented staff to fill open positions within the first 120 days of employment.
- Identify high-potential grant or funding opportunities for consideration by the Board with 120 days of appointment
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS | EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCES
Advanced degree in business, non-profit management, urban planning, entrepreneurship or related field; or, a bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of non-profit management experience.
A track record of success as a leader in a non-profit environment that includes:
- 5 – 7 years in a senior management role of a non-profit that includes a startup.
- Experience working with a volunteer board.
- Experience working for a non-profit in an environment similar to Third Ward community.
- Experience attracting, leading, coaching, and retaining high performers.
- Collaboration with community groups, donors and sponsors, business partners, advisory boards and committees, and public and private institutions.
- Fiscal management of a non-profit or business with at least a $1 million operating budget and involves contract management, procurement, and grant management responsibilities.
- Success developing fundraising strategies; leading fundraising campaigns; and, identifying donor and grant opportunities.
- Experience preferred in one or more of these areas: community economic development; community organizing; small business ownership or management; small business or real estate lending; and property management or commercial real estate development.
High energy and passion for the mission, vision, and values of the Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC) and the community it serves.
A business and personal history of high integrity and transparency.
Strong verbal and written communications skills including public speaking; ability to influence and persuade. Exceptional skills in resolving conflict and working with stakeholders, the public, and donors who have a wide range of interests.
Demonstrated credibility, cultural awareness, competence, and effectiveness working in communities and neighborhoods similar to the Third Ward community and with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Please send resumes to EDSearch@emancipationhouston.org.