Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia Inc
Location: Macon, GA
Reporting Relationship: Board of Directors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia (BBBSHGA) is dedicated to igniting the potential within every Central Georgia child. With a rich history of over 65 years, the Board of Directors is excited about the organization’s next chapter and looks forward to welcoming a new Chief Executive Officer in 2019.
For an exceptional leader, this is a truly exciting opportunity to join a leading nonprofit organization with an outstanding local and national brand and a history of incredible impact. The CEO will lead BBBSHGA by driving and advancing the mission, strategy, values and goals of the organization forward.
The successful candidate will inspire and engage employees, volunteers, the board, government leaders, the media and the community to take action in creating long-term positive outcomes on behalf of youth. The successful candidate will be viewed as a passionate, entrepreneurial and strategic executive who can execute and build meaningful and lasting relationships. The CEO will develop creative solutions to effectively grow funds, increase the amount of youth served, and build on a rich legacy.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia was founded in 1953. Since then, the mission has been to give all children in Central Georgia who face adversity an opportunity to experience a strong, enduring professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship with adults that will help change their lives for the better. BBBSHGA partners with families, volunteers, organizations, and the community to inspire positive change in all.
Currently there are 79,000 children living at or below the poverty level in Central Georgia. Every year, BBBSHGA connects nearly 500 of these kids with a “Big” who can help them believe that their present situation doesn’t have to be their future.
BBBSHGA provides evidence-based, impactful mentoring relationships, case management, educational support, and social services to at-risk school age youth. Nearly all of the youth served reside in single parent homes, and almost 95 percent of the youth live at or below the poverty level. BBBSHGA has extensive experience serving high-risk youth, including those with incarcerated parents, youth of Hispanic heritage, juvenile justice system involved youth, youth in rural areas, and youth who have parents in the military and/or deployed.
The one-to-one mentoring programs have been classified as effective tools for reducing problem behaviors, promoting healthy psychological development, and improving educational outcomes for at-risk youth from single parent homes. The programs match at-risk youth in Central Georgia with fully screened and trained caring adult mentors who provide the support, advice, and friendship that may be missing from their lives. Having a caring adult mentor helps youth learn to make positive decisions, leading to stronger youth development outcomes.
- Community Based Mentoring
This program matches 5-18 year old youths with an adult role model 21 years or older. They spend at least 8 hours per month one-to-one participating in activities of their choice in their own community. Most of our Mentoring Children of Promise (Children of incarcerated parents) are community based matches.
- School Based Mentoring
This program matches 5-18 year old youths with an adult or high school role model. They spend at least 1 hours per week one-to-one participating in activities on the school grounds. Activities include working on homework, playing games, or just talking. The agency works with local high schools as well as most local colleges to recruit volunteers for this program.
In accordance with BBBS of the Heart of Georgia’s (BBBSHGA) mission, the Chief Executive Officer will work closely with the Board of Directors, management, and staff to drive the ongoing success and growth of the organization. S/he will be responsible for providing inspirational and collaborative leadership to ensure the organization continues to deliver impactful mentoring programs to meet the unique and varied needs of Central Georgia’s youth. Specific responsibilities include:
- Strategic Vision, Business Planning and Execution: Develops and drives the strategic vision and business plan of the organization; involving both the Board and staff. Uses performance metrics and quality indicators to guide operational decision-making.
- Talent Management: Attracts, retains, and develops high caliber talent. Creates an environment where staff are engaged and are supported to be able to positively impact objectives.
- Fund Development: Leads the organization in the development and cultivation of fruitful and long-term relationships with individuals, foundations, corporate donors/funders, and government. Personally builds and maintains key relationships to ensure fund development strategy is achieved. Personally leads all fundraising efforts and oversees all grant writing.
- Programs: Works with senior staff to ensure programmatic excellence and maximum program impact is achieved by establishing operational benchmarks, setting timelines, obtaining required resources, and making youth safety a priority. Ensures comprehensive marketing strategies are developed to attract, engage and mobilize significant numbers of volunteer mentors. Ensures agency staff adhere to national standards for service delivery.
- Financial Management: Develops plans that maximize the financial strength of the agency without adversely affecting other criteria of success. Oversees implementation of budgets and monitors progress/changes related to budgets.
- Ambassador and Spokesperson: Represents BBBSHGA in front of a diversity of audiences and at all external events. Positively influences partners, the media and public policies to generate volunteers, donors and other resources.
- Board: Cultivates a strong Board of Directors willing to lead and contribute to the fund development success of the organization. Works to assure independent governance oversight and performance accountability of the board.
The CEO must be passionate about youth and defending the potential of Central Georgia’s most vulnerable children. This individual will be a dynamic and energetic leader who exhibits confidence, a collaborative spirit, and an inspired approach that will influence and motivate the key stakeholders, donors, partners, and staff. Candidates will be considered across sectors who bring 3 years of demonstrated success in executive-level leadership including staff leadership, fundraising/revenue generation, partnership development and financial management.
Specific experience/qualifications sought include:
- Proven experience as a visionary and strategic leader; knowledge of how high- performing organizations operate and ability to implement best practices.
- A highly communicative leadership style that fosters an environment of trust and inspires excitement and collaboration across constituents.
- Ability to serve as the principal spokesperson and ambassador, including building bridges and creating fruitful relationships with strategic partners, government and community leaders.
- Exceptional board relations and management experience; an understanding of how to energize influential leaders and leverage the collective power of the organization.
- Extraordinary judgment and the highest ethical standards, embodying the spirit and mission of BBBSHGA.
- Experience in creating and executing a strategic plan that evolves an organization and coalesces stakeholders around shared goals.
- Fundraising experience at the highest levels; a known relationship builder who is adept and authentic in influencing. (Other revenue generating experience may also be considered.)
- Proven success in managing a high-performing team; experience creating and setting goals, articulating a vision, and developing team members.
- Experience managing a highly motivated and compassionate team and core of volunteers.
- Experience within Central Georgia may be a plus, but is not required.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
A comprehensive, competitive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate commensurate with experience.
Resumes should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.