Job Listing: Chief Executive Officer
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School’s Out Washington (SOWA) seeks our next Chief Executive Officer to shape, inspire, and lead the organization's future in collaboration with a talented team, a committed and engaged Board of Directors, and a set of community partners across the State of Washington.
The SOWA CEO is responsible for providing direction and strategic guidance to SOWA ena-bling the organization to fulfill its mission, vision and goals. The CEO works in collaboration with the board of directors and leadership team to ensure high quality programming and support for our network across Washington State and national leadership in the arena of Expanded Learning Opportunities. The CEO provides administrative oversight to SOAR and Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC), two community coalitions hosted and fiscally sponsored by SOWA.
About School's Out Washington
Over our 30 year history, SOWA has spearheaded and led efforts to ensure systems and best practices are in place to promote equitable access for our state’s young people to quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. We strive to ensure youth reach their full potential in quality program settings through our four pronged approach: 1) Quality and Training; 2) Policy and Advocacy; 3) Grants to Programs; and 4) Racial Equity.
The SOWA team is committed to supporting our statewide partners in building capacity and supporting professional development in our field to ultimately benefit youth with a focus on low-income youth and youth of color.
School’s Out Washington by the Numbers
Founded in 1987 by the City of Seattle, SOWA was hosted and fiscally sponsored by the YWCA of King and Snohomish County. SOWA became our own 501c(3) in 2012.
Most recent fiscal and staff facts
- $3.3M annual budget in 2016, expected $4.3M budget in 2017
- $500,000 + in grants distributed annually
- 35+ staff members
- 10 Member Board of Directors
Our Impact in 2015
- 60,000 +Washington State Youth impacted
- 1,600+ Providers trained
- 500+ Attend annual Bridge Conference
- 600+ Afterschool, Youth Development and Summer Programs Supported\
About the Position
The following are key areas of responsibility for the SOWA CEO.
- Lead strategic planning and organizational direction; fulfilling mission and growing the organization.
- Promote SOWA’s mission, vision and goals; communicate persuasively to local media, funders and the general public.
- Participate on national and strategic high-level boards, task forces and professional organizations with other CEOs that encourage the development and improvement of afterschool, youth development and summer services.
- Lead regular organizational development assessment process, prioritization of annual strategies, and implementation of strategic plan.
- Develop and maintain relationships with government agency leaders and elected officials as re-lated to the implementation of SOWA activities
Racial Equity and Organizational Culture
- Build a culture that invites and inspires experienced and quality staff from diverse backgrounds; provide the platform and support for them to authentically lead in our community.
- Demonstrate commitment to working toward racial equity through prioritizing a racial equity lens in SOWA’s operational functions; provide vision and leadership in organization and work with community in a manner that reflects our racial equity values.
- Demonstrate an understanding of individual, institutional and structural racism and its impact in perpetuating inequities in youth-serving systems.
- Ensure there is a sound organizational structure aligned with SOWA's priorities of equity and inclusion. Cultivates and develops the potential of staff through modeling, coaching and leading.
- Recruit, hire and evaluate senior and executive staff; direct oversight for 5-7 leadership team.
Fundraising and Community Relations
- Increase and diversify the financial base by building strategic funding relationships in the community, cultivating major donors and raising profile in the community.
- Develop and maintain relationships with local, state and national leaders, afterschool professionals and key stakeholders around afterschool and youth development issues.
- Assist in the development of local and state policies related to afterschool, youth development and summer programming. Serve where requested on committees and other coalitions.
- Remain aware of community needs and develop new program initiatives in collaboration with other community partners.
- Build and develop board to enhance impact and leverage expertise and energy of each board member.
- Communicate effectively and regularly with SOWA’s board of directors to ensure alignment, engagement and support on key organizational, fiscal and strategic issues affecting SOWA and our after school and youth development community.
Operations and Fiscal Oversight
- Oversee the development and implementation of annual work plans and internal systems and processes needed to enable the organization to meet its strategic goals
- Establish the strategic framework for the annual budget process. Working with leadership team, finalize budget and annual planning for board approval.
- Oversee financial, administration and operation performance, ensuring effectiveness and compliance.
Leading the School’s Out Washington team means inspiring and engaging our staff and our community. We seek a leader who is deeply committed to our mission:
School’s Out Washington provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. SOWA is dedicated to building community systems to support quality afterschool, youth development and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages 5 through young adulthood.
- 10+ years of nonprofit management/leadership preferred; demonstrated success managing and leading a complex and diverse staff in a collaborative team environment.
- Experience in developing and managing complex budgets with multiple funding sources;
- Experience working with an external board of directors, including board development and engagement.
- Experience working with diverse communities; demonstrated background successfully supporting and advocating for racial and social justice.
- Demonstrated success raising significant funds for organizations , through grants, contracts, foundations and individual donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Ability to provide strategic direction to resource development, including working with development staff and board members on individual and institutional fundraising.
- Working knowledge of afterschool programming, youth development, culturally relevant services, school districts, educational organizations and family support.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters preferred, in social service, public administration, non-profit management, education, child and youth development, recreation or related field.
Ideal Qualities and Competencies
- Self–aware leader, who builds trust and inspires confidence among our community.
- An innovator who will help proactively identify opportunities for SOWA to engage, maintaining a focus on our work while guiding and supporting our growth.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to inspire and engage at an individual level in 1:1 conversation or on stage with an audience of providers or donors.
- Commitment to working with diverse individuals, groups, communities and organizations.
- Ability to adjust course of direction based on evaluation data or emerging trends.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of agencies and organizations;
- Commitment to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism, and any other discriminatory practices.
How to Apply
Applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially with-in the Search Committee. Interviews for the position will be conducted in early February 2017; we anticipate a hiring decision in late Q1 2017.
Resume and Cover Letter
Please submit a resume and cover letter as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and full consideration will be given to all letters and resumes received by 5 PM on Friday, January 27, 2017.
Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages in length. In your cover letter, please share how your professional background, experience, interests and passions specifically correlate to the mission and purpose of the School’s Out Washington.
We request all applications via email, in PDF format (cover letter and resume com-bined into one document) emailed to:
If you have questions prior to applying or during the search process, please contact our search consultant Christine Martin: Christine@hrstrategiesintl.com or 206.349.4774
Compensation and Benefits
This is a exempt position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends and travel within the state as well as regionally and nationally. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. SOWA offers a competitive benefits package.
School’s Out Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. School’s Out Washington has a commitment to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices and a commitment to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. .