About Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation — or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.
Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has locations in Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND, Rochester-SE, MN, Boston, MA, and Brooklyn, MN, and our national office is in Minneapolis.
With a 21-year history, JP plays a critical role in disrupting the impacts of poverty in the St. Paul and Minneapolis bolstering equity so all families in our community can build well-being and achieve economic prosperity. This year has been a challenging year as a country, and especially painful and emotional for all of us in St. Paul and Minneapolis. We watched as another Black man was killed, peaceful protests were disrupted, and rights were infringed upon. It has been a fearful and frustrating time during which we’ve all wondered if we’ll finally see the systemic changes that have disadvantaged marginalized communities for generations. Like many of you, we [JP] are hopeful that these events have sparked an awakening for our communities and for our nation, and that there’s a renewed commitment to pursuing equity for all people.
This moment has also led JP to reimagine and re-center our programming and advocacy work in a way that is reflective of the unique opportunities and challenges of each community. With an Executive Director for Minneapolis and St. Paul at the helm, we will deepen our focus with families and their lives during a time that calls for increased attention and understanding and to significantly grow our reach. Learn more about JP here and about our work in Minneapolis and St. Paul here.
Job Summary: The Executive Director is an unapologetic champion for JPs two-generation mission and is driven to disrupt generational poverty by holding single mothers and their families at the center of holistic, integrated supports. The Executive Director is charged with leading the two-generation mission of the program within the community, building the fabric of local champions, advocates, partners and donors, maintaining strong community partnerships, working closely with a local community board of trustees to build the reputation and support locally, managing the financial operations and the development goals of the campus and managing a team that ensures the coordination of all campus operations and program delivery.
The Executive Director (ED) works closely with the other campus Executive Directors and is an essential member of JP’s Leadership Team responsible for discussing, influencing and implementing high priority organizational decisions. The ED also partners with and is supported by JP’s National Campus Support Team (CST).
Key responsibilities include the following:
Talent and Culture Leadership
- Lead JP in the community, ensuring excellence implementation, program delivery and community support.
- Communicate the mission and vision of JP to a wide variety of community and regional stakeholders.
- Accelerate staff performance by providing strategic direction, growth opportunities, learning, coaching and feedback in partnership with the Campus Support Team (CST) functional leaders.
- Maintain the positive, collaborative, passionate culture of your JP campus.
- Actively participate as a contributing member of the Leadership Team by collaborating with peers, offering constructive feedback and solutions, and supporting continuous improvement in operational alignment with JP’s mission and strategic direction.
Program Quality and Effectiveness
- Grow JP’s reach within the community consistent with JP’s strategic plans and ensure the effective operation and delivery of programs.
- Ensure effective delivery of high-quality programming across the full spectrum of JP services for both generations, in partnership with national programmatic leaders.
- Build an effective network of local partners in coordination with national program leaders.
- Engage alumnae as part of the holistic JP experience and seek opportunities to support alumnae through workforce development initiatives.
- Proactively assess client needs and consult with Vice Presidents of Parent and Student Programming to deliver innovative service offerings to families.
Resource Development and Management
- Work with the National Campus Support Team and the Community Board of Trustees to develop revenue strategies through a variety of fundraising techniques. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors.
- Manage the campuses annual budget.
- Oversee planning and implementation of special events to garner community support and resource development.
- Ensure 100% grant compliance at the campus level.
- Maintain and ensure campus maintains impeccable CRM database hygiene.
External Relations & Community Engagement
- Operationalize the JP Annual National Policy goals at the local level.
- Ensure annual meetings with local mayor and at least three key local legislative stakeholders.
- Manage strategic relationships with colleges, universities, and local organizations in coordination with national programmatic leaders.
- Build collaborative partnerships with parents, families, donors and community organizations.
- Ensure visibility of the JP’s programs, services, and activities within the community and partner with JP’s marketing and communications team to align on the external positioning strategy.
- Facilitate the implementation of curated content on local campus communication channels.
Community Board of Trustees Development
- Engage Community Board of Trustee to be effective in their committee roles and in being champions for JP locally.
- Monitor and provide support for CBT member Give/Get goals.
- Collaborate with the community board of trustees to identify, recruit, and develop new board members as needed and maintain a healthy pipeline of board prospects.
- Work with Community Board of Trustees to incorporate Annual National DEI goals at the campus level.
The Executive Director must believe in and be a passionate advocate for JP’s mission and values. A competitive applicant will possess a deep commitment to and understanding of current housing, education, early childhood and all social justice issues intersecting with poverty.
- A Relationship Builder. You are genuinely curious about new people and possess strong listening skills. You like learning what motivates people, what inspires their generosity, and makes them feel appreciated. You have the ability to initiate, organize and manage projects, and to interface successfully with colleagues in a collaborative approach.
- Persistent and Optimistic. You are intrinsically motivated and undaunted by ambitious goals. You have the creativity and tenacity to find your way around a “no” answer to a more productive “not right now,” “maybe,” or best yet, “yes.” You embrace and drive change.
- Exceptional in Communicating Verbally and in Writing. Demonstrated ability to inspire commitment and write and edit persuasive materials including successful appeals, proposals, stewardship materials and other collateral. You have excellent presentation and negotiation skills.
- An Organizational Maven. You can manage across multiple work streams and functions, keeping deadlines and managing complexity by simplifying solutions, systems and processes with clarity and attention to detail. You have an ability to efficiently initiate and complete multiple tasks on time.
- Mission Alignment. You possess a deep commitment to and understanding of current housing, education, early childhood and all social justice issues intersecting with poverty.
- Adaptable and Flexible. You can handle any curveball, and in fact, you expect them. You can meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Additionally, you are strategic and have the ability to pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to take shape. You can and are willing to travel if needed.
- Stakeholder Experience. Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the Community Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, community groups, and be a fixture in the community who is inspirational and a proactive connector.
- The Ability to Execute on Fundraising Plans and Strategies That Generate Significant Results. You regularly use data to drive decision-making and reflect on your rigorous and donor centered plans for sustaining and growing your donor base and revenue. You have strong prospect research skills and a solid understanding of moves management.
- Mission Alignment. You have enthusiasm, familiarity and demonstrated alignment with JP’s mission and campaigns and a commitment to building/ deepening your commitment to racial justice. You are steadfast in your support of JP’s long-term sustainability and are committed to a career with impact.
- Professional Experience. You have (10) ten years of professional experience, with at least (4) four being in development related activities and (4) four as a talent manager of two or more full-time staff. You also have a proven track record of managing to outcome in a high -performing goal-oriented environment.
- You are open to traveling every other month or six trips a year.
All candidates should have outstanding interpersonal skills, an ability to provide change leadership, and able to work effectively with a wide range of people while demonstrating integrity and professionalism.
Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.
We offer competitive compensation, including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.