Jeremiah Program (JP) 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 strategically growing throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX, Fargo, ND, and Rochester-SE, MN. Our national office and Campus Support Team is in Minneapolis. Jeremiah Program Rochester-SE, MN started serving families in 2018 and opened a brand new campus earlier this summer, with room to serve 40 families in a residential model with an onsite child development center offering head start and early head start operated in partnership with Families First of Minnesota.
In Boston and Brooklyn, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative non-residential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children.
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 responsible for the two-generation mission of the program, maintaining strong community partnerships, working closely with a local community board of trustees to raise the annual budget, managing the financial operations and the development goals of the campus and managing a team that ensures the coordination of all campus operations. The ED partners with and is supported by the CST, JP’s National Campus Support Team (Talent & HR, Finance, IT and Operations, Development and Marketing & Communications, Two-Generational Programming). The Executive Director (ED) role works closely with the CEO & President and is an essential member of JP’s Leadership Team responsible for discussing, influencing and implementing high priority organizational decisions.
Key responsibilities include the following:
Talent and Culture Leadership
- Oversee the organization’s mission and its implementation for JP in the community.
- Communicate the mission and vision of the organization to a wide variety of community and regional stakeholders.
- Ensure productive and effective staff performance, providing guidance and feedback in partnership with the CST functional leaders.
- Maintain the positive, collaborative, passionate culture of your JP campus.
- Actively participate as a contributing member at weekly Leadership Team meeting by collaborating with peers, offering constructive feedback and solutions, and supporting continuous improvement in operational alignment with JP’s mission and strategic direction.
- Model and monitor adherence to policies and procedures.
Program Quality and Effectiveness
- Manage, grow, improve, and enhance programs for the region that are consistent with JP’s strategic plans and ensure the effective operation and delivery of programs.
- Regularly evaluate program components and impact and provide reporting to stakeholders.
- Ensure effective delivery of high-quality programming across the full spectrum of JP services for both generations.
- Ensure staff build and maintain effective participant referral channels, sustaining levels of service and growing JP’s impact.
- Engage alumni as part of the holistic JP experience and seek opportunities to support alumni through workforce development initiatives.
Resource Development and Management
- Manage the campuses annual budget, and work with Campus Support Team to ensure the annual budget is funded.
- Work with the National Campus Support Team to develop revenue strategies through a variety of fundraising techniques. Identify, cultivate and solicit donors.
- Oversee planning and implementation of special events.
- Provide guidance and oversight to staff and volunteers performing resource
- development functions.
- Implement administrative and operational systems to support effective operations.
- Ensure 100% grant compliance at the campus level.
- Maintain and ensure campus maintains impeccable CRM database hygiene.
Community Engagement & Partnership Development
- Manage strategic partnerships with colleges, universities, and local organizations.
- Serve as the chief ambassador for each community partnership.
- Build collaborative partnerships with parents, families, donors and community organizations.
- Ensure visibility of the organization’s programs, services and activities and maintain good public relations.
- Meet annually with key local elected officials around key issue areas of women, poverty, early childhood, workforce and housing stability to operationalize the Annual National Policy goals at local level.
Community Board of Trustees Development
- Ensure active participation by community board members and support effective roles and functioning.
- Ensure community board committees are provided with the information and support necessary to fulfill their objectives.
- 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.
- Ensure 100% of community board of trustees meet give, get and facilitate commitments.
- Ensure 100% of board of trustees participate in annual survey and 75% are having a valuable or very valuable volunteer experience.
- Work with Community Board of Trustees and Sr. Director of Talent to operationalize Annual National DEI goals at the campus level
Marketing and Public Relations
- 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.
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. Applicants should have prior experience working within a structured and effective development department and bring an entrepreneurial approach both to their career path and development work.
- 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.”
- Exceptional in Communicating Verbally and in Writing. Demonstrated ability to 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 longterm 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.