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Dynamic Executive Director!

Job Type: Executive Management

Organization: Playworks

Application Closing Date: 6/16/2014

Job Description:

We're looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and talented leader to lead our organization in the Houston, TX area. The Executive Director will be responsible for the financial sustainability and growth of the program by developing local funding sources, increasing the number of school partnerships and leading the team that delivers excellent Playworks programs for schools throughout the local districts. This position requires demonstrated success in fundraising, board support and staff leadership. Successful candidates must bring a strong knowledge of the public school system, ability to lead/develop teams and proven experience managing the day-to-day operations of a growing direct service organization. This position reports to a regional executive director and is located in Houston, TX.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Duties Include, but are not limited to:
Fundraising, External Relations and Development
Manage Texas based fundraising activities including developing foundations relationships, corporate sponsorships and individual donor solicitation strategies
Support the Texas Board of Directors charged with providing guidance, actively supporting fundraising goals, and increasing networks for Playworks throughout Texas
Serve as external face of Playworks in the community, within schools, in philanthropic circles and in the media to increase visibility and brand awareness
Work with community volunteers and volunteer agencies to promote greater community involvement
Work closely with a regional executive officer to design and implement a development plan for Texas

Program Oversight and Operations
Oversee all aspects of Playworks’ Texas programming, including program planning, implementation, expansion, evaluation and overall program quality
Work closely with national leadership team and with city executive directors throughout the country to gather, share and implement best practices and promote learning amongst our cities
Provide leadership for Playworks staff; establish organizational values, promote a fun, collaborative environment while communicating expectations and employee recognition
Ensure a wide array of professional development opportunities for each team member and effective performance evaluation systems that promote growth and achievement of individual and organizational goals
Manage the city budget and work with a regional executive officer to develop and monitor programmatic budgets (program and leagues); including securing contracts and accounts receivables with schools and districts

5+ years of experience as a successful leader in the nonprofit sector, government, private sector or education with proven visionary management and strategic planning capability
Experience creating and maintaining high-level relationships within the philanthropic community, school districts, government and private sector
Knowledge of the cultural landscape of Texas and surrounding communities and an ability to build collaborations with a variety of existing and new community contacts
Strong experience managing a highly capable team using outcomes measurement and goal-setting
Entrepreneurial self-starter and creative thinker with experience producing results in a rapidly growing, deadline-driven, fast-paced, dynamic environment
Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Playworks
Sufficient comfort and understanding with technology to use it to advance initiatives and improve operations
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
This position requires travel to various locations
If you use a vehicle, you must provide a current MVR, proof of liability and property damage insurance with a minimum of (100,000; 300,000) on vehicle used in addition to a valid drivers license
Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive nonprofit salary
Employer contribution towards health coverage
Access to employee-funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts
Paid vacation, sick and holiday leave
Please, apply directly to:

Location: 2855 Mangum Rd. Suite A445
Houston, TX 77092

Contact Information

Name:Mel Simpson

Phone Number:(510) 473-6333

Fax Number:


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