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Executive Director

Lawrence, KS

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Executive Director
$70,000 to $80,000 Annually
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Why Work Here?
“Impact young lives for good.”
The Executive Director is responsible for advancing Van Go’s mission, core values, and strategic vision.
Translate the mission of Van Go into highly focused programming based on financially realistic and sustainable strategic goals
Monitor and evaluate the relevancy and effectiveness of the mission in the community; be responsive to changing community needs
Maintain sharp focus on the mission of Van Go throughout all aspects of programming, agency management, fund development and communications
Seek new opportunities to advance the mission of Van Go
The Executive Director oversees all Van Go activities, manages day-to-day operations, and sustains a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.
Ensure dynamic design and high-quality delivery of Van Go programming
Promote stability in all aspects of the organization
Recruit, hire, support and retain quality staff, contracted personnel and volunteers
Maintain a work environment that fosters a positive, supportive and collaborative culture
Execute annual performance evaluation and goal-setting process for staff and volunteers
Promote professional staff development opportunities
Maintain open lines of communications with staff, Board members and stakeholders
Monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations
The Executive Director has an on-going role in forming the Van Go Board of Directors and fostering an effective working relationship with the Board for the betterment of Van Go.
Work with the Board President to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions as defined in the Van Go Bylaws
Work with the Board President to generate optimum performance by the Board, its committees and individual Board members
Arrange, set agenda and attend all Board meetings in accordance with the Van Go Bylaws.
Ensure the Board is aware of and understands the short and long-term goals of Van Go
Equip Board members with the information they need to be an effective voice for Van Go in the community
The Executive Director plays a key role in raising money from a diverse set of sources, ranging from individual donors to highly significant grant funding.
Ensure a robust and effective fund development program
Collaborate with the Development Director to identify, cultivate and solicit funding sources, including Federal, State and local grant opportunities, individual donors, Foundations, Corporate sponsors, and community fundraising events
Seek new funding sources that are a good match for Van Go and its mission
Routinely make a comprehensive assessment of fund development goals and revise strategies as necessary
The Executive Director manages all fiscal matters and ensures prudent and effective use of all resources.
Prepare and recommend to the Board an operating expense budget and corresponding revenue goals for each fiscal year
Monitor status of cash flow, spending and revenue for the fiscal year
Manage preparation of financial reports to the Board at scheduled intervals during the fiscal year
Oversee the preparation and filing of required financial documents
Manage and abide by the Board-approved policy for use of earnings and reserves from the Van Go, Inc. Endowment Fund
The Executive Director is the chief spokesperson for Van Go, with responsibilities for representing the organization and spreading the Van Go message in the community and beyond.
Seek existing and new opportunities to advance awareness of Van Go’s mission, with emphasis on Van Go’s delivery of job training and in-depth services
Build and nurture relationships with local and state education, arts, and governmental agencies
Advocate, within public and private sectors, for issues relevant to Van Go, its services and constituencies
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree required.
Experience (required)
Working with diverse populations and at-risk youth
Working knowledge of and/or implementation of Arts-Based Learning programming
Development, implementation and on-going review of a mission-based strategic plan
Creating and/or using data-driven outcomes
Communicating a mission in a compelling way to funders, partners, community members, etc., for the purpose of building mutually beneficial relationships and cultivating donors
Creating and managing a fund development plan covering a wide range of revenue sources, including individuals, corporate,
government grants, foundations, fundraising events
Three or more years of management level experience, with leadership responsibilities, in one or more fields related to Human Services and/or Arts-Based Learning: e.g., mental health, job training, in-depth social service, education, philanthropy, non-profit
Creating and managing a $500,000 annual operating budget
Hiring, managing and mentoring a professional staff in a collaborative work environment
Working and partnering with a community-based Board of Directors
Experience (desirable)
Donor cultivation and stewardship techniques
Grant funding, including seeking grants, managing grant reporting, and incorporating grant funding into a revenue stream according to grant spending requirements
Forecasting expenses and revenue requirements based on near and long-term current strategic planning
Increasing organizational revenue in response to changing needs/strategy
Communicating the financial position of an agency to Board members and other stakeholders
Non-profit fiscal analysis and required reporting, e.g., 990/tax returns, audits, compilations
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate or describe their proficiency with the following skills…
Exceptional verbal, written and presentation skills
Ability to motivate and inspire others
Strong organizational, creative problem-solving and analytical skills
Ability to make decisions using a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, collaboration and judgment
The ideal candidate will have the following traits…
Heart, an honest compassion for others
Passion for and belief in the ability of the arts to enhance education and transformation
An entrepreneurial spirit
Other requirements…
Residency. The Executive Director is expected to maintain their principal residence in Lawrence (Douglas County), Kansas.
There are no known physical limitations or considerations to perform this job successfully.
Candidates will undergo and must pass a background check.
Expect to work occasional nights and weekends to support Board, fundraising and community events.
$70,000 - $80,000 , commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
Comprehensive Health Insurance
Simple IRA Retirement Plan, 100% employer match
Paid vacation and personal time off
January 2, 2019
Company address:
715 New Jersey Street, Lawrence, KS 66044

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