Executive Director, Lone Star Program

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Camp Fire Lone Star is looking for an “up and comer” to serve as our Executive Director. This position will allow the right candidate the opportunity to grow in their community relations, fundraising, program management, and business development skills. The Executive Director is responsible for the effective business and revenue generation plans that support achievement of Camp Fire Lone Stars’ strategic direction: to deepen impact and reach measurably more youth and families with quality Camp Fire experiences. 

Critical to success will be planned growth in a predictable, recurring, and balanced revenue portfolio. The ED promotes supportive relationships and opportunities for individuals to learn, grow, and adapt, creating a compelling sense of purpose and a clear strategy to achieve it. The ED adapts and makes good decisions, developing systems and processes that promote shared awareness and execution of key tasks.

The ED is charged with leading Camp Fire Lone Star from a startup program to a robust self-sustaining local Camp Fire presence. Mentoring and guidance will be provided to the right candidate.

Job Title: Executive Director, Lone Star Program

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer (COO)

FLSA Status: Exempt

SUMMARY

The Executive Director, Lone Star Program (ED) is responsible for the effective business and revenue generation plans that support achievement of Camp Fire's strategic direction: to deepen impact and reach measurably more youth and families with quality Camp Fire experiences.  Critical to success will be planned growth in a predictable, recurring, and balanced revenue portfolio. The ED promotes supportive relationships and opportunities for individuals to learn, grow, and adapt, creating a compelling sense of purpose and a clear strategy to achieve it. The ED adapts and makes good decisions, developing systems and processes that promote shared awareness and execution of key tasks.

The ED is also charged with leading Camp Fire Lone Star from a startup program to a robust self-sustaining local Camp Fire presence. This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to the Camp Fire National Headquarters (CFNH) COO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other duties may be assigned.)

Governance and Executive Board Partnership

  • In partnership with the CFNH COO and the advisory board, articulate a clear vision with established goals to further the Promise of Camp Fire.
  • Engage advisory board members, individually and as a group, to adapt in a changing environment and to think strategically in the best interest of Camp Fire Lone Star.
  • Provide the CFNH COO and advisory board members with appropriate information needed to make informed decisions to set priorities and develop a written strategic business plan.
  • Support board development in cooperation with advisory board leadership.

Strategic Vision

  • Keep the Promise (mission) in the forefront when making decisions about staffing, allocation of resources, and competing priorities.
  • Actively participate in the strategic business planning process and the development of strategies to meet Camp Fire Lone Stars’ desired outcomes and results.
  • Regularly provide accurate reports and information regarding Camp Fire Lone Stars’ health and progress toward meeting established goals.
  • Actively promote Camp Fire’s Promise, philosophy, and programs to the general public and other agencies/organizations in the community; seek out and engage in mutually beneficial collaborations.

Organizational Leadership

  • Actively promote and market Camp Fire programs to middle and upper-income youth and families.
  • Demonstrate success in strengthening leader performance, building a true learning organization, aligning culture to strategy, and building capacity to achieve long-term business goals.
  • Direct and administer all Camp Fire Lone Star human resources functions in partnership with CFNH Human Resources leadership, including recruiting, selecting, and retaining staff; compensation and benefits; performance appraisal; employee relations; counseling; and terminations. Ensure that Camp Fire Lone Stars’ policies, practices, and programs comply with all applicable federal, state, and local employment laws, including equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination (currently aligned with CFNH policies).
  • Coach staff, manage and develop high-performing teams, and set and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the advisory board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.

Advancement – Fundraising and Marketing

  • Formulate and execute in cooperation with CFNH marketing department comprehensive marketing, branding, and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout Camp Fire Lone Star and enhance revenue from individuals, major donors, foundations, government agencies, and businesses.
  • Develop and/or maintain diverse funding sources. In cooperation with CFNH development staff, work with and provide guidance to advisory board, staff, and volunteers during the planning and implementation of fundraising activities, such as individual giving, events, and product sales; write and/or review grant proposals and establish/ maintain positive relations with funders.

Program and Evaluation

  • Determine the program needs of Camp Fire Lone Stars’ jurisdiction.
  • Monitor and develop strategies to ensure all Camp Fire programs are consistent with the Camp Fire Promise and Thrive{ology}.
  • Assess and evaluate, using the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool, for continuous program learnings and improvement.
  • Support and ensure YPQA improvement plans are completed and incorporated in future programming.
  • Expand local fee-for-service programs.

Finance

  • In cooperation with the CFNH Chief Business Officer, monitor Camp Fire Lone Stars’ financial condition and ensure sufficient operating reserves and cash flow to meet obligations.
  • Prepare, present, and administer the budget in a manner that is understandable and fiscally responsible.
  • Establish and/or maintain an effective internal control system and ensure that accurate and timely financial information is provided for internal and external use (currently supervised by CFNH Chief Business Officer).
  • Maintain positive relationships with financial institutions and external auditors (currently supervised by CFNH Chief Business Officer).

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, public/business administration, youth development, or related field required. Master's degree, with executive level experience preferred; 5+ years of multifaceted management experience with responsibilities that include accounting/budgeting, human resources management, fund development, public relations, and youth development preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Strong business development experience
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly effective communication, assessment, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to assess organizational opportunities and challenges that directly affect current and future program impact.
  • Excellent organization, project management, and time-management skills, with attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to interact with and develop trusting relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills required.
  • Ability to organize and delegate effectively.
  • Customer-focused philosophy and the proven ability to prioritize, plan, and manage multiple tasks and agendas.
  • Excellent relationship building skills, with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus among differing opinions.
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.
  • Follow Ethical Standards, Ensure Accountability, and Comply with the Law.

COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical                   Synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and interpret data; use intuition and experience to complement                                          data; design work flows and procedures.

Leadership                  Exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and encourage others to perform well; effectively influence actions and                                      opinions of others; inspire respect and trust; accept feedback from others; provide vision and inspiration to peers and                                      subordinates; give appropriate recognition to others; display passion and optimism; mobilize others to fulfill the                                              vision.

Quality Management   Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.

Strategic Thinking       Develop strategies to achieve organizational goals; understand organization's strengths and weaknesses; analyze                                              market and competition; identify external threats and opportunities; adapt strategy to changing conditions.

Innovation                   Display original thinking and creativity; meet challenges with resourcefulness; generate suggestions for improving                                             work; develop innovative approaches and ideas; present ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

ABILITIES

Language – Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of clients, customers, and the general public.

Reasoning – Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Theory of Change – Consistently demonstrate the ability to adapt to changes in the work environment; juggle and manage competing tasks and demands; and deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheet, presentation, and Internet software.

Physical – The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear and occasionally required to stand and walk.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to effectively handle high-stress situations, including long days (10 to 12 hours) and some evenings and weekends required.

Travel

Approximately 10% percent travel.  Must have a valid driver’s license.  

Camp Fire's Promise

Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within.

Camp Fire is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, sexual preference, disability, condition or any other group protected by law.


Location: Dallas, TX
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