NAEHCY is seeking an experienced Executive Director who is well respected as a community leader in the field of education for homeless children and youth and has a passion for ensuring they have access to education. The successful candidate should excel at building strong relationships, both internally and externally, and be able to provide leadership in strategic vision, servant leadership, fundraising, and general management for a dynamic, growing membership association.
The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the Association’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The ED provides leadership to the Board in the areas of public policy, planning, and program development. The ED is the organization’s chief fundraiser and spokesperson and is responsible for cultivating partnerships with government, corporate, and foundation leaders, individual donors, and homelessness leaders nationally. The ED leads and directs staff and contractors and provides support and assistance to volunteers, including the Board of Directors and committees. The ED will oversee the annual operating budget. The ED must have business acumen and be able to utilize the synergies of a strong team to support growth initiatives such as regional technical assistance consultants and training hubs. The ideal candidate will build on NAEHCY’s past successes, expand its reach and influence, and find creative ways to meet membership needs around professional development, the annual conference, and technical assistance. The position requires an entrepreneurial, business, and results-oriented approach. This person must be able to keep a big picture perspective while ensuring the attention to detail required is fully addressed. In addition, this candidate will bring energy, passion, intellectual curiosity, creativity, flexibility, and humility to their work.
Embody the mission and core values of NAEHCY and will exhibit passion about the work of NAEHCY both inside and outside the Association;
Have the ability to build strong relationships and engage education, community, and national partners who support the mission of NAEHCY;
Be a proven leader in the nonprofit multi-service arena and have the ability to accurately assess the needs of membership and implement the Association’s strategic direction, policy, and programming over multiple years;
Be a strong strategic thinker who can enhance and refine NAEHCY’s strategic vision, priorities, goals, and measures to meet program outcomes; engage staff, contractors, volunteers, and partners; and deliver sustainable results;
Demonstrate leadership in, and knowledge of, the McKinney-Vento homeless education assistance act, technical assistance, and professional programming for staff who work with homeless children and youth (representing diverse cultures);
Work closely with and/or provide technical assistance to educational agencies (LEAs) and school districts to keep homeless students in their original school;
Demonstrate success in building and sustaining a comprehensive fundraising program, ideally with experience across a full range of funding sources including individuals, corporations, foundations, and government;
Assure a sustainable business model and develop new resources and partnerships at scale, including public and private funding, contracts for services, and program partnerships;
Have considerable experience creating, building, and managing partnerships with an array of groups and individuals;
Possess knowledge of management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership techniques, and the effective use of time and resources;
Be experienced in fiscal planning and budget management for an organization of comparable size and scope;
Have the ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative;
Be an innovative leader who focuses on taking risks, spurring staff ingenuity, and autonomous thought where knowledge is valued, and challenges are viewed as learning opportunities;
Have a high level of comfort with public relations and public speaking as well as communicating information to a wide range of audiences – from members, policy makers, donors, and volunteers to the press and the general public;
Possess experience with government relations processes and working with other local, state, and national groups in the field of education for homeless children and youth;
Have the ability to network and build collaborative relationships and partnerships with state coordinators, homeless school liaisons, community agencies, public and private sources, donors, and educational and policy leaders;
Have experience with reporting to, and supporting, a governing Board;
And, possess the ability to build a highly effective team.
Additional Salary Information: $75,000-$85,000
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About National Assocation of Edcuation for Children and Youth
Established in 1989, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association focused on addressing educational issues faced by children and youth experiencing homelessness. Members work in public schools, state departments of education, early childhood programs, institutions of higher education, and community organizations to support the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth. NAEHCY offers professional development, resources, and training support for anyone and everyone interested in supporting the academic success of children and youth challenged by homelessness, as well as provides information and updates on federal policy that affect policies and resources for homeless children, youth, and families. NAEHCY also facilitates the largest annual national conference for this population, providing more than 80 concurrent sessions attended by more than 1,600 members from across the nation.