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The Executive Director will champion Starfinder’s soccer for social change mission and work closely with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through high quality programs, strategic partnerships, and effective operations. The Executive Director drives strategic planning, ensures fiscal health, and cultivates a high-performing team.
The Executive Director will partner with the Board and staff to develop a strategic vision for Starfinder’s future, oversee the development and implementation of Starfinder’s programs and operations, and enhance Starfinder’s visibility by being active in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations. Additionally, the Executive Director will lead Starfinder’s efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive leadership and governance structure.
The Executive Director will serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization to its constituents, the media, and the general public. The Executive Director will also cultivate positive relationships with current and potential stakeholders to maintain and grow funding support and develop and sustain diverse funding sources, in partnership with Board and staff. The Executive Director will also drive marketing efforts to enhance organizational visibility.
The Executive Director will work with staff and the Board Finance Committee to prepare a comprehensive fiscal year operating budget and multi-year capital budget and projections. Internally, the Executive Director will ensure fiscal management to operate within the approved budget, maintain the organization in a positive financial position, and drive the growth of its resource. The Executive Director will work in conjunction with the Treasurer, Board, finance staff and auditors to maintain sound financial practices, reporting and systems with priority being given to keeping the Board fully apprised of the organization’s current and future fiscal health.
The Executive Director will be expected to oversee the successful administration of Starfinder’s operations, supervise a talented and committed team and ensure sound human resource practices are in place to maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and qualified staff. The Executive Director will also drive ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess achievement of all organizational goals and objectives and to ensure that programs and services maintain high quality.
As it relates to Board Governance, the Executive Director will support the Board in executing its governance responsibilities and ability to make informed decisions by keeping it fully informed. The Executive Director will attend and participate in all Board meetings while serving as an ex-officio member of the Board and its committees, as appropriate. The Executive Director will also help the Board recruit Board members from diverse and inclusive backgrounds representative of Starfinder’s multiplicity of stakeholders.
Starfinder’s annual operating budget is nearly $950K and growing. Our three-year strategic plan guides our long-term vision and goals. Starfinder is poised to expand its reach while continuing to deliver highly impactful programs that foster long-term engagement.
Responsibilities for the Executive Director will include, but are not limited to:
Additional Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Starfinder is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Philadelphia, PA that promotes positive youth development through high-quality youth sports programming. We use soccer as a tool to provide the opportunities and support youth need to be successful in their lives and to become healthy contributors to their communities.
We work with youth ages 6-18 in underserved communities throughout Philadelphia. We offer participants an experience through which they can excel in athletics while practicing life and leadership skills in a safe, fun, supportive, and challenging environment. Starfinder currently empowers over 900 children and teens annually through its programs at its indoor soccer and education facility in Manayunk and at community partner sites throughout the city.
At Starfinder we believe in the power of play. We know that fun is a great motivator and an effective amplifier for learning. We aim to reflect this – and all our core values – in our work practices. We are dedicated to creating a culture through which we continue to connect, learn, and grow.
Starfinder is seeking a new Executive Director. The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity will possess a passion for the mission, be a visionary and strategic leader, and someone with experience managing a team, fundraising and working closely with a dedicated Board of Directors. The Executive Director will understand the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and must be able to relate to the lived experiences of the people we serve. They must understand the power of relationships and consistently seek out opportunities to increase the organization’s impact with a range of stakeholders, especially our incredible program youth.
To apply to this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to StarfinderEDSearch@gmail.com by August 31, 2020. Your cover letter must include: a description of your relevant experience, highlighting anything specific that makes you stand out as a candidate, and how you believe you can serve Starfinder as its Executive Director. Just Strategies has been retained to lead this search. For more information regarding this please contact Dwayne Wharton of Just Strategies at firstname.lastname@example.orgMention you found this work on Generocity!
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