The CEO must be a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and visionary leader with experience scaling an organization, leading an executive management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The successful CEO will serve as the “face of the agency” throughout the state and will have the oral and written communications skills necessary to articulate the vision at a very high level to the Board, staff, corporate and civic leaders, individual donors and agency partners.
Serve as chief executive officer of the organization; report to the board of directors; responsible for leading the organization’s success.
With the chair of the board, enable the board to fulfill its governance function and facilitate the optimum interaction between management and the board.
Direct and formulate the plan for achieving the agency’s mission, strategy, annual goals, and objectives.
Develop long-term relationships with donors, corporate and government leaders; work with the Board to generate significant funds for the organization.
Working in partnership with the board of directors and staff, implement the strategic three-year plan and develop the processes and approaches to achieve it, reporting progress on a quarterly basis.
Serve as liaison with BBBS of America and serve on committees or forums as necessary.
As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of BBBSOK and be driven by the mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience in scaling a multi-site organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.
The successful candidate will most likely have had several years of executive-level management and fundraising experience. As noted, this is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a “mission-driven” organization will be highly prized. Additional desired traits are:
Results – proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
Resource Development – proven ability to raise funds, create strategic partnerships, and generate support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and local, state and federal government sources.
Strategic Vision and Agility – ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
Capacity Building – ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly.
Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups.
Capacity to Enforce Accountability – develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed.
Action Oriented – enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.
General Management – thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems able to complement the leadership team’s skills in the areas of strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing.
Solid Educational Background – undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.
As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the count...ry. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.