Urban Alliance

Executive Director

The Urban Alliance Board of Directors is seeking a new Executive Director to lead a vibrant Christian organization located in Greater Hartford, Connecticut. Urban Alliance’s mission is to create opportunities for people to achieve lasting change in their lives through the collaborative work of churches and organizations in our local community. Our vision is to see people become spiritually, physically, economically, and socially healthy and whole as God intended. Urban Alliance currently equips a diverse network of 100 churches and nonprofit ministries to meet community needs. Through five initiatives, Urban Alliance partners with network participants to strengthen community programs that are serving over 100,000 people.

Brief Description

The Executive Director has overall responsibility and accountability for the fundraising, strategic, financial, administrative, and programmatic operations of Urban Alliance, Inc. The Executive Director works with the Board to secure resources and lead the development of Urban Alliance’s strategic goals and priorities, which he/she is then broadly responsible for executing. A key priority for the Executive Director will be to lead the organization in developing and cultivating new donor relationships and increasing financial support for the UA mission. The Executive Director represents the organization in the community and with external partners. He/she leads the Urban Alliance staff to ensure the achievement of goals in the strategic and operating plans, inclusive of fiscal health and stability, mission impact, and overall organizational accountability. This full-time position includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, along with a benefits package.

Reporting Relationships

The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors of Urban Alliance. The Executive Director provides appropriate levels of supervision and/or oversight to a current staff of seven.

Key Qualifications

Faith and Service

An active personal faith in Jesus Christ, regular involvement in a local church, and a strong commitment to UA’s mission, vision, values, and guiding principles. Strong and foundational grounding in sound Christian doctrine and a vision for UA’s role in kingdom-building work.

Character and Integrity

A high level of personal responsibility, accountability, and integrity. Maintains a positive attitude and welcomes feedback and guidance from the Board, UA staff, and other key partners.

Education and Experience

At least a Bachelor’s Degree, and preferably an advanced degree, in a field relevant to the management of non-profit and/or faith-based organizations, as well as at least five years of relevant work experience, including executive and/or management level responsibilities.

Desired Skills and Competencies

Demonstrated success overseeing and executing on the responsibilities associated with the position, including but not limited to:

  • Fundraising. Must have demonstrated expertise and a record of accomplishment as a lead fundraiser. Working in collaboration with a Director of Development, the Executive Director will be responsible for building and scaling fundraising capacity and performance and establishing a fundraising culture throughout the organization. Fundraising responsibilities will encompass maintaining existing and developing new individual and foundation donors to UA, as well as closing on business development and other earned revenue opportunities.
  • Relational Focus. Must have a demonstrated ability to work in a professional, helpful, and flexible manner with a variety of people from diverse Christian denominational backgrounds and faith expressions, as well as people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Leadership and Management. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and management of financial, programmatic, and administrative responsibilities. Ability to develop and translate strategic goals into meaningful operation/implementation plans, including metrics to track and monitor the success of UA’s programs and initiatives. Ability to bridge and synergize development and programmatic areas of the organization. Demonstrated ability to mentor UA staff to develop their professional skills and bring forth optimal performance, a team culture, and job satisfaction.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak publicly with poise and persuasion, to motivate and influence staff and network stakeholders, and to communicate a vision. Has a proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with Board members, staff, and a network of community allies. Excellent verbal presentation and written communication skills including a high degree of proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and related communication and business planning software.
  • Ability to Self-Manage. Highly organized and autonomous with excellent time-management skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize activities appropriately, consistently meets deadlines, follows through on commitments and executes efficiently.
  • Community-Oriented. An established connection to the needs of Hartford and the Greater Hartford area is not required, but helpful.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Fundraising and Fiscal Sustainability

  • Leads and participates directly in fundraising activities sufficient to increase support for the organization’s strategic and operations plans and programmatic activities.
  • Identifies potential funders, cultivates relationships, and directly solicits financial support for Urban Alliance.
  • Effectively manages an investment endowment including a spending policy that maintains the purchasing power of the endowment for supporting Urban Alliance’s programmatic activities.
  • Communicates key fundraising data and information to the Board in a timely manner.

Financial Operations

  • Develops a fiscally sound budget for Urban Alliance that accurately reflects fiscal realities and positions the organization to achieve its mission, strategic goals, and operations plan.
  • Diligently monitors the budget and the organization’s financial performance over time, and communicates key financial performance data and information to the Board in a timely manner. Takes proactive steps to ensure the organization’s fiscal stability and long-term viability.
  • Possesses familiarity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Mobilizes financial and in-kind resources for community initiatives through philanthropic industry knowledge, proposal development, and professional relationship cultivation.

Organizational Leadership

  • Works with the Board to develop Urban Alliance’s vision, mission, and strategic goals and priorities.
  • Provides leadership and support to the Board and its committees. Schedules regular Board meetings, leads the preparation of relevant information and materials, and is an active participant in Board meetings.
  • Provides effective management of all Urban Alliance staff resulting in optimal performance and mission impact.

Administration and Human Resources

  • Leads staff recruitment, hiring, and retention activities.
  • Leads the design of employee salary and benefits packages.
  • Consistently manages staff to high levels of performance and accountability.
  • Develops and manages the procurement of human resources support (i.e., staff, volunteers) for community initiatives through agreements with local community groups (e.g., churches, parachurch organizations).
  • Provides oversight and management of operational and routine administrative functions (e.g., accounting, program, support staff, communications).

Programmatic Leadership

  • Translates vision, mission, and strategic goals into realistic and achievable strategic/operations plans.
  • Develops and leads the execution of high-impact programs and services delivered to network partners and the community.
  • Ensures the organization conducts thorough research and obtains thoughtful feedback from the community to accurately identify and address the needs of partner organizations and the community.
  • Identifies key contacts in the community and develops working relationships and alliances that produce strategic benefits and support to the Urban Alliance mission.
  • Uses comprehensive quality control procedures to select, manage, and evaluate organizational partners and service providers.
  • Ensures the organization uses Results Based Accountability to develop and report metrics and measures that demonstrate the impact of programs and services. Communicates these findings to the Board and to other key constituents and partners.

Communication and External Relationships

  • Serves as the “public face” of Urban Alliance with community partners.
  • Develops and manages the communications area through marketing programs, development of program-related materials, branding, and other resources.

Applying for the Position

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