EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Northcott Neighborhood House (NNH) is a multipurpose community center created by the United Methodist Church in 1961. We provide education, job training, employment opportunities, and necessities to youth, families, and senior citizens in the NNH neighborhood area.      

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide day-to-day leadership to agency staff, represent the organization at community functions, develop and maintain working relationships with governmental entities, social services agencies, and private and public foundations. As a Mission Agency of the United Methodist Church, the Executive Director is required to participate in activities and serve on committees as assigned by the Presiding Bishop.  As a member of United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM), the Executive Director will be part of UNCOM’s Board of Directors and be an active participant in the meetings and responsibilities of such.

 
 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 
 

Public Relations

  • Champions NNH Mission and Vision.
  • Communicates NNH culture, goals, outcomes, strategic plan, and news to the broader community.
  • Advocates on behalf of interests of NNH and target area residents as appropriate.
  • Serves as a representative and spokesperson for NNH in the community. Works with the City of Milwaukee and other community stakeholders.
  • Acts as the primary relationship contact for all funding sources.
  • Consistent engagement with UNCOM and the UMC as an active partner, enriching the resources available to NNH and contributing to the overall health of the broader community.

 
 

Personnel and Supervisory Duties

  • Responsible for day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Oversees program direction, impact, and results. Provides leadership and direction to staff on the development, continuity, and expansion of agency programs.
  • Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, coaching, evaluation, and managing NNH personnel.
  • Enforces compliance with personnel policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the professional development of all NNH staff; monitors the progress of staff’s Individual Development Plans. Leads by example but strives to achieve results through managers and team leaders.

 
 

Performance Management

  • Assesses, analyzes, and tracks NNH program goals and outcomes
  • Works collaboratively with Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Public Schools, City, State, and Federal Governments and private funding sources to develop viable programming for youth and adults consistent with the agency mission and goals.
  • Advances performance management tracking systems
  • Reviews and approves all program implementation plans and schedules developed by Team Leaders.
  • Negotiates all agency contracts and ensures that they are properly executed and posted.
  • Approves all requests for bids, for proposals and other contractual documents in accordance with requirements of each funding source.
  • Reviews and approves all required reporting information to various funding sources.

 
 

Financial Management

  • Approves program budgets and ensures that appropriate reports to each funding source be produced.
  • Guides managers and team leaders to operate their programs so that revenue and costs are managed within budget guidelines and to ensure long term organizational sustainability.
  •  Works with government, private foundations, and others to acquire funding for the growth and development of agency programs.
  • In conjunction with the Board Finance Committee and Treasurer, drafts a timely annual budget for board adoption.
  • Approves purchases, monitors cash flow, and stewards resources in an appropriate manner.
  • Protects all assets by ensuring proper insurance coverage and adequate security.

 
 

Board Development

  • Serves as the principal liaison between the Board and NNH staff.
  • Provides active staff support to Board and Board committees.
  • Attends all Board meetings, sits on Executive, Finance, and Personnel Committee.
  • Presents timely quantitative and qualitative reports to the Board and board committees on the status of NNH activities and projected needs.

 
 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this role 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.

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in business administration, community development, urban planning, urban educational administrative leadership, social work, or related field required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of related leadership experience with a proven track record of designing, implementing and evaluating urban education, social, economic development, or related programs.
  • Proven ability to work with urban youth and adults from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Working understanding of social enterprise in Milwaukee; ability to engage and lead in For-Profit and Not for Profit circles.
  • Demonstrated ability to grow and develop program revenue.
  • Experience working with complex budgets; demonstrated understanding of financial statements and fiscal responsibility.
  • Ability to and experience with fundraising on the local, statewide, and national levels; grant writing skills a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate the development of donors and partnerships.
  • Keen awareness of NNH community assets, opportunities, needs, and challenges.
  • Experience working with political, government, and community stakeholders.
  • Ability to take direction from the Board of Directors and to delegate tasks as appropriate.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; ability to represent the agency.
  • Technologically literate; Proficient use of Microsoft Office applications [Word, Excel, PowerPoint], database, and internet.
  • A willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Automobile and Insurance

 
 

Mental/Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit, walk, stand, bend, and frequently lift throughout the workday.
  • Occasionally lifts items weighing up to 20 lbs.
  • Must have functional speech, vision, and hearing.
  • Operates all equipment necessary to perform the job.
  • Exposure to a normal office environment.

 
 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Northcott Neighborhood House (NNH) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. We will not discriminate against an applicant for employment because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical disabilities, political affiliation, sexual orientation, color, gender identity characteristics or expression, marital status, veteran status, or medical condition (e.g., AIDS, cancer). We strongly encourage LGBTQ, women, People of Color and People with Disability to apply.

 
 

To Apply:

  • Please send a cover letter and résumé to the Personnel Committee at jobs@northcotthouse.org
  • Please include the subject line: Executive Director Application
  • The cover letter ideally will be a statement about how your experience can help NNH achieve their goals and what your vision is for NNH over the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Email submissions only; no mailed applications or phone calls, please