InsideOut is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry.
Since 1995, iO has helped to amplify the voices of thousands of students by dispatching professional poets and writers into classrooms. The writers conduct creative workshops, helping students create poems, stories, artwork and stage-ready performance pieces. Students contribute to their school’s literary journal, which is published and presented by iO at the end of school year.
We are seeking a visionary leader to serve as InsideOut’s Executive Director. This talented individual will successfully build upon the organization’s outstanding programming that has influenced so many young lives, while strategically leading iO to the next level of organizational structure and sustainability.
With strong partnerships in the institutional funding community and long-standing relationship with the Detroit Public Schools and other school districts, iO is well positioned to continue its track record of excellent programming. The Executive Director will play a key leadership role in building strong revenue models, both earned and contributed, and creating systems for years of sustainable growth.
Our passionate Board of Directors is ready to help the successful candidate engage the community, revise and implement the strategic plan, and develop new sources of funding.
We seek leadership of InsideOut’s overall strategic, operational, financial, fundraising, and programmatic initiatives, however there is also an inspiring team of 6 full-time staff, 4 part-time staff and 20 contractual teaching artists that support the Executive Director.
Develop relationships with institutional partners, foundations, schools, donors and corporate sponsors
Identify new earned and unearned revenue streams
Create and execute development plan and calendar
Create, monitor, and adjust annual budget, and develop quarterly financial reports
Estimate and ensure consistent cash flow
Analyze and evaluate the current iO business model
PRIORITY 2: ORGANIZATION OVERSIGHT (20% of time)
Protect, drive, and build organizational culture
Create organizational processes and drive efficiencies
Ensure quality programs are in place through evaluation and student feedback
Develop student program evaluation process, gathering metrics for fundraising purposes
Ensure organization is running effectively, providing support to staff and writers
Schedule and conduct weekly leadership meetings, and conduct staff meetings as needed
PRIORITY 3: COMMUNITY OUTREACH (20% of time)
Build networks in education, arts, and business community
Champion and communicate vision externally, serving as ambassador
Understand arts & culture field; serve as leader in arts & literary community
Create and implement communication plan; serve as iO spokesperson
Navigate Detroit political and cultural environments
Build relationships with Detroit Public Schools & other districts, and visit the school programming
PRIORITY 4: BOARD RELATIONS (10% of time)
Set vision with board and lead strategic planning process
Collaborate with board and build meaningful relationships
Engage and solicit board members, overseeing board giving
Identify board needs and recruit new members
Meet with board committees as appropriate
Develop board processes, including new member orientation
Set board expectations and responsibilities
PRIORITY 5: TALENT MANAGEMENT (20% of time)
Manage, motivate, mentor, and develop staff
Set goals and evaluate staff
Create and implement performance evaluation process
Understand and evaluate staffing needs, hiring as necessary
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 31. Please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com No phone calls please.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
We know that experience matters. We also know that the ideal candidate will have many of these important characteristics:
A passion for setting and achieving goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances;
The ability to see the big picture, and understand what actions to take to impact desired results;
The ability to analyze all aspects of a situation, evaluate resources, and make sound decisions;
The drive to quickly understand the needs of complex situations and establish effective action plans and processes;
A passion for leading others in a way that draws followers into a united effort;
The ability to understand others sufficiently to develop their potential, and lead them to achieve results through effective interpersonal skills, tapping into their motivational drivers, and need for accomplishment;
Exceptional problem solving skills; and
A passion for the literary arts as a tool to transform the minds and lives of students.
MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
5+ years experience in leadership roles within the corporate or non-profit sectors; proven track-record of success and sustainability in those roles;
Demonstrated success leading people, teams, and board members in diverse and collaborative environments;
Demonstrated success in developing relationships and raising funds, overseeing the financial and organizational operations, marketing, and building supportive communities;
Demonstrated success navigating complex relationships, engaging important stakeholders, thinking innovatively, and solving problems creatively;
Exceptionally strong communication (verbal, written) and interpersonal skills;
InsideOut is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. Since 1995, iO has helped to amplify the voices of thousands of students by dispatching professional poets and writers into classrooms. The writers conduct creative workshops, helping students create poems, stories, artwork and stage-ready pe...rformance pieces. Students contribute to their school’s literary journal, which is published and presented by iO at the end of school year.
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