About Long Beach BLAST (BLAST)
Long Beach BLAST, a nonprofit organization with an annual revenue of approximately $600k, was established in 2000. The organization’s mission is to improve academic and personal success for at-risk youth through collaboration and innovative approaches to mentoring and learning. Our vision is that every student is inspired to succeed academically and personally.
BLAST has matched over 9000 mentors since the inception and has provided services and support to over 900 at-risk students with 547 academic mentors this past school year in the Long Beach area. There is a strong relationship with the mentors from CSULB, LBCC, and Dominguez Hills with workshops and advancement opportunities for the mentors; therefore the relationships with the Institutions of Higher Education is crucial.
About the Executive Director Position
We have a full-time opportunity for our Executive Director (ED) of BLAST. The ED will report to the Board of Directors and will manage a small team to achieve qualitative and quantitative growth for the organization. The ED is responsible for the infrastructure of the organization through effective management of employees, fundraising, public relations, explore local, state, and federal funds and will work closely with the Board to build capacity in preparation for the future.
The Executive Director will be a dynamic leader responsible for the management of BLAST staff and programs, support additional funding and effective and affective utilization of funding and ensuring efficient running and fulfilling the Boards Mission and Responsibility. The ED will provide vision and operational leadership, drive growth, serve as the point of contact for development efforts and serve as a representative of the organization in the community.
The requirements of the Executive Director role are as follows:
- Demonstrated leadership within a nonprofit or private organization, especially working with children/youth programs.
- At least 2 years in a recent management position within a professional organization.
- First-hand experience, understanding or appreciation of how education can transform lives.
- Successful track record in business development or fundraising.
- Demonstrated knowledge of human resources especially with regard to risk management and compliance and finance and budgeting.
- A college degree from an accredited college or university.
- Experience with program development and evaluation.
- Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
- Strong people-skills, leadership and management techniques.
- Excellent knowledge of Long Beach and the specific challenges and strengths of the area.
- Some Evenings and weekends may be necessary to attend community events.
The Essential Functions of the ED Role
Development (35%): Ensure the development of resources needed to sustain and grow the BLAST programs and operations. Build and strengthen development infrastructure and capacity. Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan with the Board. Develop and cultivate relationships with individuals, foundations, corporations and other funding entities. Supervise development activities.
Program Development and Management (20%): Ensure development and effective management of the BLAST programs. Strengthen and manage the infrastructure required to expand and deliver exceptional programming, including reporting and documentation to funders. Provide leadership to the staff and volunteers to help direct program planning and development in order to achieve objectives.
Operational Management and Planning (10%): Ensure effective management of all functions of the organization by directing and/or developing: Human Resources, Program Evaluation, Risk Management, Finance, Development and Information Technology. Oversee the development and implementation of best practices in order to reduce risk and promote efficiency in all aspects of the organization. Prepare an annual operating plan in agreement with the strategic plan that outlines scope, budget and timing of programs and projects.
Finance and Budgets (10%): Ensure effective management of financial resources in order to preserve and promote financial integrity and viability of the organization. Direct the preparation of the annual program and operating budget. Monitor and control financial performance against budget expectations. Direct and maintain appropriate and compliant reporting and auditing activities.
Board Relations and Strategic Planning (10%): Support the Board of Directors to fulfill its mission, governance and fiduciary responsibilities. Assist or participate in the work of committees, attend and report at Board meetings and maintain open and effective communication with the Board as a whole—and with individual members—in order to keep the Board apprised of key developments affecting the organization.
External Relationships and Communications (15%): Build and maintain positive relationships with key constituencies, external stakeholders and the public and serve as spokesperson for the organization. Regularly attend and present at community events.
How to Apply
Please submit your letter of interest and resume. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept direct inquiries about this position and ask that you apply using the information provided. We thank you in advance for your interest.