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Director of Education Services

Background:

The IIIC assists immigrant and refugee families from around the world as they integrate into American society. We are a vibrant welcome center that provides legal, education and wellness services, advocates for systemic change, and facilitates cross-cultural community building.

We are committed to supporting immigrant advancement in society, and we offer a range of courses, and tutoring opportunities to help give immigrants the skills, education, and confidence they need to earn a sustainable living, to contribute to economic development, and to integrate into society. We offer courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages, basic computer literacy, career advancement and citizenship education. Our Individual Achievement Program provides students with one-to-one coaching that supports them in achieving short-term and long-term career and education goals. Our Citizenship Engagement Program helps those who are on the journey to become new citizens become civically engaged.

The Director of Education Services leads our education program and is responsible for:

Program Leadership:

Ensure program goals align to the strategic plan, IIIC’s curriculum guidelines and IIIC’s outcomes logic model.

Revise curriculum and outcomes model as appropriate.

Manage ESOL, Career Advancement, Individual Achievement Program and Citizenship Preparation courses. 

ESOL instructors, program volunteers, and interns.

Lead recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation.

Lead monthly Education Services staff meetings.

Provide oversight and direction of Citizenship Engagement Program, ensuring goals are met.

Work collaboratively with other program directors and staff to ensure full integration of services between our programs.

Support the organizational leadership team by participating in regular meetings.

Instruction and Class Management:

Oversee student intake, class assignment, wait-list, and ensure that pre- and post- course student assessments are performed.

Provide student and teacher support when necessary.

Assist with case management of IIIC’s Individual Achievement Program

Ensure class attendance and performance of students in classes is recorded (data management).

Oversee student assessment.

Teach courses as needed – including technology/career advancement courses.

Assist development team with grant and report writing.

Provide bi-monthly internal reports and end of term reports.

Perform other duties as required

Qualifications:

Enthusiastically committed to the vision, mission and values of the IIIC.

Experience with Adult Basic Education

Excellent leadership, organizational management, and event management skills.

Strong computer skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills with good judgment, an approachable style, and a sense of humor.

BA degree in Education or related field required; MA or certification in TESOL preferred

A minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching ESOL to adults in a community based setting

Experience with language assessment

BEST Plus certified preferred

Candidates must be able to employ computer technology within the curriculum

TechGoesHome teacher certification required within first 3 months of employment

Reports to: Executive Director

Status:        32 hours per

ABOUT THE IRISH INTERNATIONAL IMMIGRANT CENTER

Building on our Irish roots of welcoming others, social justice and human rights, we help newcomers find community, and we stand up for immigration policies that are humane and just.  America is a nation of immigrants, and despite the current political climate, we are proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country and working together to create a better future for all.

Our vision is of a shared society where all people are welcomed and valued and enjoy equal opportunities and protections.

For more information on the Irish International Immigrant Center please see www.iiicenter.org

WORKING AT THE IIIC:

Our staff of thirty bring enthusiasm and a commitment to our mission and to the work they do at the Center.  Our generous benefits package that includes health coverage, 20 vacation days, 14 holidays, and 5 sick days, 12 weeks paid family leave and a matching 3% 403b contribution.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to career@iiicenter.org.

For more information on the Irish International Immigrant Center and the Education Services Program, please visit our website at www.iiicenter.org

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

The IIIC is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, creed or religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. We encourage applications from all those interested and qualified.

Southwest Senior Services (dba Ethos) Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Adrienne Langlois, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
617-330-1188 x285, alanglois@massnonprofitnet.org

 

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Ray Santos, rsantos@ethocare.org

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Ethos, an elder services organization which delivers high-quality, affordable home and community-based care, has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards are given each year to outstanding nonprofit organizations and professionals in the Commonwealth as part of MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday recognizing the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.

 

Ethos has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Innovation for its work establishing the Ethos Equality Fund, which will initiate, improve and expand services for aging LGBTs throughout Greater Boston. Ethos has been a leader among eldercare agencies in the state in the services it provides to the LGBT senior community. The fund, the first of its kind, is a significant step forward for equality for older LGBTs and their caregivers. The Ethos Equality Fund will provide more support for elderly LGBT caregivers as well as safer LGBT-affirming housing opportunities and more support for LGBTs aging with HIV/AIDS.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the Greater Boston,” said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Finalists like Ethos represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

Excellence Award finalists and winners are nominated by community members and their peers and are selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received 122 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

 

“Nonprofit Awareness Day was created to recognize the essential role that over 25,000 statewide nonprofits, with nearly a half million employees, play in our lives,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “These finalists represent the very best of this critical sector.”

 

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration on the morning of June 11 at the Massachusetts State House. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo will all serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event will be emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. For more information about Nonprofit Awareness Day and to register to attend, visit bit.ly/NPAD2012.

 

About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the entire nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.  MNN was launched in 2007 to strengthen communities by serving nonprofit organizations through advocacy, public awareness and capacity building. MNN includes nearly 500 members, representing nonprofits in every part of Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands. For more information, visit www.massnonprofitnet.org.

 

2020 Conference Workshops

Whether you’re looking to enhance your fundraising skills, boost your productivity, or energize your board, the workshops cover a variety of topics for every stage in your career and will provide you with everything you need to be more effective and efficient. You can view all of the options based on topic in the chart below and learn more about the workshops and presenters by clicking the titles below.

Badge-YNP This badge denotes a workshop ideal for young nonprofit professionals.

Workshops: Session 1 (10/6 at 10:00 am)

1A: Weathering the Storm: Considerations for Joint Ventures, Commercial Co-Ventures and Mergers Post COVID-19 Badge-YNP

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every business and nonprofit organization. Many experts have written about how nonprofits can handle fundraising during the crisis, suggesting increasing donor engagement, staying the course with capital campaigns, and increasing appeals focusing on the urgent need for current support. While some of these strategies may be very effective in the short-term, what about the long-term consequences? What happens in eighteen to twenty-four months from now, when charitable giving has shifted away from your organization’s charitable focus and towards health organizations or nonprofits that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion issues? Recent events could cast the long-term viability of many nonprofit organizations in doubt. In a typical year at least 7% of nonprofits close. One recent report indicated that between 11% and 38% of nonprofits could close due to COVID-19.

To better weather the storm, in addition to traditional fundraising techniques, charitable organizations should consider expanding their fundraising and mission reach by engaging in commercial co-ventures with for-profit entities, joint ventures with nonprofit and for-profit entities, or possibly merging with other nonprofits to assure long-term viability of their charitable purposes. Each one of these options could allow the organization to survive in these uncertain times.

Presenters:

Elizabeth Manchester, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP @pshlaw

Elizabeth Manchester

As Chair of the firm’s Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group, Elizabeth Manchester represents tax-exempt entities, centered on compliance, charitable gift planning issues and the implementation of planned and estate-giving strategies, and best practices. She advises charitable institutions and institutions of higher learning about tax benefits available to donors. She assists institutions with the inception of planned giving programs. Elizabeth also counsels individuals, families, and fiduciaries on all aspects of estate planning, estate settlement and trust administration in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including planning and tax strategies designed to further the unique goals of clients.

Russell Stein, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP @pshlaw

Russell Stein

Russell Stein focuses his practice on advising businesses on the intricacies of U.S. Federal and State tax regulations and advising nonprofit charities and charitable foundations on Federal tax regulations and State charitable regulations as well as general business matters. He advises nonprofit organizations, charities, and private foundations on a variety of issues ranging from start-up organizational matters through mergers and dissolution. Russell provides guidance on joint-ventures and partnerships between nonprofit and for-profit entities, including advice regarding state regulations and registration requirements involving commercial co-venture agreements.

1B: Aligning Messaging to Expand Engagement: Lessons Learned from the Vermont Resilience Messaging Project

Looking for engagement? Start with your messaging strategy.

Throughout Vermont, multiple public sector and non-profit organizations are working to foster resilience—each with its own model, key messages, and individual communications efforts. These competing models, messages, and campaigns can create confusion and barriers to engagement for individuals, families, and communities. Lack of integration of messaging and communications can also lead to inefficiency and lower overall impact. By creating a set of messages and common language that can be adopted statewide, the Vermont Resilience Messaging Project is working to better coordinate efforts to build resilience; maximize resources; increase statewide support; and ensure better access to resources to build resilience.

This interactive workshop, led by Vermont’s Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development and their Massachusetts-based marketing consultant, will share how a small team is developing a pragmatic roadmap for engaging diverse stakeholder groups; providing tools and technical assistance to align messaging and communications efforts; and tracking success against key goals.

NOTE: This project is supported by New England Public Health Training Center and Vermont Public Health Association.

Presenters:

Michele Levy, ML Brand Strategies @michelelevy

Michele Levy

Michele Levy helps mission-driven organizations develop compelling, consistent messaging and integrated communications in order to achieve their strategic goals. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Michele worked in advertising and management consulting as a strategist and client service lead. She served as Chief Marketing Officer for Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Cambridge School of Weston, and has held leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Michele received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University. She is the author of Building Your Brand: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations.

 

 

 

Auburn Watersong, VT Agency of Human Services @AuburnWatersong

Auburn Watersong

Auburn Watersong began her work in human services more than twenty-five years ago, and is a tenacious advocate for those struggling with the effects of trauma and toxic stress that result from systemic oppression, violence, abuse, and poverty. As Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development at Vermont’s Agency of Human Services, she works with direct service providers, governmental leaders, policy makers, and community stakeholders to build resilient individuals, workplaces, and communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and a Master’s in Divinity/Feminist Theology. She is an ordained Episcopal Priest and proud mother of two resilient young adults.

Workshops: Session 2 (10/6 at 11:30 am)

2A: Unconscious Bias in the WorkplaceBadge-YNP

We all use our upbringing, experiences, values, and past to filter daily interactions and to make sense of our surroundings and environment. This is normal human behavior. At times, the filter is at work consciously, but most times the filter is operating unconsciously. Do you prefer to hire people from your alma mater or Ivy League schools only? Would you screen Michael’s resume above Miguel’s resume if they had the same qualifications? We may tend to favor fellow graduates, those with more familiar names. These are some examples of unconscious or implicit bias. Unconscious bias also influences everyday interactions and perceptions. In the workplace, these unconscious biases can affect hiring, promotions, evaluations, dismissals, customer service, sales, revenue, profits and in healthcare, patient care and safety. Individual bias can unknowingly create organizational bias and a lack of employee and thought diversity. In turn, this can quickly result in a company culture of unconscious bias and accidental discrimination.

Presenters:

Saleha Walsh, Insource Services, Inc.

Saleha Walsh

As Vice President, Saleha Walsh applies her HR expertise in client communication and contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing client needs. She is jointly responsible for the overall management of client success, as well as providing leadership to, and strategic direction for, Insource’s consulting services and business development. Prior to launching Insource’s HR Practice, Saleha worked as an HR and Operations professional in several organizations, most recently for a national law firm headquartered in Boston. Saleha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Merrimack College.

 

DaQuall Graham, Insource Services, Inc.

DaQuall Graham

DaQuall Graham is responsible for driving and overseeing Insource’s training and employee development programs. He has extensive experience in operational and instructional leadership as well as a proven track record in improving performance and outcomes of teams and individuals. Prior to joining Insource, DaQuall worked as a Senior Director of Education and has completed training certifications in Educational Leadership and Executive Leadership Training. DaQuall holds a Masters of Art in Teaching from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from American International College. He has completed a Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Simmons College.

2B: Becoming a Virtual Virtuoso

The COVID-19 health crisis has profoundly impacted how Massachusetts nonprofits operate and deliver services to constituents. To meet this challenge, Empower Success Corps (ESC) has embarked on a virtual reinvention strategy that began in March 2020. As of May 2020, ESC has delivered more than 30 virtual workshops to its consultants and fellows and held its Annual Celebration of Service for over 100 participants. This workshop will focus on overcoming the challenges of converting communications, meetings, trainings, and collaborations into the virtual environment. Participants will learn how to convert in-person events like annual meetings, training sessions, and award ceremonies into powerful virtual experiences.

Presenters:

Willia Cooper, Empower Success Corps @wmhcooper

Willia Cooper

Willia Cooper is the co-leader of ESC’s Core Team for Virtual Strategy, converting ESC’s three-program operation (Consulting, Fellowships and Discovery) into virtual services. She has worked as a training and development director and practitioner for over 25 years. She was one of the early adopters of virtual meetings and trainings at Staples, Inc., converting a nine-month in-person leadership program into a five-month global, virtual program. She received Staples’ Guiding the Way award for her work. Willia became an ESC Fellow in 2018 and serves as the Transition Navigator Coordinator for Discovery Centers.

 

Donna Morelle, Empower Success Corps @donnamorelle

Donna Morelle

Donna Morelle is the co-leader of ESC’s Core Team for Virtual Strategy. She is also the Director of ESC Fellowships, providing transitional management support to nonprofits by experienced professionals through virtual and hybrid fellowship assignments. In her primary career, she worked in PK-12 education as a classroom teacher, school principal, curriculum leader, and Superintendent of Schools and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. In her encore career, she facilitates encore seminars and workshops, most recently presenting the virtual modules for Encore Fellows Boot Camp at ESC.

Workshops: Session 3 (10/8 at 10:00 am)

3A: How to Develop Inclusive Communications and Fundraising Strategies

In this virtual workshop, participants will better understand the value of centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in communications and fundraising practices. Through the introduction of YW Boston’s messaging philosophy, participants will learn about crafting more inclusive communications and fundraising strategies. Participants will learn about different tactics for assessing organizational communications in order to be more responsive and inclusive of their staff, stakeholders, constituents, funders, and donors. The workshop will begin with frameworks for planning inclusive internal and external communications, including communicating through a crisis. Then, we’ll discuss how nonprofits can design fundraising strategies that center inclusivity rather than altruism and charity.

Presenters:

Coralys Negretti, YW Boston @YWBoston

Coralys Negretti

As YW Boston’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Coralys Negretti supports the successful delivery of YW Boston programs, as well as bolstering the impact of the organization’s vision of a more inclusive and equitable city. By leveraging partnerships and overseeing strategic marketing and communications, Coralys works as a liaison between the program and fund development departments to increase engagement and promote the sustainability of YW Boston’s mission. She is passionate about digital storytelling and centering DEI in her work. Coralys served as a member of the 2019 Boston Women’s March Steering Committee and is a Massachusetts Commonwealth Seminar alum.

 

Dominique Calixte, YW Boston @YWBoston

Dominique Calixte

Dominique Calixte is currently the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Events at the YW Boston. In her career, she has supported nonprofits in building revenue streams implementing systems, and inclusive fundraising practices. Outside of her work commitments, she is a board member for the Boston Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, an advisory board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of Democrats for Education Reform and sits on AFP MA’s Education & IDEA committee.

3B: Problem, Process, People: Tools to Manage Projects with a Distributed WorkforceBadge-YNP

In the past few months, we’ve been forced to change our “normal” work routines, including how we interact with colleagues. This unplanned course shift placed a spotlight on the strengths and gaps in our processes. Take, for example, embracing video conferencing tools. We quickly learned that engaging folks on a video call required more than implementing technology and activating zoom features.

Productively engaging remote team members calls for greater transparency plus deliberate planning and communicating. In this hands-on workshop, we focus on digital project management techniques/tools designed to engage and manage co-located or distributed teams and impact your project’s outcome.

We begin the session with a lively exercise called “What’s the Problem?” where participants will learn how to create a problem statement that directionally guides the team. This exercise is the springboard to other electronic or hardcopy tools designed to stimulate planning conversations, focus alignment, keep key project issues top of mind, share information, and monitor progress as projects evolve. The tools shared in this session are proven techniques that engage people more effectively. Equally important, based on the session’s dynamics and format, participants will be able to implement these techniques immediately.

Presenter:

Irene Mauch, PMP, Project Management Institute, Mass Bay Chapter @mauchgroup

Irene Mauch

As a Project Management Center of Excellence, the Chapter’s mission is to promote the practices of PM through quality programs and training. Irene Mauch earned a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue, where her lifelong interest in empowering individuals to work better was sparked. She is LEAN Six Sigma and PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, and earned a MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management. As a facilitator and trainer, Irene takes great pleasure in sharing with others the PM techniques that help deliver successful projects.

Workshops: Session 4 (10/8 at 11:30 am)

4A: Corporate Partnerships in Time of Pandemic and ProtestsBadge-YNP

2020 has been a year like no other. This is especially true when it comes to corporate philanthropy. Due to COVID-19 and racial equity movement, companies have had to rethink and revise their corporate philanthropy and employee engagement strategies, resources and partnerships. For nonprofit leaders and fundraising departments, this evolution is a challenge but also an opportunity. This session will share recent survey results of more than 100 companies on how their giving strategies, plans, and priorities have changed due to the events of 2020. We’ll then share what companies are looking for from their current and future nonprofit partners to ensure greater engagement and impact. The session will also feature the philanthropy leaders of two Massachusetts companies, BAE Systems and Dunkin Brands to discuss the evolving needs, expectations when it comes to identifying and evaluating nonprofit partnerships and grants. The goal is to better inform and empower Massachusetts nonprofits as they seek to attract and grow corporate support during these uncertain times.

Presenter:

Rich Maiore, Rocket Social Impact @rdmaiore

Rich Maiore

Rich Maiore brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and communications experience with a track record of developing and implementing impactful corporate and nonprofit partnerships. His agency, Rocket Social Impact works with a range of companies and nonprofit organizations to raise awareness, engagement and dollars. Prior to starting Rocket, Rich was Senior. Vice President at Cone Communications leading the agency’s nationally recognized Social Impact practice His nonprofit work experience includes leading corporate fundraising for Reading Is Fundamental and American Rivers.

4B: Evaluation, Reporting, and Learning in the Era of COVIDBadge-YNP


2020 is the year when nothing has gone as planned. Programs have been nimble, adaptive, and responsive to their communities. But questions remain: How do we amend our evaluation plan? How do we talk to funders about what actually happened? How do we redirect funding to a different or updated program?

In this workshop, we will tackle these questions with a framework for documenting and learning from change. Using the lenses of strategy, fund development, and evaluation, we will use a case study to understand how to document the changes that we have put into place, how to amend our evaluation plans to be useful internally and to external stakeholders, and how to use our data and learning to communicate effectively with funders.

 

Presenters:

Pieta Blakely, Blakely Consulting, LLC @Pieta_Blakely

Pieta Blakely

Pieta Blakely, PHD (she/her) is a researcher and evaluator, specializing in evaluations of education and workforce development programs. As Principal of Blakely Consulting, LLC, Dr. Blakely helps organizations build evaluation capacity, integrate evaluation into their programs, and use learning for strategic planning. Her clients include a range of anti-poverty and social justice organizations, particularly those that serve disadvantaged and minoritized youth. Dr. Blakely received her BA from Brown University in Organizational Behavior and Management and Anthropology, her MS in Administrative Science from Boston University, her MEd from Harvard University, and her PhD from Brandeis University in Social Policy.

 

 

Cynthia Rojas, To Your Growth

Cynthia Rojas

Cynthia Rojas is the Principal of To Your Growth! a consulting firm that specializes in organizational development, process improvement, talent development, and change management. Cynthia works with organizations at key inflection points and helps convert their current practices into systems that promote innovation, improve quality, and ensure sustainability. Cynthia is also co-executive producer of a weekly talk show titled, Coffee Time with Masterminds, featured on Facebook Live where she (and her co-hosts) invite leaders to talk about urgent issues brought on by the pandemic. Her goal is to help companies solve complex problems so they can perform at their best.

 

 

 

Rebecca Tuttle, Grant Write Now!

Rebecca Tuttle

Rebecca Tuttle, Principal, Grant Write Now, LLC, Grant Writing for Good, & Author, has taught 6,011 professionals, nationwide, how to find, write, and secure grant funding, raising $26M for her clientele. A federal grant reviewer, research writer, and accountability practitioner, Rebecca lends her expertise through online thought leadership, nonprofit sustainability consulting, fundraising education for six and seven figure portfolio development. On a mission to help grant writers elevate their pursuit of grant funding, and engage community investors in designing a more equitable grant writing agenda, Rebecca is versed in Neurodiversity, Executive Function, Learning Differences, holds a M.Ed. and B.A., Political Science.

Workshops: Session 5 (10/13 at 10:00 am)

5A: Organizational Change to Achieve Equity

In this workshop, facilitators will guide participants in identifying cultural and organizational change necessary to achieving equity in the workplace. Participants will become familiar with a key tool for organizational change. They will review research and studies exploring the interaction between individual identities, power, and privilege in the workplace. Interpersonal, institutional, ideological, and internalized dimensions will be explored. Participants will explore micro, meso, and macro components necessary to achieving organizational change.

Presenters:

Beth Chandler, YW Boston @YWBoston

Beth Chandler

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations. Prior to working at YW Boston, Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping schools close the achievement gap. Beth has held positions at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation and Neighborworks America. Beth also worked as a corporate banking associate with Bank of America in corporate banking and began her career as a research and evaluation analyst with the Urban Institute.

Kathryn Henderson, YW Boston @YWBoston

Kathryn Henderson

Kathryn Henderson joined YW Boston in 2009, with more than 10 years of non-profit program management experience. In 2019, she was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and currently oversees the organization’s partnership, thought leadership, and engagement efforts. In addition, she oversees the LeadBoston alumni network. Prior to YW Boston, Kathryn was national programs manager for Reach Out and Read, an acclaimed youth literacy program. She has also worked with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from Springfield College.

5B: Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19Badge-YNP


Nonprofits need a strong connection with government now more than ever as they seek economic relief for themselves and the vulnerable populations they serve or seek to influence public policy or reform. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed nonprofits’ abilities to lobby legislators. Not only are in-person meetings with legislators and staff, lobby days in the State House, and packed hearing rooms on hold, but the legislative process itself has changed as the Legislature passes interim budgets and extends the formal session beyond July 31st. These changes necessitate a massive shift in strategy for how nonprofits lobby.

This workshop will be led by a lobbyist with over 25 years of experience advocating for nonprofits along with the director of a successful Massachusetts coalition. The workshop will focus on new, remote strategies and methods for advocating to legislators during a global pandemic, and it will use a recent virtual event with over 600 attendees hosted by the newly formed Massachusetts COVID-19 Perinatal Task Force, along with their successes in the Legislature, as an example for how to create an effective and engaging advocacy strategy. Participants will also learn tactics for communicating with legislators and staying up to date on State House developments.

 

Presenters:

Charles Glick, Charles Group Consulting

Charles Glick

Charles Glick is a seasoned lobbyist with over twenty years of experience in advocacy, politics and community relations. He has successfully lobbied on some of the most controversial issues facing Massachusetts. Prior to forming Charles Group Consulting in 2001, Charles served as Director of Government Affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston. Through CGC, he has helped his clients secure millions of dollars in public funding and pass groundbreaking legislation. He holds an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a Masters in Communal Service from Brandeis University, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

 

 

Kate Worrall, Charles Group Consulting

Kate Worrall

Kate Worrall serves as CGC’s Vice President. She joined CGC in 2012, and brought to the position a diverse background in grassroots and direct lobbying at the state and federal level. Together, she and Charles provide strategic government affairs advice to clients and organize fundraising events to promote the valuable services that they provide to underserved populations. Before joining CGC, Kate served as Legislative Assistant and Membership Coordinator for the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a federal trade association focusing on education and advocacy around business immigration issues.

 

 

 

Emily Anesta, Bay State Birth Coalition @baystatebirth

Emily Anesta

Emily Anesta is a passionate advocate for maternal health and justice, especially access to midwives. In 2016, she founded Bay State Birth Coalition for consumer-led policy advocacy to expand access to midwives in Massachusetts. Emily served as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery for two years and is a co-founder of the Birth Future Foundation. She was an Executive Producer of the 2016 documentary “Why Not Home.” Previously, Emily spent over a decade leading technology research and development projects at MIT. She holds an MS and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Workshops: Session 6 (10/13 at 11:30 am)

6A: Crises as a Catalyst: A Call for Race Equity & Inclusive LeadershipBadge-YNP

Times of crisis challenge social sector leaders in extraordinary ways. The unprecedented circumstances brought forth by the pandemic and racial justice protests call on each of us to individually reflect, collectively support, and intentionally adapt our work to meet the urgent needs of this moment. During this session, we will discuss a reflective tool and guide that ProInspire developed – Crises as a Catalyst: A Call for Race Equity & Inclusive Leadership – to support individuals and organizations to advance race equity in this moment.

At the foundation of this guide are ProInspire’s Leadership Practices for Inclusion and Impact (publication forthcoming in fall 2020) that brings racial equity into expectations for leaders and describes the practices these leaders can embody. Current leadership models are based on white dominant forms of leadership, which do not integrate lived experience, identities, or racial equity into how a person leads. This can prevent organizations from moving forward towards a more liberated and inclusive future. Presenters will specifically highlight how these practices show up in times of crisis, and how moments like these can be a catalyst for change, to build more inclusive cultures and make progress towards race equity in our organizations.

 

Presenters:

Kristen Lucas, ProInspire @ProInspire

Kristen Lucas

Kristen Lucas brings over 15 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors and her own journey as a white woman working towards racial equity to her work with social impact leaders. Kristen designs and facilitates ProInspire’s leadership programs with nonprofit and philanthropic partners. Prior to joining ProInspire, Kristen worked at Teach For America, expanding organizational capacity by managing team operations and strategy and supporting staff and teachers by expanding the organization’s identity- and values-based leadership programming. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and lives in DC with her husband and children.​

 

 

Monisha Kapila, ProInspire @monishakapila

Monisha Kapila

Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to help individuals and organizations achieve their potential for social impact. As a first-generation South Asian immigrant from Flint, Michigan, Monisha’s passion stems from her personal experience working in the nonprofit sector. Over the past decade, she has led ProInspire to grow from supporting five fellows to working with hundreds of organizations to advance leadership and equity. Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BBA from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

6B: Turning Ordinary Donors into Mega-DonorsBadge-YNP


This workshop focuses on building a strong individual giving program. It will explore how a home healthcare organization that raises about $1.1 million a year, raised more than $600,000 during the early onset of COVID-19 and continued raising funds throughout the spring and summer. This wasn’t a fluke or a one-time aberration. This was the result of years of carefully stewarding and cultivating donors. When they needed them most – they were there instantly. More importantly, they continue to be engaged with the organization, and projections for fundraising revenue through the rest of the year remain high, despite the fact that two of their major fundraising events were cancelled. This workshop will detail the fundraising plan and strategies that were put into place three years prior to COVID-19, which were already yielding 20 to 30% increases year over year. It will demonstrate how building strong donor relationships results in donors responding enthusiastically when there is an urgent need. Their experience provides a blueprint for how nonprofits should consider raising funds today — pivoting from large scale events to a program of strong donor stewardship and cultivation.

 

Presenters:

Sharon Danosky, Danosky & Associates, LLC @danoskyassoc

Sharon Danosky

Sharon Danosky, a strategist and thought leader, has been helping build organizational capacity in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. For 25 years she worked as a member of the senior management team for several hospitals and human organizations. In 2008 she founded the consulting firm Danosky & Associates. As a consultant, Sharon has led organizations to achieve unprecedented growth, re-infused boards with a new sense of purpose, and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofits across the sector. Sharon is BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and instills the confidence of boards, volunteers and staff everywhere.

 

 

Mary Jean Heller, RVNAhealth @mjhelr

Mary Jean Heller

MJ Heller has worked in fundraising for 15 years and is the Director of Philanthropy at RVNAhealth, a private, nonprofit home and community healthcare provider based in Ridgefield, CT. She oversees donor stewardship and fundraising strategies to sustain operations and hospice services, provide charity patient care, and underwrite mission-driven community programs focused on health, wellness and preventive care. In her service to RVNAhealth, she led a successful capital campaign which raised $10m for the construction of the agency’s headquarters and to grow its endowment. MJ is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and mom to four grown children.

Workshops: Session 7 (10/15 at 10:00 am)

7A: Leading with Racial Justice: Moving Beyond Good Intentions in GovernanceBadge-YNP

In the wake of the George Floyd murder and as the protests against police brutality sweep the country, many nonprofits and boards sent out statements to stakeholders about systemic racism and the need for racial equity. Now, boards are wondering what to do next. The movement for change has opened up new opportunities for boards to look within their walls for change beyond issues of diversity.

As leaders within nonprofits, in what ways can your board address racial justice and racism? How can your board begin those conversations within the team in safe, productive ways? What does it look like to successfully integrate a racial equity lens in your board’s culture, policies, and practices?

In this highly experiential, virtual workshop, participants will learn about tools to self-assess your board’s readiness for and ability to address issues of racial equity, strategies for beginning the initial conversations about racial equity within your board, experiences and examples from other organizations who have engaged in racial equity initiatives focused on transforming governance, and resources and other tools to help your board take the next steps after the workshop. Board members and executive directors are encouraged to attend this workshop as a team.

 

Presenters:

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Nonprofit Solutions Associates

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D.

Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates has been consulting to and
training for nonprofits for over 30 years. Nationally-known, she is considered one of the leading thought leaders and trainers in governance and has been a keynote speaker at many international and national conferences. She is the key developer of Community-Engagement Governance™, a framework in which community stakeholders engage in shared governance
decision-making. She publishes for The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a chapter author for Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. She serves on the national
board of Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She holds a doctoral in psychology, specializing in
organization development.

Curdina Hill, MPH, MA, ClearWays Consulting & Coaching

Curdina Hill, MPH, MA

Curdina Hill has over twenty-five years’ experience as a nonprofit executive director and organizational development consultant. She has provided organizational and program development as well as strategic planning, research, and evaluation services to networks, coalitions and a broad range of nonprofit organizations. This includes extensive experience working with multi-racial/ethnic, linguistically diverse boards, organizations and communities, and immigrant groups. She also has experience assisting communities and organizations to build collaborations and facilitate planning for new initiative development and long-term sustainability. Curdina’s background includes consulting in diversity, racism, internalized racism, and cultural competency training. She holds a Master’s degrees in Sociology and Public Health.

 

 

Nesly Metayer, Ph.D., TSNE Missionworks

Nesly Metayer, Ph.D.

Nesly Metayer has over 20 years of experience in organization development with a special interest in minority-led organizations. As an organizational development consultant at TSNE MissionWorks, Nesly partners with organizations to design, implement and evaluate participatory practices of racial equity, inclusion and deepen organizational culture to social accountability and equity outcomes through training, strategic management processes, community renewal, executive transition, and organizational change. As a practitioner in the field, Nesly has also served as the executive director of Youth and Family Enrichment Services, responding to racial disparities of children in Boston.

7B: Funding Then and Now: How Funder Practices Have Shifted Due to Two CrisesBadge-YNP


Join us for a conversation on Giving Massachusetts 2020 and a presentation of data gathered around changes in funding practices due to the current dual public health crises – COVID-19 and the spotlight on systemic racism and racial injustice. This second data presentation also includes insights on funder outlook over the coming months.

In June, Philanthropy MA released Giving Massachusetts 2020, the first report on institutional philanthropy in Massachusetts in over 15 years. This report provides a baseline for foundation giving; looking at data and trends in giving BY Massachusetts, TO Massachusetts, and within each county. Philanthropy MA will present the report and highlight key findings, discuss how the data can be used, identify any surprises or gaps in funding that the report elevated, and speak to what calls for action were raised by the report.

Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the findings from these two data sources to better understand how they can use this data within their organizations.

 

Presenters:

Alex McCray, Philanthropy Massachusetts @AlexMcCray12

Alex McCray

Alex McCray, joined Philanthropy Massachusetts August 2017 with a nonprofit sector career that spans 25 years. Prior to his current role, Alex served in Resource Development capacities at United Ways of Greater Plymouth County and Rhode Island. Prior to his UW work, Alex was a Senior Associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). Alex gained a grantmaker’s perspective in his 4-year tenure at the Rhode Island Foundation. As a volunteer, Alex is a Big Brother, and serves on MNN’s and Project STEP’s Board of Directors. Alex received his M.S. Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.

 

 

Georganna Woods, Philanthropy Massachusetts

Georganna Woods

Since 2005, Georganna Woods has worked in various capacities at Philanthropy Massachusetts. She began as Associate Librarian at the Philanthropy MA (then Associated Grant Makers) Resource Center for Philanthropy (RCP) and transitioned into a combined position where she coordinates Philanthropy MA’s Meet-the-Donors series and also conducts research for Members and Partners. Georganna divides her work week between Philanthropy MA and Earthworm, Inc. – a nonprofit recycling organization. When not at work, Georganna spends her time advocating for increased bike and pedestrian safety in her role as steering committee member of the Dedham Cycle Club and Friends of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail.

Workshops: Session 8 (10/15 at 11:30 am)

8A: Passing the Torch: Engaging Young Professionals in the Nonprofit SectorBadge-YNP

Young professionals actively seek to pursue careers, advance, and create impact while shaping and redefining the nonprofit space. Too often, both energy and potential goes unrecognized, undervalued, and/or not realized. This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to rethink how to support young professionals in growing their skills and networks necessary to lead in the nonprofit sector now and in the future. The participants will also learn creative and inclusive ways to retain young talent and pass the torch to them as future leaders.

 

Presenters:

Sue Li, Nonprofit Solutions Associates @SueLiXiaosu

Sue Li

Sue Li opens the lines of communication between schools, volunteers and community partners to provide academic mentoring at Boston Public Schools. After years at the Boston Public Schools headquarters, Sue currently leads the program team at Boston Partners in Education. She is known for her experience in volunteer engagement, partnership building, and community collaboration. Sue serves as the Co-Chair at Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Boston board. Sue holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and Certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change at Tufts University in affiliation with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Erika Haskins, Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Boston

Erika Haskins

Erika Haskins is a former school principal and current leadership coach. She has supported 50+ social entrepreneurs in design, authorization, and startup of public schools. Erika has developed 150+ hours of training and leads facilitation for diverse leaders nationally including executives, school leaders, teachers, and Boards. In 2019, Erika was the project director and principal investigator for research addressing DEI, SEL, and character education. Erika serves as the Co-Director of Fundraising for YNPN Boston. She holds an M.Ed, MAT in Secondary Education, Executive Certificate from Harvard Kennedy in Nonprofit Leadership, and is currently an MBA candidate at Babson College.

8B: Collaborate with Positivity: Improv Superpowers to Improve Communication & Innovation


Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone this secret: In this interactive presentation, professional improviser Pam Victor shares the exclusive collaboration superpower that allows improvisers to create comedy out of thin air, so you can use these trade secrets for building stronger collaboration, innovation, and team-focused progress at work. This presentation provides fun, hands-on experience with why we overuse “no” to restrict progress, and how we can get to “yes” in order to move forward together with more positivity and creativity. Through humorous stories and an impactful “improv-secret” exercise, you learn how to use improv superpowers at work to improve brainstorming sessions, conflict resolution, staff empowerment, and creative problem solving … and you get to do it all through laughter!

 

Presenters:

Pam Victor, Philanthropy Massachusetts @happiervalley

Pam Victor

Pam Victor is an improviser, author, teacher, and founder/president of Happier Valley Comedy, Western Massachusetts’ only nonprofit comedy theater. Pam uses improv tenets to build professional development skills, such as communication, collaboration, and creativity, in HVC’s THROUGH LAUGHTER program. Recently, she launched the remote interactive program “Resilience Training Through Joy: HVC’s 30-Day Happiness Experiment.” Pam received the 2019 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award and is a TEDx speaker. She authored “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and co-authored “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” Pam is nice. She likes you already.

A Free Zoominar from Nonprofit Net: How to Work with Volunteers in the COVID19 Era

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The current global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to have to rethink the way that they operate and the services that they provide. Included in this is the way in which they utilize and manage one of their most valuable resources, their volunteers. This webinar will address the current challenges facing nonprofits as it pertains to engaging volunteers such as assessing levels of risk and keeping volunteers safe, virtual volunteer opportunities and keeping volunteers engaged even if they are not physically present at our organizations. Although the field is still learning every day how to respond to these challenges, best practices have already been developed and will be shared during this session. Please come prepared to share your own challenges and success as well.

Presenter:  Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Lisl has worked in the service and volunteerism field for the last 10 years. In the fall of 2014, she joined the Massachusetts Service Alliance, a private nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism, Initially a consultant, she became Director of Training and Technical Assistance, overseeing multiple grants from the Corporation of National and Community Service, the Points of Light Service Enterprise initiative, the planning of a bi- annual state conference on service and volunteerism, and many other training opportunities. Her varied work experience includes teaching environmental education and coaching tennis, supporting those with mental illness in a residential facility and those with developmental disabilities in an employment program, and most recently serving as a Senior AmeriCorps Portfolio Manager at YouthBuild USA.

Lisl has a BA in German and Psychology from Bowdoin College and a MSW and EdM from Boston University. Although her working pace has slowed in recent years since she became a parent, she also has a passion for traveling and has visited almost 40 countries.

Executive Director

The Fall River Deaconess Home is seeking a strategic and visionary Executive Director to join our highly respected nonprofit organization located in Fall River, MA.

The Organization 

The Deaconess Home was founded in 1893 to offer underprivileged women a safe and nurturing environment. Since its inception, the Deaconess Home has shared the value of community with young women and has provided education, recreation, vocational training, and a place to call home. Medical, psycho-social, and psychiatric services were added in 1941, and in the 1960s Deaconess opened its first site for group home services. Today, the Deaconess Home is a vibrant agency which provides cutting-edge comprehensive treatment services to young women ages 11-22 and their families to maintain their safety, reduce the need for crisis intervention, and strengthen interpersonal and daily living skills.

With an annual budget of $7 million, our programs include:

Residential Treatment: We provide individualized therapeutic interventions and a range of services, including education for residents to increase productive and pro-social behavior, improve functioning and well-being, and return to a stable living arrangement in the community.

Group Living Services: This program enables individuals who need additional support to regain, maintain, and improve life skills and functioning in a safe, stable, community-based living arrangement

Family Support and Stabilization Services:  Our goal is to improve family functioning, increase child and family safety and well-being, to reduce the need for Department of Children and Families intervention and  separation of children from their families, and to ease the transition to reunification following out-of-home placement.

Our dedicated staff team numbers nearly 100.  The Deaconess Home fosters a culture of excellence and improvement and is currently undergoing formal accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). See www.deaconesshome.org.

The Position

To build upon the legacy of the Deaconess Home, our next leader will be driven by compassion, respect, and belief in the enormous potential of our clients.  The Executive Director must bring well-honed leadership and collaboration skills as s/he works with the Board of Managers, staff, clients, funders,  community leaders and other major stakeholders, and will lead a motivated and committed team with a strategic vision and sense of purpose. With overall responsibility for day-to-day management of the agency, including all phases of programs and services, financial management, and planning, the Executive Director must possess entrepreneurial acumen and the ability to lead and manage a complex and dynamic organization.

Responsibilities

 

Leadership and Management:

  • Promote an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, provides a supportive work environment for staff, and prioritizes effective and meaningful service delivery.
  • Provide information, expertise and knowledge that will allow the Board and its committees, senior leadership, and management teams to effectively set and achieve goals.
  • Provide a positive, service-centered environment that is ethical, supportive, and respectful of clients, families, staff, and volunteers.

Fiscal Management and Fundraising:

  • Maintain fiscal strength and viability, including creation and implementation of an approved budget and fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with fiscal and contractual reporting and regulatory requirements.
  • Create and implement development plans and provide fundraising leadership.

Service Delivery:

  • With senior administrative and management teams, plan and implement the systems and practices to meet approved goals and objectives.
  • Establish performance measures for day-to-day operations for each program.

Public Relations and Community Advocacy:

  • Establish and maintain creative and collegial working relationships with state, local, and national service organizations, regulatory agencies, community resources and the business community.
  • Represent the agency, encourage mutual understanding, and maintain knowledge/perspective of community needs and opportunities.

Board Relations:

  • Work supportively with and provide leadership to the Board of Managers in regard to planning, decision-making, fiduciary, and oversight responsibilities.
  • Attend meetings of the Board of Managers and its subcommittees as an ex-officio non-voting member.
  • Report regularly regarding operations, finances, and implementation of the long-term plan as well as changes in the business and regulatory environment.

Staff Support and Management:

  • Mentor and support the administrative and management teams
  • Ensure an environment that encourages staff to understand the mission, philosophy, performance targets, and service and long-term goals.
  • Develop and maintain a talent management structure that attracts and retains qualified staff.
  • Oversee the maintenance and implementation of effective personnel policies.

 

Skills/Experience Desired

 

  • Experience managing treatment and/or educational services for youth and families
  • Ability to identify public policy and legislative issues
  • Supervisory experience and approachable leadership style that encourages collaboration
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate formal short and long-term plans, policies, and procedures
  • Capability to ensure sound fiscal policies and operations
  • Track record in fundraising
  • Familiarity obtaining and administering contracts from state and/or federal agencies
  • Knowledge of human resource management practices
  • Collegial relationships with a wide variety of individuals inside and outside the organization
  • Understanding of the formal accreditation process and effective practices in the human service field
  • Proven strong oral and written communication skills

 

Qualifications

 

  • MSW, MBA or other advanced degree in nonprofit or human service management, special education, child development, family services or related field
  • At least ten years’ experience in a leadership position
  • Proven administrative, supervisory and management skills in an organization which provides human services

 

The Fall River Deaconess Home is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

To apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Susan Barry, Egmont Associates: sbarry@egmontassociates.com

Director of Community Mobilization

The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) builds the networks and capacity to accelerate social change in Greater Boston. SIF connects innovative nonprofit organizations and social impact businesses with an ever-growing community of 1,400 volunteers, investors and practitioners who contribute their time, talents, resources and money to drive positive social impact. It is by mobilizing the members of Greater Boston that SIF is able to catalyze the impact of over 100 social impact organizations since its launch in 2003. To learn more about the Social Innovation Forum’s impact, check out this video: http://www.socialinnovationforum.org/our-impact. 

As our first Director of Community Mobilization, you’ll share our belief that we can meaningfully drive social change by leveraging the resources that already exist within Greater Boston. You’ll use your unique blend of skills, experiences and talents in development, communications, digital marketing, and community engagement to ensure that more individuals, corporations and community organizations have the opportunity to participate in Boston’s foremost community for social change. This is the perfect role for you if you measure your success by the number of dollars raised, volunteer hours committed, partnerships launched, and the rates at which gifts are renewed and donors return year after year. 

Fund development is a team approach at the Social Innovation Forum.  You’ll work hand-in-hand with our Executive Director, Director of Programs, Director of Network Engagement, and Director of Strategy and Operations to both introduce new members to our community and help steward them whether they decide to sponsor a Social Issue track, volunteer their time, attend events or support our Social Innovators in other ways. It is because of the diverse ways in which members of the community can contribute that you’ll be responsible for tasks classically associated with development strategy and operations, marketing and communications, and events and partnership development. You’ll have the opportunity to supervise a team including a Development Coordinator, Communications and Events Coordinator, and student Coops.

You’ll be a wonderful addition to our team if you are passionate about growing and nurturing interpersonal relationships in support of key social outcomes. A proven track record of success in management roles within a political or advocacy campaign or driving campaigns for social change is desired. It’s your ambition to reach and engage more people and organizations in meaningful ways that will help you to excel in this role. 

This role reports to our Executive Director and serves as a member of our leadership team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

As Director of Community Mobilization you will be responsible for designing a coordinated approach to donor tracking, communication, and engagement that successfully generates community interest in financial giving and attendance at SIF events and volunteering. Your work will mainly focus on the following key responsibilities:

Donor Outreach and Engagement

  • Grow the number and engagement of the organization’s donors and stakeholders through the design and distribution of targeted (segmented) digital marketing campaigns
  • Lead SIF’s work to enhance the types (eg lists, readership, event attendance) and ways data is collected and analyzed to inform outreach to new and prospective donors and partners
  • Lead the team of internal and external resources, including people and financial, responsible for drafting the annual report 
  • Oversee externally-facing events for the organization, including two large events (Winter Reception and Social Innovator Showcase) as well as community-facing events to support donor outreach and engagement
  • Project manage the organization’s end of year annual appeal and June appeal, and lead all activities related to campaigns to cultivate and solicit donations

Development Operations and Strategy

  • Co-design and lead SIF’s development strategy, including new opportunities to identify, cultivate and engage donors, in support of the Leadership Team’s collective donor solicitation efforts
  • Lead on development projects, including identifying and completing grant proposals and reports
  • Partner with the team to improve moves management so that the Executive Director (SIF’s front-facing fundraiser) can move more prospects and close more gifts

Communications and Branding

  • Serve as the organization’s brand steward — curating and refining brand standards and key messaging, as well as approving key content before distribution
  • Author relevant and engaging content and review and update the design as needed of the SIF website, social media, newsletter and blog posts
  • Measure the effectiveness of the organization’s online and print marketing and communications activities and use this information to improve the quality of future communications

Team Leadership and Talent Development

  • Oversee development and communications team meetings by preparing the agenda, collecting key metrics and prospect reports and facilitating the meeting
  • Supervise a Development Coordinator, Communications and Events Coordinator and oversee the hiring and support of part time grant-writer and Northeastern Coops 

QUALIFICATIONS
Each candidate brings their own unique combination of strengths, skills and lived and professional experiences to a role. Reviewing the qualifications listed below can help you to better understand what will be expected of you as a member of the SIF team. We do not expect candidates to meet all of the criteria. If you think you would be a strong candidate for this role, please apply even if you don’t meet all of the qualifications listed.  Due to SIF’s event schedule, a willingness to work some early mornings and evenings is required for this position.

  • Strong commitment to SIF’s mission and values
  • Successful track record leading communications, marketing and/or donor engagement activities in support of an advocacy or political campaign
  • Demonstrated ability to develop high quality connections and relationships with a diverse community of donors, partners and other stakeholders 
  • Experience creating and deploying programming and campaigns that are driven by stakeholder interests 
  • Strong management skills and the ability to mentor and lead diverse teams of staff and interns
  • Experience working with Salesforce and online analytics tools to measure campaign effectiveness and return on investment
  • Flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity; experience in and excitement to work and learn in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to work effectively and manage a team under the pressure of multiple tight deadlines and budgetary constraints
  • Motivated by the achievement of measurable goals and a track record of persevering through challenges to achieve results

OUR CORE VALUES

Engaged Community   SIF’s “marketplace approach” centers on a connected and collaborative community in which nonprofit leaders, donors, volunteers, and others put their skills to work most effectively towards the shared goal of addressing inequities and accelerating social impact in Greater Boston and beyond.  

Deep Relationships   Building and fostering authentic and trusting relationships among members of our community is core to how we do our work. SIF makes these connections with intentionality and care, and we find joy in seeing them grow and evolve.

Continuous Learning    Our team actively seeks to gain new knowledge and understanding from others, with others, and independently. We welcome feedback, engage in honest reflection, and focus on ongoing improvement. We also share our learning with others whenever possible. 

Nimbleness   SIF is willing to take risks, test new approaches, and pivot in order to respond to emerging priorities. We are adaptable and recognize the need to continuously adjust and innovate in an ever-changing world.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion    At the Social Innovation Forum (SIF), diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of our core values.  We commit to continuous learning and acknowledge that making progress in these areas will be an ongoing journey.  We invite all members of our community to engage in this learning with us, share their perspectives, and give us feedback along the way.

MAKING THE DECISION TO APPLY

The Social Innovation Forum offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high quality health and dental insurance, four weeks of paid time off, and access to a retirement plan.   The salary range for this role begins at $90,000. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to promptly submit their application through the online portal operated by our recruitment partner Positively Partners. All applicants will receive a response to their application within two weeks of submission. Please email SIF@positivelypartners.org with questions or for support submitting your application. 

SIF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, SIF is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership.

Cause After A Pause Fall Cohort

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The Cause After A Pause Fall Cohort will provide a deep dive into the Greater Boston nonprofit job market with an emphasis upon recognizing the best role given your skills and interests, making new strategic professional connections, following funding trends, and identifying strong fiscal NPO management that indicate hiring opportunities. Topics will include tailoring your resume and letters of interest for specific opportunities, and effectively identifying and communicating your passions, talents, and value add. Join the cohort and become a member of a community of career relaunchers and pivoters with a shared commitment to purpose-driven work.

Cohort leader Stephanie Lawrence is a consultant, fundraiser, instructor, and capacity builder with a passion for strengthening nonprofits’ organizational infrastructure, leadership and communities. Through Cause After A Pause, she provide advising services, strategies, programs and workshops to job seekers looking to reenter or transition into the nonprofit sector after a career pause. www.causeafterapause.com

How understanding history can help nonprofits address persisting inequities

By YW Boston

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As nonprofits, we dedicate ourselves to a mission larger than ourselves, our immediate geography, and our moment in time. In order to meet our organization’s goals, internally and externally, it is necessary for us to gain an understanding of how inequitable systems have created and perpetuated violence in our communities. Inequitable systems that have propagated violence against people of color, and Black people in particular, continue to influence all realms of American life, including education, healthcare, housing, and beyond. By naming inequities as violence, we can better commit to creating truly nonviolent organizations.

YW Boston recently facilitated the workshop titled “Understanding Inequitable Systems as Violence” and in it we provide historical context to help foster a better understanding of U.S. history and how inequitable systems came to be. We also provide strategies and pathways for organizations looking to make a positive change:

What is collective violence and how does it manifest itself in the world around us?

Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.” Collective violence specifically refers to violence enacted upon members of a group against another group or set of individuals.

Collective violence can be broken down into three categories; social, economic, and political. While social violence can be seen in mass incarceration rates and funding for both school districts and housing, political violence can be seen in redistricting, voter ID laws, and disenfranchisement. Economic violence can be best understood when looking at the most recent financial crisis where predatory lending, subprime mortgages, and unemployment was disproportionately affecting people of color. It is important for nonprofits to consider how these inequities manifest themselves today and the ways in which they interact with our work.

What can nonprofits do to take action?

We often hear how important it is to “take action” but it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. Non-violence is not just about which actions to avoid, but also about what we are going to do about the violence and injustice present in our society.

For an organization to become more diverse and equitable, and to create an inclusive culture, change has to encompass all areas within the organization. For organizations to create lasting change, we suggest a focus on the following seven pillars:

  • Buy-in from leadership
  • Regular working groups with various perspectives
  • Diversity within decision-making structures
  • Shifting toward unbiased hiring, retention, and promotion systems
  • Examining all practices and systems within the organization for inequities
  • Defining and finding intention around the culture of the organization
  • Allocating resources to support the change you are trying to achieve

Learn more about the history of systemic racism and about strategies for organizational change by accessing a recording of YW Boston’s workshop.

Photo credit: Sushil Nash

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About YW Boston

As the first YWCA in the nation, YW Boston has been at the forefront of advancing equity for over 150 years. Through our DE&I services—InclusionBoston and LeadBoston—as well as our advocacy work and youth programming, we help individuals and organizations change policies, practices, attitudes, and behaviors with a goal of creating more inclusive environments where women, people of color, and especially women of color can succeed.

As part of that work, we are helping organizations prioritize Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and become socially connected while staying physically distant. During this time, YW Boston is providing organizations with digital workshops and resources to help them better understand the challenges faced by their employees. For more information, please contact Sheera Bornstein at sbornstein@ywboston.org.

Nonprofit 411: Final Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations Released

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Several months ago, most employers began preparing for Massachusetts quickly approaching Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). Recently, the DFML released the final regulations. The changes were not substantive but provided clarification, as listed below. Click here for the full redline version of the regulations.

A refresher: PFML, a state-offered benefit for qualified MA employees, provides up to 26 weeks of job-protected, paid leave for medical and/or family reasons. The cost is shared between the employer and employee or employers may opt to cover the entire cost. A quick summary of the provisions is included below. Note that many of these were modified in the recently released final regulations.

  • Job protection extends to employees who choose to use a richer employer sponsored paid leave policy (sick bank, temporary disability, company leave policy) rather than filing for benefits under PFML. The employer is responsible for notifying the state/private plan and the employee also receives PFML job protection. Employers paying the PFML state tax are also eligible for reimbursement in the amount equal to what the state would pay for the same leave.
  • Treatment can include telehealth visits with a health care professional.
  • Leave can be taken in increments of 15 minutes but will not be payable until either 8 hours has accumulated or 30 days have passed from date of first use.
  • Employers with a private plan can require proof of wages from a newly hired employee (or current employee who has not worked the requisite quarters) to determine eligibility.
  • When employers transfer to or from the state tax to a private plan or between private plans, claims in process will remain with the plan through which the claim was originally approved.
  • Employees eligible for coverage while employed should apply for benefits with the former employer if covered under a private plan and if not more than 26 weeks has passed since employment ended.
  • Leave for substance abuse applies only to treatment through a licensed program. A family member of an individual in treatment may also be eligible for PFML leave.
    • If employers with an established policy regarding substance abuse in the workplace that is communicated to all employees and have proof of a violation of this policy, the employer can terminate the employee while on leave or within the 6 months after returning.

An employer providing a company paid leave benefit for a reason that would otherwise qualify under PFML is eligible to be reimbursed for the amount the state would have paid the employee for the same leave. This is applicable to employers who pay the PFML tax. What should you be doing now?

At this time, most employers are considering the practical application of PFML: how existing leave policies will intersect with PFML and what changes, if any, should be made to unify benefits and leaves. And, we are all waiting for the DFML to release their protocols for applying, turn around time for payment and the process they will use to work with employers. For now, here are a few reminders:

  • Display the poster: PFML Mandatory Workplace Poster and add Mandatory Employee Written Notices to new hire information (they must be shared within 30 days of hire).
  • Review or consider instituting a workplace substance abuse policy.
  • If you plan to require a fitness for duty from employees returning from leave, it’s a good time to start reviewing and updating your job descriptions. Employers need to provide a list of essential functions within 10 days of an approved leave to qualify the employer to ask for a fitness for duty at the end of a leave.
  • Review and begin to update employee handbooks to coordinate the benefits and requirements across your leave policies.

If you would like to review your leave policies with us or need further assistance, we would be happy to help at Insource Services.

 

Executive Director

Who We Are:

 Founded in 1937, the Community Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. The Art Center has established an excellent track record of providing creative, challenging learning opportunities to youth. We do this in the context of a family-like environment with intensive social and emotional supports including academic help, mental health and transportation services and up to three full meals a day.

 

The Community Art Center’s arts education programs and public art initiatives promote knowledge of self, connection to history, acknowledgement of place and expression of differences and shared values. Our dedicated staff and volunteers, some of whom grew up at the Art Center, serve our youth as a family network, knowing the hurdles they must master first hand.   Read more here

 

Our Core Values: 
●        We believe in the power of young people.
o   We provide opportunities for youth to exercise their power.

o   We use a Youth Development approach.

 

●        We believe in the power of artistic expression.

o   We promote creativity as central to human development and a human right.

o   We use the arts as a tool for personal and social transformation.

 

●        We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other.

o   We support our youth, staff and families to grow.

o   We value diversity.

o   We believe in joyfulness.

 

●        We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond.

o   We use our resources to benefit our community.

o   We value local-global connections.

o   We promote social justice.

The Community Art Center maintains a long history of quality, arts-based youth development and community programming – including receiving a Coming Up Taller award in 2006, the Citizens Bank Champion in Action in 2017, being selected to be part of the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative in 2018 and joining The Boston Foundation’s Place Leadership Network in 2019. The Art Center serves as lead agency for the new Port Arise Institute, funded through a multi-year grant from the City of Cambridge Community Benefits Fund. With strategic partnerships in place for the coming year both in the public and private sectors, the Community Art Center is poised to achieve new levels of engagement and investment.

 

What We Seek:

 

The Community Art Center seeks to identify an Executive Director who can bring their knowledge and lived experience to the critical discussions inspired through our commitment to racial and social justice, cultural equity, youth development and community led art making. They will provide visionary leadership that builds on our history of serving youth and families in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. This includes successfully  implementing and sustaining the mission, strategic goals, building relationships with current and prospective foundations, corporate and individual donors and community partners and ensuring that the Community Art Center is a welcoming, inclusive, safe and exciting environment for every young person and community member. They should possess understanding and perspectives on the value of a deeply rooted community based arts organization and its social and political responsibility within the community and beyond. Cultural responsiveness and humility are qualities a candidate must demonstrate.

 
Key Areas of Responsibility:

Provide Programmatic Direction and Oversight by building strategic partnerships and evolving programs according to strategic plan and organizational needs and creating a positive program physical environment and culture that promotes a youth and community led culture.

Hire, Develop and Manage Leadership Team through mentoring, advising, coaching and guidance around tactical and strategic goals.

Support the Development of Organizational Resources through leading organizational direction/strategy for resource seeking that ensures a pipeline of future funding to cover annual budget, special projects, and long-term sustainability of the Community Art Center.

Provide Financial Oversight through consistent leadership on all financial management decisions in collaboration with board and staff..

Engage External Stakeholders including building and maintaining partnerships that bring resources to the organization or our youth/community/families, advocating for the Art Center at funder meetings, and providing leadership in the field of youth development in the arts.

Administrative and Operational Oversight through strategic implementation and development of organizational infrastructure and facility.

 

Additional Qualifications:

 Education

●        Bachelor’s degree (masters degree and youth worker certification preferred)

 

Experience

●        Minimum 7 years working in leadership in the field of creative youth development, out of school time, community based organizations and/or human services

●        Experience in the planning and successful implementation of organizational activities that promote a combination of creative learning, leadership/social emotional skills and community based activism.

●        Experience working in environments that are culturally, racially and ethnically diverse.

●        Measurable success in financial campaign fundraising

●        Demonstrable success in community networking

●        Demonstrated success in supportive supervision of staff 
 

Skills/Competencies

●        Works well with others, is accountable and trustworthy and adapts well to change

●        Has a grounded presence and moves easily between detailed and global perspectives

●        Culturally aware and committed to equitable practice

●        Participates actively in the field and is able to build mutually beneficial relationships

●        Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to prioritize competing assignments

●        Communicates effectively across multiple sectors and with people of different backgrounds and levels of authority

●        Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and delegate appropriately

●        Is passionate about the creative process and its role in human development

●        Interacts positively and empowers young people by offering maximum voice and choice and responding to priorities articulated by participants.

●        Takes initiative and is enterprising – willing to experiment and try new methods

Salary/benefits: $80,000-$90,000 / individual & family health & dental

Hours: Full time – 40 hours/week

 

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume and 5 references to:

executivedirectorsearch@communityartcenter.org

 Preference will be given to resumes received by Monday, July 20, 2020

 Due to the anticipated high volume of responses only qualified candidates will be contacted.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement: The Community Art Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.