Executive Director, Educational Video Center (EVC)
The Educational Video Center (EVC) is an internationally acclaimed non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change (http://evc.org/).
EVC is seeking a strategic and visionary thinker who will lead the organization to heightened levels of achievements. The Executive Director will be charged with implementing its mission and educational philosophy while reimagining the next phase of EVC’s growth and managing the transition of its founding director. This team member must have the humility to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to assist with the additional responsibilities that emerge in a small non-profit environment.
To position the organization for the future, the Executive Director will be responsible for:
- Board Development: Actively work with Board to diversify and expand its members to ensure its active involvement and support for a comprehensive programmatic, financial and marketing agenda for continued organizational growth.
- Program Development: Manage the goal setting and implementation of programs and initiatives and determine growth opportunities for key existing and potential programming initiatives.
- Internal Organizational Leadership: Lead, engage, motivate and manage an accomplished, dedicated, and collaborativestaff and volunteers to implement learner-centered, social justice youth media programs aligned with the organization’s mission and educational philosophy; promote an open and transparent work environment; provide ongoing professional development support; build relationships of trust, responsibility and accountability with staff; assess and evaluate personnel alignment and organizational infrastructure; oversee management of human resources processes.
- Strategic Planning: In collaboration with the Board, senior staff and community partners, conduct a rigorous and thorough strategic review including its mission, vision, values, programmatic goals, content and organizational structure.
- Development: Partner with the Board to develop and implement a short, medium and long-range development plan to cultivate, engage, and significantly enhance a stronger, sustainable base of support among Board, foundations, corporations, local and state governments, individuals and in-kind institutional partners.
- Thought Leader: Speak, write and communicate publicly to spread organizational knowledge and best practices, increase organizational visibility and partnerships and advance related fields of education, youth development, youth media and social justice.
- Marketing, Branding, Communications and External Relations: In collaboration with staff and the Board, develop and implement a plan to significantly advance its mission and image, disseminate its program services and products, and support the growth of institutional relationships in alignment with the development plan.
- Financial Management and Legal Compliance: Oversee management of finances utilizing the best practices of transparency, prudence and accountability including the development and achievement of the annual budget and long-range plan; develop and maintain key financial and management information reports; oversee operational controls, systems and technology. Oversee the budget development and ensure that appropriate financial checks and balances are in place. Partner with the Board Treasurer on budget preparation and maintenance of fiscal discipline.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
Ideal candidates should have a strong track record of success in the field(s) of education, youth media, community arts or social justice. S/he will be able to demonstrate success, ethical integrity and commitment to the wellbeing of underserved communities. Experience working with culturally and economically diverse communities in New York City is essential.
Experience: A minimum of seven years of experience with demonstrable success as a steward of responsible growth and organization-building; experience working within the youth-related nonprofit sector and with a broad range of constituents; experience with documentary journalism filmmaking, audio or photography is a plus.
Management: Demonstrable understanding of best practices of nonprofit management; capacity for and commitment to a collaborative, transparent, honest, ethical and supportive work environment; creative use of limited physical and fiscal resources and familiarity with HR issues; strong interpersonal skills which motivate and lead staff, volunteers, the funder base and the Board.
Finance: Executive experience in the nonprofit sector with budgeting processes of planning, rigorous review, developing and implementing budget goals and effectively executing against an annual budget.
Fundraising: A solid track record in developing and executing strategies for meeting fundraising goals from individual donors, corporations, foundations and government entities; a record of actively soliciting funds and inspiring cash and in-kind donors to donate; experience managing an annual fundraiser event.
Marketing and Communications: Strong communication skills to serve as an effective spokesperson, increasing public awareness and broadening the reputation; familiarity with strategies for galvanizing staff and the Board to adopt the use of new media.
Programming and Event Planning: Organization and management skills for defining, developing, planning and delivering the Annual Conference and all other programming initiatives.
Public-Speaking and Negotiating: Media and public speaking skills for being "the face" of the organization both internally and externally at education, youth media and social justice related conferences, with fundraisers, and in negotiating terms of contracts.
Education: An graduate degree in education, youth development, community development, or media arts related discipline relevant to carrying out the organization’s mission is required.
Passion, Commitment and Flexibility: A connection and commitment to the organization’s mission and educational philosophy. Ability to often commit evenings and weekends to organizational work; work in an open office environment in a school with the creative and youthful energy that entails; and have a sense of humor.
Creativity and Proactivity: A collaborative and influential leadership style with an ability to impart credibility, trust, enthusiasm and integrity to all stakeholders.
Diplomacy: Negotiate and navigate change while maintaining clear, decisive, proactive and fair treatment of others.
Collaboration: Establish and maintain strong working partnerships with public and alternative schools and programs; and with the Board, staff, volunteers, members and stakeholders.
Strategic Prioritizing and Planning: Ability to be outcomes-oriented while exercising both strategic and tactical skills at all times.
Annualized salary of $85,000-$95,000 with full health and dental benefits; 4 weeks annual paid vacation with bank and school holidays.