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Job Openings

Executive Director Position

LEAD STL (Cultural Leadership) develops a diverse group of youth into social changemakers who  advocate for equitable and just practices. We do this by exploring the strengths and oppressions of  our communities through the lenses of Black and Jewish experiences. 

LEAD STL is seeking an Executive Director that is responsible for the organization’s consistent  achievement of its mission, financial objectives and strategic growth. Additionally, the Executive  Director supports the efforts of the Program Director to teach students to become leaders,  activists, critical thinkers, and risk takers, thereby creating a cadre of social change activists who  help create a world of inclusion and equity. 

The Executive Director will be a strategic thinker responsible for day-to-day operations, building  and maintaining a strong, diverse funding base, oversight of program development and  administration, maintaining relationships with partner agencies, representing the organization in  the community, and implementing the long-term plans for LEAD STL. 

Qualifications: 

Education: 

● Bachelor’s Degree in business, non-profit management or a related field preferred  

Experience: 

● Minimum of 3-5 years leading a non-profit agency with a budget of $500,000 or more. ● At least 3-5 years of management experience, at least 3 years of which are focused on social  change, diversity awareness, and/or working with an underserved population 

● Demonstrated understanding of diversity, equity and inclusionary practices, engagement best  practices and cultural competence 

● Minimum of 3-5 years of successful fundraising experience, knowledge of fundraising strategies  and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector 

● Demonstrated success with building positive relationships and working well with youth and  families, funders, corporations, and individual donors 

● Interest in and knowledge of social change issues with an emphasis on the African American  and Jewish cultures, religion and history. 

● Experience working with organizations working with youth. 

Skills: 

● Have successfully supervised/managed a staff of five or larger 

● Ability to utilize technology to streamline the work of the organization and ensure best time  management 

● Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

● Proven ability to develop written publications, guides and writing successful grants ● Excellent strategic thinking skills 

● Highly organized with keen attention to detail 

● Able to handle multiple projects with competing priorities 

● Ability to interact effectively with diverse audiences 

● Flexible; available for varied hours (evening, weekends, and/or holidays) 

Non-profit Management 

● Work in collaboration with the Board to implement a strategic plan that supports growth. ● Assist the Board in the formation and implementation of policies, goals, and objectives for LEAD  STL to achieve effective financial operation of the organization. 

● Manage day-to-day activities of the organization in accordance with sound management and  personnel practices. 

● Continually work to improve and increase individual and organizational capability ● Establish and promote positive working relationships with the Board of Directors, funders,  stakeholders, and community organizations. Work as a team member with a strong  commitment to collaborative work. 

● Participate in board development and growth; prepare or oversee preparation of all board  materials, plan and attend all board meetings, and provide direct oversight and management of  all board committees. 

● Keep the Board informed about relevant developments that may impact the organization. ● Promote active and broad participation by volunteers and all areas of the organization’s work. 

Budget, Finance and Development 

● In conjunction with the Board, especially the Treasurer, ensure the organization’s fiscal health  including obtaining and maintaining a stable, diversified funding base and managing cash. ● Oversee grant applications, funding reports, invoices and collecting and summarizing relevant  data. 

● Identify and cultivate individual, foundation, corporate and governmental relationships for the  purpose of promoting LEAD STL’s mission and generating funds for the organization. 

Marketing and Communications 

● Be the face of and represent LEAD STL in various community meetings that bring visibility to the  organization. 

● Assure the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently promoted and  represented in a strong, positive light. 

● Expand all aspects of communication – from web presence to external relations – with the goal  of creating a stronger brand. 

● Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals. 

Leadership and Interpersonal 

● In conjunction with the Board, develop and annually review personnel policies. ● Lead, hire, train, inspire, motivate and guide staff toward common goals by maintaining a  climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people. ● Recruit and support volunteers. 

● Provide clear and consistent vision, including aligned goals and objectives, to the staff. ● Maintain personnel records and carry out personnel policies.

This is a full-time/exempt in-office position located in St. Louis, Missouri. Salary is $85,000 - $105,000 and commensurate with experience.  

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Admin@leadstl.org. Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted by July 31, 2024 for consideration.

Our multifaceted program aims to:

  • Promote intercultural communication

  • Provide a foundational understanding of local history

  • Equip students with tools to identify and counteract bullying

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