The QTI Group has been exclusively retained by the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in search of their next President and Chief Executive Officer. The CEO will lead an organization that is making a significant impact in the community by providing a safe place for youth to feel connected to the community and supported to do well in school and in life. The CEO will work passionately and collaboratively with the staff and the community to advance the ambitious goals of increasing graduation rates, exposing kids to positive role models, hobbies and career paths.
Fundraising will continue to be the foundation upon which success is possible. The CEO will build relationships throughout the community to partner with people and organizations able to provide creative ideas and crucial funding to reach goals outlined in the strategic plan, and will work with the board and staff to develop a road map for future success. This person will serve as a charismatic and engaging face of the organization, effectively communicating the larger vision with integrity, serving as a role model to the Club’s kids, the staff and the community.
With strong operational expertise, business acumen and emotional intelligence, this person will provide:
Effective leadership and development of the staff and governing board, enhancing the team BGCDC already has in place. The CEO will work closely with the staff to guide multiple initiatives without sacrificing the level of quality in the programming and services provided to Club members.
Sound fiscal management, focused on developing ways to grow philanthropy, grants, and fee-for-service to the Club to support existing and future programming initiatives outlined in the strategic plan, as well as working within the budget.
Strategic guidance for continued growth, developing with the Board and staff a five-year plan for the Club.
This person will understand firsthand the backgrounds of the youth served and champion a culture of diversity, inclusion, and trust. The CEO will be a strong servant leader who is both visible and approachable, portraying humility, honesty, enthusiasm, a sense of humor, resilience, and a strong work ethic, especially in times of conflict and challenge. The CEO has three direct reports: Chief Operations Officer, Vice President/Chief Officer of Development and Marketing/Special Events, and the Vice President of School-Based Education.
Promotes an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission of the Boys and Girls Club, collaboration, open and frequent communication, teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and a common organizational vision.
Collaborates with and supports the Board of Directors in the development of an effective and motivated board, including identification, recruitment, training and involvement of members in meeting the goals of the organization.
Provides oversight of the strategic plan and the planning process to identify future direction for the organization, including leading the development, implementation, and successful execution of the annual operational plan.
Leverages and coordinates resources to ensure strategic alignment of resources and staff.
Oversees fundraising planning and implementation by working closely with the VP of Development to identify resource requirements, research new funding sources, establish strategies to approach funders, and oversee fundraising records and documentation.
Active and successful pursuit of opportunities to develop funding, building and maintaining relationships with funders that will allow for the continuation of current successful programs and for the growth of new programming, creating strategies to retain existing investors and recruit new investors.
Assures management and attainment of resources necessary to ensure the financial operations of the agency are conducted in a manner approved by the Board of Directors and in accordance with BGCA and applicable laws.
Serves as the face of the organization and public steward of the mission, promoting the goals and mission throughout the community, and engaging and inspiring others to support the efforts through volunteering, donating and partnering for effective change.
Participates in community-wide conversations affecting youth and their families.
Works with other non-profit, government, corporate and strategic partners to push for effective change through collaborative efforts that solve for needs identified in the community.
Leads and inspires a high-performing team and ensure all staff members are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.
Builds the capacity of existing professional staff and raise the level of expertise for new professional staff.
Maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors.
Assures that the organization is in compliance with membership and other requirements or standards of BGCA.
Mission-Focused: Connection to and sincere passion for the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County with the ability to articulate the mission across all key stakeholder groups (e.g., staff, business and philanthropic communities, local and regional government officials, community leaders, the general public, and the media).
Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process, astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
Collaborative: Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good.
Fluency in Data Analytics: Ability to use data to influence strategy and inform decisions that produce value and impact.
Brand Steward: Stewards the BGC brand in Dane County and beyond; understand his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater BGC network. Acts with integrity and strong ethics to foster trust throughout the community and serve as an inspirational role model to kids and others.
Visionary: Confronts the complex realities of the environment while championing faith in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation to the kids, staff and all community stakeholders.
Team-Builder: Ensures the right people are in the right roles and maintains stability of the team; fosters commitment, trust, and collaboration among all staff, supports and mentors them with professional development opportunities and sound guidance. Able to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate; effective at conflict management.
Talent Development: Ability to identify and develop top talent within and outside the organization to support succession planning and transition periods.
Outward Focus: Understands the dynamics of the local, regional, and national environments, and works on an agenda rooted in the community’s own perception of its needs and aspirations.
Business Acumen: Possesses a high-level of broad business and management skills to effectively generate financial support for the organization.
Network-Oriented: Values the power of networks; striving to expand the breadth of community presence, and continue to establish collaborative relationships across all stakeholder groups.
Well-rounded experience and success in fundraising, including major gifts development, grants, annual campaigns, planned giving, special events, stewardship strategies, and providing innovative solutions to reach financial goals.
Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence to connect well with staff, volunteers, Board members, funders, community, and kids, and to manage conflict, understanding and respecting where people are coming from, with a profound understanding of those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Direct experience with operational budget development/management and P&L oversight.
Demonstrated ability to leverage data for effective decision-making.
Proven skills developing and implementing strategic business plans.
Demonstrated ability to organize, direct, plan and coordinate operations within a multi-faceted organization.
Experience working with a Board of Directors or other governing body.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills.
Demonstrated success working with diverse groups and perspectives.
Proven leadership skills developed through 10+ years in senior management positions. Candidate’s experience may include work in a non-profit, for-profit, or government organization. Experience in the social services sector is highly desired.