Open Up Job Description: Executive Director
Open Up is a small startup nonprofit specializing in innovative solutions to the housing crisis. We are housing matchmakers opening up affordable rooms and rentals by tapping into underutilized existing housing stock in Metro Denver.
Open Up partners with various career development organizations in the city to connect
hardworking adults and families who are actively pursuing economic self-sufficiency with
attainable transitional housing options that are safe, clean, affordable, and promote overall
health. These matches are vetted, empowering, relational, and mutually beneficial; neighbors have access to a stable foundation while homeowners and property owners earn extra income and make a difference in the community.
Our team is made up of two full-time staff members (Executive Director and Program Director) and a number of student interns, board members, independent contractors, and volunteers. In 2018 we made 19 new matches, in 2019 we made 24 new matches, and our 2020 goal is to make 30 new matches. Learn more about Open Up at LetsOpenUp.org.
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 27, 2020.
Board of Directors
General Job Responsibility
To execute the mission of Open Up and to have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Open Up’s staff, programs and expansion.
The Executive Director will ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals. They will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs and operations.
Major Areas of Responsibility
- Board Communication
- Leadership & Management
- Fundraising & Communications
- Program Planning and Management
- Financial Management and Administration
Board Communication Responsibilities
- Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
- Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
- Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
- Act as a spokesperson for the organization
Leadership and Management Responsibilities
- Actively engage and energize Open Up’s staff, volunteers, board members, participants, partnering organizations, and funders
- Meet with team members regularly to provide coaching, feedback, accountability, support, training, and direction to achieve organizational goals
- Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
- Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community presence
Fundraising & Communications Responsibilities
- Identify, cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts, and relationships with foundations, corporations, individuals and community organizations
- Expand organizational revenue and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future growth
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger organization
- Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
Program Planning and Management Responsibilities
- Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and services
- Ensure that the programs and services offered contribute to the organization’s mission
- Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services to maintain or improve quality
- Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects
- Review, approve and execute all leases
- Support rent collection and lease enforcement duties, including performing evictions/terminations, monitoring tenant accounts receivable, executing bad debt write offs, and post occupancy collection activities
Financial Management and Administration Responsibilities
- Manage the organization’s budget and ensure that it is a financially viable, sustainable organization with the resources to meet current and projected program growth
- Oversee the preparation of the annual financial statements
- Oversee the annual budget process; identify key initiatives for Board consideration
- Oversee the preparation of the monthly reporting of results and budget to actual variance analysis
- Maintain effective internal control over financial records and systems
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
- Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
- A deep level of knowledge and understanding of the complexity of poverty and a familiarity working with issues of poverty
- 3+ years of cross-cultural leadership experience
- Proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to organizational planning
- Attention to detail, high standards, initiative, and follow through
- Proven ability to motivate others and solve problems
- Must be able to work creatively within a budget and use innovation to find ways of more effectively managing resources
- Action Oriented – Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
- Values Differences – Recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization; is sensitive to socio-economic and cultural norms, expectations, and ways of communicating.
- Instills Trust – Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity.
- Situational Adaptability – Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.
- Decision Quality – Makes appropriate and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
- Ensures Accountability – Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments.
- Manages Conflict – Handles conflict situations effectively.
- Drives Engagement – Creates a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
- Innovative – Capable of creating or seizing opportunities to improve service effectiveness.
- Business Literate – Understands financial reports, applies data to assess program effectiveness and efficiency and acts in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Politically astute and tactful – Attentive to the perspectives and competing interests of various internal and external stakeholders.
Hours and Salary Range
Full-time, 40 hours/week