Project Transformation Arkansas

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ORGANIZATION:

Project Transformation was founded in 1998 under the auspices of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since then, the program has been replicated in several other annual conferences, and now operates through a network of affiliated “Project Transformation Chapters.” Each Chapter is approved by the Project Transformation National organization and enters into a Chapter Affiliation Agreement, but operates as an independent organization and is governed by its own Board of Directors.

Project Transformation incorporates a collaborative model of ministry to address three unique challenges in one program:

  1. Meeting the academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of children from underserved communities.
  2. Providing meaningful ways for college students to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young adult leaders for the church and the world.
  3. Helping to revitalize churches in low-income communities.

The mission for Project Transformation is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support underserved children and families, and connect churches to communities in need.

The Arkansas branch of Project Transformation is located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Applicants may review the job description below and submit a resume and cover letter to Board Chair Amanda Cofer, amandacofer@gmail.com by October 1st. Any questions may be directed to the same.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Director will implement and communicate the goals and mission of the organization and will be responsible to lead the staff, college interns, and volunteers annually. The Executive Director will lead efforts to raise and manage an initial budget of approximately $200,000.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to and working with the Project Transformation Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead and direct the day-to-day management, enhancing organizational processes and infrastructure that will allow Project Transformation to grow and fulfill its mission. Those responsibilities include:

  • Christian Leadership – Communicate and implement the strategic plans and policies established by the Board of Directors. Oversee operation of the organization and ensure that all goals, objectives and key performance indicators are met. Ensure staff, Board and other key stakeholders have sufficient and up-to-date information. Communicate with churches to share the mission. Uphold the mission and values of Project Transformation, including maintaining and nurturing the covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church. Possess a leadership style that empowers employees, encourages good performance, maximizes return on investments and rewards productivity. Stay abreast of current trends and anticipate future trends to ensure the organization is positioned for growth.
  • Fund Development – Work with the Board to develop a fundraising strategy to strengthen and diversify funding sources. Cultivate strong relationships with key donors: individuals, foundations, and corporations. Build brand strategy and drive community awareness. Become well known in the community as the “face” of the organization. Create innovative marketing and outreach strategies using technology and social networks in order to increase visibility. Leverage community resources and collaborations.
  • Board Administration and Support – Develop strong relationships with the Board Chair and Board members. Contribute to the development of a strategic plan. Work collaboratively with the Board in the development and implementation of goals and the organization’s mission for the future. Prepare and report on key performance indicators related to finance, staffing, programs and other key activities. Actively engage and energize Board members and committees.
  • Programs and Service Delivery – Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence. Work closely with United Methodist Church conference staff to recruit and retain site churches and partner churches through continuous dialogue and support. Oversee the design, marketing, promotion, delivery and high quality of programs and services. Coordinate meaningful Friday Experiences (ministry/career exploration), ensure the recruitment of high-caliber college interns and house pastors, and secure intern community housing. Ensure program-wide adherence to organizational risk management and Safe Sanctuary policies. Ensure programming meets Project Transformation National standards as indicated in the Chapter Affiliation Agreement.
  • Evaluation – Oversee the implementation of all program evaluations in accordance with National standards. Collect and compile evaluation data and results at the end of each summer program. Report all summer program data to PT National.
  • Churches and Community Partners – Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Seek opportunities for public speaking to promote visibility. Establish solid working relationships and collaborative arrangements with civic groups, church congregations, and other key stakeholders to gain financial support. Develop and implement volunteer programs. Recruit and schedule reading, dinner, and Family Fun Night volunteers for the summer program. Interact with volunteers and churches throughout the year. Coordinate supply drives with partnering churches and organizations.
  • Financial – Ensure the organization is fiscally sound. Develop annual budget for Board approval. Prudently manage organization’s resources within budget guidelines. Ensure timely and accurate reporting of financial information. Analyze actual performance vs. budget on a monthly basis and report significant variances to the Board. Ensure compliance with Federal, state and local laws. Ensure all financial policy and procedures are followed.
  • Operations – Directs and ensures proper coordination of all administrative affairs. Develops and implements operations systems to achieve effective workloads and workflow. Secures the services and products of outside sources such as business insurance, security systems, equipment, office supplies, and legal or other advisory/support services. Negotiates or approves contracts and agreements for the organization. Retains files of all forms and information on program. Maintains master database (Salesforce) on interns, donors, children, and volunteers.
  • Organizational Culture – Promote an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, a common organizational understanding of goals, professionalism, innovation, change management, teamwork, and open communication.
  • Human Resources Management – Ensure all policies and procedures are up-to-date, followed, and conform to current laws and regulations. Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures. Establish measurable performance goals for employees and ensure that performance reviews are conducted annually. Responsible for the recruitment, retention and release of all personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS and SKILLS:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree; MBA, MPA, or similar graduate degree preferred; knowledge of development levels for youth, specifically those in urban communities, and bilingual English-Spanish would be pluses.
  • Leadership experience with Project Transformation or in the church/nonprofit/public sector/private sector.
  • Proven ability to raise funds
  • Effective strategic thinker; experience in developing and implementing strategic plans
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with Board members, staff, community partners, and the United Methodist Church/ Arkansas Conference
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills; experience in public speaking
  • Ability to raise the visibility of the organization
  • Experience in financial planning, budgeting and financial analysis
  • Experience in overseeing human resources
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, encourage teamwork and collaboration
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; ability to be flexible and to multi-task effectively, managing multiple efforts simultaneously
  • Integrity, credibility and commitment to the mission
  • Possess the following personal attributes:
    • Christian faith
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Innovative
    • Enthusiastic
    • High energy level
    • Personable
    • Sense of humor

TO APPLY:

Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to Board Chair Amanda Cofer, amandacofer@gmail.com by October 1st, 2021. Questions may be directed to the same.