Founding Executive Director
ABOUT BIRMINGHAM CORPS
Birmingham Corps is launching programmatic operations in Spring 2022 and is seeking a Founding Executive Director to build and grow the organization. The organization will be modeled after the highly-successful Baltimore Corps, building a talent hub that elevates local talent in Birmingham.
Birmingham Corps will enlist talent to accelerate social innovation in Birmingham and advance a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice. By matching talent to opportunity, Birmingham Corps will work to empower the social entrepreneurs, community leaders, and public sector innovators tackling some of the city’s most pressing challenges and building a stronger Birmingham every day.
Reporting to Birmingham Corps’ Board of Directors, the Founding Executive Director will build and lead Birmingham Corps. This individual will identify and secure all necessary components to support the model’s strategic initiatives in Birmingham, working directly with community leaders, universities, non-profits, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Along with Baltimore Corps’ Executive Team, the Founding Executive Director will be responsible for growing and guiding the organization by developing its strategic goals, programming, and community relationships. This individual will have a sophisticated understanding of and experience with managing or leading an outcomes-driven organization. As the organization grows, the Founding Executive Director will create and maintain an organizational culture that challenges and motivates a diverse team to achieve its objectives, make progress towards equity and racial justice, and positively impact the communities in which they live.
The successful candidate must demonstrate strong leadership skills and examples of deep connections and partnerships at the local, state, and national levels. The ideal candidate will have a successful record of cultivating or building partnerships with a broad range of external organizations responsible for economic and workforce development, entrepreneurship, and/or community outreach. A successful candidate for this position also has experience leading teams and partners to accomplish a shared vision.
Is this role a good fit? You decide
- You have a strong vision for the future of Birmingham, its communities, and people. You’re excited about building enthusiasm towards this vision and inspiring others to get involved.
- You have a mission-driven and entrepreneurial spirit focused on accelerating social innovation.
- You have a successful history of building programs, projects, partnerships, and/or organizations from the ground up.
- You have a collaborative and inclusive approach. You naturally build strong relationships and establish credibility with a wide range of leaders and team members as a trusted colleague and mentor.
- You are an exceptional communicator. You know how to synthesize and translate complex information for a broad spectrum of audiences, from subject matter experts, to politicians and policy-makers, to community members.
- You are adaptable, strategic and agile. You naturally anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan, and when things don’t go according to plan – you know how to roll with the punches.
- You know how to operationalize program strategy and develop the plans, processes and people to execute, ensuring the enterprise runs smoothly and goals are met.
- You are committed to the principles of equity and inclusion in the workforce and society, and have a strong track record in social justice work.
- You are self-motivated and driven towards results. In a role with so many unknowns and “not yet defined” elements, you can quickly craft a path forward with the information at hand.
Birmingham Corps is built on the foundation of Birmingham Strong, a public-private partnership that was formed in 2020 to strengthen small businesses, redeploy displaced workers, and build a resilient community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Baltimore Corps and the Board of Directors of Birmingham Corps have been working closely together in 2021 to transition Birmingham Strong into a sustainable organization working to elevate local leaders.
Baltimore Corps was founded in 2013 with a simple premise in mind: we need better ways for the most talented people to go to work solving the world’s most important challenges. Today, Baltimore Corps builds robust, equitable pipelines to enlist talent in advancing Baltimore’s most promising social innovations. The organization operates a suite of programs and services that have fueled the growth of a strong ecosystem of social innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent development.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND GOAL SETTING
- Hone the strategic vision, organizational goals, and key performance indicators, and develop the implementation plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Team of Baltimore Corps, and key funders and partners.
- Set and manage clear programmatic, operational, and financial goals while adapting to changes in internal and external environments.
- Assess organizational priorities based on the needs of Birmingham, outline the availability of funding and potential partnerships in support of developing a road map for launching Birmingham Corps and lead the implementation of this plan.
- Finalize an organizational budget and operational plans to execute the strategy and goals of the organization.
ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
- Ensure that the organization has a viable long-term financial plan and a diversified and sustainable funding base in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
- Manage development efforts to meet ambitious annual goals by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting public, individual, and foundation sources of giving.
- Oversee operating budget and all other financial and accounting operations.
- Report on organizational progress to the Board of Directors.
- Work with Baltimore Corps to utilize appropriate tools, strategies, and systems to support the growth of Birmingham Corps.
- Establish and drive ongoing improvement and development of a transformative and diverse organization culture consistent with the organization’s purpose, mission, and core values.
- Develop and ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, consistent quality of finance and administration, and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
- Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board of Directors, funders, and other constituents.
STAKEHOLDER DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
- Serve as the public face of Birmingham Corps and seek to increase awareness of the organization’s mission and vision.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
- Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders and champions, including Board of Directors, funding community, city leaders, and community members.
- Ensure that all stakeholders are engaged in service of the mission and feel valued in their work.
- Communicate the Birmingham Corps’ vision and goals in a way that ensures understanding and commitment from a racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse community of stakeholders.
QUALIFICATIONS AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Proven leadership skills; a mission driven spirit; excellent interpersonal, communication, and financial management skills; and the ability to work in and sustain a collaborative team model.
- At least five to seven years of experience in the social impact sector as a change agent leading a rapidly growing organization or initiative.
- Experience working with diverse stakeholders up, down, and across organizations.
- A track record working with community groups, innovators, and thought-leaders in the entrepreneurial, government, and corporate sectors.
- Success as a fundraiser and able to engage philanthropic, corporate, and government decision-makers.
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degrees or other evidence of intellectual curiosity highly advantageous.
Solo Contributor Initially
- This is initially a solo contributor role. Infrastructure and staff will be operational in Birmingham after the organization has successfully launched.
- Once Birmingham Corps is fully established, the Executive Director will hire, lead, coach, and develop a high-performing team to execute Birmingham Corps’ mission and vision.
TIMELINE AND COMPENSATION
The Founding Executive Director of Birmingham Corps is a salaried position, ranging from $85,000 – $95,000/year, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The target start date for this position is October, 2021. Birmingham Corps is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its work, internally, and with community partners.