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Posted: January 24, 2023

Achieve Escambia

Position Description – January 2023

Position Title: Director, Achieve Escambia

Reports to: Achieve Escambia Leadership Council

Location: Escambia County, FL in person (not virtual)

Position Type: Exempt full-time employee or contractor

Salary: $75 - $85k (commensurate with experience) plus benefits negotiable             

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The overall purpose of this position is to direct building a civic infrastructure to improve educational outcomes from cradle through career in Escambia County. The Director will facilitate overall strategic planning and vision, lead fiscal management, organizational development, community engagement, and administrative duties required to successfully execute a community-wide educational collective. This position reports to the Achieve Escambia Leadership Council and Executive Committee.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Director is responsible for:

Providing leadership and management to ensure that the mission and core values of Achieve Escambia are successfully executed.

Working with the Leadership Council, Executive Committee, and all working groups of Achieve Escambia to track, evaluate, and communicate accomplishments and direction of the effort.

Developing and cultivating relationships with community stakeholders, including leaders in education, business, faith, nonprofit, philanthropic, and civic sectors.

Securing funds and funding partner relationships needed to maintain the activities of the collective and ensure sustainability of the effort.

Implementing a continuous improvement process throughout the work of the collective.

Creation, maintenance and archival of appropriate documentation of progress including, but not limited to, meeting minutes, work products, and relevant research. Serve in administrative capacity as needed until administrative resource is identified.

Developing and implementing a communications plan for timely and consistent updates to key stakeholders, volunteers, governance members and the community-at-large. Key deliverables might include a newsletter, website, press releases, print/media announcements and annual report card.

Developing and managing all memorandums of understanding and application thereof for functional areas such as data sharing/compilation, additional backbone convening functions and partnership/membership status.

All other duties as assigned.

 

EDUCATION, JOB KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors’ degree required and 7 or more years of organizational leadership experience. Masters’ degree preferred.

Demonstrated success in facilitating cross-sector or multi-organizational teams toward resource alignment desired.

Demonstrated ability to analyze and utilize data to inform action and to make evidence-based decisions. Experience working specifically with education and workforce data is desired.

Demonstrated success in Board management/relations.

Demonstrated experience in strategic level work and tactical implementation.

Demonstrated success in fundraising and grant-writing, systems management and resource alignment.

Excellent project management and organizational skills; ability to manage details and work independently; excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills required.

Demonstrated relationship management experience with success fostering healthy relationships among a diverse community.

Experience in continuous improvement preferred.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications-including Word, Power Point, and Excel is required.

 

Organizational Information

Achieve Escambia is a collective impact partnership that takes a cross-sector approach to aligning community resources, so every generation achieves success, cradle to career. Founded in 2016, Achieve Escambia engages community leaders from business, government, non-profit, education, workforce development, military, law enforcement and the faith community to achieve shared goals and accelerate bright spots and promising practices within Escambia County. Achieve Escambia has had many successes since the organization’s inception and recently took an intentional pause to gather input about the desired next steps for the organization.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive input received from current partners and community stakeholders, Achieve Escambia is excited to share that we are beginning the next phase of our journey as an organization. Building on the past successes, the Achieve Escambia Leadership Council is unified in support of a three-prong focus for the organization:

  1. Convener: continuing to bring partners to the table for best practice sharing and continuous improvement of programs. Examples include the Kindergarten Readiness Collective Action Network (KCAN) and Local College Access Network (LCAN),
  2. Data: improving the data sets and amplifying the impact of the Achieve Dashboard, and
  3. Advocacy: maintaining the unique cross-sector leadership table of the Leadership Council to align focus, resources, and advocacy to create positive impact across the cradle to career continuum in our community.

While there is much work to be done to finalize details of this next phase, Achieve Escambia remains committed to keeping equity at the center of all we do and evolving as an organization to meet the changing needs of the community. The Leadership Council has commissioned a search committee to fill the positions of Director and part-time administrative support as well as an organizational readiness committee to outline the future structure of Achieve. Achieve Escambia looks forward to continued focus on improving systems and increasing the capacity of our community to improve educational outcomes, cradle to career.

Drug Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer

(AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply)