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Executive Director at City Blossoms - 13649

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Executive Director
City Blossoms
516 Kennedy Street NW
20011 Washington , DC ,
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Job Description: 

The Executive Director is responsible for the execution of City Blossoms’ mission through the design and management of staff, programs, and expansions. The Executive Director will continually pursue deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and best practices in business management. The Executive Director collaborates with staff and board members to create Strategic Plans as guides for the organization’s development, then leads the implementation of the organization’s strategic goals incorporated in the plans. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from administration, human resources, finance, board, and organizational management, program development, garden design, fundraising, and communications.

Essential functions and responsibilities include the following.

1- Strategy, Vision, and Leadership
2- Finance and Accounting
3- Team Development/Leadership
4- Operations and Administration
5- Development and Fundraising
6- Program Development
7- Representation, Networking, Communications and Collaboration

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Duties & Responsibilities: 

1- Strategy, Vision, and Leadership
Guide the development of City Blossoms’ strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization’s work plan;
Cultivate strong relationships with current board members to facilitate collaborative leadership of the organization; including recruitment of new board members;
Work with community members and partners to stay up to date on community needs and changing trends and find innovative solutions to respond accordingly, under the guidance of the mission.

2- Finance and Accounting
Work closely with Director of Operations to create and maintain a healthy financial standing including managing cash flow for the organization;
Forecast expected financial two to three-year growth goals and obstacles;
Be the signatory on financial and contractual documents.

3- Team Development/Leadership
Through example and team-based activities, promote a culture of support, high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality, mission and collaboration;
Manage all staff members and ensure they receive timely and appropriate support, training, and development (ie. homemade conference tour, retreats, individual development, etc.);
Work to create a healthy, inclusive, diverse, positive internal work culture.

4- Operations and Administration
Support the execution of the Board of Directors’ bi-monthly meetings and annual January retreat;
With the Leadership Team, coordinate the creation of quarterly organizational work plans in line with the strategic plan to support team members.

5- Development and Fundraising
Develop and maintain relationships with individual donors, foundations, and local government agencies in line with development strategies;
Create an annual development strategy in line with the strategic plan, gift-acceptance policy, and the organization’s values;
Oversee the planning and execution of the annual fundraising fiesta and certain other fundraising events.

6- Program Development
Supervise the design of the organization’s programs;
Strategically research and cultivate new partnerships to enhance our programs while nurturing current partnerships;
Participate in and support community workdays and other programming events.

7- Representation, Networking, Communications and Collaboration
Maintain good working relationships with team members, outside partners, and leaders in the field;
Seek out and represent City Blossoms in relevant forums, conferences, events and develop relationships with outside partners, funders, and other stakeholders.

Other tasks in line with the essential functions/responsibilities mentioned above may be required.

Education & Experience: 


Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in non-profit administration or relevant field of study, preferred.

Successful completion of government background check
Successful completion of Tuberculosis test
Submission of a COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Minimum of 7-10 years professional management experience in the areas of finance, administration, board, and leadership support, development, and communications, preferably with non-profit organizations;
Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a grass-roots style growing organization;
Strong experience supporting, mentoring, and coaching a team with diverse levels and areas of expertise;
Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and operational initiatives;
Experience working in diverse settings, on community-based initiatives, and directly with community members;
Passion for City Blossoms’ mission.

At home working in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, and creative professional setting;
Strong interpersonal and active listening skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, board of directors, and staff;
Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills;
Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker and leader;
Ability to document and articulate organizations’ work and needs to a diverse audience;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite cloud storage needed;
Comfortable with Hootsuite, Squarespace, Mailchimp, Adobe Creative Suite, and Bloomerang preferred;
Exceptional written, oral, and presentational communication skills;
Conversational Spanish or Amharic;
Self-reliant with strong problem-solving skills;
High attention to detail and self-starter mentality;
Comfortable with some physical tasks, including lifting 20-25 pounds.

Application Instructions: 

Application Materials: To be considered for this position, please provide the following
materials to Lauren Kruglinski, Director of Operations, by 11:59pm on November 1st, 2021. Please send all materials as a PDF.

● Cover letter detailing why you are applying for this position. We want to understand your passion, vision, and experiences related to City Blossoms, our community, mission and values. Please include answers to the following: 1) What do you hope to gain from working for City Blossoms in this position? 2) Explain your interest and experience working in gardens with children and youth. 3) City Blossoms works with diverse communities throughout the District. Please explain your connections to or roots in the communities of Washington, DC, and your interest in working with DC communities.

● Resume.

● The names and contact information for two professional references and one personal reference.

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Administrative & Finance