RECRUITMENT PROFILE: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SPRING BRANCH PROJECT (Apartment Ministry)
Stoller Foundation is searching for the ideal candidate to take their apartment ministry, Spring Branch Project, from an ambitious vision into a transformative reality.
The position requires the candidate to be a committed Christian with a calling to live and work in the midst of the urban mission field.
Funded by Jerry Stoller and the Stoller Group, the Stoller Foundation is a non-operating foundation that incubates and accelerates non-profits that are focused on evangelism and volunteerism. We serve as a launchpad for start-up non-profits with innovative
and creative ideas to address the needs of the community with the love of Christ.
SPRING BRANCH PROJECT
Spring Branch Project (SBP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by Stoller Foundation. The vision of SBP is to transform the diverse Houston neighborhood of Spring Branch through various programs focused on improving the lives of residents of designated
low income, transitional apartments in the area.
The mission of SBP is to use incarnational mission, partnership with churches and existing programs, and the power of healthy relationships and partnerships to create a dynamic place of hope and community that will improve the lives of all Spring Branch
residents. The apartment complexes will be the hub around which a truly family-friendly, safe neighborhood will grow. Our 20-year goal is that Spring Branch will experience an increase in education, a decrease in crime and unemployment, and an increase in
the percentage of healthy families.
This Executive Director will initially report to the Stoller Foundation during the launch phase, as the Foundation directly funds the project. After launch, the director will report to the Spring Branch Project Board of Directors. The ED will work collaboratively
with Church leaders in the Spring Branch area and will oversee a team of dedicated volunteers.
The Executive Director is responsible for the start-up, development and ongoing delivery of Spring Branch Project. S/he will accomplish this through leadership, project management, effective outreach and extensive networking. The desired outcome is the successful
establishment of programs in three apartment complexes within the first year of operation (ending December 2015).
An integral expectation of the position is that the ED will live in one of the SBP Partner apartment complex units and view the role similar to that of chaplain.
The ED will develop and sustain effective relationships with the Board of Directors, local churches, and their apartment neighbors, as well as recruiting and managing all volunteers. They will also be required to manage all event, outreach and administrative
Specifically, the Executive Director will be accountable for the following:
Strategic Leadership: Recruiting and supervising chaplains; leading volunteers; consulting with the SBP board on goals, timelines, and budgets; ensuring quarterly milestones are achieved.
Operational Management: Developing a plan with the SBP board for launch and sustainable growth; evaluating SBP’s impact; revising and adjusting delivery to maximize impact.
Fundraising and Communications: Developing a communications plan for key stakeholders and partner organizations/churches; building community awareness via media; engaging and cultivating funding partners.
Board & Volunteer Development: leading board governance and expansion, overseeing reporting to the board; developing good working relationships with volunteers and stakeholders; creating a compelling volunteer culture with high retention.
Community Development and Outreach: Cultivating productive relationships with local benevolence/outreach/social services programs; building rapport and trust with apartment neighbors and community residents.
Financial Management and Development: Directing and managing SBP’s resources; establishing and overseeing workplace best practices (budgeting, financial accountability, HR policies, project milestones); developing and managing an annual
budget, maintaining financial records, and delivering accurate reports; obtaining 501(c)(3) status (with assistance from the Stoller Foundation).
Bachelor’s degree preferred. Or equivalent experience of five years of management experience in lieu of degree.
The ideal candidate will be an exceptional leader with strong organizational, relationship development/management with the following experience, skills, and leadership/personal qualities:
- Willingness to experience incarnational living in addition to working 40 hours per week.?
- Fluency in Spanish is desired.
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience that reflects a clear record of achievement in a project start-up in a community based setting, with at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity.
- Demonstrated Project Management success with a particular focus on project planning and stakeholder management.
- Excellent organizational development, interpersonal, communication, administration and people management skills are essential.
- Proven experience and demonstrated ability to partner with a nonprofit Board of Directors and other key leaders is critical, as is the ability to build and successfully manage a network of passionate volunteers.
- Knowledge of strategic planning, resource allocation, financial management, volunteer motivation and performance measurement, and coordination of people and resources.
- Proven experience in leading dynamic and engaging small groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, or other groups focused on spiritual growth.
- Demonstrated track record of mentoring/discipling leaders
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation and technologically proficient, including significant experience/level of comfort with Microsoft Office, Internet, and e-mail programs.
- Natural relationship builder with the ability to inspire and lead volunteers and quickly earn trust and respect among peers and the local community.
- Effective multi-tasker and disciplined self-starter who establishes priorities and works well in a non-traditional work environment.
- Highly efficient in time management and can meet deadlines under pressure.
- Equally adept in a corporate boardroom and with volunteers and neighborhood families.
Please email a copy of your resume along with a cover letter that addresses these three questions below to
1. Describe how you interpret the Acts 2 church and how you would employ that concept in these apartment complexes, if given the opportunity.
2. This position requires a combination of ministry skills and business savvy. How would you utilize both in launching and developing this platform?
3. What kind of pre-existing personal support will you bring to this role? I.e., family, mentors, or others invested in your individual success?