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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports Affiliates at the national level that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

MENTOR is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all.  We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing the need and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. As we seek to build the most complementary team when it comes to skill, perspective, and experience; we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

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Chief People and Strategy Officer 

About:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide, and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR developed and continuously supports 24 local Affiliates that provide regional, state, and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to ensure that, through mentoring relationships, all youth have the support they need to succeed at home, school, and ultimately, work.

Commitment to Diversity:

MENTOR is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all.  We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing awareness of the need for and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. As we seek to build the most complementary team when it comes to skill, perspective, and experience, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

About the Position:

As MENTOR enters its fourth decade, the organization is poised to expand its services as part of its recent strategic plan, developed with Deloitte’s Monitor Institute. The plan codifies MENTOR’s focus following a period of growth and reinvention and reflects the evolution of field. It focuses on four pillars: Access, Quality, Public Will, and Systems Innovation. Key to future impact will be the addition of the organization’s first Chief People and Strategy Officer (CPSO).

The CPSO will lead at the intersection of organizational strategy, staff development, internal communication and teamwork. He/she/they will build coherence across a rapidly growing organization by developing an integrated approach across people, processes and work. They will help drive empowerment and shared ownership and accountability through continuous internal education, communication, and systems enhancement.

The CPSO will be fiercely focused on ensuring that MENTOR’s greatest asset–its staff–is best positioned to achieve ambitious organizational goals.  They will be responsible for ensuring that MENTOR’s efforts to maximize the talents and contributions of an engaged staff result in high retention, satisfaction and performance as well as to ensure that its infrastructure and systems are sufficient to keep up with the organization’s accelerating complexity and impact.

He/she/they will report to the CEO and work as a member of the Executive Team alongside the CEO, Chief Finance and Administrative Officer and Chief Program Officer.  The CPSO partners with MENTOR’s Executive and Leadership Teams to ensure that the vision for its staff is executed through progressive policies and practice and fully aligned with the overall organizational strategy and values.  The CPSO will supervise a team, including respective staff members who focus on operations, human capital, impact analytics and will work closely with external consultants and strategic partners.  This role is based in MENTOR’s Boston-based national office.

Responsibilities:

Organizational Strategy, Vision and Execution:

  • Serve an active, communicative, and present leader of the organization. Provide staff with a strong day-to-day leadership presence.
  • Partner with the Executive Team and Board on strategic and human resource planning, allocation, and structure, organizational goal setting, including key performance indicators.  Create a sustainable, cost-effective operational model for near-term and long-term goals.
  • Work closely with the CEO to implement, assess, and refine MENTOR’s new strategic plan, coordinating with the organization’s leaders through driving cross-functional business processes and interpret long-term plans into short term projects
  • Monitor and assess the organization’s progress against its strategic goals on an annual basis, providing reporting that can be used by MENTOR’s leadership, Board and staff
  • Collaborate with senior leaders to meet strategic goals via communication, workplans and implementation with coordinated accountabilities, objectives, and associated budgets. Identify opportunities to integrate across functional teams; leverage strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and/or to address organizational challenges.
  • Collaborate with Chief of Staff in stewarding the planning and execution of biannual team retreats

Steward Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement

  • Set the tone for MENTOR’s culture by leading by example, coaching others, especially leaders and managers, and listening deeply to the full team.
  • Execute and continually refresh a talent and HR strategy that is aligned with, and supportive of, MENTOR’s overall vision and goals
  • Design and implement an approach to professional learning, including leadership and management practices that align with the organization’s goals and priorities, and the individual and team attributes essential to achieve them
  • Design, recommend and implement service delivery strategies, including systems, staff responsibilities and outsourcing opportunities
  • Oversee the organization’s total compensation policies and practices, including external benchmarking and calibration
  • Ensure compliance with relevant employment laws and regulations

Be an Active Voice for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Oversee MENTOR’s efforts to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are primary in all decision making, organizational practices and culture
  • In partnership with leadership and the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Action Team, provide vision, leadership, coordination and strategic oversight regarding equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Lead internal work on diversity, equity and inclusion and implement systems and ongoing training designed to encourage sometimes hard but necessary conversations
  • Apply a DEI lens to all job design, recruiting, staffing and transition processes and ensure that all systems support the organization’s goals in these areas

Affiliate Support and Engagement

  • Create systems and processes across the network to share best practices, provide counsel, and support the ongoing development of strong talent leaders across the portfolio better understand performance, opportunities, and challenges

Qualifications

We seek a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization and being a solutions-oriented member of an executive management team.  The successful candidate will have proven experience leading and inspiring teams of diverse individuals and departments to meet shared goals.  We particularly seek candidates with a background in organizational, strategy, and people development, with the capacity to allocate resources strategically. Successful candidates will demonstrate experience designing and directing complex work projects across multiple service lines.

The CPSO will have a strong “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude and the ability to analyze data, have a bias toward action, and adapt initiatives appropriately to efficiently scale the organization while maintaining service levels.  The CPSO will demonstrate a strong sense of how to use technology, data, and systems to improve service and efficiency, reduce costs, drive data-informed decision-making, and enhance employee experience.

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • Adept at Change Management + Continuous Improvement: The CPSO will bring a background of managing significant organizational change and staff development, with a focus on continuous improvement and insights into the impacts of these changes on the culture of an organization. They will have practical experience in communicating change to executive leadership and staff within the organization.  The CPSO will have demonstrated success in a fast-paced, collaborative, and learning-oriented environment.
  • Experienced Talent Management and Human Resources Leader: The CPSO will be a proven leader with a strong acumen for all human resources and talent management functions.
  • Experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader: The CPSO will work to nurture a transparent and compassionate culture where staff feels able to bring their full selves to work, supported and cared for personally and professionally and able to productively and openly engage in critical conversations. This person will uphold the values of equity and inclusion in all systems and policies of the organization.
  • Relationship Builder and Collaborator: Critical to success in this role, the CPSO will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships both within and external to MENTOR. S/he/they will be a natural partner with demonstrated ability to connect, build bridges and work collaboratively. This person will be a culture carrier who models passion for the mission, a respect for people and a commitment to moving the organization forward.
  • Strategic Partner and Communicator:  The CPSO will model adaptive problem-solving skills across the team, with a focus on strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and generate buy-in for that vision.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to a highly effective nonprofit’s Executive team. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits include health, dental, 403b, generous vacation, STD/LTD/Life Insurance, pretax transit/parking, and paid professional development.

MENTOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds is a key asset.

How to Apply:

MENTOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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President and Chief Executive Officer of MENTOR California

About:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national collective of Affiliates that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

On behalf of an advisory group consisting of partners from Venture Leadership Consulting, we are thrilled to launch MENTOR California, a collaboration with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a project of Community Initiatives. MENTOR California is an advocate for the expansion of quality mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives across the state of California.

MENTOR California will work collaboratively across sectors to support existing and emerging organizations that provide mentoring services to youth by:

  • Expanding the capacity of agencies to provide high-quality mentoring programs
  • Ensuring quality standards in all mentoring efforts
  • Significantly increasing the number of youth in quality mentoring relationships
  • Convening local mentoring providers, and promote networking, collaboration, and shared learning
  • Leveraging and expand the human, financial, and in-kind resources dedicated to mentoring initiatives
  • Expanding the number and types of organizations – nonprofits, faith communities, corporations, schools, civic groups, and universities – that are equipped to start, manage, and expand a mentoring initiative
  • Advocating for legislation, policies, and funding that support the mentoring movement locally and statewide

MENTOR California will play an important role in building the state’s mentor base, coordinating and streamlining existing mentoring efforts where services are overlapping, identifying funding streams to reach youth in communities not currently reached, and connecting organizations to high-quality training opportunities delivered through an equity lens.

We seek a well-connected, experienced, visionary leader to launch MENTOR California. The President and CEO will be instrumental in developing the statewide strategic plan, engaging a broad cross section of stakeholders to support the work, and building a sustainable and effective initiative. A successful President and CEO will build and strengthen mentoring and youth development networks and partnerships, lead fundraising efforts, and inspire a team of senior staff.  While the role will be based in the Bay Area, MENTOR California’s work will engage mentoring programs across the state. Successful candidates will balance “big picture” strategic thinking with the administrative know-how of a results-oriented manager and a track record of building partnerships and community collaborations. The President and CEO will build a team over the next several years, adding at least two director-level leaders to engage the Greater Los Angeles and Central Valley areas, as well as growing a team of staff and consultants to support the effective implementation of the strategic plan.

We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, MENTOR California is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.

Responsibilities:

Strategy and Leadership

  • Spearhead the strategic planning and start-up effort of MENTOR California in partnership with local stakeholders including philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, corporate executives and government agencies to guide the organizational plan, benchmarks, and outcomes
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong governance committee of key donors; serve as ex-officio and seek and build committee involvement with strategic direction
  • Develop, maintain, support and grow the MENTOR California Advisory Board
  • President and CEO will report to the Chair of the MENTOR California Advisory Board

Fundraising, Advocacy, and Communications

  • In partnership with MENTOR’s national fundraising team, create and implement a fundraising strategy that builds on existing relationships with philanthropy, supports the implementation of the strategic plan, and leads to organizational sustainability
  • Create a marketing and communications plan that elevates the issue of mentoring, drives mentor recruitment, and positions MENTOR California as a key community resource
  • Advocate and build public awareness, both individually and with partners, to mobilize leaders for support of youth mentoring at the local and state levels with MENTOR California and with MENTOR at the federal level

Programmatic and Operational Management

  • Implement initiatives and projects that galvanize key stakeholders including mentoring program providers, corporations, government agencies, schools, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations and develop the appropriate services, trainings, or technical assistance needed by various sectors
  • Hire, supervise, and support staff to deliver on strategic outcomes and maintain a positive climate that attracts and motivates a diverse staff
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of day to day operations, including financial management, office administration, facilities management, human resources, compliance, and insurance
  • Actively participate in MENTOR’s Affiliate Network and engage in building competency related to the key core functions of a MENTOR Affiliate
  • Promote research based best practices in Mentoring and Youth Development including awareness and practice of cultural competence

Qualifications & Experience:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Track record of servant leadership with a generosity of spirit that seeks to learn from and understand others in an effort to achieve excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to create an inclusive team culture by leveraging team members from diverse backgrounds and with diverse points of view
  • Substantial leadership experience, including at least five years of managing a team to reach challenging objectives.  Experience working with or within the private sector a plus.
  • Experience with and passion for leading an organization serving youth and/or promoting mentorship
  • A proven ability to work effectively with a board of advisors and volunteer committees
  • Knowledge of the California philanthropic community as demonstrated by a well-developed professional network that stretches into community-based organizations and the youth development space
  • Proven fundraising experience (or clearly transferable skills) that can be leveraged to raise monies from corporations, foundations and individual contributors
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter; capable of self-management in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills that can be adapted based on audience
  • Strong strategic thinking and organizational development skills with an ability to use data to make decisions and to translate strategy to action
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required; relevant advanced degree preferred

How to Apply:

Interested applications should visit the following link to Apply:

President and Chief Executive Officer of MENTOR California 

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Community Initiatives/MENTOR California is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, genetics, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Community Initiatives/MENTOR California is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please notify krothschild@positivelypartners.org and we will work to accommodate your needs.