we are ready to grow with you!
The Center is seeking an Executive Director with proven leadership and fundraising skills to help us grow. This position will be responsible for taking what has been built to date to the next level.
Our Acting Executive Director has worked the past few years to design and implement our operational infrastructure, back-end systems, human resources and professional network. The foundation has been built and now that we have our inaugural year under our belt we are ready to grow!
Key Qualifications we are seeking in our Executive Director include:
What are some of the challenges for this position?
Stay, Expand or Move?
The Center's inaugural year was 2020 and we faced many challenges as we reconciled the realities of COVID-19, ultimately reopening in June. Our ability to achieve our original business model was arrested by COVID-19 and our current challenge is growing our program services and revenue within our limited physical space. Our new Executive Director will be involved in leading the decisions for how we sustain our business model within these limitations, expand our current space or if its best to seek a larger new space. Working with the Chairperson and Board of Directors our business model and expansion plan will be a priority for the coming year.
The Center has a small network of donors but the challenge lies in organically growing our donor base, partnering with community leaders and coordinating fundraising efforts. We have not had the luxury of a designated marketing and development coordinator so our Acting Executive Director has been responsible for remotely supporting our fundraising efforts. This is not ideal as we need to have a locally based, community driven fundraising plan of action. That being said The Center has successfully raised over $100K in grants and over $75K in individual gifts since we opened. The tools to successfully fundraise are in place we have a donor CRM, website, social media presence, Google Ads Grant for Charities and a beautiful brand and mission - we just need a dedicated plan of action!
What about the perks?
Being a non-profit leader is not for the faint of heart, it requires integrity, grit, stamina and resiliency to remain dedicated to the mission. The Center has a profound and inspiring mission, it has the support and commitment from the families we serve, our Board and the local community. What we do at The Center matters and is needed. Becoming our Executive Director may not come with a significantly robust paycheck but it will make up for it in purpose-driven work. The fundamental structures for our non-profit operations are in place and for the most part are turn-key. The Executive Director does not need to start from scratch and can build upon this strong foundation. Further our Acting Executive Director will remain as a Board Member to support, mentor and "pass the torch" for continuity. As the organization grows the perks and benefits of being its Executive Director expand.
Sounds good? Are you or someone you know a good fit?
To apply review and Download our Job Description
Submit a Cover Letter, Resume or CV to:
Amber Caldwell - Acting Executive Director at email@example.com
Ever wondered what it would be like to have super powers? Time travel, flying and super strength are all cool ideas but what we think makes a super hero at The Center is passion, empathy and creativity - if you have these super powers we want to get to know you!
hiring superheroes - what we call care coaches!
What is a Care Coach?
Care Coaches are responsible for the day-to-day care of our Members and drive our program activities. If it wasn't for our Care Coaches we couldn't do what we do, they are at the root of our mission. At The Center we provide a safe place for young adults with more severe special needs, those that are more medically fragile and require more hands-on support with daily life skills, learning and community engagement. That is why our Care Coaches are super important to not only The Center but our members and their families.
What makes a Care Coach a Super Hero?
Let's be honest providing care, especially care for those with more significant needs is not for everyone. It requires it's own super powers - the best Care Coaches are those who are filled with:
Passion and Commitment: They find joy in being around those who may not be able to communicate or respond in traditional ways but understand them anyway. They are willing to stand up for and protect the dignity and agency for those who are unable to do so for themselves. Their passion for supporting and protecting those with special needs is not just a job or career but it's a calling.
Empathy and Kindness: The ability to put yourself in our Member's shoes or the shoes of their Parents is directly linked to the kindness and respect that our Care Coaches show each day. Their most important responsibility is to provide care with empathy and kindness to each and every Member.
Patience and Resiliency: The Center is a scrappy non-profit that is growing and has a big mission. Some of our goals will require "all hands on deck" and our Care Coaches are part of that mission. The ability for our Care Coaches to grow with us, show patience as we tackle continued challenges to fundraise, expand our space and build our community are a reflection of our collective resiliency.
Joy and Laughter: We try to not be too serious at The Center - at the end of the day we are here to have fun with our Members, bring joy and laugh together. Some of our favorite activities are playing games, dancing and being silly. Our Care Coaches aren't afraid to make funny voices when reading at story time, get up and dance to the "Tutti-Tot" or pretend air-guitar at music class! That inner child-like joy is truly a superhuman power inside of us all!
What are the perks of becoming a Care Coach at The Center?
The main perk is being part of a small committed team doing some pretty big things! We don't dismiss the importance of providing a safe and warm environment for our Members as The Center is the only option for the families we serve locally but as we grow we strive to provide more resources and benefits to our employment package. The day to day work and responsibilities are shared amongst the small team and each Care Coach is encouraged to suggest new ideas, create activities or new programs and we welcome their solutions! We are building bigger and better together.
If the above inspired you or you know a Superhero that would make a great Care Coach we want to hear from you - click below or share!
We are hiring now for Part Time and Full Time Care Coaches, seeking Summer Volunteers and offer Internships!
To make it easy to share we have a new e-flyer outlining our programs and steps for new members. Please share, download and distribute to families in need!
prioritizing protecting the center
As the COVID-19 vaccination is made available we are prioritizing educating our staff and the families we serve. Part of our leadership includes a Clinical Expert and Advisory Volunteer Committee and our newest member is Mrs. Monica Boyd, PharmD - a local pharmacist and owner of Compass Pharmacy. Monica reviewed and updated our COVID-19 policies and procedures and provided information for registering to receive the vaccine as well as educational resources.
Please find these resources below:
Our updated COVID-19 and Flu Precautions Policy is downloadable below, please share these resources with those in need.
Reflections, resiliency and what's to come
For a newly founded non-profit our first year was full of exciting highs and challenging lows. We faced obstacles most non-profits do not have to overcome in their inaugural year but like the rest of the world we learned how to pivot in the face of a pandemic and overcome. We may be more worn around the edges but we head into the new year with lessons learned, tools and skills gained and the support of our amazing community. Take a look at our inaugural year in review and what's to come in 2021!
deep cleaning with science
With flu season upon us and COVID-19 active in the community daily deep cleaning and hand-washing is critical to keeping our staff, participants and families safe. Our team at The Center has been diligent in maintaining a clean environment and we came across a really cool video that shows just how easy it is for germs to transfer to surfaces and spread infection. Now its time to go wash out hands....Stay Safe!
The Center is in full swing this fall. We have a couple of participants back in school but that doesn't stop us from enjoying an outing every once in a while.
We visited New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy in Argyle last month and the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch last week. We had a blast at both places and suggest others to visit as well.
Now we are gearing up for our Halloween Truck or Treat event. Come join us for a safe treat collecting time. Friday October 30, 2020 from 3pm until 7pm. If you are interested in being a vendor, we still have tables available.
What the center is doing to keep our community safe
In preparation for the flu season, regional reopening of schools and a concern to ensure safety and reduce exposure to primarily COVID-19 the attached plans are in place at The Center. These plans are based on CDC Recommendations and local Health Department guidance.
The primary objective is to avoid temporary closure and prepare for contingencies if a participant or staff get sick from COVID-19 or the flu. These guidelines have been adapted due to the nature of our services and are to be adhered to by active participants, their immediate family and all staff.
These protocols and precautions are in place as of Oct. 20, 2020 thru end of year.