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The North Limestone Community Development Corporation (NoLi CDC) is a non-profit organization working in the north end of Lexington, KY to connect neighbors with resources and opportunities, and to create programs for equitable community development. Founded in 2013, NoLi CDC serves as a “bridge” and provides staffing power to pursue grant initiatives, act as an intermediary between non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, city government, neighborhood organizations, community activists, and residents focusing on three areas:
o Community & Cultural Initiatives
o Economic Opportunity
o Housing Design & Construction
The four strategic goals of NoLi CDC are to:
EMPOWER Partner with neighbors to access and create resources.
ADVOCATE Advocate with and for neighbors.
CONNECT Build relationships with the community.
FINANCIAL Sustainably grow financial resources to achieve the mission.
The primary projects for NoLi CDC currently include:
Cultural Plan – The North Limestone Cultural Plan emanates from three years of listening to and engagement with the residents, businesses, and social service organizations that resulted in an ongoing planning process and framework for developing community-derived strategies that make public space and public art more equitably designed and ensures that the entire community has input and equal access to cultural assets. The plan was completed in 2016 and contained 130 recommendations that address services, businesses, food access, public spaces, and arts, culture, and creativity.
LuigART Makers Spaces – NoLi CDC’s flagship program creates live/work spaces by rehabilitating historic homes into energy-efficient, affordable housing in the North Limestone neighborhood for residents to create and operate home-based businesses. NoLi CDC also helps residents with down payment assistance, financial literacy training, and low-risk mortgage financing through partnerships with other non-profit organizations.
Northside Common Market – Working with partners throughout the community, NoLi CDC seeks to rehabilitate the historic SE Greyhound Line Building into a year-round, permanent, multi-vendor public market; to serve as an aggregation and processing hub for Central Kentucky farmers to distribute their produce; and to provide a space for Northside Residents to grow new businesses.
Night Market - This free pop-up open air-market, held annually on the first Friday of every month from April to December, serves as a platform for neighborhood businesses, artists, and nonprofits to grow their business, highlight creativity in the community, and attract people from all over the region to Lexington’s Northside.
Plant and Play - The focus of the Plant and Play Project is to create a safe play environment in the neighborhood that empowers resilient kids with skills that help them become healthy, happy adults; that stimulates brain development through outdoor activities; and that challenges them to be future problem-solvers and solution makers in the community.
Additional information on NoLi CDC programming and projects can be found at: www.nolicdc.org
NoLi CDC had net assets of $926,112 as of 1/31/18. Three-quarters of its funding comes from several large grants, primarily from the Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Blue Grass Community Foundation, and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. In addition to the Executive Director, there are three professional employees – a Director of Community and Cultural Initiatives, a Director of Communications & Events, and a Director of Design & Construction. The office is located at 714 North Limestone Street, Lexington, KY.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Working with and reporting to the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, and with the staff, the Executive Director will:
Leadership and Management
· Define, communicate, and build a shared vision for the strategic direction and focus of the organization that fulfills its mission, goals, and objectives.
· Create a positive, healthy and safe work environment and an organizational culture that values and celebrates diversity, equity, collaboration, professionalism, and respect.
· Develop and actively engage a strong, knowledgeable, and supportive Board of Directors to enhance its role and responsibilities for governance and fiscal stability.
· Conduct official correspondence of the organization, jointly with the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, and, jointly with designated officers, in executing legal documents.
· Manage and motivate a team of qualified staff that aligns their job duties and activities with the strategic direction and focus of the organization, that maximizes their talents and strengths, that empowers their professional and personal growth, and that meets desired performance outcomes.
· Oversee the planning, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
· Establish and execute administrative systems, policies, and procedures that ensure sound, effective, and efficient organizational and fiscal management.
· Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence through rigorous program evaluation that tracks scalable progress and success.
· Develop and nurture positive and supportive relationships in the neighborhood, community, and elsewhere.
· Serve as the chief spokesperson and representative within the neighborhood, to the community, and elsewhere to enhance the organization's visibility, profile, and impact.
· Ensure NoLi CDC uses best management practices for all affairs and is compliant with all local, state, and federal laws.
· Create a culture of philanthropy that advances fundraising excellence across the organization.
· Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising policies, programs, and practices that attract and retain financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, associations, and organizations.
· Ensure that gifts and grants are properly accounted for, managed, and stewarded in accordance with funder intent and restrictions.
· Provide regular reports on the uses and impact of gifts and grants to demonstrate transparency and build trust.
· Ensure that all fundraising activities, policies, and practices reflect the values of NoLi CDC and the ethical and legal standards for nonprofit organizations.
Planning and Resource Management
· Create and implement an inclusive and collaborative strategic planning process that outlines the goals, objectives, action steps, timelines, resources, and performance measures to achieve NoLi CDC’s vision and mission.
· Develop and implement an annual budgeting process that defines the human and fiscal resources that are needed and available to achieve the NoLi CDC strategic plan.
· Manage day-to-day fiscal operations using sound and ethical financial management policies and procedures and ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.
· Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices and determine the staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
· Ensure the staff possesses the appropriate technical skills and personal abilities to further the organization's mission and provide orientation and training as needed.
· Coach, mentor, and evaluate staff on a regular basis to improve performance and addresses deficiencies.
Desired Personal Characteristics and Competencies
· Exhibit a strong understanding of and passion for equitable community development and NoLi CDC’s mission.
· Possess the cultural sensitivity and political acumen to navigate and balance the pros and cons of equitable community development.
· Ability to listen, understand, and appreciate diverse perspectives (internally and externally) with empathy and respect.
· Exhibit a servant leadership style built on strong character and integrity that builds cohesion, credibility, and trust.
· Be a big-picture, strategic, and creative thinker that can translate ideas and plans into action.
· Willing to take risks and be held accountable based on knowledge and experience.
· Be a strong communicator, collaborator, and advocate internally and externally.
· Focused on processes and outcomes that encourage and validate the input received from stakeholders and that gets things done.
· Flexible and adaptable to change as conditions warrant.
· Willingness to live in the North Limestone neighborhood.
Desired Professional Qualifications
· Advanced degree or equivalent direct experience preferred
· Five or more years of nonprofit management experience preferred
· Experience in community development, programs and policy
· Proven track record in nonprofit fundraising and grant administration
· Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
· Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
· Strong written and oral communication skills
· Spanish language skills a plus
Compensation and Term
NoLi CDC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. The Executive Director serves under an annual employment contract.
Equal Employment Opportunity
North Limestone CDC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability (including pregnancy), genetic information, age, military service, veteran status, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.
How to Apply Burcham Solutions Group, LLC has been engaged to conduct the search. All interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE at firstname.lastname@example.org no later Friday, March 23, 2018.