Title: Executive Director
Salary: Competitive/Commensurate with experience
Status: Full-time / Flexible hours
Bastion Community of Resilience is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for veterans and families. Having completed a $14 million supportive housing development for 58 households and operated a residential program for five years, our organization is expanding its footprint and impact in the region. New leadership is required to transition from the organization’s founder and advance the mission across multiple programs and strategic initiatives.
Job Description Overview
Bastion is seeking a seasoned nonprofit professional, veteran activist, and skilled fundraiser who will succeed the founder as Executive Director. The organization needs someone who can sustain the mission and optimize the overall operation, which consists primarily of a residential program and adult day program within a primarily post 9/11 veteran population. The candidate will also place into service a new 14,000 square foot commercial wellness center that will serve the general public, scheduled to open in 2023 on Bastion’s campus.
Given 58 households on a 5.5-acre supportive housing campus with a 1,700 square foot program facility, a fully staffed program team and board of directors, and an operations budget of $1 million, the candidate must be able to lead the organization and development operations. Given the role of community in the health and healing of veterans, the Executive Director must also be able to inspire people, build consensus, organize a neighborhood, manage an emergency response, and adapt operations in a fluid environment to achieve certain outcomes at the community level and beyond.
As the face of the organization, the Executive Director establishes and maintains relationships with internal and external community stakeholders, including our housing development partner, major foundations, the VA, and the Gentilly neighborhood. The candidate must be experienced in fundraising, budgeting, leading small teams, public speaking, and partnering with others. In addition, qualified candidates must have a working knowledge of evidence-based best practices and trauma informed interventions for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. This position is not a nine-to-five job and requires flexible time management with frequent nights and weekends. This position is not for someone who struggles with work-life balance.
The Executive Director is a leader, strategist, and dynamic change agent within the organization and veteran community. The ideal candidate is someone who is called to serve in this capacity, can model self-care, build equity, practice inclusion, perform council, advocate with government and civic leaders, and attract support on all levels. A candidate with military experience (including spouses and caregivers) who is representative of Bastion’s target population is preferred.
Mission Success: Ensures a highly supportive living environment for the long-term recovery and reintegration of veterans and families with life-altering injuries. This is achieved through our model for intentional community which augments neighbors into the care team for veterans who require instrumental assistance and peer support on a daily basis and crucial times.
Development: Responsible for fundraising and developing earned revenue streams to achieve mission success. Maintains relationships with funders. Currently, the operation is sustained primarily through grants, major gifts, and fundraising events. Reimbursement for professional services through the VA is imminent. The new Wellness Center and endowment will generate leasing revenue and annual distributions to support operations. More work is needed to diversify funding sources and optimize systems to sustain the mission long-term.
People & Resource Management: Oversees personnel and other resources to drive impact and achieve specific outcomes and outputs. Responsible for the hiring and retention of qualified staff, contractors, and vendors. Leads, coaches and directly supervises an executive team and two program managers. Works with ownership and property management of the housing development to ensure safety, maintenance, and recruitment goals are met.
Financial Management: Develops an annual operating budget and monitors revenue and expenses. Uses financial statements to report the financial position of the organization to the board of directors. Oversees the annual audit and preparation of the IRS Form 990. Works with the executive team to ensure compliance with grant requirements. Overall responsible for the financial health and integrity of the organization as reported by Charity Navigator.
Evaluation: Develops logic models and implements evaluation plans with program managers to measure impact as defined by outcomes and outputs for each program. Uses data to make programs more effective and increase revenue.
Board Member Engagement: Recruits and maintains a board of directors and advisory council composed of local and national leaders that fulfill certain governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the organization. Plans and executes a multi-year strategic plan and annual operations budget with the board of directors.
Resident and Client Engagement: Maintains a rapport and frequent presence with residents, clients, the surrounding neighborhood, and greater community. Be able to relate to them, understand their needs, tell their stories, and struggle together for personal transformation.
Government Relations and Public Policy: Advocates for veterans with elected leaders in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Washington D.C. to advance Bastion’s policy agenda. Collaborates with public, private, and other nonprofit organizations to maintain a coalition of support around veterans’ issues.
Communications & Media Relations: Leads the effort to increase visibility and brand awareness of Bastion in New Orleans and beyond, as well as local and national media. As the public face of Bastion, represents our community and speaks at events, convenings, and multimedia channels.
This position is an outstanding opportunity to learn, grow, and heal with veterans and their families. The Executive Director must be passionate about the mission and possess a strong desire to transform the continuum of care.
The following experience, skills and behaviors are desirable for this role:
· A minimum of an undergraduate degree with an advanced degree highly preferred in Public Health, Social Work, Business, or related field (e.g. MPH, MSW, MBA, etc.).
· 10+ years of professional experience in progressively senior positions required, with a solid track record of fundraising and building an organization, preferably in a non-profit environment.
· Outstanding leadership and management skills with experience overseeing a complex intervention at a high level of responsibility, required.
· Capacity to simultaneously manage the organization to succeed in its current state and adapt the organization for future growth and increased impact.
· High level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships.
· Proven skills and experience in fundraising and/or sales. A “closer” with the ability to meet annual revenue goals of the organization.
· Outstanding relationship management skills, especially with senior level stakeholders, staff members, residents, and community members.
· Cultural competency, professional and emotional intelligence, and experience and comfort working with diverse communities.
· Strong communication, listening, and public speaking skills, and the polish, poise, gravitas, and humility needed to powerfully represent Bastion’s mission and vision both internally and externally.
The following skills, experiences and/or competencies are also extremely helpful:
· Previous Executive Director or Development Director experience
· Significant non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience
· An established network of local and national funders
· Knowledge of New Orleans area and New Orleans veteran landscape
· Familiar with Evidence Based Best Practices for Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, Depression, Substance Use, Suicide, and Military Sexual Trauma
· Working knowledge of Learning Organizations, Adaptive Leadership, Socialization Theory, Transformative Justice, Asset Based Community Development, Mind-Body skills, performing Council (Center of Council)
· Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
· A candidate with military experience who is representative of Bastion’s target population is preferred.
Compensation and Benefits
Full time employees are entitled to market competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and parental leave. Bastion Community of Resilience is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.
Valid through: 11/18/2021
$250K — $250K+*