Associate Director of Special Projects

Programs · Inglewood, California
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive

Associate Director of Special Projects


Reports to: Executive Director Status: Full-Time, Exempt


Job Summary: 


This position is responsible for overseeing and managing key strategic partnerships and special projects, including but not limited to managing The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) - a partnership with JP Morgan Chase while also stewarding the development of SJLI’s emerging projects and programs.


The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) is a national program located in four cities (Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York) established by JP Morgan Chase, with a mission to increase academic opportunities for young men of color.  Using a cohort model, starting in 9th/10th grade, students make a four year commitment to attend a Saturday academy resulting in college acceptance and enrollment.  Mentoring is an important element of TFI.  In addition to the Saturday classes and tutoring, TFI students participate in community service projects, overnight college tours, international cultural exchanges, and college prep intensives. TFI is one of SJLI’s primary strategic partnerships.


Responsibilities:

TFI Program Coordination and Leadership 

  • Implement the objectives, goals, and strategies which direct The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) activities to achieve program outcomes.
  • Oversee and supervise all TFI activities and opportunities
  • Collaborate and consult with internal and external stakeholders to achieve TFI goals 
  • Coordinate and facilitate TFI Executive Committee and Lead Team milestone performance discussions meetings (face-to-face and virtual) 
  • Work with various local and regional stakeholders, government agencies and philanthropic entities to develop special projects that align with SJLI’s mission.

Stewarding Emerging Programs/Projects

  • Create and execute the development & implementation plan of emerging SJLI programs and projects, i.e. Urban Scholars for Young Women, Small Business Development, Urban Scholars Expansion, etc.
  • Oversee and supervise all emerging programs and project activities and opportunities
  • Collaborate and consult with internal and external stakeholders to achieve goals 
  • Coordinate and facilitate with Executive team and lead milestone performance discussions & meetings (face-to-face and/or virtual) 
  • Work with various local and regional stakeholders, government agencies and philanthropic entities to develop special projects that align with SJLI’s mission.

Fund Development 

  • Maintain ongoing relationships with special project and partnership funders and supporters.
  • When necessary provide input and assistance with fundraising events and other related activities in support of special projects.

Community Engagement 

  • Represent SJLI on relevant committees, commissions, and task forces, as well as special events, and boards that benefit the organization
  • Serve in leadership and membership roles in professional networks and collaborations that assist with increasing the TFI’s visibility in the community.
  • Assist with community participation, volunteerism, and philanthropy
  • Assist with the increase of organizational visibility in the community
  • Assist with facilitating collaborations and partnership with the community members, public agencies, non- and for- profit organizations. 

Communications 

  • Work in partnership with SJLI Development and Communications team members to produce program outreach and recruitment information, and presentation materials for potential students, the general public, constituencies, stakeholders, and funders.

Staff Hiring and Supervision 

  • Oversee and coordinate the hiring process for the TFI Program Assistant.
  • Supervise, manage, and evaluate the TFI Program Assistant.

Financial and Contract Management and Reporting 

  • Manage and monitor TFI program budget 
  • Develop, maintain and monitor annual program budgets for emerging programs and projects.
  • Manage and coordinate contracts with service providers, consultants, and vendors. 

Special Project Evaluation 

  • Develop a diagnostic assessment tool to evaluate the health of TFI and emerging programs/projects that tracks student progress, program/project progress and other objectives 
  • Prepare written summaries of TFI and other special program/project achievements and outcomes.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 years development experience, including experience with prospecting and stewarding major individual and institutional donors and with managing large gift campaigns, preferably in the social justice sector
  • Be exceptionally knowledgeable about evidence-based programs that support increased academic achievement and socio-emotional learning for young boys and men of color, young women of color, college access and persistence.
  • Be a qualitative and quantitative data-oriented leader that has successfully coordinated programmatic, operational, developmental, and community outreach functions.
  • High emotional intelligence with an understanding of their own work style and strengths, with the desire to grow from constructive feedback
  • Be a solutions-oriented relationship manager that can preserve trust between partner organizations and external stakeholders
  • Be an exemplary communicator, and problem solver that is capable of leading through change and ambiguity 
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail 
  • Experience instituting and teaching development processes and best practices to a wide audience of stakeholders
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, etc.)
  • Experience learning and implementing new technology and systems, including development databases
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time and use computer
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Experience managing, supporting, and developing team members 
  • Hybrid administrative and management skills set
  • A dynamic personality and passion for supporting Youth of Color
  • Strong understanding of the social justice organizational mindset and experience with the nuances of progressive fundraising 
  • Ability to learn and comprehend complex concepts and translate that knowledge into programs and deliverables
  • Project management skills and experience with managing complex program and funding proposal deliverables
  • Effective time, interpersonal, and organization management skills with a nimbleness to shift between projects and deadlines as needs evolve 
  • Experience working with and learning from a diverse community of strong, intelligent, and passionate team members 
  • Comfort building strong relationships with partners, board members and individuals from racially and economically diverse backgrounds 
  • Sensitivity to and interest in diversity, equity and inclusion 

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  • Location
    Inglewood, California
  • Department
    Programs
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Executive