WAMS Works Vision: Fueling Inclusion, Voice and Opportunity for All
Location: Worcester, MA Required Experience: 5 Years +
Employment: FT/40+ hours per week Reports to: Board of Directors
ABOUT WORCESTER AREA MISSION SOCIETY (WAMS Works): WAMS Works with individuals and community partners to inspire economic and education equity through social change. WAMS is an active partner in the community effort to make a measurable difference in the lives of children, families and individuals as they strive for an independent and financially secure life. The organization presently achieves its mission through its four signature programs:
WAMS is an educator.
Summer CUBS (Comprehension and Understanding Brings Success) Program is a collaboration between the WAMS, Clark University’s Adam Institute and the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) / Woodland Academy. Summer CUBS brings together current and future educators, WPS high school interns and adult and youth mentors from neighboring communities to offer interactive and individualized summer learning to elementary school students who attend Woodland Academy.
WAMS is a convener.
The Conference Event Series convenes groups from across the City of Worcester and the State who are committed to fresh thinking and new understandings of the needs and strengths of our various communities. Together we strive to create inclusion, access and opportunity for all.
WAMS builds community leaders.
ReachOut Worcester is a guided overnight immersion program that offers Greater Worcester- area youth (age 13 and up) and their leaders a deep dive into what it might be like to live day to day, struggling for food and shelter, and the ways in which openness to the formation of deep, meaningful relationships between those who “serve” and those who come to be “served” can make a big difference for everyone.
WAMS partners and serves
Learn & Serve Worcester is an ad hoc program connecting youth and their leaders with hands- on opportunities to achieve real objectives for the community as well as deeper understandings and skills for themselves. Partners include Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/ Greater Worcester, Matthew25, Mustard Seed and the Regional Environmental Council.
WAMS has seen first-hand the value of youth programming that educates, engages and empowers young people to find their place and make a real difference. Their programs inform local youth about social issues and connects them with the resources they need to learn, to become actively and effectively involved in their communities, empowering them to become leaders for themselves and for the next generation.
STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGES: The Executive Director provides leadership and oversight of all activities related to fulfilling the WAMS Works’ mission and its sustainability. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall strategic and operational planning, revenue generation, program management, financial management, organizational development, staff management, marketing and public relations. The highest priority objectives for the new Executive Director will be:
- Provide dynamic visionary leadership to ensure the organization thrives for Worcester and its youth. Inspire young people, staff, board members, volunteers, partners and funders to champion the organization, scale its impact, and deepen its role for all who benefit from its programs.
- Expand philanthropic revenue by complementing its current earned and endowed income by securing new and sustainable funding opportunities while maintaining existing family, corporate and foundation support. Attract even greater support from individuals and families, and create a more sustainable funding base through leadership and major giving programs.
Strategic and Operational Planning
- Facilitate the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the organization and plans that ensure achievement of its mission and vision.
- Lead a collaborative process with the Board of Directors and staff in developing goals, objectives and operational plans for WAMS Works.
- Manage all activities related to supporting effective engagement of the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, meeting schedules, development of agenda and meeting materials. Leverage the contributions of time, financial and other resources to ensure all board members support the organization at the extent of their capacity.
- Spearhead the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies including state-of-the-art programming and the development and execution
of new revenue-generating programs and fundraising initiatives that align with the
- Create and implement organizational and administrative policies that ensure efficient use of resources, high-quality programs, and overall operational effectiveness.
- Prepare and manage the annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Lead budgetary reporting, review and approval process.
- Supervise the efficient and effective day-to-day operations at WAMS Works.
- Lead the implementation of a comprehensive development plan to significantly expand philanthropic resources for WAMS Works.
- Cultivate and steward individual, family, corporate and foundation prospects and donor relationships. Identify and lead the pursuit of new funding sources, review grant requests and reports, and manage all cultivation and fundraising events. Inspire new levels of donor generosity through direct solicitation and engagement of past donors and first-time contributors.
- Maximize board participation to identify, introduce, engage, and solicit prospects and donors in order to diversify and build extensive donor support and sustainable resources.
- Encourage volunteer engagement and participation in third party events that benefit the organization.
Fiscal and Administrative Management
- Lead, motivate, and develop staff and board so that they are passionate, well-versed ambassadors for WAMS Works and are committed to working effectively toward continual improvement.
- Ensure the organization has staff with relevant skills for the needs of each position by excelling at hiring, ongoing staff development, and performance management while offering competitive compensation and benefits.
- Develop and maintain annual budgets ensuring fiscal soundness and appropriate levels of cash flow.
- Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Assist in the preparation of audit materials and review draft financials and IRS Form 990 for Board approval.
Community Engagement/Public Relations/Advocacy
- Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, individual and corporate donors, and other organizations.
- Offer fresh outside perspective to an organization long led by one individual
- Help to expand the diversity and influence of the Board of Directors while building and sustaining a strong and collaborative relationship based on open and direct communications transparency and mutual accountability
- Represent WAMS:
- in the local and national settings of the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) program life, as well as other appropriate ecumenical and interfaith activities. Collaborate as a resource with area congregations as necessary.
- at fundraising/community events to enhance the organization’s community
profile and support important local initiatives.
- in all media relations by participating in interviews and other media type engagements.
- As WAMS Works’ leader, maintain an active positive, and professional presence on
- A minimum of five+ years of management experience in a nonprofit or comparable field.
- Experience working with diverse communities and people
- Understanding and connections to the city of Worcester would be advantageous
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals and to collaborate with diverse groups in order to achieve desired outcomes.
- Demonstrated success of effectively leading change and organizational growth through strategic planning.
- Proven track record in fund development and successfully engaging stakeholders.
- Past experience in the human services sector, working with organizations supporting the needs of children and families.
- Demonstrated conservative fiscal management.
- Demonstrated high ethical standards and sound judgment.
- Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
- Flexibility to work a variable schedule.
Interested individuals should email their cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAMS Works is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a culturally diverse workplace.
This job description highlights the general nature of the work likely to be performed by WAMS Works’ Executive Director. Duties may vary.