Higher Ground is hiring!

  1. Deputy Director

  2. Family-Led Stability Initiative Manager

Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc.

seeks

Deputy Director

September 2021

Link to Posting on Indeed

 

About Higher Ground
Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc. (“Higher Ground”) is a nonprofit organization in Roxbury, Massachusetts with the mission to connect children, youth and families in Boston’s underserved communities to existing solutions and services that continue to improve, avoid duplication, and empower and transform lives from cradle to career by engaging community-based organizations and key stakeholders in an effective and efficient service delivery model. The Higher Ground strategy falls into three main areas in which social, educational, and economic disparities are challenged: Schools, Health Equity, and Housing. Higher Ground recently marked its milestone 10th year of operation and has served more than 1,300 students in its partner public schools, has helped place families nearly 300 homeless children into homes, collaborated with more than 64 partners to increase impacts on the well-being of children and families; and has organized parents into an increasingly strong coalition to shift power and disrupt systems of inequity.


Role of the Deputy Director
This is a new position and is part of the organization’s succession plan which includes transition to a new Executive Director as well as transitions among the leadership of the Board of Directors.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities. Internal responsibilities will include operations and administration including human resources, facilities, and IT. Through the leadership and management of key organizational programs, the Deputy Director will work both internally managing Higher Ground staff as well as externally with program funders, partners, and resident families. The Deputy Director will partner closely with the Executive Director on financial management as well as the development and implementation of strategic priorities and program evaluation.


Specific Responsibilities

 

Partnerships:

  • Lead the oversight and management of one or more of Higher Ground’s main program initiatives.

  • Oversee program budgets including revenue and expenses. Work with program partners on budget reconciliation.

  • Manage, develop, hire (as needed) and retain a team of high performing staff providing direct coordination and management.

  • Serve as the key facilitator and organizer for all partners associated with the programs.

 

Finance & Operations:

  • Oversight and management of human resources including hiring, staff performance evaluation, and training.

  • Oversight and management of facilities and information technology services.

  • Recommend and implement improvements to administrative and program operations.

 

Direct Support of the Executive Director & Special Project Support:

  • Board committees: Support development of meeting agendas, materials and presentations.

  • Financial management: Support transparent and efficient budgeting, fiscal management and control practices, board financial reporting protocols and supporting infrastructure.

 

Strategy, Planning and Evaluation:

  • Support utilization of organizational models and plans to align the work of each team member and initiative with strategic goals.

  • Work closely with evaluation team staff to ensure collaborative work is achieving high quality outcomes, development and implement recommendations for continuous improvement.

  • Support as needed in the areas of fundraising, marketing, and various Higher Ground programs as needed, through thought partnership and peer support.

 

Required Qualifications

  1. Strong demonstrated commitment to equity, community empowerment and capacity building.

  2. Strong, demonstrated commitment to the concept of place-based community initiatives and, in general, and to Higher Ground’s vision and theory of change, in particular.

  3. A BA/BS degree in a field relevant to the principal domains of Higher Ground’s theory of change and/or an area of expertise otherwise required to support Higher Ground’s work.

  4. At least 5 years of experience at the manager level of a nonprofit organization, school, or similar environment, including experience working directly with Executive Directors or CEOs.

  5. Experience in grassroots organizing and a knowledge of building and sustaining trust.

  6. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Zoom.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Resident of Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan and/or candidate reflects diversity of Higher Ground’s target area.

  2. An advanced degree in a field relevant to Higher Ground’s work and/or in organizational leadership.

  3. Demonstrated experience and success in building and managing coalitions/collaborations among multiple, mission-based organizations.

  4. Demonstrated experience and success in overseeing the fiscal management of a mission-driven organization with a multi-million dollar budget.

  5. Excellent public speaking and writing skills; proficient in compellingly articulating the mission, values, vision and impact of Higher Ground.

  6. Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising with foundations, corporations and individuals.

  7. Demonstrated experience scaling a non-profit, mission-driven organization.

 

Personal Attributes

  1. Enjoys high visibility in the community before, during and after work hours.

  2. Is a service-oriented leader with the ability to inspire others, collaborate, develop staff and support the needs of multiple cultures.

  3. Has a good sense of management level balance, i.e., the balance between funding and mission - is entrepreneurial and innovative, yet organized, disciplined and fiscally astute.

  4. Can effectively implement the organizational requirements of a rapidly growing mission-driven organization.

  5. Is well networked in Boston communities, organizations and cultures.

  6. Is an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor and a healthy tolerance for ambiguity.

 

Salary and Benefits
The Higher Ground board is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified people. Current salary range is $110000 to $125,000; salary commensurate with relevant experience. Benefits provided.

 

Procedure for Submitting Candidacy
Interested candidates meeting the criteria described above are encouraged to submit a resume and a cover letter that includes a specific expression of interest and the strengths the candidate feels qualify them for consideration should be sent via email to Higher Ground’s Chair of the Board of Directors at HR@higherground-boston.org subject: Deputy Director Application (Candidate Name). Alternatively, candidates can apply using this link.

Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc.

seeks a

Family-Led Stability Initiative Manager

Link to Posting on Indeed

 

About Higher Ground

Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc. (“Higher Ground”) is a nonprofit organization in Roxbury, Massachusetts with the mission to connect children, youth and families in Boston’s underserved communities to existing solutions and services that continue to improve, avoid duplication, and empower and transform lives from cradle to career by engaging community-based organizations and key stakeholders in an effective and efficient service delivery model. The Higher Ground strategy falls into three main areas in which social, educational, and economic disparities are challenged: Schools, Health Equity, and Housing. Higher Ground recently marked its milestone 10th year of collective impact work, collaborating with more than 65 partners to increase impacts on the well-being of children and families and organizing parents into an increasingly strong coalition to shift power and disrupt systems of inequity.

 

About the Family-Led Stability Initiative: Following a two-year planning process, Higher Ground joined eight public and community partners and in January 2018 helped launch the Family-Led Stability Pilot (FLSP) focused on seven schools in Roxbury and Dorchester. During the 3.5-year pilot phase we housed families of more than 300 formerly homeless students and are now scaling up to 20 schools with plans to house families of more than 4,000 homeless students citywide. Current partners include Boston Public Schools (BPS), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), Project Hope, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and New Lease for Homeless Families. Higher Ground serves as the backbone organization and leads fundraising and financial reporting for the initiative.

 

Role of the Family-Led Stability Initiative Manager

This is a new position at Higher Ground created to follow up on the pilot phase of the initiative and scale up from initial seven schools up to 20 schools. This position reports to the Executive Director and will likely shift to the newly created Deputy Director role once that hiring process is completed for that role.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the oversight and management of a key organizational program – The Family-Led Stability Initiative (FLSI).  

    • FLSI Partner Coordination

      • Continuous collaboration, support, and leadership for the coalition of FLSI partners including 3 nonprofits, 3 government agencies, and up to 20 schools including scheduling and facilitating monthly meetings, developing meeting agendas, sharing meeting notes, assisting with budget development and financial reporting, and following up on next steps and decisions made at meetings.

    • School Partnerships

      • Ongoing communication with school leaders, school-appointed housing liaisons (social worker, family support staff, etc.), teachers, and staff regarding students in need of immediate services.

    • Supervision of two-three Family Outreach Workers, Parent Organizers and Advocates

      • Manage, supervise, develop, hire, and retain a team of 3 high performing staff providing direct coordination and management. Staff responsibilities include family intake, placement, and stabilization, and more.

    • Program Evaluation

      • Coordinate the collection of data from staff, schools, partners, and families for purposes of continuous improvement of services and monthly stakeholder reports.

  • Additional responsibilities include active engagement in staff and advisor meetings and support as needed in the areas of fundraising, marketing, and various Higher Ground programs, through thought partnership and peer support.

 

Qualifications

The Family-Led Stability Initiative Manager must possess experience in affordable housing and the knowledge, skills and personal attributes needed to support the critical features of community organizing and community development. Qualifications below:

  • At least 5 years of experience working in affordable housing, with an understanding of Boston and/or Massachusetts housing policies and services, specifically for housing families.

  • Strong demonstrated commitment to equity, community empowerment and capacity building.

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the concept of place-based community initiatives and, in general to Higher Ground’s vision and theory of change.

  • Strong collaboration skills, track record of relationship and trust building with partners, schools, direct care staff, and families.

  • Supervisory experience with housing and/or school-based staff.

  • Experience partnering with schools and/or community agencies, including setting expectations, holding parties accountable for results, and negotiating improvement to services and their connected rates with partners.

  • Familiarity with partner agreements, program budgets and grant reporting.

  • Experience in grassroots organizing and a knowledge of building and sustaining trust.  

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Zoom.

  • Is a service-oriented leader with the ability to inspire others, collaborate, develop staff and support the needs of multiple cultures.

  • Sense of urgency, adaptiveness, and resourcefulness in project completion.

  • Can effectively implement the organizational requirements of a rapidly growing mission-driven organization.

  • Resident of Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan and/or candidate who reflect the diversity of Higher Ground’s target area preferred.

 

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated relevant equivalent experience in education, social work, or related field.

 

Language Skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write and edit reports, correspondence, and presentations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, and the public orally and in writing. Meeting facilitation and public speaking skills needed. Fluency in Spanish language skills preferred.

 

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

 

Work Environment

This position is located at Higher Ground’s offices in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood but with a great deal of time spent in local schools. COVID-19 considerations: We are currently working remotely and require masks and social distancing if necessary to meet in person.

 

CORI and SORI check required.

 

Compensation

$60,000-$70,000 gross including basic benefit package.

 

Please send resume and cover letter as attachments with the subject line “Family-Led Stability Initiative Manager Application (Candidate Name)” to HR@higherground-boston.org. Please note, only applications under consideration will receive communication in reply. Alternatively, candidates can apply using this link.