Chief Executive Officer

  • ORGANIZATION
    Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • LOCATION
    Lansing, MI
  • SALARY
    $135,000 – $160,000
summary
The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), www.greatstartforkids.org, is a nonprofit, quasi-governmental organization providing leadership in the comprehensive development of a robust early childhood system in Michigan that meets the needs of our youngest residents and ensures a thriving life into adulthood. The ECIC works with local communities, the State of Michigan's Office of Great Start, other departments of the State, foundations and other organizations to strengthen the quality of early childhood programs in Michigan through research, technical assistance and policy development. 

The CEO is expected to work with diverse communities throughout the state as well as with state & federal governments and foundations. Reporting directly to the Executive Committee of the Corporate Board, the CEO has primary responsibility for the leadership of the organization, including day-to-day operations, and is expected to assume a public leadership position that is credible & impactful on issues affecting early childhood in Michigan.


Position Responsibilities
• Builds community coalitions and facilitates strategic partnerships toward the organization’s mission. 
• Develops and implements strategies to improve the well-being and development of all young children in Michigan, with particular focus on building a sustainable, results based system to help all children thrive  
• Works collaboratively with external partners to maintain positive, professional relationships and seeks new opportunities to partner and leverage outside resources for the benefit of the organization. 
• Grows existing relationships and seeks new opportunities to advocate for community based, positive change for Michigan’s children 
• Develops sustainable revenue, fundraising, and grant programs to support ECIC’s mission based strategic goals and objectives. 
• Provides leadership for the organization in the areas of talent acquisition and retention, staff development and mentoring, roles and responsibilities, coaching, feedback and performance evaluation to develop and maintain a positive workplace culture. 
• Provides oversight to develop and maintain ECIC policies, procedures and internal controls to support effective and efficient activities that are in-compliance with local, state and federal regulations. 
• Meets regularly with the Executive Committee and senior leadership team members to develop strategic direction as well as monitor and report on the organization’s performance. Takes a leadership role on various committees and work groups. 
• Serves as an informed and authoritative voice on behalf of Michigan children representing ECIC with the media, governmental officials, and the public. 
• Provides leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process, and fiscal operations.  
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Committee.
Qualifications
• The position requires knowledge normally acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or institution in Public Policy, Management, Business or related field. Master’s Degree (M.A.) preferred. 
• Fundraising, grant, and revenue generating experience required. 
• Seven (7) to ten (10) years of executive experience in management is preferred. 
• Not for profit, early childhood organizational management experience preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
• Demonstrate an understanding and passion for early childhood and development issues and innovations in the field. 
• Skilled in public policy, fund-source development and expansion, grant program development, and strategic planning skills. 
• Track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive environment. 
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and manage effectively and collaboratively at multiple levels within the organization.  
• Strong oral and written communication skills. 
• Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make strategic planning decisions based on accurate and timely analyses. 
• Ability and willingness to adapt to and support an evolving work environment. 
• Must maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality in regards to sensitive matters and all organizational information.

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