The Board of Directors of WATCH - a small, urban community development corporation - is seeking an Executive Director who will manage and expand the organization's $220,000 annual budget while overseeing a staff of 3 employees and a larger number of volunteers.
The best candidate will have demonstrated success and experience in fundraising, organizational development, financial management, and running effective programs. The successful candidate will be able to successfully align disparate populations and forces within the community to better achieve the organization's goals.
We seek someone who has been in an Executive or Managerial position for at least 2 years, who is familiar with the community development field, who has worked with low-income and/or immigrant communities and who has worked at organizations focused on power building and leadership development. Ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred.
A successful candidate will be able to independently increase WATCH's grant income, work effectively with minimal support staff and a small budget, strengthen relations with City Hall, expand and strengthen programs and outreach, and work collaboratively with a diverse, community-based board.
The salary range is $48,000 - $52,000. It is expected that successfully expanded fundraising will enable an increase in the Executive Director's salary within two years. Benefits include health insurance; vacation, sick and personal leave; and a retirement plan.
WATCH is a nonprofit, member-driven community development corporation in Waltham whose work is underscored by community building and community organizing. In addition to filling vital gaps in local services, WATCH connects, convenes and empowers a diverse range of community members in influencing local issues so that the systems in play in Waltham benefit the entire community.
WATCH's core programs fall under three broad categories:
Adult Education :
WATCH helps local immigrants gain hard skills and increase their self-sufficiency and community involvement through its Breaking Barriers program. Activities include English classes and English tutoring, each with a curriculum based on student surveys of priority topics. Classes tend to cover topics including job searches, financial literacy, health and local government. Learners are invited to join input meetings on the program and to assume leadership roles in other aspects of WATCH's work.
Affordable Housing :
WATCH's Housing Clinic, provided in partnership with Brandeis University, trains tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities and aids in resolving urgent housing matters. Our weatherization program links low income tenants and landlords to services and "barn-raising" events with community volunteers that help them reduce energy use and costs. Our First Time Homebuyers' Class prepares tenants to become successful homeowners. WATCH owns and manages 3 affordable apartments.
Community Organizing :
WATCH assists residents in taking action and effecting change around local issues of concern to them: We are currently supporting groups of very low-income tenants in demanding better conditions from uniquely irresponsible landlords. WATCH members are also building a base of support for affordable housing. Members are raising awareness and interest among other residents, including elected officials, on the benefits of nonprofit affordable housing developments for Waltham.
In 2009 WATCH embarked on a multi-year strategic transition in order to become more financially stable and programmatically sound. At that time, WATCH faced extremely high debt and a real estate asset in a weakened financial and physical state. The board and Executive Director, with input from the staff and membership at key moments, accomplished the following:
Made the strategic move away from affordable housing development, recognizing that an organization of WATCH's small size is not equipped to assume the risk inherent in real estate development. During this time, WATCH helped to found a new organization: Metro West Collaborative Development, which is our development partner. WATCH continues to identify and organize for affordable housing developments as opportunities arise, but no longer develops housing itself.
Sold the under-performing real estate asset, which restored fiscal solvency and enabled the establishment of reserve funds.
Refocused energy on WATCH's core, interconnected strengths: community organizing, grassroots community building & leadership development and adult education. During this time, WATCH increased our active membership base among our English language learners, deepened relationships with local churches, developed new relationships with Waltham corporate funders, expanded our donor-centric fundraising, widened our volunteer base, and institutionalized our partnership with Brandeis University to implement and staff our Housing Clinic.
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