ASPIRA of Florida - Miami, FL

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  • ASPIRA of FL seeks a President & CEO to build on its 30 yr track record of svc. to Latino and minority youth through charter schools and youth ldrshp dev. programs. See full profile at Send res.& cov. ltr to ASPIRA@tran , 3014296635 SF30087
ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. ( is seeking an entrepreneurial President & CEO to build on its 30 year track record of service to Latino and other minority youth through charter schools and youth leadership development programs.

The Organization

The ASPIRA National Association is a nationally recognized and respected non-profit community-based organization, founded in 1961 in New York by Puerto Rican and other Latino community leaders who recognized the vital role that education plays in the economic, social and political development of minority communities in the United States. ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. was established in 1981 to extend ASPIRA??s mission to the state of Florida.

The overall purpose of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. is to foster the social advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino and other minority communities, by empowering its youth in the pursuit of educational excellence, through leadership development projects that emphasize commitment to the community. While organized primarily to assist Puerto Rican and other Latino youth, ASPIRA also serves a broad minority population seeking its services.

Our mission is to develop a better educated, more community conscious and committed Puerto Rican, Latino and other minority youth. Central to this mission are five major organizational priorities designed to prepare our youth as the future leaders of our community:
1.To increase the High School graduation rate among Puerto Rican, Latinos and other minority youth.
2.To increase the access to postsecondary educational opportunities for low income, college-able Puerto Rican/Latino and other minority youth.
3.To develop the leadership potential of youth and foster a commitment to dedicating their skills to the advancement of the community.
4.To motivate, orient and assist the youth in their intellectual, personal and cultural development through advisement, counseling and educational services.
5.To advocate for greater access to quality education and leadership opportunities for Puerto Rican, Latino and other minority youth.

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. is governed by a 15-member board of directors comprised of educators, community and business leaders, and current youth involved with the ASPIRA programs. Regional and youth advisory councils guide the work of ASPIRA and connect it to communities served. The organization??s annual operating budget is $12,600,000. Current staffing includes a total of 187 members, approximately 30 of whom serve in the Youth Leadership Development Division and the balance in ASPIRA??s three Charter Schools and Corporate staff.

ASPIRA of Florida is led by an experienced management team developed by the former President& CEO Raul Martinez who served ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. for nearly 25 years before passing away in May 2010. Aymet Chaples, currently the Chief Operations Officer, is serving as Interim President & CEO.

Programs and Accomplishments

ASPIRA opened three charter middle schools from 1998-2001 in Miami-Dade County, and operates Youth Leadership Development programs in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. Close to 3,300 youth were provided with services from both the Charter Schools and Youth Leadership Development programs during 2009-2010.

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. divides all program operations into two major categories:
1) Charter Schools - the ASPIRA Charter Schools are middle school environments creating an educational atmosphere that will produce positive outcomes by raising FCAT scores, improving student achievement, increasing school attendance, improving student behavior, and promoting parental involvement for our students and their families. In the ASPIRA Charter Schools, students benefit from a small classroom environment, innovative instruction, dedicated teachers, parent involvement, and a commitment to serving the community.

2) Youth Leadership Development Outreach Program Divisions- develops the leadership capacity of youth by engaging them in weekly club meetings guided by a curriculum designed to develop cultural and self awareness, as well as critical thinking and social skills. ASPIRA??s Youth Leadership Development programs serve young people in grades PK-16 and offer information regarding academic advisement, college admissions requirements, and student financial aid programs. These services are provided through two main components:
?college preparation and career awareness
?dropout prevention.

During 2009-2010, ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. provided services to 1,447 youth through 47 ASPIRA Leadership Clubs and Programs
Of those students served, 95% stayed in school and were promoted to the next grade level.
Of the 252 participating high school seniors, 99% graduated from high school.
91% enrolled in post-secondary institutions

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. will be celebrating 30 years of serving the community??s youth in March of 2011.This year will also mark the 50th anniversary of the ASPIRA Association which provides a broad range of national resources and technical support to its affiliated members. The ASPIRA Association ranked #2 on list for Hispanic Business Magazine??s Top 25 National Hispanic Nonprofits since 2003.

The Position

The overall purpose of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. is to foster the economic advancement of Puerto Rican, Latino and other minority youth to pursue their educational goals.

Toward these ends, the near-term priorities for the first 12-18 months of the new CEO??s tenure include:

1.Further clarify and develop the organization??s mission, vision and strategic direction and continue developing a strong Board-management team and partnership.
2.Enhance the organization??s fundraising program to address changes in public sector funding resulting from the current economic environment.
3.Develop an aggressive fundraising campaign that draws on a broader audience of private sector resources to sustain current operations and to support investments in technology, infrastructure and growth.
4.Pursue the development of programs that respond to major shifts in government policy regarding educational initiatives.
5.Execute a marketing/communication strategy plan to enhance ASPIRA??s messaging and brand to a broader audience.
6.Move forward to close on the purchase of the 60,000 sq.ft. building for the Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School expansion.
7.Identify potential sites in Broward and Palm Beach counties to begin the process of undertaking two new charter school applications, and advance geographic program expansion in one or two other counties of Florida.
8.Partner with a research-based institute or university to evaluate and validate ASPIRA??s educational program.

Key Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors, is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction, and operational and financial management. The CEO works in partnership with the senior management team which consists of the following eleven members: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Information Officer, Charter School Principals (3),and Division Directors (3).

Key responsibilities of the CEO include:
?Establishing and executing ASPIRA??s strategic direction, goals, objectives and strategies in partnership with the board of directors and through engagement of the senior management team and staff.
?Increasing fundraising and monies raised from public, private, and philanthropic sources.
?Providing external leadership focused on increasing the visibility and influencing education policy critical to mission.
?Providing internal leadership focused on sustaining and increasing the quality of current programs and schools, and leading planned growth into new communities in Florida.
?Ensuring the financial and business success through entrepreneurial expansion of resources and oversight of fiscal soundness, management, and facility development.
?Serving as spokesperson for the organization, representing ASPIRA among constituencies, stakeholders, funders and policy makers locally and nationally.
?Cultivating and managing relationships with the board, staff, youth leaders, alumni, advisory councils, external partners, community leaders and ASPIRA??s national office.
?Providing advice and counsel to the board of directors to support its development and contribution to mission.

Experience and Attributes

Ideal candidates for this position will share our passion for serving and empowering Latino and other disadvantaged minority youth at risk of not graduating high school and/or college or of not reaching their full potential. He/she will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the position, including:

?A self-starting, dynamic/entrepreneurial leader with well-rounded, senior-level organizational management experience.
?Demonstrated cultural competency and experience in serving Latino communities like those served by ASPIRA of Florida Inc. and/or of a leadership role in a comparable organization with similar values.
?A track record of successful resource/revenue development and leading and managing growth.
?Experience and/or demonstrated skills leading a state-wide effort with a grass roots constituency and a national organization as collaborator.
?A high degree of financial literacy and a track record of building strong staff and governance teams.
?A demonstrated track record of building strong relationships with and among constituencies.
?A track record of successful marketing and exploiting communications technology, including social media, to advance organizational objectives.
?Strong verbal and written communications skills.
?A commitment to stating and living by shared values and ensuring a high degree of personal and organizational integrity.
?Proficiency in Spanish and English is required.
?Seven years experience as a senior leader and manager and a Masters degree is required (or comparable combination of experience and credentials).

Salary and benefits will be competitive with the industry and commensurate with experience. ASPIRA of Florida is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required).

For all other inquiries please contact:
Ginna Goodenow
1751 Elton Rd, Suite 204
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 439-6635

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