Methodist Union of Social Agencies (MUSA) is a nonprofit social services agency, providing educational and enrichment programming for youth ages 3-12 in the Steel Valley region of Allegheny County. MUSA serves over 150 low-income, working families each year through the following programs:
- Early Learning Center
- Before School Program
- After School Programs
- Summer Day Program
MUSA strives to give youth an opportunity to learn and grow in an academically, socially, and physically stimulating environment.
MUSA’s Executive Director is responsible for the delivery of high quality youth services by carefully managing each of the organization’s four programs. The Executive Director serves in a variety of roles within the organization, but most importantly oversees the strategic development of the organization as a whole. The Executive Director must possess strong management skills and an understanding of tactical and strategic leadership. In addition, the ideal candidate will have an understanding of nonprofit best practices, fundraising, financial management and budgeting, and the unique needs and preferences of the service population. The candidate will be expected, in collaboration with the board, to develop and oversee a COVID-19 recovery plan for the organization.
Leadership and Operations
- Oversees a staff that varies between 9 and 20 employees depending on program/season. Responsible for all staff management, including: recruiting, hiring, staff benefits, and staff professional growth.
- Guides, assists, and supervises School-Age and Preschool Program Directors in program and curriculum development.
- Constantly monitors the safety and wellbeing of youth at all programs. Ensures that state and county childcare laws and standards are upheld and works closely with government monitors to improve the quality of services offered.
- Manages the organization’s financial position, including: developing and monitoring the yearly budget, managing accounts payable/receivable using QuickBooks software, overseeing all state/county contracts, and ensuring that MUSA remains financially viable.
- Acts as the lead fundraiser and administrator within the organization.
- Researches and writes grant proposals and reports while also monitoring and measuring program outcomes.
- Organizes all appeal campaigns and manages donor database.
- Plans yearly fundraising events in partnership with the Board of Director’s Fundraising Committee
- Builds and cultivates relationships with foundations, corporations, local businesses, and donors to continue to expand fundraising network.
Community and Client Relations
- Responsible for cultivating MUSA’s reputation in the community by attending outreach events and meetings.
- Works closely with other community agencies to coordinate services and resources
- Advertises services through a variety of mediums and geographic locations.
- Works with clients to ensure a constant flow of information and satisfaction with MUSA’s programs.
- Manages web and social media content.
- Reports directly to a Board of Directors and attends monthly board meetings.
- Communicates continually with the board regarding programming, staffing, and financial updates.
- Works closely with board members through Executive, Fundraising, Financial, and Programming committees.
- Works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic plan while closely analyzing the changing needs of the organization.
- The candidate must quickly familiarize themselves with the mission, vision, core values, and strategic direction of the organization.
- Within 30 days, candidate will be expected to have a clear understanding of state and county childcare laws and the expectations of government monitors.
- Within one year, candidate must be able to demonstrate the continued growth and expansion of MUSA’s fundraising initiatives.
- The ideal candidate will display a passion for youth development and an understanding of the unique needs of the people that we serve.
- Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Education, Child Development, Psychology, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Social Work, or other relevant field. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
- An understanding of financial systems and the accounting needs of a small nonprofit organization.
- At least 2 years experience serving in a supervisory capacity.
- At least 1 year experience with fundraising, specifically researching and writing grants. Proven track record of funds raised preferred.
- A demonstrated passion for working with youth and high-risk populations. Previous education or nonprofit experience preferred.
- Proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while acting as an ethical leader.
Competitive salary plus a benefits package. Starting salary dependent upon education and prior experience.
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