Executive Director

Location: St. Paul, MN
Date Posted: 07-24-2018
The Organization:  Walker|West,   St. Paul, MN                                             www.walkerwest.org
“Walker West is a community of positive, caring people who not only teach music but also transform lives.”   - Beth Breen, Walker West Parent
In its 30th year, Walker|West was founded in 1988 by two passionate and accomplished musicians Reverend Carl Walker and Grant West joined forces to provide piano instruction to children in the Summit University neighborhood of St. Paul.   With one rented piano, the founders pursued a vision that went beyond teaching music.  The story of Walker|West is really about a commitment to music education, and about the people of all ages whose lives are enriched by it. 
Walker|West’ s Mission is to create a music learning community rooted in the African American cultural experience where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music. 
The Position:  Executive Director
The Executive Director provides leadership, vision, direction, and administration for Walker|West in fulfilling its mission.  The Executive Director is the primary representative of the agency in the community and is directly responsible for its success. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Board Chair and Board of Directors. 
Key Accountabilities:
  • Works with the Board of Directors (Board) into effectively developing and executing strategic plans.  Informs the Board members and Chair(s) of programs, funding, and organizational changes.  Prepares agenda and monthly reports for Board. 
  • Oversees and directs the day-to-day operations, implements and administers policies and procedures.
  • Leads the planning process. Ensures that the organization’s values show up consistently in the organizations culture and way of working. Ensures that annual and long-range plans are developed and implemented, and that goals and objectives are achieved. Formulates plans for Board approval and administers major policies. Demonstrates leadership through strategic planning.
  • Responsible for fund development, including fundraising and grant writing.  Maintains current funding sources and seeks new and diversified sources of income. Ensures that data collection, compilation, analysis, projection, statistics, and records are maintained on all contracts and grants.  Prepares and presents periodic reports on activities and special reports as needed.
  • Makes sound decisions.  Demonstrates an ability to make decisions on issues within or impacting the Executive Director’s sphere of responsibility and authority; informs the Board of significant decisions prior to their implementation; makes sound financial and operational decisions in a timely manner.
  • Directs Fiscal Management. Responsible for Walker|West’ s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Oversees financial planning and forecasting, prepares and implements an annual budget to ensure achievement of goals, and ensures that funds are allocated properly to reflect current needs and future demands. Manages and monitors budgets across departmental lines.
  • Approves and monitors, with the Treasurer and Walker|West all financial and accounting activities for the agency. Prepares the annual budget in collaboration with the Board Treasurer and Executive Committee.  Monitors and oversees contracts and agreements involving the agency.  Maintains and implements, where necessary, systems of internal controls to safeguard funds; ensures fiscal accounting and reporting in accordance with standards of accounting for nonprofit entities. 
  • Oversees Human Resource Administration. Ensures that effective staff members and consultants are in place and functioning to their fullest potential. Provides leadership for Equal Employment Opportunity in all areas of employment according to national, state, and local personnel standards, guidelines, and laws. Ensures compliance with applicable laws, including State and City certifications. Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates high quality individuals, both professional, members and volunteer.
  • Maintains compliance with regulators and funders by monitoring operations and initiating changes where required.  Ensures ongoing evaluation of service programs and involvement of service recipients in evaluation and program planning.  Fosters an efficient operation through timely and effective resolution of grievances of service recipients and employees.
  • Oversees community relations. Develops and maintains sound relationships with other foundations and philanthropic entities, community organizations, religious organizations, planning agencies, funding agencies, government agencies and officials and other groups/coalitions as appropriate. Serves as spokesperson for the organization and ensures that it is properly presented to its various stakeholders.
  • Serves as a spokesperson and representative for the organization to foster superior community relations with other agencies, clients, financial supporters, and the media.  Directs and participates personally in a continuing program of public relations designed to achieve the best possible public understanding, acceptance and support; fulfills speaking engagements and writes articles and reports on subjects related to issues which concern the agency and its constituency.  Creates other effective outlets to represent the agency. 
  • Demonstrates effective problem solving.  Evaluates and anticipates any issues/problems that may arise both internally and externally.  Rapid resolution of issues is identified and executed.
  • Represents the organization at national, state, and local meetings, conferences, and conventions as required.  Attends related regularly scheduled or ad hoc meetings as appropriate.  Maintains professional affiliations to enhance professional growth and development and to keep up with the latest trends in agency administration. 
  • Develops and/or seeks out programs that respond to identified community and constituent needs; ensures that programs are properly administered in a fiscally sound manner and audits program performance to ensure efficacy.
  • Serves as community advocate for constituents. Participates in policy development and debate affecting constituents and stakeholders.  Keeps abreast of legislation affecting constituents. 
  • Performs other duties as directed.
  • Undergraduate degree. 
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in business and/or non-profit management, personnel management, fundraising, strategic planning, fiscal management, program development and administration. 
  • Two years of experience working with a volunteer Board or other demonstrated community leadership experience. 
  • Strong operational skills with the ability to move a strategic vision forward for the future of Walker|West.
  • Experience with the local arts and music community.
  • Understanding of local, regional and national music trends.
  • Experience in youth and adult learning, development and engaging families.
  • Proven track record in successful personnel, fiscal and fundraising management.
  • Significant experience with direct responsibility for financial budgeting and oversight of budgets of $500K+ organization. 
  • Strong relationship development and leadership capabilities.
  • Ability to engage the media and sustain government, corporate and public support for the agency. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sensitivity to cultural and personal diversity.
  • Proven track record of working with individuals and organizations in Communities of Color, preferably in the Twin Cities. 
Email miquel@kpcompanies.com or mandy@kpcompanies.com with questions.
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