VP of Operations: Back On My Feet

Posted June 29th, 2016 at 9:52 am.

The Organization

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Operating in 11 major cities coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet recruits members (those experiencing homelessness) at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week in the early morning. The second phase of the program, Next Steps, provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Please click here to see our program in action: http://www.backonmyfeet.org/BoMFVideo

Since 2007, Back on My Feet has served more than 6,000 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and engaged more than 100,000 volunteers and supporters. Our members have run a collective 500,000 miles and obtained more than 4,000 jobs and homes. Within six months of becoming a Back on My Feet Alumnus, 90% of members maintain their employment, 60% receive a wage increase and 20% achieve a promotion. Every $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output from employment and reduction in costs for shelter, medical services, incarceration and drug and alcohol treatment.

Through our innovative program, Back on My Feet proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible and that there are people who will support them along the way. For additional information, please visit www.backonmyfeet.org.

Our Core Values

ACCOUNTABILITY: We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, always aiming to exceed our goals, and being accountable to each other, supporters, partners and our members.

INNOVATION: We challenge ourselves to create new ideas, to embrace change, and take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions.

COLLABORATION: We respect and value each other’s work and actively seek partners to leverage our combined strengths in making a difference in our communities.

INTEGRITY: We aspire to live to the highest standards of personal honesty and behavior; we never compromise our reputation and always act in the best interests of our members and constituents.

RESPECT: We value each other’s backgrounds and are inclusive of all diversities, abilities, and cultures.

The Position

Back on My Feet is run like a fast paced, innovative, corporate start-up. The organization’s senior leadership team all originate from corporate backgrounds and are relentlessly focused on improving the organization’s impact and constantly looking at new ways to bring more supporters to the mission. Back on My Feet is proud to have built corporate board partnerships with companies that include Accenture, Ace Cash Express, AT&T and Marriott. While this position is nonprofit focused, we encourage individuals from a variety of backgrounds to apply.

The VP of Operations will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and ideally will be based out of either Philadelphia, PA or New York City, NY. Other locations will be considered depending on candidate. This position will be primarily responsible for supporting the CEO in managing the day to day operations of the organization, including management of certain Chapters, development of internal communications, policies and procedures, and management of the National Board and National Partners.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage 3-5 local BoMF Chapters with total budgets of circa $1.5-$2M
  • In the absence of an Executive Director in a local market, act as interim Executive Director (ED), managing staff, key fundraising activities and local Board. Oversee hiring activities for new Executive Director positions
  • Support CEO in execution of key aspects of the strategic plan, including workforce development programming and approach to launching of new Chapters (e.g franchise model)
  • Manage and, as necessary, develop organization policies including but not limited to: program policies, event policies, fundraising policies, new hire training manuals and recruitment policies
  • Lead weekly ED calls to share national updates and maximize opportunities for sharing best practices
  • Manage internal communications including all staff calls and email updates
  • With the support of HR, develop comprehensive training manuals for all positions
  • Oversee the planning and execution of the annual staff retreat
  • Manage the legal relationship with our pro bono law firm Morgan Lewis, including trademarking and new partnership contract development
  • As required, serve as a spokesperson for the organization in the absence of the CEO
  • Support CEO and work collaboratively with national team on maximizing all existing National Partnerships and expanding/integrating new Partnerships across local Chapters
  • Lead development of all National Board and local Advisory Board meetings/call materials with support of National Coordinator

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • 7-15 years of progressive operational or relationship management experience required. Mixture of nonprofit and corporate experience preferred (particularly experience in management consulting firms). Individuals seeking a career shift from corporate positions are encouraged to apply
  • Experience developing and embedding new organization wide policies and procedures and effectively implementing change across an organization
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations and manage remotely
  • Experience working with (or being a part of) a nonprofit Board preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong public presentation skills
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office Software (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
  • Comfortable with travel 10-15% of the time for Chapter events, Board meetings etc.

Personal Characteristics

  • High energy, results oriented individual
  • Unequivocal passion for the organization, mission and the members we serve
  • Comfortable with a flexible i.e. not 9-5pm working schedule
  • Desire to attend night and weekend program events as required
  • A proactive, assertive and hands-on individual who is self-motivated and requires limited direction
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to adapt quickly to a fast paced, changing environment.
  • Team-oriented and willing to contribute to overarching team/Chapter goals
  • Unquestionable integrity and highest ethical standards
  • Personal experience with running or other related fitness activity preferred
Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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