I. The ProYouth Organization
ProYouth, founded in 1998, is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide programs of excellence for the children of Tulare County, California. ProYouth programs include HEART, which stands for Homework, Enrichment, Acceleration, Recreation and Teamwork, and is our renowned after school program serving 3,400 students in grades K-12 in 4 school districts. In addition, ProYouth provides one-on-one tutoring in out-of-school time at 26 school sites utilizing school facilities and fully-credentialed teachers. ProYouth develops, funds and implements a variety of locally generated programs to meet the needs of our youth and families in the areas of gang prevention, nutrition, wellness, and family literacy.
II. The Pro-Youth Mission
“Pro-Youth's mission is to help youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally by providing a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment during out-of-school time. Pro-Youth creates and delivers programs throughout Tulare County that positively impact the lives of youth and equip them to make good life-long choices.”
III. CEO Goals
The goal of the CEO is to ensure the ProYouth Board’s mandate to support the highest expectations of progress and achievement for every child through safeguarding and promoting the foundational health, fiscal soundness, and strategic growth of the ProYouth organization.
IV. CEO Responsibilities
1. Directly conduct all organizational short term and long term financial and strategic planning to further the ProYouth mission; this function requires experience in cultivating and growing multiple and diverse funding streams, including local, state, and federal public monies, private foundation funding, private donors, personal appeals, and fundraising events.
2. Support the ProYouth Board in all its responsibilities, including keeping the Board informed of all significant and relevant organizational and industry developments through thorough and timely preparation and presentation of reports and through providing all administrative support deemed necessary by the Board for the Board’s multifaceted functions.
3. Safeguard ProYouth’s organizational soundness and business goodwill through proper exercise of all fiduciary duties including full compliance with ProYouth Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, policies, grant mandates, other funding requirements, and non-profit corporate governance regulations and principles.
4. Serve as final executive authority for all ProYouth administrative and program decisions through direct supervision of executive level management, including the HEART Director, the Administrative Services Director, and the Supplemental Services Director.
5. Collaborate with local, state and federal education officials, and with community, corporate, and government partners, to constantly improve and align the ProYouth programs to the urgent and vital needs of our children.
6. Act as ambassador for the ProYouth mission through participation in local, regional and state-wide organizations and associations who share our philanthropic vision, and serve as the promoter of that vision throughout our communities, our region, and our state, both through traditional and innovative channels, in order to constantly grow awareness and partners dedicated to addressing the real needs of our children.
V. Minimum Qualifications
1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; graduate degree preferred.
2. Letters of Recommendation: Demonstrating mastery of professional skills and preferred qualities enumerated below.
3. Professional experience: Minimum 5 years senior management level with experience in (a) supporting a Board of Directors in fulfilling all functions; (b) conducting mission-rooted organizational strategic planning; (c) conducting successful multi-faceted fundraising; (d) partnering with diverse populations and interests for the benefit of the mission; (e) collaborating effectively with multiple school districts; (f) understanding in-depth current pedagogical trends and Common Core transitional issues; (g) working within the regulatory environment and structure of out-of-school time programs; and (h) analyzing and improving internal systems for efficiency, effectiveness, and alignment with mission.
4. Preferred qualities: (a) demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the lives and futures of the children of our region; (b) the ability and desire to work with all people for the common good of our children; and (c) in-depth knowledge of our local and regional political, social, educational, and demographic environment.
Negotiable with health benefits.
VII. Other Information
Position open until filled.
ProYouth is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of any protected category, including individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. If you believe that because of a disability you will need an accommodation in completing this or any other form, in taking any employment-related examinations, or with respect to any other aspect of the application process, please make that fact known in a timely manner, and we will attempt to provide you with an appropriate and reasonable accommodation.
VIII. To Apply
Please email cover letter, resume, and letters of recommendation to:
Laurie Isham, CEO, at LIsham@proyouthheart.org, or mail to:
Laurie Isham, CEO
P.O. Box 387
Visalia, CA 93279
Please do not use HEART web application process which is intended for site staff.