Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO)
Executive Director (Estimated 20 hours/week)
Position of Executive Director
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for SECO’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and strategic plans. Salary discussed upon application.
The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) hires the Executive Director (ED) as a temporary caretaker of mission, entrusting the organization to the ED with the expectation that it will thrive in the individual’s care. The ED is charged by the SECO Board of Directors (Board) with controlling its course while making it thrive. The ED is the key caretaker of the organization.
To ensure success, the ED should exhibit five essential characteristics. Although, individuals may differ in strengths of these characteristics – every Executive Director needs the following in some combination.
- Visionary (Leadership and Management)
- Motivating internal and external stakeholders with a shared picture of the mission of the organization
- Direct the development of the strategic plan of the organization
- Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
- Change agent (Planning)
- Monitoring and keeping SECO responsive to changing education trends, shifting revenue sources, emerging competition, and public scrutiny
- Managing internal change processes by working with the Board to set goals and outcomes, create plans, and make change happen
- Relationship builder (Communications)
- Managing in a manner that fosters a healthy organizational culture that ensures everyone’s role is valued and recognized
- Communicating and building relationships with members and funders to gain interest in the mission and support for it
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations, including social media
- Increase membership and conference attendance
- Partnership builder (Cooperative Community Establishment)
- Building partnerships that further the mission through cooperative efforts and strategic relationships
- Support district directors in regional efforts
- Resource creator (Funding Development)
- Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion
Knowledge and Skills
The ED will be thoroughly committed to SECO’s nonprofit’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
- Advanced degree with record of effectively leading an organization through performance- and outcomes-based organizational operation; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
- Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
Actual Job Responsibilities
- Planning and operation of annual budget.
- Increase membership of organization
- Establishing administrative policies and procedures for all function and for day-to-day operation of the organization
- Increase visibility of the organization through social media, website, and data collection.
- Serves as the conference coordinator for the annual state-level conference as well as working with district directors within their regions
- Serving as SECO’s primary spokesperson to SECO’s members, other organizations with similar mission, Ohio schools, and the general public
- Establish and maintain relationship with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance SECO’s Mission
- Report to and work closely with the Board-of-Directors to seek their involvement in policy decision, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout the State of Ohio.
- Supervise, collaborate with organization’s volunteers
- Strategic planning and implementation
- Oversee SECO’s Board-of-Directors and committee meetings
- Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
- Review contracts for services
- Other duties as assigned by the Board
The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a nonprofit organization. As such, SECO has no “owners” and the funds realized in the operation of the organization will not be used to benefit any owners. The mission of the organization is to Promote Excellence in Science Education within Ohio.
The purpose of SECO is to stimulate and improve science education in all fields and at all instructional levels as a means of increasing, through education, the understanding among Ohio students, and the general public of the nature of the science, methodology, technology and future prospects, and to engage in cooperative activities of any type consistent with this purpose.
The organization is governed and operates through the elected SECO Board-of-Directors. Each of the ten SECO regions in Ohio elect two representatives to the Board. Additional support is provided through an Executive Committee and the Executive Director.
The organization is currently fiscally stable with a membership of 1000.
For additional information and to submit application, contact: Gene Lynn, firstname.lastname@example.org and visit SECOonline.org.