Overland Park, KS
EMBRACE (Enriching Many By Reaching All in Catholic Education) in Overland Park, Kansas, is seeking an Executive Director to raise funds and partner closely with schools to help meet the needs of students with special needs. This 501c3 nonprofit organization was formed in 2016 by a group of parents and individuals committed to the cause. Its mission is to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive Catholic education by providing resources to support these children in their home parish schools.
EMBRACE currently has an annual budget that is just under $500,000. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, it awards multi-year grants to Catholic schools in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. Dollars are used to help fund certified professionals in their field (such as speech and language pathologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, gifted instructors, social skill coaches, instructional coaches or physical therapists) or to obtain research-backed curriculum or materials to better include all learners. In addition to providing grants and other resources to schools and teachers, EMBRACE may provide general information to parents as needed while raising awareness and advocating for inclusive religious education throughout the community. For more information, visit embraceks.org.
The Executive Director will be responsible for creating and implementing all fundraising, administration, programming and marketing for the organization. Experience in a nonprofit leadership role with demonstrated skills in fundraising and financial management is desired. Candidates should be highly committed to inclusive Catholic education and have a strong understanding of Catholic schools and the Catholic faith. A working knowledge of special education is helpful, especially the differences in public and private school services and an awareness of what resources exist to ensure funding is best used.
The right individual will be self-motivated and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. As part of a small organization, the Executive Director must be available to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends. He or she must possess the ability to manage numerous tasks within several areas of the organization on a daily basis. Partnering with multiple groups of stakeholders is key.
This position will report to the Board of Directors. At this time, the Executive Director will serve as the primary staff member for the organization. An additional staff member may be added, and that person would report to the Executive Director. Strategic plans include a goal to double the annual budget by 2022 through fundraising efforts in order to award more grants to more schools, and additional staff members may be added as EMBRACE grows. This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral role in transforming the organization from its roots as a young nonprofit into becoming a mature, self-sustaining entity.
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes
The projected compensation for this position will be in line with sector norms and based on the background and experience of the selected candidate. Health insurance will be provided.
To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume electronically to Laurie Minx at The Moran Company. The cover letter should highlight your fundraising qualifications and connection to the mission, as well as any other relevant experience. APPLY NOW