Project Youth OC is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to keep at-risk Orange County youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.
Project Youth OC’s vision is to empower youth and their families to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success. Serving 1,500 youth in Orange County each year, the organization oﬀers unique effective programming that helps young people and families better navigate tough situations. Project Youth OC is a one-stop center for integrated prevention and intervention services that offer juvenile crime diversion, educational mentoring, health education, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services. Project Youth OC also provides college readiness and job development programs for youth, as well as family strengthening and health education resources, believing second chances and healthy choices are more readily achieved when the whole family is involved and focused on a positive future.
Founded over 50 years ago, Project Youth OC was in its early days the charitable arm of the Orange County Bar Association. Known for many years by its formal name, the Orange County Bar Foundation, Inc., the organization formally separated from the bar association a number of years ago. More recently, it went through a major rebranding effort to highlight its services to Orange County youth. Despite these developments, the organization maintains a strong connection to the local legal community. By honoring its legacy and looking ahead towards the future, Project Youth OC is strengthened by the knowledge and dedication of the legal, corporate, and philanthropic communities invested in its mission to keep at-risk youth in school, healthy, and drug-free. Project Youth OC also garners the support of partnerships with local school districts, law enforcement, and health care agencies. Through these important collaborations, combined with the organization’s collective expertise and engagement, Project Youth OC is able to effectively educate and mentor youth and families on the importance of embracing restorative justice, living healthier lives, and making the most of second chances.
For more information, please visit www.projectyouthocbf.org.
With an experienced leadership team, dedicated Board of Directors, and the backing of many supporters and partners in place, Project Youth OC is well-positioned to benefit from a visionary, strategic, impact-oriented, and mission-driven leader as its next Executive Director.
Through a collaborative approach, in partnership with staff and the Board, the Executive Director will bring a new vision to the future of this highly respected organization making a positive impact on youth, their families, and our community.
The Executive Director provides strategic direction and overall leadership to Project Youth OC by articulating vision, setting goals, strengthening culture, and empowering the leadership team, while working collaboratively with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s fiscal, operational, fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology, and program strategies are effectively implemented throughout the organization.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the annual operating budget of approximately $2 million and 20 full-time staff through four Associate Directors.
Specifically, the Executive Director has the responsibility to:
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED
The ideal candidate will:
CAREER TRACK LEADING TO THIS POSITION
Competitive candidates will bring a track record of excellence in senior leadership positions, ideally from youth-serving community-based nonprofit organizations recognized for their commitment to clients and providing exemplary and impactful programs.
In addition to demonstrated leadership experience, competencies in the following areas are expected:
The Executive Director must demonstrate an ability to recruit, develop, inspire, and collaborate with a diverse staff, and will have a management philosophy that supports a positive team culture, high performance as well as employee development and retention. Excellent relationship-building skills and success in forming strong community partnerships are also essential.
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and forward-thinking individual who has shown success in generating widespread support for an organization, broadening its reach and scale to increase its impact. The Executive Director should operate with a growth mindset and constant desire to learn and evolve to meet the needs of the community we serve.
The Executive Director must have a solid understanding of effective, forward-looking fiscal management, with wisdom and prudence in the deployment of financial resources and sufficient fiscal management experience to be conversant with the fiduciary responsibility of a complex organization with a large asset base.
Demonstrated successful experience in fundraising, program development and board relations will be highly valued. The successful candidate will have strong donor relations skills and success at cultivating major donors, asking for and obtaining major gifts.
A degree in nonprofit management, public administration, business administration, or a related field is preferred. However, a demonstrated successful track record serving in a leadership position of a similar community-based organization will be considered of equivalent value to a degree.
COMPENSATION & ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
The annual salary range for this position is $160,000 to $190,000 plus benefits.
Project Youth OC staff are currently working on a hybrid in-person/remote schedule. The Executive Director is expected to have a regular presence in the office and be available for frequent in-person meetings with staff, Board members, donors, and community members.