Verner seeks an individual who is well prepared to provide the inspired external and internal leadership required of this role. The new ED must have proven, significant, and successful organizational leadership experience and the ability to oversee fundraising, programs, and overall operations while working effectively with both the leadership team and the board to guide the organization. The ED must also possess the talent to listen and communicate effectively, make decisions, and to build relationships with multiple constituencies, including the Board, staff, donors, media, government officials, agency partners, and other community leaders.
The incoming ED will succeed Jacque Penick, who has led the organization since 2004 and who is retiring in the Spring of 2018.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and supervises the Director of Finance and Administation, Director of Programs, Director of Early Head Start, Rainbow in My Tummy Director, and Director of Resource Development.
Verner envisions a community where every child and family thrives. Toward that end, the new leader will facilitate the organization in achieving the following priorities within the first 12-18 months of his/her tenure:
Build Relationships and Community Awareness – Get to know staff, board of Directors, collaborators, major donors, families, and determine ways to embrace and extend the awareness of the organization.
Maintain Focus on Excellence - After a period of recent rapid growth, focus on fully understanding and stabilizing all programs and sites to ensure cohesiveness and high quality.
Increase Funding Diversification and Marketing – Learn and understand the complex government funding sources and regulations. Build a more diverse and sustainable funding base and marketing stategy.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide leadership to the organization and manage its ongoing affairs. The Executive Director is responsible for directing and formulating the plan for achieving the organization’s mission and annual goals; fundraising from diverse sources; budgeting and fiscal management; operations and human resource management; marketing and communications; board management; and strategic planning.
Leads long range planning and visioning, including assessment of community needs in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff.
Serves as agency spokesperson. Oversees all marketing and public relations and advocacy efforts, acts as liaison with partner organizations, and nurtures and expands the organization’s key external relationships.
Leads organizational fundraising efforts in partnership with the board and Development Director.
Participates in budget development, financial forecasting, and oversight in partnership with the Board of Directors and the Director of Finance and Administration.
Ensures that all programs are of a high quality.
Provides advice, counsel, and support to the Board of Directors, and helps maintain and leverage an engaged, powerful board.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume in one pdf file using the following naming convention: “Your Last Name-Your First Name.pdf”, via email only to:
Verner Center for Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.
Understanding of and commitment to the Verner mission, vision, values.
Professional and personal style consistent with the philosophy and team-oriented culture of Verner.
A proven track record of leadership and management experience in a 25+ person human service organization - including administration, operations, and strategic planning.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing, to effectively relate to diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts – particularly the organization’s staff, board, partners, donors, and students and their families.
Strong understanding of development and creating multiple diverse revenue streams.
Superior staff management experience – supervision, coaching, and evaluation of staff.
Robust understanding of finances – including budgeting, fiscal management and analysis.
Significant program and policy development skills.
Results-oriented; excellent organizational skills, and exceptional follow-through on tasks and projects.
Additional preferred qualities include:
Early childhood education experience.
Nonprofit leadership experience – including effectively leveraging boards of directors.
Advanced degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Commitment to serving in this role at least 5 years.
Sense of humor.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: medical/prescription drug insurance, 403b retirement match, life insurance, long-term disability, 16 Paid Holidays, PTO
Verner is a nonprofit providing high-quality, early care and education to children six weeks to five years old throughout Buncombe County, North Carolina. The organization provides 5-star comprehensive care and education to almost 300 children and their families at three centers, in partnership with the YWCA for two additional classrooms, and through a home-based program. Verner is the only provid...er if Early Head Start in Buncombe County.
Our “wholistic” approach, includes engaging and partnering with the entire family. Verner is a leader in innovation – developing such unique programs as Rainbow in My Tummy® and Mothers on the Move (MoMs). Professional development for our faculty is highly valued and our program team is known for the implementation of cutting edge practices.
• Children from all socio-economic and ability levels, races, cultures, family types and backgrounds need and deserve high quality, comprehensive early care and education.
• The most effective education of a young child requires the active partnership of family, community and school
• It is our purpose to nurture the development of the whole child.
• It is our obligation as leaders in the profession, to model best practice for others in order to raise the quality of early care and education for children and families beyond the Verner walls.
• Diversity, and believe that a rich learning environment is created when all types of people join together with a common vision.
• Play, and believe that play ignites curiosity, enables us to become better explorers and problem solvers, builds stronger relationships, and leads to transformation.
• Respect, and believe that each person has the right to be treated with dignity, always.
• Community, and believe that by providing a safe, welcoming environment, all who enter here feel they have a place where their time, knowledge, experiences, and needs are valued.
• Communication, and believe that trustworthy partnerships are only built through authentic and consistent communication.
• Excellence, and believe it is the product of an unyielding passion for our mission combined with intentional professional development, hard work, diligence, and consistency which can be emulated by others.
• Collaboration, and believe that through strong partnerships we build trust, increase effectiveness and resources, and are more impactful in our work.
• Integrity, and believe in an uncompromising commitment to a high code of honor supported by strong ethical principles.
• Caring, and believe that expressing genuine concern about the needs and feelings of others is a key component of a strong community.
Verner is a well-respected non-profit governed by a committed 16+ member board of Directors, with a staff of 80+ experienced and dedicated staff, and an annual budget of $4+Million. It has four locations in Buncombe County. More detailed information on Verner can be found at vernerearlylearning.org.
We accomplish our mission through four cornerstones, including: 1) High Quality Education, 2) Family Services, 3) Health & Nutrition, and, 4) Continuing Teacher Education. Central to the Verner philosophy is the belief that children from all income levels and circumstances deserve high-quality early care and education. Over 80% of our families are low-income or below the federal poverty level.
Verner also plays a leadership role in advocacy efforts for young children and their families and the mentoring of interns and other college students in nutrition, education, social work, marketing and development.