Service Year NC Director
Position Number: 00106804
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University, in partnership with Service Year Alliance, a national bipartisan organization, launched Service Year NC in December 2016 to make a year of full-time service - a "service year" - a common opportunity and expectation for young North Carolinians of all backgrounds. We believe a dramatic increase in the number of service years - creating more opportunities for 18- to 28-year-old North Carolinians to complete a year of full-time, paid service through programs like Teach for America and AmeriCorps - will be catalytic. It can provide North Carolina communities with new capacity and energy, recruit volunteers for priority projects, prepare leaders, engage citizens, solve problems, and unite people across the state. Our goal is to double the number of service year positions in the state from the current level of 1400 to 2800 by 2020. Other cities and communities nationally are participating in the national "Service Year" effort; North Carolina is the first statewide effort to dramatically increase service and can serve as a model for other states. As a part of this endeavor, IEI is committed to supporting place-based communities in their efforts to build and scale service year positions locally. IEI seeks to become Service Year Alliance's first 'Impact Community' state. So far, with pilot funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, IEI has: * Formed a statewide advisory council to lead development of the initiative; * Identified four communities and leadership teams through an inaugural cohort of "Service Year NC Communities": Greenville, Rockingham County, Wilkes County, and Wilson; * Developed an intensive "Service Year Accelerator" this summer to prepare them to develop and scale service year programs in their local area; * Secured one AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in each community to help build their service capacity over the next year.
Essential Job Duties: This position is 30 hours per week with benefits. The Service Year NC Director will be responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan to double the number of service year positions in the state from 1,400 to 2,800 by 2020. The Service Year Director will also provide support to Service Year North Carolina Communities and the broader statewide effort to take it to the next level. Responsibilities will include: conducting a local landscape analysis by convening government experts, nonprofit organizations, community groups, colleges and universities, funders, and other key stakeholders to evaluate existing service levels and participants; identifying key partner organizations and developing high-level strategic partnerships for training, recruiting, and funding service year members and service year host organizations; supporting Service Year NC's local efforts including the Service Year NC communities and the incoming cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA's; supporting the growth and development of the Service Year NC Advisory Council; and securing funding from federal and state programs, corporate partners, and philanthropic sources to support the service plan's initiatives and ensure sustainability. In addition, the Director will serve as the state's liaison to the national Service Year Alliance. She/he will work with North Carolina leadership development efforts (Leadership NC, local chamber leadership programs; Friday Fellows; Rural Economic Development Institute, etc.) to provide mentorship and other community leadership services to support and expand Service Year NC.
Department Required Skills: * Experience in project development and leadership, relationship management, partnership, or joint venture development. * Demonstrated ability to form strong relationships and work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies. * Strategic thinker with short- and long-term program development experience. Ability to remain focused on the overarching vision and objectives while managing program details. * Excellent verbal and written communication skills to articulate the contribution and impact of service years. Skilled and confident public speaker. * The ability to ensure clarity of expectations and accountability in the relationships needed to advance program objectives.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Master's degree preferred. * Significant understanding of state and local government, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic institutions in North Carolina. * Experience managing a team, * Connections with high school and higher education communities and military and civilian national service communities in NC a bonus. * Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: This position will require the incumbent to travel to complete the core functions of the role. A valid drivers license is required and must be maintained as a condition of employment.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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