Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African American and other students. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student–body, mind, and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja Community deliberately engages students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought. The Umoja Community seeks to help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education.
The Executive Director of the Umoja Community Education Foundation serves as the Chief Executive Officer and reports to the Umoja Community Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of the organization's Strategic Plan and achievement of its mission, vision, and goals.
Chief Administrative Leadership
- Serves as an advisor and resource to the Umoja Community Board of Directors and Executive Committee and attends all Umoja Community Board meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee.
- Advises the Board President on developing agendas and prioritizing agenda items for the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
- Keeps the Board of Directors informed on the condition of the organization and all important influencing factors.
- Oversees the fiscal integrity and activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audits.
- Participates with the Board in developing and implementing a strategic plan.
- Develops and implements an operational plan to achieve the short- and long-term goals in the strategic plan.
- Provides oversight of Umoja-wide grants and projects.
- Provides advice, background research, and other support to the Board President, Board, and Executive Committee.
- Reviews all official Umoja communications, specifically those to the Board President, and uses independent judgment in determining the appropriate response and/or course of action.
- Reviews and edits written material submitted to the Board President for his/her signature.
- Conducts official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate. Provides executive analysis to the Board President and the Board.
- Advises council and committee chairs on determining agendas, and prioritizing of agenda items.
- In consultation with the Board President, undertakes (or supervises) unique and sensitive projects.
- Identifies and prioritize prospective funding opportunities from grants, philanthropic organizations, and other nonprofit organizations. Assists in designing strategy and goals, and establishing and developing relationships with potential donors and grantors.
- Provides leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and executes plans and policies authorized by the Board.
- Assists the Board in planning and leads the execution of statewide professional development programs (i.e., annual conference, regional symposia, summer learning institute).
- Identifies and assists campuses that are in need of support to accurately report data in the community college Special Populations MIS database and provide support, training, and technical assistance.
- Convenes annual regional advisory committee meetings to promote networking, consultation, and identify and share best practices, experiences, and resources
- Maintains official records and documents of the organization.
- Maintains and updates the Umoja Community website.
- Provides leadership, consultation, and advice to the Umoja Board and committee chairs and staff on significant issues, proposed actions, policies, and procedures.
- Identifies, analyzes, formulates, proposes, and drafts new and/or changes to existing policies, procedures, bylaws, regulations and any issues concerning the welfare of the Umoja Community, drawing upon expert knowledge of the organization and the philosophy of the Umoja Community, its bylaws, and its role in the California Community College CCC system.
- Conducts analysis of complex policies and issues.
- Clarifies any issues related to the Umoja Bylaws, Regulations, and mission.
Management of Administrative Operations
- Provides leadership to achieve Umoja’s mission by directing staff and assisting the president, council and committee chairs, regional director and program coordinator, campus coordinators, student leaders and other faculty in identifying and engaging in activities that promote the development of Umoja Community programs and services.
- Coordinates fundraising activities for student scholarships.
- Motivates those responsible for the development and implementation of policies, programs, services, etc., for the Umoja Community including councils, committees, and staff to ensure that Umoja Community’s work is accomplished; and monitors progress associated with these tasks. Ensures fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, maximum resource utilization and maintenance of a positive fiscal position.
- Publicizes the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
- Ensures that information systems appropriately support the needs of the Umoja Community. Identifies ways in which to use technology and information systems and oversees development and refinement of electronic methods for more efficient and cost-effective methods of communications.
- Provides independent oversight, analysis, planning, and management of all the Umoja Community’s resources including fiscal, physical, equipment, computing, and web-based resources.
- Assumes responsibility for all supervision and management of the staff (e.g., hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, corrective action, and dismissal of all staff) as well as establishing priorities, work rules, and office protocols for accomplishing the work of the Umoja Community.
- Creates effective management systems and strategic planning activities for the overall administration of the Umoja Community.
- Serve as the liaison to provide oversight of services administered by Umoja Community programs. Provide support to campus program staff and coordinates program site visits.
- Serves as the principal staff liaison between the Umoja Community and affiliated college programs as well as divisions within the Chancellor’s Office, the California State University, University of California, and the community.
- Represents the programs and point of view of the organization to Chancellor's Offices, University partners, and the general public.
- Assures the Umoja Community and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
- Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
- Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A minimum of 3 - 5 years’ experience in a senior management position, preferable with a nonprofit organization.
- Experience in grantmaking and grant management.
- Strong project management skills.
- Experience with state and federal government agencies, contracting, and task agreements.
- Certified Association Executive (CAE).
- Previous experience as executive director in an education related nonprofit organization.
- Experience with governmental agencies.
- Excellent organizational development, marketing, communication, administrative, and personnel management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and find common ground.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort with public speaking.
- Culturally competent in making decisions among diverse individuals and organizations.
- Adaptability and flexibility in the face of changing conditions; tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.
- Proven leadership skills and the ability to inspire and motivate others.
- Diplomatic approach and the ability to be sensitive to and inclusive of various perspectives.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position is responsible for the performance management and supervision of all Umoja employees and staff.
Travel: Some travel throughout the State of California is required.
Compensation: Compensation commensurate based on experience.