POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Executive Director Community Mediation seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization in its mission to reduce interpersonal conflict and community violence and animosity by increasing the use of non-violent conflict resolution strategies and by making mediation more accessible in Baltimore. Background of Community Mediation (CM):
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which a neutral mediator helps people find a win-win solution to their conflict. Mediation lets people speak for themselves and make their own decisions.
CM mediates various types of disputes, including neighborhood conflicts, family disputes (including custody and visitation), landlord/tenant relations, business disputes, prisoner re-entry cases, and many more.
More than 80% of the Baltimore City residents served last year were low-income. The mediation engagements are referred early in a conflict by community organizations, neighborhood residents, and human service groups, or later in a conflict by courts, police officers, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Legal Aid Bureau, and many other referral partners. The mediated settlement of conflicts by CM directly aids the parties involved as well as the court system, law enforcement, and other citizens, all of whom otherwise would have been impacted by the continuing dispute.
Also, by providing thousands of hours of conflict resolution training in Baltimore neighborhoods and institutions every year, many disputes are prevented from erupting in the first place. The continued quality of the mediation service is critical to successful conflict resolution. CM trains its volunteer community mediators with an intensive 50-hour skills-based, experiential training in mediation. The mediators are then required to complete an apprenticeship before being certified by CM including two observations and two co-mediations with experienced mediators. CM provides regular follow up training, continuing education, and quality assurance screening to ensure that each mediator stays sharp and effective. Specifically the Executive Director will: Work closely with the Board of Directors to lead strategic direction of organization q Provide staffing and continuity for Board meetings, Board Committee Meetings q Continually inspire & communicate with Board members about their work Raise visibility of CM & community mediation generally q Represent CM in the community among potential clients & funders by networking, working with the media, and speaking at events. q Represent CM statewide & nationally by holding a board seat with Community Mediation Maryland, a statewide network; by connecting with the National Association for Community Mediation, and by working closely with MACRO, the Maryland Mediation & Conflict Resolution Office. Manage and design programs q Work with staff and local partners to respond to new community needs for conflict resolution q Support staff and local partners in maintenance of existing initiatives, such as projects addressing Older Adults, Collaborative Parenting, City Employee conflict, Youth Mediators, Spanish-speakers, school conflict , prisoner re-entry & juvenile detention centers conflicts and others. q Seize local, statewide, and national opportunities to enter into new areas of conflict resolution service, when appropriate and in keeping with CM’s mission. Manage Finances q Work with Treasurer, Finance Committee, Office Administrator, and (one day/mo) bookkeeper to write budget, manage spending by grant, oversee contract invoicing, and track cash flows. Recruit, hire, supervise & support staff q Supervise & support a highly-skilled leadership team including: Volunteer Coordinator, Lead Mediation Coordinator & State’s Attorney Coordinator. q Oversee their support of the entire staff, including five Mediation Liaisons and 4-6 AmeriCorps & VISTA members conducting community outreach and volunteer support Write & administer grants & government contracts q Write, renew and report back on 5-10 small and medium-sized foundation grants annually, ranging from $5000 to $100,000. q Write, renew & administer 5-10 large and small government grants & training contracts ranging from $10,000 to $120,000. q Write grants to increase the sustainability of the organization. Raise funds through individual giving to support service to the community q Continue, and make sustainable, current fundraising initiatives including: Attorneys for Community Mediation, annual campaign with phone-a-thon, workplace giving (United Way, etc.), and Annual Mediation Celebration awards dinner & silent auction. q Work with Board & community members to launch new fundraising campaigns. q Note: If and only if adequate funding is sustained to support a Development Director position, these details will be executed by them. Otherwise, these projects are maintained by the Executive Director.
At least 5 years experience in a supervisory or management position, non-profit experience preferred but not necessary.
Dedication to nonviolent conflict resolution and some knowledge of the field of mediation
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Experience with fiscal health of an organization
Ability to work well with people of diverse ages, ethnicities and education levels
A visionary leader who also has great attention to detail and follow-through
Ability to juggle multiple projects effectively
Competence with various fundraising methods
Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office software
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred
SALARY: Starting salary range of $50,000-$55,000 plus excellent benefits & leave package TO APPLY: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing samples to CMexecutivesearch@gmail.com. Refer any questions to that email or call 443-801-8137. Deadline for submissions is October 14, 2011 by 5pm. Only emailed submissions will be accepted