The Vice President, Core Program of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is responsible for guiding the strategic and operational activities of JRF’s 49-year-old college scholarship and leadership development program. The role includes development and supervision of JRF’s scholarship grants strategy and annual selection of scholarship recipients, as well as administration of JRF’s celebrated Mentoring and Leadership Development Program and its
42 Strategies for Success four-year curriculum. Another key role is working with the JRF IMPACT staff in the development and effective dissemination of curriculum elements to all JRF student constituents. The Vice President, Core Program answers to the President & CEO and assists in preparing for meetings of the JRF Board of Directors and attends as requested.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
- Administration of the JRF Scholars selection process, including articulating selection criteria, designing and implementing application process procedures, and oversight of the application process;
- Providing guidance and assuring technical and logistical support for seasoned program volunteers (I.e., Scholar Advisory Committee /”SAC” members, who assist with the selection process and year-round mentoring of JRF Scholars);
- Fashioning procedures for and administration of scholarship grant-making for JRF Scholars and JRF Extra Innings graduate fellows;
- Development and coordination of all aspects of the Core Program through staff, volunteers, sponsors, college/university representatives, and other partners, including working collaboratively to maintain an effective program model;
- Facilitation of the transfer of elements of the Core Program to JRF IMPACT staff and ongoing coordination of program sharing and dissemination with JRF IMPACT staff;
- Monitoring program elements to ensure standardization across the Scholar cohort;
- Working closely with the President & CEO and the head of JRF IMPACT to develop ongoing programmatic vision and strategic planning;
- Working with the JRF VP & COO to prepare and monitor the Program budget;
- Preparing monthly and other periodic reports for the President and Board of Directors on the status of program elements;
- Serving as a liaison with program sponsors, including providing reports to sponsors and keeping abreast of grant guidelines in coordination with JRF Development staff;
- Developing relationships with educational and other institutions and serving as a liaison with such constituents, looping in the President & CEO where appropriate;
- Coordinating and supervising all substantive activities and logistics related to the program with JRF Development, Operations and Communications staff, including planning and hosting the Scholar conferences held twice annually;
- Preparing annual assessments of the Program and the Program staff to ensure that programmatic goals and objectives are met and in light of a research arm in development at JRF;
- Supervision of a five- to seven-person staff, program consultants, vendors, and a cohort of 100 volunteers who are organized into 10 regional committees (i.e., SACs).
- BA or BS degree and a master’s degree are required; a Ph.D. is preferred
- A minimum of ten years in the nonprofit sector
- A demonstrated commitment to equal opportunities in education and in the workplace
- Distinguishing interpersonal skills and ability to relate well with a variety of constituents including college students, university personnel, corporate executives, and volunteers
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated experience in supervision and management of people, programs and events is critical
- Exceptional organizational skills that include an ability to manage multiple program elements, internal and external constituents and databases associated with the program
- An ability to set priorities and manage staff with various levels of job experience to effectuate departmental tasks
Salary and benefits are commensurate with candidate’s experience and JRF policy.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.