Director of PeacePlayers Los Angeles
Established in 2001, PeacePlayers is an international peacebuilding nonprofit organization that uses sport, primarily basketball, as a vehicle to unite, educate and inspire young people living in divided communities. Based on the premise that children who play together can learn to live together, PeacePlayers has become a worldwide leader in the use of sport to build a more peaceful world, reaching more than 75,000 youth in 20 countries.
At PeacePlayers, our vision is to foster individual and communal connections that create a more peaceful world. The world we live in today has far too many divides – whether racial, religious, ethnic or geographic – and these divisions have created an environment of conflict and instability in our local communities. In partnership with local leaders, we support young people on opposite sides of these divides by using sport as a vehicle to strengthen their leadership and peacebuilding skills to show that we are all more alike than different. We stay with them for the long-term to work towards a more peaceful society for us all – currently operating in nine year-round sites: the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, as well as five cities in the U.S. – Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
SUMMARY OF THE POSITION
In January of 2017, PeacePlayers launched a partnership with Nike to bring PeacePlayers’ proven model of uniting communities through sport to the United States. This partnership piloted growth in 2017 first to Baltimore, Brooklyn and Detroit, and then in the summer of 2018 added programs in Chicago and Los Angeles, with the intention of eventually launching an additional program in Portland (OR).
The Director of PeacePlayers Los Angeles will have a deep understanding of Los Angeles, outstanding management and fundraising skills and will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of PeacePlayers Los Angeles and adhering to PeacePlayers 10 Unifying Principles. The Director will work closely with the US Leadership team and Los Angeles Project Manager and Coordinator, and his/her peers across other PeacePlayers locations. The Director will need to be both entrepreneurially driven and capable of being a team player,
recognizing that their success will be dependent on the empowerment of their staff and the youth the program serves.
Leadership and Strategy:
● Collaborate closely with PeacePlayers-U.S. to develop a multi-year PeacePlayers U.S. and PeacePlayers Los Angeles strategy focused on financial sustainability and programmatic excellence that is in line with the PeacePlayers Global Strategic Plan.
● Support PeacePlayers Los Angeles Program Manager in the running of an efficient and effective program, the evaluation of that program, and overseeing of part time coaching staff
● Responsible for maintaining communication with other PeacePlayers sites—domestic and international—PeacePlayers U.S. office, and PeacePlayers Global support team; to share learnings and best practices for the good of PeacePlayers as a whole
● Identify and strategically partner with organizations and institutions to deepen, sustain and scale PeacePlayers’ programmatic impact across Los Angeles.
● Adherence to PeacePlayers’ unifying principles. These “unifying principles” ensure all PeacePlayers’ sites are similar enough to each other to achieve the shared mission of the organization and also afford the flexibility for local leaders in each site to innovate and make contextually driven decisions for the greatest overall impact.
Fundraising and Development:
● Work closely with PeacePlayers U.S. Head of Strategy and Operations, Director of US Projects and PeacePlayers Global Support Team to understand the current PeacePlayers’ financial landscape, existing donor base and to identify opportunities for incremental support in LA.
● Responsible for the development and expansion of local fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
● Collaborate with PeacePlayers Global Support team and U.S. staff to effectively steward existing Los Angeles focused donors and build a pipeline of future supporters of PeacePlayers work in the U.S.
Financial Performance and Operations:
● Responsible for budgeting and fiscal management of PeacePlayers Los Angeles
● Responsible for key Human Resources functions such as ensuring PeacePlayers Child Protection and Abuse Policy are followed; local staff are onboarded and trained effectively and provided ongoing support from US Leadership and the PeacePlayers Global Support Team.
● A demonstrated passion and connection to the mission of PeacePlayers to unite divided communities through sport and its values of seeing people as people, culture of collaboration and inside out transformation.
● Possesses an understanding and passion for addressing challenges created by inequity across racial and socioeconomic divides in the United States and in Los Angeles specifically.
● A belief in the inherent strengths of young people to actualize their greatest potential despite challenges and adversity, and positively impact society
● 5+ years of management experience with a track record of effectively leading a scaling program or nonprofit
● Successful track record of developing and stewarding individual donors ($15,000+) and developing corporate partnerships
● Entrepreneurial mindset and not afraid to get involved in all aspects of the organization and programming in Los Angeles
● Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
● Experience cultivating new fundraising relationships, managing current funder relationships and/or planning fundraising events
● Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and oversee a budget
● An understanding of how sport can be used as a transformational development tool; interest and experience in basketball also helpful.
The Director of PeacePlayers Los Angeles position is a full-time salaried position with benefits, including health insurance and an employer retirement plan matching program. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The Director of PeacePlayers Los Angeles position is based in Los Angeles, CA.
To apply for this position, please email a resume, cover letter (citing PCDN as the source of the posting) and salary requirements to PeacePlayers at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header “Director of PeacePlayers LA.” All applications for the position should be submitted by September 18, 2020.
It is the policy of PeacePlayers to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. PeacePlayers evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.
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