Boys & Girls Club of Brockton
Location: Brockton, Mass.
The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton (the Club) was founded in 1988 by a small group of civic leaders and businesspersons and opened in 1990. Its mission continues to be nurturing strong minds, healthy bodies and community spirit in Brockton’s youth through youth-driven, quality programming in a safe and fun environment.
In its first year, 500 youth ages 8-18 registered as members. The organization completed a capital campaign in 2001. The renovations to the main clubhouse on Warren Avenue were completed in 2004. In 2007, an exterior renovation of the clubhouse was completed. The following year, the 10,000th member was registered and the Brockton Teen Center was opened at 891 Montello Street for teenagers ages 15-19.
Programs and Participants
- Executive Director, The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton
- Executive Director, Worcester Community Housing Resources
- Executive Director, Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut
Annually, the Club serves approximately from 800 to 1,000 members and another 1,000 Brockton youth in the community. The Club currently operates both programs developed by its national affiliate and programs created by staff.
The core programmatic areas are:
Sports Fitness and Recreation
Programs designed to improve the overall health of Club members via daily physical activity, instruction in good nutrition and the development of healthy relationships including team building as well as individual character.
Education and Career Development
Programs that reinforce and enhance the skills and knowledge learned at school via homework help and tutoring including developing basic skills with computers. Programs also provide motivational and hands-on activities for excelling in academics, and preparation for community involvement and leadership.
Programs in visual, performance and other arts designed to enrich, inspire and encourage self-confidence through artistic accomplishments guided by artist mentors.
Health and Life Skills
Programs designed to assist young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity. Activities help to increase participants’ peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency, strengthen their leadership skills and build character.
Character and Leadership Development
Recognition activities, at both the local and national levels that recognize, promote and celebrate members’ service to Club, community and family. Competitive awards are given based upon academic performance, leadership, spiritual values, life goals, poise and public speaking ability. There are also small group leadership and service clubs that focus on character development.
The Club has a dedicated staff of 15 employees: 7 full-time and 8 part-time. Staff members have worked at the Club from three months to more than 10 years. The following positions report to the executive director (ED): assistant executive director, club program director, teen center director, marketing coordinator and the membership coordinator. A financial consultant also reports to the ED.
Based on the FY12 projected budget of $880,000, the Club’s major sources of revenue are as follows: 3.4% contributions; 31.3% events; 13.6% annual appeal; 10.5% program fees; 24.8% grants/foundations; 15.15 food program; and 1.3% from miscellaneous.
The Club has experienced continual fluctuations in revenues. They increased slightly from FY06 to FY09. From FY10 to FY11 there was an approximately 20% revenue reduction. In addition, the Club has experienced losses primarily due to a steady reduction in grants/foundation giving. In order to address the decline in revenue, expenses are being cut by reorganizing, laying off staff, and relocating the teen center back to the main office. In addition, a Resource Development Committee has been formed consisting of the board president, two board members, assistant ED and a development specialist. The committee is working very closely with the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College to develop a detailed action plan to secure needed funding.
The Club is governed by a 15-member board of directors (with two nonvoting honorary members) whose members range in tenure from less than one year to more than five years. In recent years, the board has been actively engaged in establishing and monitoring organizational direction. There are several major active board committees: executive, governance, oversight and resource development. In addition to a commitment to the mission, board members bring a variety of skills, expertise, and personal and professional experiences to board deliberations.
The Club is well respected for its programming and the results it has with its members. With a passion for the mission and building an organization, the new leader will leverage the Club’s name recognition, results-oriented programming and community support to raise the money needed to increase the number of children served and strengthen the organization’s financial condition.
Important organizational priorities include the following:
- Strengthen the organizational infrastructure required to support programming and build financial reserves. Continuously nurture the individual, corporate, foundation and community relationships necessary to raise the funds needed to support programming of the highest quality.
- Design and implement an organizational structure and related processes that build on the Club’s strengths and enhance the efficient and effective delivery of programs, services and administrative support (e.g., technology, human resources, financial management, data collection and analysis, etc.) in support of the strategic plan.
- Assist the board president and other dedicated members to reinvigorate the board to consistently undertake its responsibility as governance leader. The board must be challenged to increase its overall leadership vitality.
- Work in partnership with the board to strengthen its ability to govern strategically and effectively, actively engage and energize all directors, and inspire board members to help attract financial and other resources.
- Build on the strong brand name recognition and solid reputation to cultivate and strengthen new and existing relationships, collaborations and partnerships in order to position the Club as the premier youth development organization in Brockton.
- Engage the board, staff, volunteers, community partners, potential partners and other relevant stakeholders to implement and continue to update a multi-year strategic plan. Develop and execute annual business plans and budgets to ensure that programmatic and financial outcomes and sustainability are achieved.
- Maintain high levels of employee morale and volunteer engagement; foster a spirit of teamwork among staff, volunteers and other stakeholders; strengthen internal communications and decision making; and ensure accountability for results throughout the organization.
- Continue to strengthen diversity at the board level, volunteers and community relationships.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional background and personal characteristics, in descending order of priority.
Professional background, skills and knowledge:
- Demonstrated success as senior executive in a growth-oriented organization, with specific experience in building teams and leading change initiatives involving strategic direction, organizational culture and operational procedure
- Proven track record for raising revenue and cultivating multi-tier resources including individual donors, local and national foundations, corporations and all levels of government
- Experience in implementing strategic vision for an organization and success in rallying support for its execution
- Credibility in building and sustaining alliances with members’ families and other stakeholders that include potential community advocates and partners, the organization’s board of directors, local schools, other child development organizations and governmental agencies
- Successful track record in managing an organization’s finances using demonstrable business acumen skills including preparation and oversight of financial statements, budgets, accounts reconciliation, grants management and cash flow management
- Demonstrated ability to lead staff for exceptional performance and to influence stakeholders in support of the organization’s vision and mission
Personal characteristics and leadership attributes:
- Communication – Presents ideas clearly with sufficient energy and passion; able to influence all audiences; committed to open and regular communication with staff, board, members, funders and other stakeholders
- Strategic Thinking – Forges a vision of the organization’s future; relentlessly projects personality and presence to inspire, motivate and capture imaginations of staff, board and external constituencies
- Adaptability – Adjusts behaviors to align with the organization’s needs and particular circumstances with stakeholders
- Five years of related experience required
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.
This search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Dan L. Gibbons. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and professional writing sample to BGClubSearch@tsne.org.
Please include your salary requirements and where you learned of the position in your cover letter. Please be advised, candidates’ cover letters must describe how their qualifications and experiences match the needs of the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton. Only electronic submissions received by October 28, 2011 will be considered.
The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, especially applicants from ethnic, gender and other groups historically underrepresented in nonprofit management.