Program Director

Leadership Fort Worth
Published
April 6, 2021
Location
Fort Worth, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

Mission:  provide Fort Worth with diverse and enlightened leadership

Position Title:  Program Director

Category:  Full-time, exempt

Supervisor:  Executive Director

Supervises:  Program Manager or Coordinator (to be hired in partnership with Executive Director)

Office Location:  Work from home and Leadership Fort Worth’s office at WeWork Clearfork

 

Organization Summary:

Leadership Fort Worth (LFW) was established in 1972 as a resource for community leadership succession planning, with the first Leadership Class graduating in 1973. The founding organizations were the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Junior League, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Texas Electric, now Oncor, provided needed in-kind support. LFW graduates total more than 4,000 and are leaders not only in government but a wide variety of volunteer and appointed roles. LFW is among the oldest community leadership development organizations in the country and consists of five programs: Leader Prime, Leadership Class, Leading Edge, Leader Kids, and Leadership Forum. LFW is a proud member of the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP) and was recognized with its Excellence in Innovation award in 2015. It’s an exciting time to join LFW under the leadership of its new Executive Director, Jennifer Treviño who became LFW’s third Executive Director in January 2021.

Position Description:

The Program Director guides and manages the overall Leadership Class and Leading Edge processes: policies, curriculum, recruitment and selection, evaluation, funding, and integration with the community.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Collaborates with Executive Director to ensure programs are managed to meet organizational goals and objectives in alignment with LFW’s strategic plan
  • Plan the program year and schedule
  • Provide feedback and guidance to LFW’s Board of Directors’ Recruitment and Selection Committee to identify the best participants for each year’s class
  • Plan and implement program curriculum
  • Set and accomplish desired outcomes
  • Assist with fundraising goals
  • Manage the budget for the Leadership Class and Leading Edge
  • Support Board Committees as appropriate including the Programming, Policy and Development Committees
  • Represent LFW and the Leadership Class and Leading Edge programs in the community
  • Partner with Executive Director to foster relationships and engagement with LFW alumni

Primary Program Objectives:

Leadership Class

  • Participants have enhanced knowledge of the community, the way it works, and the needs it faces
  • Members collaborate with other established leaders and their networks to address community issues
  • Class participants gain expertise with group process strategies to support collaboration
  • Class participants integrate Community Trusteeship principles into their leadership roles

Leading Edge

  • Participants improve their leadership skills and capacities
  • Members are more knowledgeable about Fort Worth
  • Program creates connections between participants and community leaders
  • Leading Edge alums are effectively participating on boards and commissions after completing the program

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Plan the program year and schedule
    • Coordinate with staff to develop the calendar for all elements of the Leadership Class and Leading Edge
    • Determine elements to be included within the program year
    • Participate in staff planning and meetings
    • Attend Board meetings as needed
  • Provide feedback and guidance to Recruitment and Selection Committee to identify the best participants for each year’s class
    • Recruit committee members
    • Work with LFW staff to determine viable candidates and organizations
    • Provide guidelines and responsibilities to committee for recruiting
    • Assess applicants and rank them according to program requirements
    • Work with committee chair to set and run meetings
  • Plan and implement curriculum for both Leadership Class and Leading Edge:

Leadership Class

  • Provide planning and direction for Friday afternoon components of Opening Retreat, 7 monthly programs, the mid-year retreat day/Regional Day, and the Closing Retreat
    • Determine topics
    • Utilize appropriate adult learning methodology
    • Include experiential learning opportunities
    • Incorporate a variety of group processes to both teach and to demonstrate their utilization
    • Meet with members and community experts to identify issues and speakers, determine types of experiences for the day, structure groups and prepare materials as needed
    • Interface with support staff to arrange venue, logistics, meals, snacks as necessary
    • Partner with Executive Director regarding program plans and make adjustments as necessary

Leading Edge

  • Provide planning and direction for Get Acquainted Event, Opening and Closing Retreats, and 6 monthly programs
    • Utilize appropriate adult learning methodology
    • Include experiential learning opportunities
    • Meet with community experts and consultants who deliver portions of the programs to ensure quality experiences; structure groups and prepare materials as needed
    • Interface with LFW staff to arrange venue, logistics, meals, snacks, etc. as necessary

 

  • Oversee Leadership Class’s Issues Initiatives projects with Program Coordinator
    • Coordinate with Executive Director and Program Coordinator to meet with community leaders and determine the issues for the year
    • Support the Program Coordinator in interaction with the Issues groups
  • Set and accomplish desired outcomes
    • Work with Board and staff to determine appropriate outcomes
    • Create appropriate strategies to accomplish them
    • Develop a variety of measurement strategies to determine achievement
  • Assist with fundraising goals
    • Assist with grant proposals
    • Participate in meetings with potential funders as needed
  • Manage the budget for the Leadership Class and Leading Edge
    • Provide leadership in developing the Leadership Class and Leading Edge budgets
    • Assure that the program stays within budget
  • Support Board Committees as needed by providing information, reports, etc. in collaboration with the Committee Chair and Executive Director
  • Represent LFW and the Leadership Class and Leading Edge programs in the community
    • Provide information for website and board meetings
    • Be involved in the community in such a way that relationships are enhanced
    • Be informed about current events
  • Partner with Executive Director to foster relationships and engagement with LFW alumni
  • In addition to essential job elements and duties listed here, other duties may be assigned or assumed which are within the scope of the position

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Job Requirements:

  • Broad knowledge and experience in adult education and group processes
  • Broad knowledge about Fort Worth, its history and culture
  • Broad knowledge of people and organizations in Fort Worth
  • Above average skills in public speaking, communication and organization
  • Excellent skills in relationship development
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and implement programs and associated events
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve and measure outcomes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Education and Experience:

  • Degree: College degree required in related field such as management, human resources, training & development; graduate degree is a benefit
  • Years of experience: minimum of 3 years required; 5+ years preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with:
    • Adult Education
    • Program Management
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Fort Worth civic involvement
  • Other requirements: Previous participation in a community leadership program is beneficial

Physical Demands:

This position requires the ability to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment, and the physical ability to perform light lifting. This person must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with others. Work is typically performed in an office setting. This person may be required to travel to various locations throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Generally, the working conditions have little or no exposure to extremes in safety hazards or hazardous materials.

(These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for a Program Director to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions.)

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to Jennifer Treviño, Executive Director at jennifer.trevino@leadershipfortworth.org.  This job description can be viewed on the LFW website.

Learn more about Leadership Fort Worth by visiting www.leadershipfortworth.org and following us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

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