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Chief Executive Officer

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Executive Director / CEO

Contact: Rebecca Savidis
Address: 161 Klevin Street, 101, Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: (907) 743-1200
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Job Summary

Date Posted:   2 months ago Closing Date:   January 31, 2021
Location:   Anchorage, AK Salary: $100,000.00 - $120,000.00 Exempt; salary
Status:   Full time
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska provides competitive benefits including, but not limited to health insurance, 403(b) retirement and generous paid leave accruals.
How to Apply:
To apply, email your credentials to Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact Rebecca Savidis, lead recruiter, at Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.

Job Description

Position Profile

Chief Executive Officer |Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska |Anchorage, Alaska

The Position: Chief Executive Officer

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska (BBBSAK) and For The Kids Foundation (FTKF) seek an experienced nonprofit leader to serve as their next Chief Executive Officer.  The next CEO has the opportunity to shape and grow BBBSAK as a statewide agency, deepening its ability to enhance youth’s resilience and help them achieve their full potential.  The ideal candidate will be a compassionate leader who will bring a trauma-informed approach to the team; be able to configure BBBSAK’s philanthropic strategy and maintain fiscal stability through a turbulent time; bring a proven track record and deep commitment to establishing and stewarding long-term partnerships and donors; and have experience recruiting and retaining high-quality staff.

The Organization

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska (BBBSAK) is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the largest evidence-based mentoring organization in the U.S. The organization is comprised of two separate but inter-related nonprofits – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska and For The Kids Foundation – that work toward a vision where all youth achieve their full potential. 

Headquartered in Anchorage Alaska, BBBSAK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. In 2007, Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies of Southeast Alaska, Southcentral Alaska, and the Greater Fairbanks area merged to form BBBSAK. Bringing together these long-standing organizations expanded their collective ability to serve more youth.  With an annual budget of $1.4 million, BBBSAK has offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.  BBBSAK’s staff of 18 are responsible for serving an area that stretches across Alaska, the largest geographic region served by Big Brothers Big Sisters in the nation.

For The Kids Foundation (doing business as the "BBBS Donation Center and Pick-up Service'') is a separate 501(c)(3) corporation that was formed in 1998 solely to raise funds for BBBSAK. FTKF’s dedicated staff of five collects community-donated clothes and household goods that are sold via contract to Value Village.  This generates critical unrestricted revenue to support BBBSAK.

Together, BBBSAK and FTKF encourage and support today's youth. When youth believe in themselves and what they can accomplish, they enjoy better relationships with their friends, families, and peers, and they help create safer, stronger communities. BBBSAK currently serves more than 300 youth and has a waiting list of over 200.  A 2019 survey revealed that 100% of youth served by BBBSAK report doing better in school, 98% say they make better choices and 98% feel more accepted by adults. 

Services and Program

·      Community-based mentorship is a cornerstone program in which adult mentors are paired with youth ages 6-16 (Littles), with the commitment to see each other 2-4 times per month for at least one year.

·      Site-based mentorship allows adult and high school mentors meet with their Little at locations such as youth centers or schools. This program is currently on hold awaiting strategic restructuring.

·      Alaska Native Mentoring is an initiative designed to foster resilience among Alaska Native youth.  BBBSAK partners with the Alaska Native Justice Center to provide opportunities for cultural and community connection, case-managed access to social services, recruitment of Alaska Native Bigs and mentoring.

·      SYNC is an initiative designed to match youth ages 14-21 in state foster care with supportive and caring adult mentors who will be there as a friend and provide stability as they move through the system and transition out of foster care.

·      BBBS Donation Center and Pick-up Service collects donated clothing and other household goods and sells those donations in support of the BBBSAK mission

Strategic Priorities

BBBSAK produced a 10-year strategic plan in 2019.  The incoming CEO will partner with the board in deepening the strategic plan and leading the staff in implementing the plan.  

Long-term Priorities

·      Reignite Community Awareness: Build upon BBBSAK’s strong reputation and share its powerful story throughout the state; promote the extraordinary return on investment to increase recruitment of volunteers (Bigs) and further positive impact on the lives of Alaska’s youth.

·      Ensure Sustainable Fund Development: Evolve and further implement a relationship-based fund development plan with intention to broaden the base of unrestricted funds, which will increase mission delivery and allow for greater adaptability within the organization.

·      Nurture Strategic Partnerships: Identify, nurture and steward partnerships with organizations and individuals for greater, mutually-beneficial mission impact; engage past champions.

·      Optimize Infrastructure: Ensure the hiring, engagement, and retention of quality staff. Utilize data to inform decision-making. Prioritize board development activities that ensure BBBSAK & FTKF boards represents the communities served.

·      Strengthen Statewide Commitment: Explore statewide need for mentorship services and deploy innovative solutions to address needs.

·      Deepen revenue generating relationships: Enhance FTKF current business model to support and advance the mission of BBBSAK.

Short-term Priorities

Embracing BBBSAK’s values of community, resilience, quality outcomes, and connection, the incoming leader will focus on the following priorities over the next twelve to eighteen months:

·      Navigate COVID-19 Pandemic for BBBSAK—continue to adapt COVID mitigation plan as situation evolves including modification of guidelines for office use, negotiation of cost reductions for underutilized resources, pursuing and applying for all relevant emergency relief funding opportunities, supporting staff and matches through necessary programmatic changes, and responding to additional reporting requirements related to emergency plans, emergency funding and impacts to existing programs.

·      Navigate COVID-19 Pandemic for FTKF—monitor business model adaptations to include storage and warehousing in response to ever shifting accumulation of used goods and changes to retail sales during COVID to ensure FTKF donation commitments to BBBSAK.

·      Stabilize staff reorganization —support staff through the impacts of an initial reorganization of the program supervisory structure which occurred in February 2020.  Emphasize team building and communication among statewide team, ensure salaries and benefits are competitive and resources are available to successfully onboard and train new staff.

·      Grow partnerships – establish new and steward existing key community partnerships to increase community outreach statewide, diversify BBBSAK Board geographically, and increase services to Alaska Native Youth.

·      Cultivate and recruit BIGs—develop marketing and outreach materials to increase program awareness and recruitment of Bigs to reduce the waitlist and facilitate matches more quickly.

·      Focus on donor relations—commit to intentional donor communications, deeper connection to long term pledge donors, broader engagement of staff and expanded use of SalesForce.

·      Re-think events—adapt, reimagine, or discontinue long-standing event-based fundraising activities to address impacts resulting from COVID-19 and to maximize financial outcomes

·      Prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—hold space for courageous conversations, encourage organizational shifts, and engage board, staff and mentors in ways that create a more equitable and inclusive environment supporting youth who have equal potential but that do not have equal opportunities. 

The Leadership Opportunity

The next CEO has the opportunity to shape and grow BBBSAK as a statewide agency and national leader in the well-being of vulnerable youth.

During the past decade, BBBSAK has experienced significant change.  The next leader will continue to strengthen the organization with improved service delivery, sustainable philanthropy, and engaged stakeholder partnerships.  The next leader will bring a trauma-informed approach and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to elevate current programs and develop innovative strategies that better serve youth across Alaska, especially Alaska Native youth. 

Like many nonprofits, BBBSAK and FTKF are navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with innovation, flexibility and resilience.  As the pandemic continues and new normals are established, the next CEO will utilize their knowledge and experience, along with support from the national Big Brothers Big Sisters network and in partnership with both engaged boards, to lead BBBSAK and FTKF through COVID fatigue and ongoing uncertainty; emerging from the current crisis stronger and more effective for 2021 and beyond.

Key Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer is the internal driver and external face of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska and For The Kids Foundation. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·      Provide visionary and strategic leadership, and translate that vision into measurable strategies and concrete actions that advance the mission.

·      Be the face of the organization to local communities and to key audiences at the state and national levels.

·      Oversee the business operations of the organization and ensure financial resiliency.

·      Responsible for developing leadership potential within the organization, including hiring, training, timely evaluation, supervision and retention of personnel and succession planning.

·      Lead the organization’s strategic fund development activities; implementing strategies to increase sources of unrestricted revenue.

·      Develop, expand and deepen relationships with stakeholders, donors, volunteers and essential Big and Little referral sources statewide.

·      Provide support to both boards of directors and their committees; regularly reporting the organization’s status and progress.

·      Foster a healthy, compassionate workplace environment for both staff and volunteers.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:


·      Demonstrated passion for supporting youth to achieve their full potential

·      An inclusive approach that respects and values diverse life experiences and heritages and ensures that all voices are valued and heard

·      A compassionate professional who is approachable and possesses a spirit of warmth, humility, and high emotional intelligence

·      An empowering and visionary leadership style with a demonstrated history of building and maintaining strong working relationships with staff and Board, as well as with stakeholders, volunteers, funders, and community leaders

·      The ability to make and effectively communicate strategic decisions


·      Demonstrated track record of effectively leading and scaling up (on regional or national level) a performance- and outcomes-based organization

·      Experience growing an organization through implementation of strategic initiatives, effective management and successful fund development

·      Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation

·      Demonstrated organizational management experience, including coaching, managing, and developing high-performance teams, setting and achieving strategic objectives, and managing a budget

·      Knowledge and demonstrated experience with trauma-informed care and service delivery

·      Experience serving as the primary spokesperson and representative for the agency; ability to advocate at the local and state level

·      Five years executive nonprofit leadership experience preferred; success working with a Board of Directors; experience cultivating existing board member relationships is preferred

·      Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and demonstrated innovative approach to business planning and development

·      Proven ability to nurture and sustain relationships with key community partners; working effectively in collaboration with the public, diverse groups of people and stakeholders

Application Process

The salary range is $100,000 and $120,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska provides competitive benefits including, but not limited to health insurance, 403(b) retirement and generous paid leave accruals.  To apply, email your credentials to  Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications.  For questions, contact Rebecca Savidis, lead recruiter, at  Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.  BBBSAK is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to grow our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences.

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