Pop Culture Classroom Executive Director
Pop Culture Classroom
The Pop Culture Classroom Board of Directors seek an imaginative leader with a passion for education and management experience to:
- Oversee the development and delivery of engaging and fun educational experiences through classes, events, internet-based platforms, and collaboration;
- Implement strong financial controls, accurate forecasting, efficient workflows and a lean operating infrastructure for the organization;
- Increase and diversify earned and contributed revenue streams;
- Develop sustained, close partnerships with school districts, creative economy businesses, nonprofits, and funders in Colorado and nationally; and
- Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson and executive representative to the public.
About Pop Culture Classroom
Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt education nonprofit dedicated to promoting a love of learning, creative self-expression, and inclusive communities using comics, gaming, and other pop culture.
PCC has 5-person staff, a 5-member governance Board, an annual operating budget of $690K, and receives funding from the Scientific Cultural Funding District (SCFD).
Our instructors and staff:
- Create free and reduced-price educational comics, curricula, teaching guides, and other educational resources;
- Offer students arts and education experiences at local schools, community events and other venues;
- Provide professional development to help teachers, librarians, and other educators promote engagement and learning using pop culture.
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall management of staff and day-to-day operations through the supervision and evaluation of all department managers. And as the leader of the organization, this person will marshal the collective talent of Pop Culture Classroom’s staff, committees, volunteers, and community to deliver quality educational resources and experiences that measurably improve the experience of youth and families.
The ED recognizes that the organization is in a renewal period of its life cycle where updated practices are needed to support new long-term thinking and planning. Therefore, it is essential that this person is comfortable working at both the strategic and tactical levels and has a strong ability to connect people and projects together to achieve goals.
Of particular importance for the Board is the ED’s role in diversifying revenue streams, including growing donor relationships, attaining grants, and seeking high level sponsors. Another important focus is a strong cultivation of relationships with K-12 school partners, municipal authorities, nonprofit education entities, organizations that are part of Colorado’s creative economy, and funders both regionally and nationally.
The Executive Director will be an experienced leader with the following qualifications:
- Must have a proven track record with nonprofit administration, staff management, board development, and fundraising success;
- Experience effectively managing similarly sized budgets and staff; proven ability to attract financial support from foundations, businesses, individuals and government sources; and personally interacting with and cultivating donors;
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills, a history of public advocacy including excellent public speaking skills for formal and extemporaneous presentations;
- A results-oriented social entrepreneur and hands-on “doer”; a builder with ambition to identify ways to grow the organization within its mission without jeopardizing organizational stability;
- A team builder who shares information easily, listens as well as gives advice, and respects the abilities of others; someone who imparts trust and integrity; an individual possessing patience and a sense of humor, to maintain balance and perspective;
- Advocates and supports D.E.I. (diversity, equity, and inclusion);
- Experience with creative industries and Colorado-based networks is desirable but not required;
- Bachelor’s degree desirable; graduate work a plus.
Leadership & Management
- In partnership with the Board of Directors, provide strategic plans, financial forecasts and budgets, and manage all day-to-day activities in compliance with the budget;
- Serve as chief advocate on building literacy and school-ready students through PCC’s education programs and events; represent the goals and objectives of the organization before public bodies, boards, funders, the business community, etc.; build the public’s understanding and embrace of PCC’s work and program offerings;
- Implement an evidence-based annual performance evaluation for all programs using both hard and soft metrics; have standards for eliminating old programs and events, and for establishing new ones;
- Act as primary media spokesperson and public representative for Pop Culture Classroom at community events.
- Set earned and contributed fundraising goals, strategies and targets for all donor and funding segments – with particular attention paid to growing contributed funding from individuals, businesses, foundations, schools and government entities; regularly communicate funding goals, strategies and progress to the Board;
- With the staff and the Board, actively drive direct solicitations to donors; continually seek to broaden fundraising so that development activities increase in sophistication and scope as awareness; create regular initiatives to target diverse sources of revenue and funding; develop special donor cultivation opportunities as appropriate;
- Promote an organizational culture that embraces fundraising within so that all staff and Board members understand and embrace the reality that they are an active part of the Development Team responsible for specific tasks, contribution of time and effort or material and in-kind contributions.
- With the Education team, continually seek to broaden the appeal and engagement of Pop Culture Classroom’s resources, workshops, and programs for a diverse cross-section of educators, students, community organizations, and local stakeholders;
- Shape programs that can be delivered through classroom, workshop, seminar and online settings. Foster an exciting contemporary culture, a strong sense of innovation and exploration, and a sense of being on the cutting edge of artistic practice;
- Assure PCC’s position as a literacy programming thought-leader and innovator; oversee the development of an array of programs that are exciting and magnetic to youth, while paying attention to metrics and evidence of outcomes;
- Convene relevant meetings that include partners, funders, business and community leaders, especially those involved in Denver’s creative economy; develop cross-cutting projects and services in collaboration with other organizations and funders;
- Seek government and other funding streams for visual arts-based story telling that develops literacy and executive function skills that are useful in classroom and other settings.
Finance and Administration
- Effectively manage and lead day-to-day operations, programs and finances; ensure proper administration of the organization’s contracts, compliance with relevant employment laws, and meeting of other legal requirements; develop long- and short-term financial plans and prepare financial and operating reports for the Board;
- With the Human Resources Manager, CPA and outside auditor, oversee the organization’s fiscal health; ensure that the organization adheres to a sustainable financial plan based on an annual budget reviewed and approved by the Board, and that financial performance positively tracks budget and operating plans; ensure that internal and external levels of compliance in all aspects of programs and services are met; ensure alignment between programmatic objectives and available resources;
- Develop an atmosphere of transparency and accountability with the Board on the org’s financial condition;
- Oversee recruitment, retention, motivation and evaluation of staff and a cadre of volunteers; ensure that staff and volunteers receive appropriate ongoing training so they can effectively and efficiently serve PCC’s clientele and constituents.
- With the Board Chair, coordinate the efforts of the Board; develop Board meeting agendas, schedules, retreats and other activities; encourage Board members’ involvement in PCC’s range of activities including fundraising;
- Communicate to the Board in a timely manner on matters critical to PCC’s oversight;
- Assist the Board in identifying and recruiting new Board members, whose talents, backgrounds, commitment, and fundraising abilities are congruent with Pop Culture Classroom’s needs and mission.
Compensation & Benefits
Job Type: Full-Time
- Salary – 78K per year
- Position is located at the PCC office in Denver, Colorado
- Some evening and weekend work will be necessary
- PCC provides fully paid employee health insurance as well as a 3% matching retirement plan contribution
- Posting will remain open until filled
- No phone calls please
Compensation: $78,000 per year