May 16, 2023
$80,000 - $108,000 yearly
Forum for Youth Investment
The Director, Cross-Systems Consulting, will work closely with the Executive Vice President as a key thought and strategic partner, with responsibility for executing strategies that support cross-sector, cross system coalition-building with, and strategic consultation to, state and local jurisdictions. This person will have extensive experience facilitating consulting engagements focusing on integrated solutions across youth-serving sectors (e.g., non-profit, philanthropic, public, and private) and systems (e.g., education, youth workforce development, human services, child welfare, and juvenile justice) as they work together to improve outcomes for youth through data analyses, problem identification, systems change reforms, and strategy development and implementation. The person taking on this position will also be a keen strategist and skilled tactician with a deep commitment to racial and social equity. Additionally, the Director will roll up their sleeves and handle a wide range of day-to-day activities that support staff, leaders, and the organization to thrive.
The Director will be responsible for implementing strategies that support the core functions of the Cross-Systems Consulting Unit: Cross-Systems Strategic Consulting; Strategic Planning; and Knowledge Management and Implementation. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Design and carry out consulting engagements, to include business models that reflect the appropriate staffing and/or consultants needed to successfully carry out the work.
- Provide day-to-day planning and management support for a portfolio of projects that focus on integrated consultations across education, youth workforce development, human services, child welfare, and juvenile justice; services rendered may include but are not limited to coaching, goal setting, fiscal and landscape mapping, leadership/governance capacity auditing, needs assessment, and community/stakeholder engagement.
- Support client prospecting and intake to include activities such as attending relevant networking events, conducting exploratory calls/meetings with interested clients and partners, and designing scopes of work.
- Collaborate with directors from the Forum’s Policy and youth Program Quality units to identify and maximize opportunities to leverage organizational capabilities and value offerings
- As part of consulting engagement or as a distinct opportunity, partner with state and local cross-sector, cross-system coalitions to develop short- and long-term strategic plans to support collective goals.
- Leverage expertise of the Forum’s Program Quality unit to create metrics to measure effectiveness, progress, and impact, to enhance cross-sector, cross-system coalitions.
- Provide thought leadership/assistance as needed to help partners build capacity to carry out implementation plans, including identifying communication structures to help advance strategies, address issues, or strengthen alignment to achieve coalitions’ goals.
Knowledge Management and Implementation
- Under the direction of the EVP, develop and disseminate field products to provide insights from the field, including lessons learned from implemented approaches, and recommendations for scalability, improvement, or innovations
- Engage in a culture of continuous improvement, designing and implementing evaluations from our consulting work to both improve services as well as to garner lessons learned that can be shared across the unit, organization, and field
- Stay current on research and practice trends related to thriving youth ecosystems to support the Cross-Systems Consulting unit’s ability to offer practical, useful, and research-based strategies to the field
- With other leaders and staff across the organization, represent the Forum at conferences and other public events. Disseminate key ideas and innovations via presentations, publications, and other channels.
- Collaborate effectively with other units and organizational functions, including Policy, Strategic Communications, and Youth Program Quality
- Contribute to unit and organization-wide priorities and special projects as appropriate
- Manage consultant contracts within assigned portfolios to ensure services are delivered as agreed upon and within scope
- Manage resources within assigned portfolios to ensure projects are completed within budget
- Assume responsibility for other projects and new assignments related to the scope of this role
Characteristics of successful candidates include:
- Manages Self – You ask for feedback on impact of your behavior on others. You identify and follow through on actions in response to constructive feedback. You honestly assess your own strengths and know what areas need support.
- Leads Courageously – You consistently drive to successful outcomes and stay composed and positive in challenging situations.
- Communicates Effectively – You communicate (both in writing and verbally) clearly, succinctly, and in a timely manner. You provide information people need to know to do their jobs, make accurate decisions, and to feel part of a team. You can engage an audience and achieve the desired effect in a variety of formal presentation settings.
- Builds High-Performing Teams – You form and lead consulting teams capable of getting results. You create an environment of creativity and engagement. You can effectively raise and resolve conflict with the team.
- Makes Quality Decisions – You clearly state where you stand on issues, even if it is unpopular. You seek input from appropriate parties before making decisions, and still make timely decisions.
- Demonstrates Business Acumen – You understand and create opportunities to cultivate and support exceptional partnerships. You are able to make the case for decisions and initiatives. You adapt strategies and tactics to create a success defined by metrics.
- Influences and Negotiates – You influence others by building coalitions or alliances among diverse groups. You effectively adapt influence strategies depending upon the situation. You’re skillful at removing barriers that get in the way of effective collaboration among groups.
- Manages Vision and Purpose – You inspire commitment to a compelling vision and shared values. You create a climate in which people want to do their best.
- Thinks Strategically, Executes Skillfully – You can see the forest through the trees and know how to develop and implement strategic short and long-term opportunities that are aligned with organizational capabilities. At the same time, you can’t wait to roll-up your sleeves and get the work done.
- Is Goal Oriented – We want someone who is a doer, with doggedness, a determination and commitment to reach a goal, and a strong bias toward action. You always find a way to make it happen.
- Demonstrates Creativity – While there are tried-and-true tactics in your toolbox, you explore new ways of thinking and continually strive to create opportunities that move your organization and field forward.
- Handles Ambiguity – You can effectively cope with change and lead others through it.
- Communicates Assertively – You express opinions directly, confidently, and accurately. You can also be very persuasive and influence the way others think, feel, or behave.
- Collaborates & Values Relationships – You can quickly gain the respect and trust of your consulting team members, peers, and leadership team. You understand the importance of listening, asking probing questions, and allowing others to be heard.
- Takes Risk – The entrepreneurial spirit shines through in your willingness to experiment with new approaches and act even though the outcome is uncertain.
- Models Diplomacy – You have worked in diverse settings and understand the cultural sensitivities of doing business with partners and clients around the country. You are tactful in dealing with diverse people or situations.
- Exhibits Professional Acumen – You demonstrate confidence, experience, and poise under pressure.
Forum for Youth Investment
- Bachelor’s degree in related field, such as public administration, youth development, education, or social work; advanced degree preferred.
- 8+ years’ experience in providing consultation to state and local systems leaders, across at least two systems, including P-12 education, youth workforce development, human services, child welfare, or juvenile justice
- 5+ years management experience; senior leadership experience preferred.
- Proven track record in leading youth systems reforms that yield measurable results for children and youth
- Experience evaluating and analyzing state and local systems change, reforms, and program integration efforts in education, workforce development, and/or youth services in order to advise state and local leaders in their decision making, implementation and improvement of initiatives that are designed to advance equitable youth outcomes.
- Experience collaborating with government entities at the local and state level to provide leadership and technical expertise that will advance national priorities
- Solid judgment / temperament in dealing with confidential and sensitive information and issues
- Willingness to travel, as needed
Flexibility is required to adapt to the dynamic work environment of a non-profit “action tank” that has national clients and exposure. The climate is informal but mission-driven. Excellence is valued in every position. The Director is a remote position given the need to carry out consulting engagements with state and local partners. Travel (to be reimbursed by the Forum) is expected for in-person team meetings and client/partner meetings (estimated 10-20% time).
Consulting/Advising, Public Policy, Youth Development
The salary range, duties and responsibilities of this position meet the requirements of Section 13 (a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore qualifies as an "exempt" position. The starting salary for this leadership position is targeted between $80,000 and $108,000 dependent upon experience and qualifications, with a comprehensive benefits package.
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