Executive Director, Allen Neighborhood Center

About Allen Neighborhood Center

ANC serves as a dynamic hub where Lansing Eastside neighbors can access resources to improve their health and well-being; expand their capacity to seize job and entrepreneurial opportunities; create a strong sense of place, belonging, and community pride; and build a safe, sustainable, thriving neighborhood. ANC’s core services include:

  • Assisting neighbors in enrolling in healthcare coverage and accessing local housing resources (i.e., mortgage, first-time homeowner, and landlord-tenant assistance);
  • Hosting a weekly food pantry, farmer’s market, and ‘veggie box’ program; running a year-round urban farming/gardening facility; and supporting aspiring food entrepreneurs with access to commercial kitchens and related resources; and
  • Engaging neighbors through an annual door-to-door canvass, dedicated youth and senior programs, and a community newsletter.    

ANC has experienced tremendous success in its 23-year history, including the soon-to-be-completed Allen Place development, which has brought apartments, a grocery, and clinic, additional commercial kitchens, and other amenities to ANC’s home in the heart of the Eastside. 

About the position

Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) – AllenNeighborhoodCenter.org is seeking a dynamic, energetic Executive Director to lead the organization in its next phase of growth and innovation.

The ANC Board of Directors is searching for a leader who will serve as an effective and faithful steward of ANC’s legacy, maintain the organization’s social entrepreneurial spirit, and inspire the trust, confidence, and respect of the ANC staff, the Eastside neighborhood, and partners throughout the Greater Lansing community. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and an inclusive, visionary leader with a passion for the Eastside neighborhood and ANC’s values as a community organization that pursues neighbor-driven solutions. They will possess a demonstrated comfort level working with diverse and vulnerable populations, natural problem-solving abilities, a strong track record in nonprofit fundraising, and the ability to lead and inspire a highly capable staff of 10-12 team members and a small army of volunteers. 

Responsibilities: 

The Executive Director works directly with the staff and board to carry out the mission of the organization and is responsible for the overall administration and management of ANC which includes human resources, facilities, finances, partnerships, programs, and events. Ensuring that funding and services meet or exceed ANC’s strategic goals and objectives will be the primary focus and responsibility of the director. Half of their time will be spent managing internal operations and engaging Eastside neighbors; the other half will be spent representing ANC externally, nurturing long-standing partnerships, and developing new collaborations.

Personnel Management

  • Recruit and retain competent, qualified, diverse workforce
  • Directly oversee and collaborate with program leaders
  • Coach and mentor staff to improve performance and provide support
  • Support team building, training, and other staff development activities
  • Maintain a positive, inclusive workplace via sound personnel policies, DEI initiatives, and employee engagement practices
  • Ensure ANC continues to offer financially sound benefit programs and carefully administers benefit, payroll, and related programs. 

Fiscal Oversight and Fundraising

  • Manage ANC assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses in a manner that reflects best financial management practices for nonprofits
  • Work with Financial Manager to prepare, track, and adjust yearly operations budget and provide complete and accurate monthly reporting to the board
  • Ensure fund development goals are met and seek new/additional revenues through diverse sources (i.e., major gifts, direct mail, events, and new grants)

Planning, Program Development, and Operations

  • Coordinate strategic planning efforts, including setting and tracking short-term and long-term goals
  • Ensure ANC strategic plan and programs reflect and respond to the expressed needs, interests, and aspirations of Eastside neighbors
  • Recruit a board of directors that reflects the Eastside’s diverse population, and lead the board in fulfilling its fiduciary and other responsibilities.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization
  • Review and approve contracts for services
  • Ensure all current health and safety standards are met
  • Responsible for all property and assets assigned to or in the custody of ANC

Communications and Public Relations

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the agency
  • Represent ANC in advocating on policy issues and other public matters related to ANC’s mission and the interests/needs of the Eastside
  • Build/Maintain strong partnerships and networks
Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and professional experiences—and demonstrated success as a nonprofit leader—that prepares them for this high-level executive role. This position requires strong team management capacities, a robust neighborhood engagement and planning focus, and effective interpersonal communication skills. A successful candidate will possess a social entrepreneurial spirit, fund development acumen, and the ability to implement innovative programs responsive to neighborhood needs. Additional qualifications include basic computer proficiencies and an understanding of financial controls and statements.

Salary & Benefits: 

ANC offers a dynamic, challenging work environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal fulfillment, competitive compensation (including relocation assistance if needed), and a full benefits package. The salary range for the position is $60,000 to $80,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

The Executive Director works in an office environment, but the mission of the organization sometimes requires working in nonstandard places and throughout the neighborhood. The Executive Director works a standard workweek, but the position often requires working evening and weekend hours to accommodate board meetings, represent ANC at public events, and fulfill other such responsibilities.

How To Apply: 

To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022. ANC prefers a candidate who can join the team in mid-July 2022.

Hiring Organization: 
Allen Neighborhood Center
Position: 
Executive Director
City and State: 
Lansing, MI
Hiring Deadline: 
May 31, 2022

ANC is an equal employment opportunity employer. ANC provides equal membership, employment, voluntary and service opportunities to all eligible persons without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status (including pregnancy), disability, membership in any labor organization, political affiliation, height, and weight.