Director, KC RISING

The KC Rising Director is a member of the Civic Council’s senior management team and is responsible for coordinating the various project managers, strategic partners, stakeholders and volunteers who are engaged in KC Rising and its initiatives. The Director is responsible for ensuring that strategies under the KC Rising umbrella are executed effectively and in alignment with the expectations of the KC Rising Steering Committee and the KC Rising Co-Chairs. The Director also works closely with the management teams from partner organizations to maintain shared ownership and advocacy for KC Rising.
The Director reports to the President of the Civic Council, but also takes direction from the KC Rising Steering Committee and/or the KC Rising Co-Chairs. The Director supervises a Deputy Program Manager whose time is divided between the Civic Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council.

Strategy Development and Implementation

Works with the KC Rising Steering Committee and Co-Chairs to ensure the mission and vision of KC Rising are met through the work of the various implementation teams/organizations.
Ensures that emerging issues or opportunities are brought to the attention of the Steering Committee and Co-Chairs for consideration and integration into the work of KC Rising.
Coordinates with the implementing organizations to ensure initiatives are implemented on budget and on time; metrics are met; duplication of effort is eliminated; obstacles to implementation are addressed; disagreements are resolved; and, deficiencies in strategies are identified and brought to the attention of the Steering Committee and Co-Chairs.

Develops and updates the KC Rising business plan to reflect changes in strategy, conditions of implementation, budget realities, etc.
Establishes and monitors the KC Rising budget.
Coordinates with partners and implementing organizations and the Steering Committee and Co-Chairs to ensure resources and staffing are sufficient to meet budget.
Supervises the Deputy Program Manager, any part-time staff, and interns.

Works with the Kansas City Area Development Council and partner organizations to ensure a communications plan is in place and communications are managed effectively within KC Rising and from KC Rising to stakeholders, partners, and other interested individuals and organizations.
Ensures the Civic Council President is provided the information necessary to maintain the support of the Civic Council Board of Directors and members.

Ensures discussions in meetings are summarized into minutes and action items and added to planning documents as appropriate.
Meets with industry and community leaders and other interested parties to discuss KC Rising.
Ensures volunteer leaders are recruited for various roles within the initiative.
Completes other duties as required or assigned by the Steering Committee, the Co-Chairs and/or the President of the Civic Council.

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able at a minimum to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required, but may not be inclusive of all of the required skills, abilities and knowledge required at any given time, as the agenda and priorities of KC Rising change from time to time:
• Bachelor’s degree (Marketing, Communications, Public Administration, or Business Administration), minimum of 5 years’ related experience in managing complex programs with supervisory responsibility, or combination of degree plus experience and PMI certification at PMP or PgMP level. Experience working with community stakeholders in collective impact work with demonstrated results is preferred.
• Exceptional time management skills, knowledge of budgets, timeline planning, and ability to use program/project management tools to communicate schedules, goals, outcomes, etc.
• Experience in delivering effective meetings and outcomes including dealing with all facets of planning and organizing, conducting, ensuring technology functions appropriately, implementing actions, and quick turn around of summaries for various committee and task force meetings
• Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents and to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
• Strong listening, speaking and presentation skills, with the ability to facilitate discussion and summarize conclusions effectively.
• Excellent writing and editing skills, with experience in communicating with diverse audiences at varying levels of knowledge about the subject matter.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
• Ability to work independently to set direction and accomplish required tasks; to evaluate options and make decisions in the implementation of a strategy that has been developed and approved by the KC Rising Steering Committee and Leadership Team.
• Ability to work in and lead teams of KC Rising volunteer leadership, industry leaders, community partners, peers and other staff members in which the Director and KC Rising staff have no direct authority over the participants.
• Ability to find and access data from a variety of sources; to be proficient with the internet; to effectively use Microsoft Word, Excel, Keynote and PowerPoint to produce and deliver presentations.

• Ability to create collaborative relationships with a strong customer service orientation, coordinating with all KC Rising partners.
• Ability to motivate and engage staff and community partners.
• Ability to resolve conflicts and make critical decisions.
• Demonstrated analytical skills to solve problems that may arise during a typical workday.
• Ability to work “behind the scenes” to educate and inform participants and others on public policy and community issues.
• Ability to blend strategic thinking with detailed follow-through.
• Passion for community building and continuous learning about new topics/issues.
• Basic understanding of production process, skills in graphic design, web development, social media, and events.

A cover letter outlining why the candidate's experience would prepare them for this role, and an attached resume are a pre-requisite to being considered.