About Village Exchange Center

The Village Exchange Center (VEC) is a non-profit organization formed to serve immigrants, refugees, and the community in the Aurora/Denver metro area. We are a community center and multi-faith worship space that celebrates cultural and religious diversity by creating an inclusive environment where residents from all backgrounds interact, share and develop together. Through organic and collocated programs, informational services and cultural activities, the center is a “one-stop-shop” supporting integration, engagement and empowerment of newly arrived residents.

The Village Exchange Center is seeking a talented self-starter for the position of Director of Programs to support the organization and the Executive Director to maximize VEC’s community impact.  

Job Summary

The Director of Programs is expected, under general supervision, to develop, implement and manage all of the organization’s community programs and social enterprises, including but not limited to, the  following Programs; BIPOC Fund, Left Behind Workers Fund, Low Wage Workers Fund, Village Farm at Stanley, the Village Theater, Natural Helpers, Natural Leaders, and the Village Pantry. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day activities associated with these programs, business plans for impact investments and development of new programs such as our commercial kitchen, shared workspace, and restaurant storefront. The Director of Programs will ensure that all project/program goals, targets, budget and performance outcomes are met on a monthly/project cycle basis; including the following: clearly communicating the purpose and design of the program, benefits and opportunities of participation, outreach and orientation, implementation and execution of projects/programs, curating stakeholder relationships in a professional manner. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

As a Director of Programs, you will…

Fund Management

  • Works with the Deputy Director and other members of the VEC team to create business plans, proformas, marketing, and oversee fiscal responsibilities for the managed programs.
  • Keeps Deputy Director informed of any changes or concerns.
  • Works with Deputy Director on identifying and recruiting new partners, beneficiaries and funding sources.
  • Keeps track of all data for grant reporting and share it monthly with Deputy Director. 

Program Management 

  • Manages all program managers outcomes and work on a day-to-day basis to ensure grant and strategic goals are being met. 
  • Define the resources, including people and money, that are needed to achieve the programs’ goals, and ensure that the resources are identified and secured. 
  • Develops and maintains excellent relationships with all participants of all programs, including VEC employees and community members.
  • Keeps detailed records on programs progress and generated revenue and manages the budgets for all programs in coordination with each program manager. 
  • Keeps up-to date on outreach and communications with stakeholders, partners, contractors, on programs statues. 
  • Support Executive Director in grant management efforts, including, but not limited to scoping and identifying new grants, writing and reviewing grants, developing evaluation criteria and measurement tools to manage and report data.

General

  • Represents to program and organization in a professional manner.
  • Responds to all written and oral communication in a timely matter.
  • Submits all reports on time.
  • Report to the office daily and assists with programs and work needed as a team member.
  • Responsible for the funds and managing staff supporting the funds. 

Qualifications 

You are who you are looking for if …

  1. You are passionate about the work VEC is doing and working with the community.
    • You see this role as a perfect opportunity to align your values and strengths.
    • You believe deeply in societal change and that in teamwork we drive purpose. 
  2. You are confident in your time management skills and organization, that you can thrive at commanding your schedule as well support the VEC team. 
    • Can operate a computer and multiple email accounts, calendars, & phone numbers in support of fund duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  3. You are strategic and a hard worker with a mindset that “no task is too small” and that you are essential to the larger picture. 
    • You want to be part of a fun and creative company culture.
  4. You have a technical understanding of finances, portfolio building, and analytics skills necessary to advising and creating sustainability for the fund/granting programs and end to end project management of assigned funds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

  • Excellent computer software skills, including Microsoft Office 365, calendar management, customer relationship management (CRM) software, QuickBooks, financial software, etc.
  • A successful record in building and leading people.  
  • Demonstrated grit and personal responsibility; desire to help those around you succeed. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including vendors, community partners, and volunteers. 
  • Solid organizational abilities, including long-term project planning, delegating, program development, and conflict resolution.
  • A proven track record of being a self-directed, quick learner.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Multi-lingual capabilities: English, Spanish.

Education 

  • Advanced degree, Business Management and Administration, Financial Analyst, Master of Finance.  
  • If you have an equivalent degree or experience to the above education, please apply. 

Experience 

  • 5 or more years of nonprofit or for-profit experience; at least 3 years at the Manager level.
  • 3 or more years working in developing and implementing social enterprises. 
  • Experience in budgeting and forecasting.
  • Investment management and development.

Reports to: 

  • Deputy Director 

Location

  • Full-Time office presence required
  • VEC is headquartered in Aurora, CO

VEC is dedicated to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion both internally and its external work. We encourage people of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply. Studies have shown that woman and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you have strong written communication skills, a passion for empowering refugees and immigrants and building strong resilient communities, and a willingness to learn, we encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed. 

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