Prevent Blindness North Carolina (PBNC), also known as the National Society to Prevent Blindness - North Carolina Affiliate, Inc., was organized in 1967 as a non-profit health agency. An independent affiliate of Prevent Blindness America (established in 1908), PBNC delivers direct service programs designed to preserve sight through screening, publications, safety, education, information and referral through volunteer efforts.
PBNC's mission is to reach people before blindness strikes.
PBNC is headquartered in Raleigh and is governed by a state-wide Board of Directors, comprised of medical specialists, business leaders, civic leaders, and educators. As essential members of PBNC, volunteers carry out programs and services at the state and local levels.
PBNC is a member of the Governor's Consumer and Advocacy Commission for the Blind.
Operating on a $1.3 million budget, PBNC is a leader in vision screening and referrals in North Carolina. PBNC is primarily funded by government grants and foundations.
Additional revenue is secured through individuals, corporations, events and memberships. Through their programs more than 500,000 children and 5,000 adults are screened annually with nearly 40,000 children and more than 1,000 adults referred for additional care. With a high impact and low-cost program model, PBNC is preventing blindness throughout the state.
After 28 years of leadership and exponential program growth, the current President and CEO is retiring in late 2018. The 29-member board of directors is committed to ensuring a healthy executive transition and to positioning the organization for its next iteration of leadership. PBNCs next leader will be tasked with building upon the strengths of the organization and charting a vision for ensuring sustainability and strategic growth.
To learn more, visit PBNCs website at
THE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The President and CEO is the senior executive at PBNC and primary spokesperson and advocate for its mission. The President and CEO leads the organization in developing the infrastructure, funding, culture, and competencies necessary to maintain PBNC as a respected leader in the prevention of blindness. The President and CEO is ultimately responsible for PBNCs programs and ensures that it operates efficiently and effectively within the approved budget.
The President and CEO will be expected to build on past successes and forge new collaborations and partnerships with legislators, donors, community leaders, and related organizations. The successful candidate will be a visionary, passionate relationship builder with a strong commitment to vision issues.
The President and CEO will benefit from the strengths of PBNC, including:
Solid and stable infrastructure
High impact programs
Engaged and passionate board of directors
Highly-committed and capable staff
Strong relationships and an impeccable reputation
The President and CEO will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:
Serve as the primary advocate, fundraiser, spokesperson, and administrator of PBNC.
Work with the board, staff and stakeholders to define the strategic course for the organizations future.
Lead the organization to develop, implement and assess strategy and business plans.
Articulate the vision in an inspiring way to internal and external constituencies.
Seek opportunities for growth, collaboration, and collective impact to strengthen the interests of PBNC.
Serve as the lead contact for Prevent Blindness America.
Program and Financial Oversight
Ensure high quality program delivery, evaluation, and reporting systems that promote effective utilization of personnel and financial resources.
Provide direction for expanding or modifying programs and services as it relates to the strategic plan.
Foster existing relationships and develop new partnerships to support the programs and services of PBNC.
Ensure strong internal control, fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency, and efficient, accurate, and consistent financial operations and practices.
Promote the highest level of integrity with respect to fiduciary responsibilities and organizational policy.
Work with the finance committee to develop an annual budget for the Boards review and approval.
Supervise PBNCs annual audit and work with auditors to complete 990.
Manage state contracts on behalf of the organization.
Develop state budgets for DHHS and DPI contracts. Oversee state program compliance and reporting.
Responsible for the consistent flow of revenue to the organization, to support programs and activities through diverse and multi-faceted income streams.
Cultivate positive and sustained relationships with local, state, and federal funders and foundations, corporations, and other major funding partners.
Develop and implement a plan to expand relationships and partnerships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and significant philanthropic investments in PBNCs future.
Work with lobbyist to set and monitor legislative agenda.
Meet with legislators and key state employees to support legislative efforts and grants.
Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
Build upon PBNCs strong brand and reputation and increase awareness with target audiences.
Actively engage in the community and serve as the face of the organization.
Share PBNCs stories of impact to motivate volunteers, board members, donors, and partners in a way that inspires them to support the agency.
Continue development of a strong management team and staff to promote effective planning, oversight, execution, and evaluation of all activities associated with the agencys operations and programs.
Foster a culture of teamwork and accountability throughout the organization, developing staff members to their highest potential.
Maintain a positive and healthy workplace culture that attracts, retains, and motivates high quality employees and volunteers.
Develop organizational structure, job descriptions, assignments, supervisory and evaluative procedures to effectively and efficiently achieve PBNCs mission and strategic goals. Hire, assign, supervise, delegate, evaluate and terminate staff in accordance with organizational policies, and applicable laws.
Determine salary and wages for employees within Board approved policies and budget.
Work in partnership with the Board of Directors to fulfil governance matters. The President and CEO informs the Board as needed, communicates clearly and regularly with the Board Chair, and maintains a close partnership with the Board Chair, Executive Committee and Board members.
Identify, recruit, orient, retain, and celebrate Board Members. Ensure a quality process for building the board base and recruiting younger members to the board.
Provide Board Committees with the necessary support, counsel and information necessary for effective board governance.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The President and CEO must demonstrate a firm commitment to and passion for PBNCs mission. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
10 or more years of experience in non-profit executive or senior management roles where organizational sustainability and growth were key parts of the position
Bachelors degree required, Masters level or above preferred in public administration, public policy or business administration
Entrepreneurial approach with excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
In-depth knowledge of non-profit management, grant-writing, fundraising and development, contract management, and board relationship and management
A track record of building and maintaining relationships that foster a spirit of collaboration with social services agencies, legislators, government officials, and/or community leaders
Vision to see PBNCs future potential and ability to think strategically and creatively
Ability to lead with confidence in addressing organizational opportunities and challenges
Ability to articulate, verbally and in writing, a passion for preventing blindness
Leadership experience in advocacy and public policy is not required but an added benefit
Demonstrable fundraising experience with success in building dynamic relationships with key stakeholders, business and foundation leaders, and others who can influence individual, corporate, foundation and government giving; experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts
History of demonstrating the sound judgment, administrative skill and financial acumen necessary to oversee day-to-day operations, direct a professional staff, and manage a budget of at least $1 million
The director should also possess the following soft-skill attributes that will aid in garnering acceptance from stakeholders and being effective in the position:
Strategic and analytical
Honesty and integrity
Accessible and responsive
Commitment and determination
Tact and diplomacy
Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with PBNCs board of directors.
To apply, click on the link to the President and CEO Prevent Blindness NC position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. In case of any technical problems, contact . No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.
Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position. Benefits include health and life insurance; disability; 403 (b) retirement plan; vacation and sick leave; and 11 paid holidays.