Executive Director

Description
Since 1994, Acknowledge Alliance has used the power of fostering resilience to help build positive connections between teachers and students to open the doors to learning and well-being. The foundation of Acknowledge Alliance started with the belief, that when a child has a caring adult in their life who holds high expectations and believes in them, they can succeed despite adversities. Acknowledge Alliance serves K-12 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, integrating resilience into all levels of learning by: mentoring educators, counseling at-risk youth and teaching social emotional learning lessons for the whole classroom.

Acknowledge Alliance is currently staffed by 25 employees with degrees primarily in mental health and has a $1.6 million annual budget. The agency directly serves teachers, key school staff and youth in 31 schools located in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Position Summary
The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The scope of responsibility includes direct support to the Board; comprehensive fundraising, marketing, community outreach, partnership and program development; monitoring performance and impact; and the overall operational, financial and administrative management of Acknowledge Alliance.

Responsibilities
• Provide direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s values, mission and strategy, as well as its annual goals and objectives.
• Develop a clear strategy for Acknowledge Alliance’s mission-based activities and the execution of related tactics and objectives of the organization.
• Closely collaborate with the Board of Directors to ensure strong fiscal health, sustain positive community relations, increase overall visibility and recruit new Board members in support of the center’s overall mission.
• Work closely with Board committees to develop and implement specific goals and objectives.
• Manage a diverse and highly qualified staff by fostering effective internal communication, collaboration, consensus-building decision-making and mutual respect.
• Work in partnership with Development Director to create and implement fundraising strategies that ensure that Acknowledge can fund programs and support new growth opportunities.
• Seek out and develop new partnerships for program implementation.
• Manage operations including agency budgets, programs and HR policies and procedures.
• Serve as public face of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, programs and impact to increase the organizations’ visibility and enhance its reputation and standing.
• Manage all daily activities of the organization.

Knowledge and Abilities
• Demonstrated knowledge, ability and success in raising funds.
• Interpersonal skills that promote growth mindset and support development of successful team.
• Success collaborating with Boards to meet agency goals and objectives.
• Knowledge of current best employment practices that inspire trust and commitment from staff.
• Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
• Knowledge of non-profit finance and accounting practices and successful management of similar sized budget.
• Knowledge of educational systems including public, charter and private school systems.
• Knowledge and demonstrated ability to lead a strategic planning process and successfully implement the outcomes.
• Knowledge of mental health services for children and adults.

Physical and Environmental Conditions
Standard office environment, equipment and tasks, including work at computer terminals. Requires regular local travel and some statewide and nationwide travel.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in related field.
• Ten years of relevant experience, with increasing levels of responsibility.
• Proven fundraising track record, including individual, major and foundation donor work.
• Staff Management experience, including direct reports and performance management

Compensation
Competitive non-profit compensation package that includes medical, dental, and a generous vacation package. Funds are not available for relocation or housing assistance.

How to Apply
Candidates may submit their cover letter and resume to EDsearch@acknowledgealliance.org. Acknowledge Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, go to www.acknowledgealliance.org.



Resilience Consultant
1-3 days per week

Applications accepted until filled

Background
Acknowledge Alliance, formerly the Cleo Eulau Center, is a mental health non-profit organization based in Mountain View, California. Since 1994, Acknowledge Alliance has been focused on creating classrooms where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. As a mental health pioneer, we partner with educators and other caring adults in their school setting to support the social and emotional needs of youth as well as the adults, and the well-being of school communities.

Function
The Resilience Consultant’s role will provide support in service of the social-emotional wellbeing of teachers and school staff. Several positions are open from one half-day (minimum) up to three days (maximum) per week. Positions are 3-7 hours each day, depending on site, and an additional 2 hours in staff meetings and agency support every other week). Locations available are Sunnyvale (elementary schools) and Redwood City (K-8 school). Additional time outside of the school day or time at the office is required for electronic communication with school or agency staff.

Responsibilities
The Resilience Consultant will
• Provide school-based mental health consultation services primarily for the adults on campus, drawing on resilience theory, SEL, and practices in mindfulness, gratitude, positive psychology, restorative justice, and equity
• Support evaluation gathering process
• Contribute to Resilience Consultation Program (RCP) team meetings on every other Tuesday mornings
• Potentially develop and co-facilitate professional development sessions for teachers
• Attend all-agency staff meetings twice per year (October and February)

Required Education and Experience
LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, or license-eligible; may also be pursuing higher degree. Equivalent experience also accepted (e.g., PPS credentialing). Associate supervision hours will be available. Clinical experience working in a school setting is required.

Desired Skills and Expectations
The qualified Resilience Consultant will have
• Knowledge of counseling for both children/adolescents and adults
• Understanding of or exposure to social emotional learning, pro-social behaviors, positive psychology, and mindfulness
• Understanding of family systems theory
• Ability to manage a variety of personalities and complex relationships
• Awareness of cultural implications in counseling
• Adherence to confidentiality within complex systems
• Belief and practice of strengths-based work with clients
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program staff, including responding to communications
• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
• Experience with technology, including office/ cloud-based applications

Terms of Employment
This position is an hourly, part-time, fixed-term, non-benefited position that extends with a term end date of June 30, 2019. This position has the potential for continuous employment. Salary is competitive based on the non-profit salary survey.

How to Apply
Applications accepted until the position is filled. You may submit your resume and cover letter to Sarah Kremer, Director, Resilience Consultation Program, at sarah@acknowledgealliance.org


Resilience Consultant
(SEL facilitation focus)

1-3 days per week
(flexible)

Applications accepted until filled

Background
Acknowledge Alliance, formerly the Cleo Eulau Center, is a mental health non-profit organization based in Mountain View, California. Since 1994, Acknowledge Alliance has been focused on creating classrooms where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. As a mental health pioneer, we partner with educators and other caring adults in their school setting to support the social and emotional needs of youth as well as the adults, and the well-being of school communities.

Function
The Resilience Consultant with a focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) facilitation will provide support in service of the wellbeing of students and teachers through delivery of our original curriculum in classrooms. Facilitation will be with an elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) and/or middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grades). Over the course of the school year, the Resilience Consultant at an elementary school leads 10 lessons in each contracted classroom; the Resilience Consultant at a middle school leads 7 lessons in each contracted classroom. This position also include meeting with the teachers for an initial session to orient them to and schedule the lessons; observing the classroom of each teacher; providing support to teachers as needed during the days onsite; and potentially providing an overview of the SEL program to parents with the support of Acknowledge Alliance program staff. Two half-days of mandatory training is provided prior to start and ongoing supervision is provided through individual and/or group supervision meetings twice a month. Additional half-day meetings over the course of the year are required. Additional time outside of the school day or time at the office is required for electronic communication with school or agency staff.

Responsibilities
The Resilience Consultant will
• Facilitate lessons from Acknowledge Alliance’s SEL curriculum (10 lessons for elementary, 7 for middle), drawing on resilience theory, SEL, and practices in mindfulness, gratitude, positive psychology, restorative justice, and equity
• Support evaluation gathering process
• Potentially co-facilitate an orientation presentation for parents
• Contribute to Resilience Consultation Program (RCP) team meetings on every other Tuesday mornings
• Attend all-agency staff meetings 2 times per year (optional)

Required Education and Experience
LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, or license-eligible; may also be pursuing higher degree. Equivalent experience also accepted (e.g., PPS credentialing). Associate supervision hours will be available. Clinical experience working in a school setting is required. Bilingual Spanish desired.

Desired Skills and Expectations
The qualified Resilience Consultant candidate will have
• Knowledge of counseling for both children/adolescents and adults
• Understanding of or exposure to social emotional learning, pro-social behaviors, positive psychology, and mindfulness
• Experience with delivering lessons or presenting to groups
• Knowledge of family or other systems theory
• Awareness of cultural implications in counseling
• Adherence to confidentiality within complex systems
• Belief and practice of strengths-based work with clients
• Ability to manage a variety of personalities and complex relationships
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program staff, including responding to communications
• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
• Experience with technology, including office/ cloud-based applications

Terms of Employment
This position is an hourly, part-time, fixed-term, non-benefited position that extends with a term end date of June 30, 2019. This position has the potential for continuous employment. Salary is competitive based on the non-profit salary survey.

How to Apply
Applications accepted until the position is filled. You may submit your resume and cover letter to Sarah Kremer, Director, Resilience Consultation Program, at sarah@acknowledgealliance.org