Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens. Thread weaves a new social fabric by connecting students, university and community-based volunteers, and collaborators. By radically and permanently reconfiguring the social support structure of all involved, Thread breaks the cycle of crime, poor educational and economic outcomes and replaces it with a new cycle of educational attainment, service and social well-being. Thread is changing the fabric of Baltimore – and the future.
One of Thread's key strategic goals is to maintain exemplary outcomes, while serving as many students as possible, as quickly as possible. For more than a decade, Thread has grown responsibly while systemically building capacity to support organizational growth. During our all-volunteer phase (2004-2009), Thread’s rate of student enrollment was ~5 students per year. In 2010, we expanded and began enrolling ~30 students per year (one cohort of 16 students at two sites). In FY15, Thread expanded once again and increased our rate of student enrollment by 50% to ~50 students per year (one cohort of 16 students at three sites).
Ultimately, we plan to have 3,000 students in Baltimore enrolled in Thread, which would require six to seven high school sites, each with an annual enrollment of 30-80 students supported by more than 7,000 volunteers. High school site and volunteer hub recruitment will focus on alignment with our broad vision for change: connecting Baltimore’s civic, economic, and educational sectors through strong individual relationships to create a community where everyone thrives.
ABOUT THE ROLE - VP OF SYSTEMS, OPERATIONS, AND FINANCE
In this role, you have an incredible opportunity to pioneer and scale up our ever-growing organization. You will be a member of our 6-person executive team, and will collectively drive our team to strategically innovate and build upon our current organization processes and systems.
You’ll dive in and absorb all the inner workings of the organization to fully understand the current team, how the organization structure has evolved over time, and how our strategic goals influence priorities. Using your experience and expertise, you will then shift into action to create a vision for how Thread will shift structure, reorganize, and reprioritize in order to continue to grow our reach and improve our product at the pace required to hit our strategic goals.
You’ll be into the details and meticulously on top of things. You’ll stay incredibly organized with various competing priorities. As a natural planner, you will keep our team committed to timelines and trackable outcomes, balancing efficiency with strategy.
The VP of Systems, Operations, and Finance reports to the CEO, sits on the executive team, and will have 5 direct reports and 1 indirect report.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE..
Executive Team Process, Project & Performance Management
Organizational and Team Leadership
Operations & Administration
WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE...
HOW WILL WE KNOW YOU’RE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE ROLE?
Please complete the following very simple application. Priority will be given to those applications submitted by July 13th; therefore we encourage you to submit yours soon!
Candidates that meet the minimum experience will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions.
The overall hiring process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:
If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email us at email@example.com. If you plan on applying we encourage you to read our theory of change below. We look forward to reading your application!
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE AND HOW YOU FIT IN….
1) Thread believes – and urges others to believe – that empathetic and enduring relationships are our society’s most essential form of wealth. This conviction stems from the understanding that at some point in each of our lives we have all felt alone. For some, this sense of isolation is momentary; for others, it lasts a lifetime. However long it lasts, it leaves unfulfilled our very human need to connect with and matter to others. We experience the “poverty of isolation.”
Thread believes that, by cultivating relationships that transcend racial and socioeconomic barriers – and by creatively building unconventional families and communities not defined by DNA and addresses – we can overcome the poverty of isolation and, in its place, establish a wealth of human connection permanently linked by unconditional love and support. Thread understands that children growing up in concentrated poverty need more than just improved financial resources or better classrooms; they need the same unassailable support and deep interpersonal bonds that we all need. Thread builds these bonds for students, volunteers, collaborators and staff.
2) The critical insight on how to reduce intergenerational poverty is that Thread both facilitates relationships between students, their families, volunteers, and collaborators and weaves a new social fabric for everyone involved. Everyone in Thread is encouraged to break down the artificial divide between "us" and "them." Thread continuously looks for opportunities to bring together diverse groups of people to engage in collective problem-solving.
3) By connecting the leaders of today and tomorrow—our students, their families, volunteers, collaborators and staff—Thread amasses a cadre of adaptable, resilient, and tenacious agents of change that paves the way for a wide variety of broader systemic shifts. This is the new civil rights movement—a quiet revolution that has the power to transform our country.