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Senior Director of Community Based Initiatives in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 1/11/2019

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Job Description

Community Based Initiatives is a division of BakerRipley that builds on the unique economic and social assets of individuals and their neighborhoods, moving them to self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. Largely supported by private philanthropic investment, our community-based programs engage and connect individuals to the resources that meet their emerging needs and aspirations. We provide a continuum of services including family health and wellness, neighborhood disaster response, immigration and citizenship services, financial initiatives and programs for youth and seniors.


The Senior Director of Community Based Initiatives is responsible for overseeing the successful implementation, growth, sustainability and strategic alignment of programs in the Community Based Initiatives division. The position provides leadership and expertise in operations and organizational management, strategic planning, and program and community development for the division. The Senior Director of Community Based Initiatives leads the work of all programs in the division, including but not limited to, economic opportunity, immigration and citizenship, and neighborhood disaster response.


 Organizational Management

  • Establishes the fundamental direction, strategies and operational practices that allow the division to accomplish its objectives while remaining responsive to community
  • Directs the development and assessment of programs from design to implementation to evaluation in order to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards
  • Directs the visioning, planning and implementation of multiple expansion or new capital projects as they arise
  • Directs the assessment and performance of staff across the division; establishes performance requirements and personal development goals; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and professional development
  • Supports staff with project management, planning and implementing high level special projects that may involve internal and external groups
  • Establishes a communication and action plan to address and resolve sensitive and contentious issues
  • Manages programmatic financial responsibilities effectively
  • Ensures that sound financial controls are in place and works closely with executive leadership to set budget priorities while maintaining high levels of quality and service delivery in the neighborhoods we serve
  • Ensures continued effective compliance systems and practices; facilitates appropriate response and improvements necessitated by program monitoring and audit requirements 

Strategic Planning

  • Responsible for the development, alignment and forecasting of strategic community development initiatives across all programs and neighborhoods
  • Works with executive leadership in the establishment of new initiatives and partnerships
  • Develops and implements strategies that diversify program funding streams and maximize fundraising opportunities
  • Collaborates with grant and development teams on proposals and applications that are in line with the division’s strategic plans and initiatives
  • Directs the work of the neighborhood disaster response team, ensuring that the agency has the operating manuals, toolkits, and partnership agreements in place needed to effective respond to natural disasters of varying scale

Business Development

  • Maintains positive and productive relationships with partner agencies, community based organizations, local units of government and professional and business organizations
  • Serves in a lead role as a key member of the neighborhood disaster response team, supporting response strategies such as neighborhood restoration centers and temporary residential shelters
  • Represents the division at high level meetings, both internal and external
  • Participates as an active and contributing member of agency cross- functional committees and teams such as the Directors Leadership Team

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in related field required: Master’s degree preferred


Minimum 8 years of related experience required


  • Strategic planning and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities
  • Budget management


Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office


English, written and oral