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Project Director - Influence the Choice - City of Issaquah ( Job # 18-0075)

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Minimum Salary: $49,000.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $55,000.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Office of Sustainability
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Monday, October 29, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The following position is not with the City of Issaquah, but is a contract position with one of our community partners, Influence the Choice. See below for more information about this excellent opportunity to serve the Issaquah community!

Reporting to the Executive Board, the Project Director will provide strategic leadership, creativity, management, and direction for Influence the Choice, and pursue a clear and impactful vision for the organization. This is an exciting time to join Influence the Choice as Project Director, as the organization is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is developing into a regional organization promoting the health of young people. There is significant opportunity to impact the community, and to develop the organization. Candidates with substance abuse prevention backgrounds and/or fundraising and marketing experience are highly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and leader who brings energy, strategic vision, and drive to the mission of the coalition.

Influence the Choice is a community-based coalition with a mission of promoting the mental, physical and social health of middle school- through high school-aged youth. Their primary source of revenue is a five-year federal Drug Free Community grant, starting in the fall of 2018 through the fall of 2023. They are currently working toward their non-profit status, and are currently fiscal agents of the City of Issaquah. Visit their website or contact Barb de Michele for more information.

Essential Functions
  1. The title for this contract position is Project Director for Influence the Choice.  For the purposes of the federal grant, the selected individual will also serve as the Project Coordinator for the Drug Free Community grant.
  2. The Project Director shall have the following duties:
  • Assist coalition members in successfully implementing the annual action map;
  • Actively promote and improve the cultural competency of the members, board and staff;
  • Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization including fundraising, writing grants, and designing and managing funding campaigns;
  • Recruit, manage and honor volunteers from throughout the greater Issaquah area, and from diverse community groups, for membership and engagement in related activities;
  • Promote active, broad, and meaningful participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work;
  • Working with the board, ensure that Influence the Choice is participating in appropriate and impactful advocacy work that promotes youth mental, physical and social health;
  • Actively promote the inclusion of youths in every appropriate aspect of Influence the Choice operations and ensure that youth voices are heard and appreciated throughout the community;
  • Enhance Influence the Choice’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations;
  • Develop and maintain governance instruments, including sub-committee structures, by-laws, working rules, and personnel policies and procedures;
  • Select and supervise contractors and consultants;
  • Foster positive relationships through consistent, open, and direct communications with the public, community organizations and individuals;
  • Plan and facilitate Influence the Choice board, committee and community meetings, including securing meeting venues, preparing agendas, preparing meeting materials, sending reminders and so forth;
  • Participate in the implementation of a rigorous assessment program;
  • Prepare required DFC documents for review and approval by the City of Issaquah, and ensure that all DFC reporting requirements are met;
  • Directly manage all other municipal, regional, state and federal grants awarded to Influence the Choice, including ensuring capacity and ability to meet all requirements.
  1. This position will be responsible for working with Influence the Choice’s fiscal agent, the City of Issaquah, in a mutually productive manner.
  2. This position will be responsible for maintaining internal fiscal controls, checks and balances for developing Influence the Choice into a viable and sustainable non-profit organization.
  3. Personal qualities for this position include:
  • Commitment to making a positive measurable impact for the youth of the greater Issaquah and Eastside communities;
  • The ability to work successfully with a broad array of community leaders;
  • A demonstrated ability to solve problems in collaboration with others working within carefully defined or restrained environments;
  • A demonstrated ability to work responsibly without frequent direct supervision;
  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills, with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Confidence to question current practices and develop continuous improvement ideas;
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications skills with the ability to make persuasive presentations;
  • Proven ability to resolve complex interpersonal and inter-organizational challenges;
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies, donor relations, grant writing, and developing other resources necessary to support the agency mission;
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence as well as for press purposes, grants, solicitation letters, and campaign copy.
The qualifications, skills, and knowledge for this position include:
  • A degree or related experience in chemical dependency prevention, fundraising or non-profit management, preferably with a youth-serving organization;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and running a complex organization;
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, managing and honoring volunteers;
  • Living, working, or having a significant affiliation with the greater Issaquah community, which includes the cities of Sammamish, Issaquah, Newcastle, Bellevue and Renton, the Issaquah, Lake Washington and Renton school districts, as well as unincorporated King County and adjacent communities;
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary;
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check;
  • Maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and valid insurance.


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