Hiring Organization Information
Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, Thrivalaska is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to helping children and families thrive. For over 45 years, Thrivalaska has been a leader in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, providing a variety of holistic family-centered programs serving children birth to 12 years of age and their families. It is unique in providing a full range of wrap-around supports to families, including child care information and referral, child care assistance, and high-quality education. Additionally, Thrivalaska partners with early childhood programs to offer professional development opportunities and joins with community agencies to ensure children are supported to be ready for success in school and life.
Serving more than 6,000 children, families, and early childhood providers annually, approximately 50 dedicated staff operate four major programs with an annual budget of $4M. Thrivalaska is governed by a 14-member board of directors and is advised by a parent-led Policy Council. Thrivalaska’s stated values of education, relationships, play, resilience, best practices, and diversity are reflected throughout the organization’s culture, policies, and practices. Thrivalaska’s commitment to relationship-based practice guides its actions and decision-making. This investment in building genuine relationships with families and staff is a hallmark and strength of the organization.
Services and Programs
- Head Start Birth to Five is a comprehensive early childhood program for income-eligible families with children from birth to five years of age. Head Start builds nurturing relationships, connects families to community networks, fosters parents’ role as their child’s primary educator, and ensures school readiness by increasing the social competence of young children.
- Pearl Creek Elementary school age program (K – 6th Grade) provides engaging school-based, before- and after-school care. This fee-for-service program emphasizes social opportunities, recreational sports and age appropriate activities to support independence, literacy, science, and math.
Thrivalaska partners with thread, Alaska’s child care resource and referral network, and other early childhood advocates across Alaska to strengthen statewide support for quality early care and education. This strategic partnership with thread allows Thrivalaska to function independently while delivering thread-sponsored services under a subgrant:
- thread Resource and Referral program supports families, early educators and the community by providing resources in locating quality care, and training and technical assistance to early educators. Additionally, this program works to improve early childhood systems and generates resources that will increase the availability, quality and affordability of early care and education options in Alaska.
- thread Child Care Assistance Program is the Fairbanks area State of Alaska grantee providing financial assistance to eligible families working, going to school or looking for work, to help with child care expenses based on a sliding fee schedule.
The executive director is the internal driver and external face of Thrivalaska who oversees its day-to-day affairs. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Support the mission and core purpose of Thrivalaska – Helping Children & Families Thrive.
- Provide visionary and strategic leadership, and translate that vision into measurable strategies and concrete actions that advance the mission.
- Advocate at the local, state, and federal level for successful child and family development experiences.
- Participate actively in partnership with thread Alaska Child Care Resource and Referral Network.
- Provide leadership, management, and oversight of programs, personnel, benefits, finances, services, activities, public relations, marketing and facilities.
- Oversee the business operations of the organization and ensure fiscal responsibility and security, including grant management.
- Monitor and maintain the profitability of all Thrivalaska programs.
- Oversee the development of program budgets for submission to the Board of Directors.
- Develop and expand strategies for sustainable revenue
- Directly supervise, support, mentor, train, and evaluate leadership staff.
- Actively seek out partnerships with community members and agencies to enhance program services and resources.
- Promote positive communication and working relationships with community partners and funding agencies.
- Promote positive communication and strong working relationships with the Board of Directors, Policy Council, and advisory groups.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Demonstrated passion for early childhood education
- High emotional intelligence, with ability to create positive work relationships and environments
- A compassionate professional who is a relationship-based, respectful, inclusive, and effective leader and developer of staff
- A visionary leader who continually seeks opportunities and is open to new ideas
- A collaborative nature eager to engage and partner with the board and community
Skills and Experience
- Leadership experience in a nonprofit
- Experience administering a complex, multi-source budget, and efficiently and strategically aligning and maximizing resources required
- A bachelor’s degree in a field related to the position and/or to Thrivalaska’s mission and services required; Master’s degree preferred
- Demonstrated success in diversifying and expanding revenue streams
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships with parents/families
- Experience securing and managing grants
- Experience advocating for a cause at the local and state level
- Demonstrated experience building community relationships and partnerships
- Demonstrated skills in working effectively in partnership with a board of directors to carry out the mission of the organization
- Confident communicator with exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Familiarity with the Head Start program – its regulations and program structure, and the management of this federal grant
- Experience in and knowledge of Fairbanks, Alaska is desired