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Go For Broke National Education Center – Los Angeles, California

Overview
Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is a non-profit organization based in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California. Our mission is to educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry. "Go For Broke" was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an Army unit comprised of Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland United States. For high-rolling gamblers in Hawaii in the 1940s, it was slang for "shooting the works," or risking everything for the big win. For the Nisei soldiers, "go for broke" meant that they would put everything on the line to win the war against the Germans in Europe and the war against racial prejudice at home. Today, we find our mission, our values and message of inclusion and equity are more relevant to our society than ever.

POSITION:

Vice President, Operations & Programs is a newly created position at Go For Broke, and is an important part of the organization’s plan to expand its reach and impact.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The VP of Operations and Programs is a member of the senior leadership team, along with the Vice President, Development, which directly reports to the President/CEO. This position will provide oversight, direction and leadership of GFBNEC’s daily operations, strategizing and implementing financial, operational and programmatic processes and systems that enable the organization to meet its mission. A key role of the Vice President, Operations and Programs is to ensure the organization staff function collaboratively, are individually accountable, and are supportive of one another. The Vice President is a trusted leader that models the values of the organization while ensuring high performance and the achievement of strategic goals and promoting a culture of on-going innovation, learning and growth.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Legal & Financial - Direct the organization’s overall financial and accounting practices; oversee financial operations and reporting, including policies and standards, budgeting, audit, tax, general accounting, and financial controls. Ensure the organization’s legal and fiscal responsibilities are upheld, and appropriately communicated, and that insurance policies are adequate to protect the assets of the organization.

Facilities & Organization Assets - Oversee building and property leases and contracts, as well as the maintenance of the GFBNEC Monument and office building. Represent the organization in engaging local community groups working to improve, maintain or expand Little Tokyo. Oversee purchases, implementation and maintenance of furniture, equipment and software.

Human Resources – Supervise and support the HR Manager; ensure updated, consistent, and legally-correct human resources practices; cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation and creativity.

Education & Exhibits – provide project management, implementation support, monitoring and accountability in the programs, including traveling exhibits, public programs and enhancements to the current exhibition; develop collaborative relationships and program partnerships, and negotiate contracts with program partners and other organizations.

Organizational - Partner with and support the President/CEO and Vice President, Development, as needed. Lead the annual planning and strategic planning process; oversee implementation and spearhead monitoring and reporting progress to the board. Provide support to the Board of Directors, Board of Governors, and Ambassadors Circle.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Evidence of an understanding of and passion for the Japanese American experience and the important contributions to civil society, including the World War II Nisei veteran story
  • At least 5 years of successful financial and administrative management experience in a nonprofit setting or as a small business owner
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain a staff team including the ability to capitalize on the strengths of team members and promote their growth and development to their potential
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking experience
  • Fiscal management acumen; nonprofit financial experience preferred
  • Experience in negotiating and developing contracts
  • Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite
  • Project Management Skills; strong planning, organizational, and management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree

ADDITIONAL QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Analytical, innovative thinker
  • Diplomatic and a motivational leader comfortable in a relatively flat hierarchy and highly collegial culture
  • Effective use of judgment and discretion, especially in determining matters of importance and information of use to other staff and leaders
  • Experience with working effectively with a Board of Directors
  • Awareness of military protocol preferred
  • Experience with working with grants and nonprofit organizations preferred
  • Advanced degree or certification in project management or a related field

Go For Broke National Education Center offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

  • Market-rate salary
  • Individual health, dental and vision care
  • Free parking
  • 401K plan with organizational match

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter, demonstrating your interest and qualifications, as well as your salary requirements to jobs@goforbroke.org.

GFBNEC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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