The QTI Group has been exclusively retained by The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin to recruit for their next Executive Director. As the First Tee of South Central Wisconsin enters an expansive and exciting phase in its history, the next Executive Director will provide leadership and direction to fulfill the organization’s mission. Reporting to and partnering with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the First Tee of South Central Wisconsin’s staff, programs, budget, fund development, expansion and execution of the mission. The Board sees the next phase as a period of sustained growth with the goal of finding a permanent home and facility in Dane County for programming, administration, and operations. The Chapter will likely enter a capital campaign in the next 1-3 years, and the new Executive will play an integral role in executing this bold initiative.
The Executive Director will be a highly visible member of the community, representing the First Tee of South Central Wisconsin throughout the region. The next leader will embody the First Tee’s strong commitment to its youth and will promote the organization throughout the community, accelerating its impact, resource development and brand recognition.
This position has multiple direct reports including the Program Director, LC Outreach Director, Development Director, and Accounting Manager, in addition to oversight of all staff and volunteers in the organization (~20 and ~250, respectively).
Attributes, Experience and Education
Passion for the Mission
Demonstrated passion for the mission of the First Tee with a personal interest in youth development.
Care deeply about the youth in south central Wisconsin; actively promote ways to empower youth to succeed in life.
Actively and strategically seek partnerships and build coalitions with other organizations, institutions and leaders on behalf of the strategic vision of the organization.
Embrace the First Tee’s spirit, while continually innovating to help expand its brand and reach
Will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.
Leader in Development
Demonstrated or emergent leader in the field of development, playing the organization’s lead role in fundraising.
Ability to work in close collaboration with the Board and staff to identify, approach and cultivate partners and donors to help advance the organization’s objectives.
Possess a strong orientation towards data and analysis and an ability to use metrics to drive development decisions and achieve strategic objectives.
Experience expanding and deepening new and existing donor support through an entrepreneurial approach.
Commitment to building strong brand equity and awareness, continually seeking opportunities to promote the First Tee of South Central Wisconsin.
Strategic Leader & Charismatic Ambassador
Strategic leader who, with the Board, will set and articulate a vision for the organization’s growth.
Charismatic, results-oriented leader responsible for effectively conveying the First Tee’s mission and priorities to a range of constituents.
Act as the external voice of the organization, laying the groundwork for the organization’s expansion to its current supporting community and future stakeholders, including donors, the Board, staff, partners, youth and parents.
A dynamic, energetic and credible leader who evaluates outcomes with a metrics-based approach.
Possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills; will have a track record of motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through teamwork.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in program evaluation and development.
Strong financial and operational experience to continually improve First Tee of South Central Wisconsin’s programs and outcomes. Proven successful track record in staff management, development and Board relations.
Demonstrated experience working in a highly adaptive model during a period of expansion.
Must be hands-on, agile and versatile, with an ability to switch gears at any moment; will have a track record of motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through creativity and teamwork and of leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.
Internal Number: _3221
About The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin
First Tee of South Central Wisconsin, a division of Champions4Kids, Inc. was founded in 2003 under the name Madison Metropolitan Youth Golf Initiative, Inc., (MMYGI) a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. From the beginning, the Initiative dedicated its work to positive youth development through the game of golf. With a seed grant from the Yahara Hills Golf Association, a summer program was launched for 10 youth comprised of golf lessons followed by 9-hole rounds of golf with adult mentors who reinforced the etiquette and rules of the game and encouraged the kids in the development of life skills such as integrity, respect, and perseverance. By 2010, the Initiative had partnered with the City of Madison and Nine Springs Golf Course in Fitchburg, WI, and with the cooperation of several PGA professionals, golf course proprietors, and dozens of mentors, was serving more than 200 youth.