Founded in 1992, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to support empowering youth-adult relationships throughout Massachusetts. The organization’s vision is that every young person has the opportunity to be involved in empowering youth-adult relationships to create more vibrant and resilient communities. Headquartered in Boston and with a regional office in Holyoke, MMP serves a network of more than 250 mentoring and youth development programs statewide, supporting more than 33,000 youth in mentoring relationships. MMP is the state affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.
Overview of the Organization and Programs
MMP works to expand quality youth-adult relationships across the Commonwealth through a framework of Relationships In Action which includes the following components:
- Study and document the many ways in which mentors and adult role models can improve the lives of young people and partner with organizations and communities at large to assess the needs of young people and our states’ ability to meet those needs, when, and where, it matters the most.
- Offer training and technical assistance and knowledge sharing to develop and build the capacity of the youth-serving organizations that foster positive relationships with adults. Also, direct state and private resources toward individuals and organizations that are helping to meet unmet needs in the community.
- Help organizations, schools, state agencies and business collaborate to foster adult role models and mentoring relationships throughout the State. Together, MMP is creating a powerful network that will bring more engaged adults into the lives of young people and create a prosperous future for everyone.
- Through an ever-growing network, MMP is making the case for the importance of positive relationships with adults in the lives of young people in Massachusetts, as well as the future of our community as a whole.
MMP believes, among other things, that mentoring is something happens in every positive and inspiring relationship between a young person and an adult, not just in specific program or organization. As a result, MMP partners with a variety of agencies including established mentoring programs, youth serving organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and academic institutions to strengthen the program and organizational practices that contribute to the resiliency of youth, families and communities.
Programmatic support to its network is provided through:
- Quality Based Membership, a quality assurance process that provides an "indicator of quality" for mentoring programs in Massachusetts to help them benchmark their program practices against national standards of excellence.
- Training and Technical Assistance, working with mentoring and youth-serving programs to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity, identify resources for start-up and on-going operations, and provide customized strategies on how to implement and sustain a quality program that benefits mentors, youth and the organization.
- The Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring, an AmeriCorps program driving human capital to mentoring programs across Massachusetts to extend and deepen MMP’s impact, especially in underserved areas.
- Success Mentors, bringing the power of relationships into classrooms, propelling students forward in Boston Public Schools, along with an evidence-based and data-driven model and support system, to ensure real progress can be attained and the achievement gap is narrowed to reach more equitable outcomes.
MMP also plays a leading role in facilitating advocacy for and mobilizing program partners in campaigns that protect and increase state and federal funding opportunities for youth mentoring programs and provides technical assistance for programs applying for public sector grants. The organization manages the first Mentoring line item in the Massachusetts State Budget and supports its network by providing significant information and frequent updates about the state and federal budget processes.
MMP has an operating budget of approximately $2.7 million, employs 16 staff members and manages 25 AmeriCorps volunteers. MMP is overseen by a board of directors currently comprised of 17 members from the business, financial and education sectors.
Beth Fraster, MMP’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer is currently serving as interim President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). MMP’s prior CEO, Marty Martinez, left the organization in December, 2017 to be the Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston. A six-member hiring committee comprised of board representatives has been appointed to manage the transition.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
MMP is seeking a passionate, mission-driven President and Chief Executive Officer with the experience and vision to lead the organization in the next chapter of its story. High priorities for the next President and CEO include:
- Preserving and enhancing the important relationships with key funders, sponsors and policymakers.
- Cultivating and maintaining a strong public presence with diverse audiences, including policy makers, nonprofit and business leaders, and the general public to build powerful coalitions in support of the organization’s mission and goals.
- Developing and implementing a fundraising strategy that supports MMP’s strategic direction and continues to diversify revenue streams.
- Leading the development of the organization’s next strategic plan. By the end 2018, the organization will complete its current strategic plan, one that has resulted in an expanded reach, and increases in budget and staff.
- Determining and implementing the appropriate staffing and infrastructure to support current operations and future growth.
- Managing staff using best practices of accountability, priority setting, diversity, inclusiveness, and delegation; empowering staff to maximize their performance; and creating a fulfilling culture of continuous development and improvement.
The Ideal Candidate
The next President and Chief Executive Officer of MMP will be passionate and mission-driven, an outstanding communicator and a proven leader who is able to inspire and work effectively with staff, board members and multiple stakeholders. In addition to the strategic and operational acumen required of every nonprofit leader, this position requires the President and Chief Executive Officer to be a hands-on operational manager as well as fundraiser, community face of the organization, and relationship builder.
Bachelor’s degree required; equivalent work and life experience will be considered; Master’s degree preferred.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible nonprofit senior leadership or management experience is sought, within either a high-performing direct service program, or intermediary nonprofit organization.
MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff of professionals who are motivated to address diversity issues within our own work and constituencies with whom we work. Candidates of color, bilingual and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
To achieve maximum impact for MMP, the President and Chief Executive Officer should possess the following skills and experience:
- Passion for Mission – Have a genuine passion for and a strong commitment to increasing public awareness for supporting disadvantaged youth and youth programming. This will also include an intellectual curiosity and dedication to understanding emerging trends, innovations and issues in the sector.
- Exceptional Communicator – Be an engaging and motivating spokesperson with excellent communication skills, who can powerfully articulate the purpose, contribution and impact of the youth development sector in a variety of settings and with diverse audiences, including staff, board members, external partners, donors, the public, the press and elected and appointed officials.
- Politically Astute Networker, Thought Leader and Influencer – Have strong interest and skill in creating an external presence and strategy for MMP, inclusive of networking with political, business and nonprofit leaders throughout the Commonwealth. Must be a passionate public face for the agency, with the charisma to navigate vast networks, be prominent and impactful, connecting at the community level while simultaneously influencing policy environments.
- Collaborator and Bridge Builder – Have a deep understanding of diverse communities and leadership of a social justice organization and the skills to forge collaborative relationships and partnerships with policy makers, nonprofit leaders, business leaders, MMP’s network of partners and the general public.
- Effective Fundraiser and Resource Manager – Be adept at raising significant funds from corporate, institutional and individual donors and other diverse funding sources and the understanding of the structure of fundraising. Experience with diversifying nonprofit revenues is a plus.
- Commitment to Social and Cultural Responsiveness – Have professional or life experience that demonstrates a genuine passion for and commitment to social justice, equity and cultural competency. In particular, have an understanding of (or eagerness to learn about) diverse communities and leadership of a social justice organization to positively affect those communities.
- Consensus Builder and Developer of Staff – Be adept at building consensus and committed to valuing contributions across departments, while also holding all accountable to high standards. In addition, be committed to investing the time, resources, and personal wisdom needed to develop and improve individual and collective practice, so the agency sustains and retains high-quality leaders, managers and staff. The President and Chief Executive Officer needs to be hands-on in grasping the work but comfortable and competent in delegating responsibility.
- Strategic Thinker – Be a forward thinker with a focus on continuous improvement and institutional sustainability. Experience in inclusive, strategic planning in a similar organization will be an asset. Have the ability to cultivate MMP’s strategic vision and partner with senior leadership to translate strategies into actionable plans and quality programming, while confidently informing innovative thought leadership and best practices to impact individualized youth development and empowering relationships.
- Effective Administrator – Have nonprofit acumen. Candidates must be adept at creating an organizational structure, optimizing staffing patterns, managing human resources, overseeing finances, complying with regulations and accountability plans, and leveraging the input and expertise of the staff and board of directors.
This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks’ Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Doris Roach. All submissions are confidential. Interested candidates should submit materials to:
Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match MMP’s needs. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.
MMP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.