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As Massachusetts Youth Lacrosse continues to grow, we have identified a need to identify world class talent to help lead our Sport, Community and Organization to the next level.

Please find the below Job descriptions for current openings.  Please submit resume and cover letter to . The following positions are currently available and we are actively recruiting for qualified candidates:

 

Executive Director – Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL)

Location:

Massachusetts TBD

Category:

Nonprofit

Position Title:

Executive Director

Reports to:

The MBYLL Board of Directors:

  • Direct Weekly Report to MBYLL Board of Directors President
  • Monthly Report to Board of Directors as part of monthly board meeting 

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

MBYLL History and Mission:

With more than 15,000 members located throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, the MBYLL is a member and donor-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The MBYLL is a leader and model program for community youth lacrosse in the United States.  Founded more than 29 years ago, the MBYLL promotes, first and foremost, its Classic program, in which all players participate in games on evenly balanced teams, based on a player’s grade, age, skill, size, and experience.  Teams play a local game schedule against other town-based programs in their region. The MBYLL Classic program does not have "A" and "B" or "stacked" teams, nor standings and playoffs at any level. It is about development and learning to love the game.

The MBYLL Select League is a supplementary town-based playing opportunity that offers advanced players a more competitive level of play.  All Select program players must participate fully in the MBYLL Classic program and be in good standing with the Classic coach and league.  The Select league has division-based standings, playoffs, a championship, and All-Star games.

MBYLL coaches are trained and certified to be teachers of the game and role models, focused on player development, teamwork, and learning the fundamentals.  The MBYLL is open to all towns, cities, and certain geographical areas. We strive to always provide a safe, enjoyable learning experience for all participants in an environment not swept up in the pressure-filled, win-at-all-cost mania too common in youth sports. 

MBYLL leadership, programs, players, coaches, and spectators are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and to honor the creator’s game, always.  

The MBYLL also seeks to establish programs in towns and cities where lacrosse has not been played historically.  The MBYLL strives to make lacrosse accessible to all young men and women throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through education, training, assistance, mentorship, and financial assistance. 

Job Description:

The Executive Director reports to and serves at the discretion of the MBYLL Board of Directors. All actions taken by the Executive Director are in service of the MBYLL Mission and its nonprofit, service organization mandate. While the Executive Director must have latitude to direct and operationalize the day-to-day functions of the organization, maintaining good communication and relationships with MBYLL Board members is critical to the success of this position. Trust from the Board of MBYLL extended to the Executive Director, will allow for the flexibility to show leadership and independent decision making critical to a thriving, forward thinking, successful organization. The pursuit of organizational goals must consider both near and long-term strategic aims.  

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and oversight of MBYLL operations. The position provides strategic and operational leadership for the organization and works with the professional management team to implement policies and directives, as well as develop and execute mission priorities.

The Executive Director will provide leadership to the MBYLL professional staff, oversee, and develop staff structure, assure the Board of Directors is well informed of strategies and challenges, and direct the organization’s financial function, including the development and oversight of the annual operations budget.

The Executive Director will directly manage and provide effective supervision to all of the MBYLL professional and volunteer staff.  The Executive Director is responsible for the job performance of all professional staff, as well as any personnel or human resource issues that may arise.

This position represents an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with extensive organizational leadership experience to greatly affect the development and expansion of the character, mind, body and spirit of youth in our Commonwealth. This is delivered through the great sport of lacrosse and the lacrosse community in Massachusetts and beyond. We aspire to have an effect on children, who when grown, have become lifelong lovers of our great sport and recognize, as Native Americans do, the powerful “medicine” this sport provides. The MBYLL is particularly interested in a candidate who uses critical thinking, and their educated and experienced perspective, to respectfully challenge established norms, enrich the diversity of those playing lacrosse, and who has a plan to make the lacrosse community stronger and accessible to everyone.

Job Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will:

  • Lead the development, execution, evaluation, and analysis of established policies, operational goals, and strategic priorities.
  • Develop and implement short-term (1 to 3 year) and long-term (5+ years) strategic and operating plans to advance and grow the organization, guided by MBYLL Board Strategic Planning Initiatives.
  • Plan and prioritize accordingly to anticipate future opportunities and challenges for the sport of lacrosse in Massachusetts.
  • Ensure the strategic and operational goals of MBYLL are achieved, including servicing our town-based programs, volunteers, players, and parents. 
  • Maintain development and oversight of training, education, and a plan to develop year-round opportunities to play lacrosse. 
  • Oversight with responsibility to the Board of Directors concerning: MBYLL finances, marketing, communications, membership, website-platform functionality, philanthropy, lacrosse community outreach, and overall lacrosse operations.
  • Demonstrate strong financial management and leadership experience in the development and execution of the MBYLL’s annual operating budget in collaboration with the Director of Finance, and Board of Directors Treasurer, including ongoing exploration of additional and new sources of revenue.
  • Oversee Development and implementation of annual budget consistent with MBYLL’s strategic and operational goals. Ensure appropriate financial reporting processes, audits, tax filings and financial oversight procedures are in place.
  • Oversee revenue and cost streams to ensure MBYLL maintains its Non-Profit status and a healthy financial position. Ensure that all regulatory and compliance reporting deadlines are met (non-profit status, financial, etc.)
  • Lead fundraiser efforts and serve a primary role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and grants for the MBYLL and its town-based programs.
  • Provides leadership in the development and evolution of staff structure, efficiency, and performance. Establish and maintain a positive organizational culture rooted in the values of the MBYLL and identify solutions for building a strong, resilient, and motivated workforce.
  • Foster a positive and cohesive organizational culture that resonates across different programs, staff, coaches, volunteers, and players alike.
  • Attend Organization Functions and Monthly Board Meetings
  • Provide daily leadership to the staff responsible for operations, programs, and administration. Design and institute processes and procedures to allow for smooth workflow and communication.
  • Ensure an organizational structure that optimizes effectiveness and maximizes resources across programming and operations. Oversee the recruitment, development, and retention of organizational talent in staff positions necessary to deliver strategic goals.
  • Evaluate and optimize MBYLL program offerings in the context of the lacrosse landscape and offerings of peer organizations to meet long-term MBYLL goals and community needs. Develop and track program targets and success metrics.
  • Develop a strong MBYLL brand with comprehensive marketing and communications that will engage and excite our current members and attract new members, including but not limited to the MBYLL website, social media platforms, sponsored tournaments, and community events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and strategic partnerships with national youth sports organizations, state associations, leagues, neighboring youth sports organizations, and other youth sports leaders.
  • Manage and attempt to mitigate organizational risk, known and unknown threats, while working with the MBYLL Board of Directors, the MBYLL Human Resources and staff, legal counsel, and insurance agencies. 
  • Comply with all local, state, and federal legal requirements
  • Assist in the investigation of allegations, grievances, or complaints submitted to MBYLL, present findings, and make recommendations as necessary to the appropriate MBYLL officials.
  • Responsible for providing the Board of Directors with monthly reports and updates and will serve as a trusted advisor of the highest integrity to the Board of Directors. 
  • Provide insightful counsel to the Board of Directors with respect to the MBYLL operations and execution of organizational priorities and policy.
  • Implement Board policies and directives. Support all aspects of Board governance, including volunteer candidate identification, Board education, and ongoing engagement of Board members.
  • Provide ongoing counsel and support to Board-appointed committees, subcommittees, and other components of the organization’s governance structure.
  • Attend Board meetings and regional meetings to provide feedback and guidance to the board members and town-based programs.
  • Serve as a primary spokesperson and ambassador for the MBYLL and the sport of lacrosse in Massachusetts. 
  • Serve as a primary MBYLL representative, attending relevant meetings with regional, national, and international lacrosse, government, and private industry organizations to foster collaboration and advance the MBYLL’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • The position will require travel, with the approval of the Board of Directors, to represent and advance the sport of lacrosse and the MBYLL Mission and priorities.
  • Will provide a plan to establish and manage an MBYLL foundation to support lacrosse-based causes, non-profits, and charities.
  • Once established, will provide leadership and counsel to the Board of Directors in all aspects of its operations and support foundation initiatives.
  • Provide a foundation fundraising plan to increase philanthropic support from an array of individuals, corporations, and foundation sources. 

Desired Qualifications:

The Executive Director will meet the following qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience as a member of the executive leadership team of a sports organization, national nonprofit organization, or similar business with an extensive operational scope.
  • Data-driven decision-maker.
  • Creative, critical, and innovative thinker.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • A strong commitment to the values of team sport and the mission of the MBYLL.
  • A visionary leader with demonstrated success in setting and achieving goals.
  • A record of leadership in promoting a fair and balanced workplace, celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.
  • Awareness of and passion for the need to actively develop inclusivity throughout the sport of lacrosse.
  • Proven success scaling business operations of a midsized company or nonprofit organization while managing multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated achievement in building, retaining, motivating, and leading staff.
  • Charismatic, natural leader with a passion for the sport of Lacrosse.
  • A record of empowering and developing employees.
  • A proven record of maintaining a positive work and life balance and culture for employees.
  • A visionary and strategic innovator with a record of achieving organizational strategic goals.
  • A compelling spokesperson and relationship builder across sectors (business, non-profit) and stakeholders (leagues/associations, donor community).
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills with demonstrated experience establishing and building effective, collaborative relationships with a Board of Directors, as well as a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Evening and weekend work and travel will be required.