QCF is hiring an Executive Director

Queen City Forward

Overview: Queen City Forward (QCF) seeks a high-energy, passionate and innovative leader to serve as Executive Director. This is an opportunity to lead a local team, work with a strong, diverse board, develop and implement the strategic vision of a dynamic entrepreneurial organization for high social impact, and build cross collaboration with a network of change-makers throughout NC (i.e., among local and state foundations, governments, corporations and individuals) to ensure QCF’s success as an advocate, thought leader and enabler of Charlotte’s social entrepreneurial community.

QCF’s Executive Director will manage the operations and growth of Queen City Forward as it strives to encourage, enable, and scale high-impact sustainable enterprises that create enduring social change in Charlotte and beyond. The Executive Director will have a performance plan with articulated metrics and milestones that align with QCF’s vision and strategic plan. The Executive Director will report to QCF’s Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in an exceptional manner.

This list of essential job functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

Development and Promotion

  • Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Drive the development and execution of a strategic fundraising plan complete with metrics and quantifiable goals.
  • Build long term sustainability through individual and corporate giving initiatives.
  • Engage alumni, staff, board, volunteers, and donors in supporting the mission and in creating a pipeline of partnerships.
  • Oversee marketing and other communications to effectively promote QCF activities and events.
  • Develop processes to address the following areas as they relate to revenue:
    • Growth of corporate engagement
    • Growth of grants and foundational support
    • Effectiveness in seeking out PR opportunities and cultivating those media relationships
    • Maximization of events, community engagements, and partnership opportunities
  • Cultivate relationships key partners such as board members, government entities, investors, foundations and other funders, corporate entities, volunteers, other non-profit agencies, educational institutions and a variety of other constituents who support the work of QCF.
  • Position QCF as a thought leader by maintain a working knowledge and communicating significant developments and trends in the field.
  • Represent QCF programs and point of view to agencies, organizations, and the general public
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for QCF during interviews, conferences and public speaking engagements.

Strategic Planning and Board Relations

  • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  • Fully inform the Board on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Conduct organization and legal correspondence in conjunction with the board members and designated offices.

 Human Resources, Finance and Administration

  • Financial Management
    • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
    • Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Team/Staff Management
    • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
    • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
    • See that an effective team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
    • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
    • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Education, skills, and experience preferred:

  • Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven skills in fund raising and financial management
  • Deep knowledge of community needs and initiatives
  • Strong relationships across public, private, and citizen sectors
  • Passion for social entrepreneurship and systemic change
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive and project implementation experience
  • Start-up experience and know how

 Compensation: Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

All inquiries, applications and resumes should be sent to careers@queencityforward.org. Applications should include a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume.

ImpactU Demo Day: Meet Max Chinnah and Godwin Attigah

ImpactU Demo Day: Meet Max Chinnah and Godwin Attigah

Demo Day Event ImpactU Queen City Forward Social Innovation Accelerator

Meet Max Chinnah and Godwin Attigah, Co-Founders, Terraoak

Terraoak is geared toward providing clean and renewable energy solutions to the energy crisis problems in the world. We have developed a fully solar powered cooker that also stores additional power in a battery, allowing the cooker to be used at any time, unlike current solar cookers available. Terraoak.com.

Meet Max and Godwin at Demo Day!

ImpactU Demo Day is the culmination of our 10-week accelerator program for college level entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity to showcase the ideal economy at work and to celebrate the progress of these 6 socially conscious startups. Come be a part of this unique experience to get involved with innovative startups that are shaping the future.

ImpactU Demo Day
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Meet & Greet 5 – 6 pm  |  Company Pitches 6 – 8 pm
UNC Charlotte Center City

RSVP HERE To Reserve Your Spot Today

Join Us for Impact3 Demo Day

Join Us for Impact3 Demo Day

Demo Day Impact3 Queen City Forward Social Entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meet & Greet 5 – 6 pm
Company Pitches 6 – 8 pm
Johnson & Wales University Hance Auditorium

Demo Day is the culmination of our Impact3 12-week accelerator program for high-growth, high-impact social entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity to showcase the ideal economy at work in Charlotte, and to celebrate the progress of these 6 social entrepreneurs. Come be a part of this unique experience to get involved with innovative startups that are shaping the future of our city.

RSVP Here

 


IC:Food- A short story of what we could be…

Community and Neighborhoods Innovation Challenge Inspiration Queen City Forward Social Entrepreneurs

(We went into neighborhoods around Charlotte to talk about Food- food access, food entrepreneurship, healthy food, local food, all kinds of food issues, and we asked groups to create stories that described the Charlotte they wanted to live and eat in.  This is one of those stories from the Plaza/Midwood community conversation.) 

Once Upon A Time…

Food communities were disparate and isolated and were not working or talking together or united.

SO

Marie, who ran the locavore Meetup Group, which had gotten really snobby and elitist lately…

Decided to make a totally new kind of food club!

She went to Churches, Hospitals, YMCA’s, PTSA Meetings, School Cafeterias, Office Lunches, And Fancy Restaurants

And she found some AWESOME REPRESENTATIVES – The Eaters

(I Eat, You eat, We should all eat together!)

She challenged the eaters.  “Get outside your community!  Be Bold!  Be Brave!”

They started holding a monthly eaters exchange in neighborhoods, houses, cafeterias and offices.

A head eater would start bringing a group together to cook, learn and share good food together.  Every month they would host another Eater’s Exchange, or go to a new place and share food.  They met new people, learned about different cultures and cuisines, and made new friends.

Over time, those eating communities grew and spread.  They were able to use the power of social media to share cool stuff, support new groups, and coordinate action around issues that were important to them.  They created Foodie Pen Pals with other food communities, trading places with them to learn more about other cultures and food systems.

Thanks to Maria and the Eater’s Exchanges, eating food brought people together and showed everyone how to appreciate and participate in the rich culture, food diversity, and cooking talent in our community.

IC:Food- The Charlotte of tomorrow looks like…

Community and Neighborhoods Innovation Challenge Inspiration Queen City Forward Social Entrepreneurs

(We went into neighborhoods around Charlotte to talk about Food- food access, food entrepreneurship, healthy food, local food, all kinds of food issues, and we asked groups to create stories that described the Charlotte they wanted to live and eat in.  This is one of those stories from the Beatties Ford Rd. community conversation.) 

Once Upon A Time In Charlotte…

Darrien was frustrated.  He wanted to buy more local produce and organic food for his family.  He had diabetes and one of his children had food allergies that make it very important that they have access to healthy, fresh food, but his work schedule made it hard to get to the farmers market close to his house, and it required an extra trip that was hard to fit into their weekly routine.

One day Darrien was headed home after his second shift and ducked into his neighborhood 24 hour market to grab some dog food, and was stunned to see a display of fresh fruits and vegetables prominently labeled as local and organic just inside the door.  As he walked through the store, he found other locally produced meats and healthy foods also for sale.  He loaded up his cart and went home to spread the good news to his friends and neighbors.

Soon the grocery store started noticing an increase in sales, and had to start placing more orders with local farmers to keep up with the demand.  Other grocery stores noticed the trend, and started offering their own local food, and even the local gas station chain started offering locally roasted coffee and locally baked pastries, and providing a corner of their lot for local food trucks, mobile farm stands, and education booths that offered everything from cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes to cholesterol screening.

Soon, everyone knew where to go for good food, there was enough demand to support more farmers and food entrepreneurs.

And Darrien and his family were happy and healthy.

Innovation Challenge: Plenty, Solutions for Hunger > Community Conversations

Innovation Challenge: Plenty, Solutions for Hunger > Community Conversations

Innovation Challenge News Queen City Forward Social Entrepreneurs Social Topics in the News

What does it mean to be Food Insecure in our community?

What are the barriers to providing all Charlotte residents with ample, healthy, affordable food? We think there are innovative solutions in our community that can address hunger, food insecurity, food deserts, and healthy food choices, and we want your help to create those solutions. We are holding a series of conversations throughout our community on hunger, food access, and healthy food choices.

Join us for one of the upcoming Innovation Challenge: Plenty, Solutions for Hunger community meetings

Community Meeting 1
April 28, 2015
5 – 6:30 pm
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
RSVP To Attend

Community Meeting 2
May 5, 2015
5 – 6:30 pm
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Main
Dalton Conference Room
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
RSVP To Attend

Community Meeting 3
May 7, 2015
8:30 – 10 am
Renaissance West
3610 Nobles Ave, Suite 228
Charlotte, NC 28208
RSVP To Attend

Community Meeting 4
May 12, 2015
5 – 6:30 pm
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Beatties Ford Road Regional
2412 Beatties Ford Rd
Charlotte, NC 28216
RSVP To Attend

 

Good Camp – A Social Good Unconference

Good Camp – A Social Good Unconference

Event News Queen City Forward

Queen City Forward proud to support Good Camp´s 1st Social Good Unconference for nonprofit marketing & PR pros! Good Camp, is a free, user-generated unconference focusing on creating effective communications for social good. The unconference will be held from Sept 6th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Queen City Forward´s residence at Packard Place.

“Unlike traditional conferences, the flexible, participant-driven format favours thought-provoking discussion, debate and interactive participation on emerging trends, the latest issues and new projects. Good Camp welcomes the best and brightest minds in our community including board members, nonprofits, foundations, and governmental organizations to attend. However, space is limited.” 

For more information on sessions and pitching, click HERE

USDA Rural Development awards ATP-SC, LLC, $200.000

USDA Rural Development awards ATP-SC, LLC, $200.000

Impact3 News Queen City Forward

ATP´s founder and president, Joseph J. James another former cohort of QCf´s Imapct3 accelerator program has been awarded a $200,000 Value Added Producer Grant to continue his great work with Agri-Tech Producers, LLC,


“We will use the grant to help support, among other things, our growing, processing and marketing of bio-crops,

at or in the region surrounding our Allendale, SC pilot torrefaction plant.  says Mr. James.

We are developing interesting sites on which to grow these crops, as well as innovative products from the biomass that has been treated by our torrefaction process.”

James said when asked about what this would mean for his business

Congratulations James from all of us here at QCF and we wish you all the best with your ongoing work at ATP-SC, LLC.

To learn more about ATP-SC, LLC click HERE and learn more about USDA Rural Development click HERE 

Charlotte Chamber PowerUp prize goes to Evolution Ortho

Charlotte Chamber PowerUp prize goes to Evolution Ortho

Innovation Challenge News Queen City Forward

Article quotes by Melinda Johnston from the Charlotte Observer 

One of our former Imapct3 cohorts Rahsaan Kearney got a boost recently when he won one of the preliminary rounds of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Ballantyne Chapter’s PowerUp Challenge. Kearney will move on to the grand finale on November 20 to compete to win the grand prize of $25,000.

Mark Bryant, Ballantyne Chapter PowerUp chairman and competition moderator said the competitors offered unique, worthwhile businesses and gave impressive presentations.

“Each participant had seven minutes for their presentation, so they had to encapsulate their concept in a very short time.

They all did a great job,” Bryant said

Congratulations Rahsaan from all of us here at QCF and we wish you all the best at the finale. Read the whole article HERE and learn more about PowerUp Challange HERE