UTEC, Inc. is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader and innovator whose mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people by trading violence and poverty for social and economic success. Since its founding 20 years ago, UTEC, has grown rapidly while maintaining its clear mission focus. The organization is now seeking its first Chief Advancement Officer, reporting to the CEO, to work closely with the Board of Directors, to strategically expand UTEC’s individual and corporate support, and provide guidance to its strong grants program.
Originally founded twenty years ago in Lowell, Massachusetts by teens in response to gang violence in their city, UTEC, Inc. (UTEC) intentionally engages young adults, ages 17-25, who are returning to our communities from incarceration or have other histories of serious criminal and/or gang involvement. UTEC is dedicated to helping these young people overcome the very real challenges of poverty, gang involvement, unemployment, and cultural barriers that are pervasive in its communities. When young adults succeed, communities see the greatest positive impact.
UTEC is nationally regarded by practitioners and funders as one of the most innovative, ambitious, and outcomes-focused youth development agencies. They value youth and stakeholder input as a key component of organizational success. Through their expertise, coupled with organizing and policymaking efforts, UTEC informs local and national policies that support proven-risk young people. Organizations across the country seek to learn from them how to engage hard-to-reach youth and to produce positive outcomes through transformative services. They are a learning and teaching agency. And ultimately, the young people they serve return to UTEC as the agency’s next generation of youth workers.
The Center for Youthwork Excellence is also noteworthy of national importance: UTEC is launching a national teaching and learning institute, including a residential learning lab and a unique space where practitioners, researchers, and evaluators can intersect through convenings, fellowships, and more. The goal is to influence and deliver best-practice services to young adults involved in the criminal justice system across the nation.
Outcomes and Impact: Snapshot of FY2018
The Challenge: Young adults are the highest-risk, highest-cost segment of the justice system. In Massachusetts, more than half of young adults returning from jail will be re-arraigned within a year.
148 young adults ages 17-25 participated in UTEC’s intensive programming. Of those:
600+ additional young adults were served through Streetworker engagement, enrichment activities, and other events.
Outcomes: Of young adults enrolled in FY18:
UTEC offers 7 programs and services to the community and to program participants; For further information see https://utecinc.org/what-we-do/our-programs/:
Organizing and Policy Making
UTEC provides space for young adults to engage in organizing and policymaking initiatives through civic engagement programming. Today, UTEC maintains engagement in local, state, and federal government initiatives. In 2018, two youth-led policy efforts were signed into Massachusetts law. UTEC’s and Teens Leading the Way‘s campaign for juvenile expungement became law in April 2018. And more than 8 years of TLTW advocacy for a civics education bill was also signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker in November 2018.
UTEC’s Chief Executive Officer, Gregg Croteau, MSW, has continuously led UTEC since becoming its first executive twenty years ago. Under his tenure, UTEC has prospered by developing its vision, theory and model, continually investing in the excellence of its programs and their impact and by building sustainable resources to fund excellence.
Mr. Croteau champions the mission value of expanding organizational resources and enjoys a personal track record of motivating and engaging with UTEC’s most valued philanthropic and government supporters. Additionally, UTEC’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Scott Mellen, a key organizational leader, has been guiding the board on initiatives of significance to UTEC’s future philanthropy, including establishing an emerging new board fundraising role, engaging the CEO as a full board member, and preparing the board to guide UTEC as it grows and changes.
Over the past several years the Board of Directors has assumed new expectations for its members which include treating UTEC as one of their top philanthropic priorities with expected levels of giving and getting others to give. Board leadership welcomes partnering with the new Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) to expand philanthropic support.
In the past eight years support and revenues have quadrupled, from about $2M in FY’11 to an estimated $8+M in FY’20. Government grants and contracts and foundation grants contribute $4+M per year from state, federal and foundation sources. UTEC has an impressive history of receiving major grants from large foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Individual and corporate giving, including major gifts and events, contribute from $1M to $2M per year.
UTEC’s financial model includes an important role for earned revenues from its social enterprise programs and from its properties. UTEC owns and manages properties which provide space for UTEC programs, producing rental revenue and providing space for income generating events. UTEC’s properties and social enterprise programs also create new relationships and opportunities which might also potentially support future expansions of UTEC’s philanthropic base.
The individual giving program provides a good opportunity for the new Chief Advancement Officer’s impact. Expansion of the base, systems development and program building provide an arena for innovation and excellence.
Corporate engagement is an area of opportunity and growth for philanthropy since it rests on UTEC’s entrepreneurial strength and its engagement of business leaders. Among its recent business endeavors, UTEC has launched its own brand for its social enterprise products, Madd Love Market. See the Recent Press Highlights section on UTEC’s website for additional information.
UTEC’s five-year strategic plan provides a clear vision for scaling UTEC’s operations and expanding their reach nationally. It is supported by four strategic priorities: Expand Social Enterprise; Innovate In Young Adult Justice; Reach Two Generations at Once and launch the Center for Youthwork Excellence. Raising money in support of its vision will be a core responsibility for the CAO.
This new chief-level position, the CAO, represents an investment in building out new best practices for fundraising, strategically expanding advancement’s capacity, and positioning UTEC for its next stage of development – all while increasing dollars raised currently and over time.
Serving as UTEC’s first CAO and reporting directly to the CEO, the CAO will work closely with the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council (some of whose members have made six and seven figure commitments).
There are seven positions reporting into advancement: Director of Grants, a Grant Writer, Major Gifts Officer, Corporate Relations Manager, Development Operations Manager, Development Associate, and a Communications Coordinator.
The CAO is expected to engage high level donors in her/his portfolio and be responsible for direct solicitations that contribute to bold long-term advancement goals while also supporting senior leadership team in fundraising activities. The CAO and his/her development team will execute cultivation and fundraising events and build the capacity of UTEC’s Board of Directors to identify and invite new donors. S/he will provide direction for the overall vision of the Development program, as well as strategic systems and operations for all aspects of the department, in partnership with the Development Operations Manager, and work closely with the Communications Manager to enhance donor communications. The new hire will also work closely with the Chief Financial Officer to best integrate systems between development and finance.
UTEC aims to hire a qualified candidate who is committed to advancing racial equity in their overall work and has the cultural competency to help UTEC in this endeavor. Above all else, the Chief Advancement Officer will act as a lead ambassador for UTEC’s culture, demonstrating personal commitment to the organization’s values and imparting them to others, both within and outside the organization with high energy, positivity and intentionality.
Leadership and Management
Prospect and Portfolio Management
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
Senior Vice President, Principal
Development Guild DDI