Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
Ballinger|Leafblad is proud to present the following information on behalf of our client, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities in its retained search for President and Chief Executive Officer of the

PRESENTING OUR CLIENT—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
For nearly 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities has operated under the
belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive.
Big Brothers Big Sisters creates meaningful, purposeful, monitored matches between adult
volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles) in the Twin Cities. The culture develops positive
relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.
“Every Big Brothers Big Sisters match is carefully administered and held to the highest of
standards. Our staff strives for matches that are safe, well-suited to each child’s needs,
harmonious and built to last.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters is more than just a matchmaker between role models and children. The
organization provides ongoing support and supervision to every Big, Little and parent/guardian.
The staff offers training and advice to ensure that each match is working for everyone involved.
It is this strong foundation of support that maximizes the likelihood that a match will succeed
and thrive.
Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, something incredible happens:
a one-on-one relationship built on trust and friendship that
can blossom into a future of unlimited potential is created.
And thanks to a first-ever nationwide impact study, Big
Brothers Big Sisters has the facts to prove it.
According to the study, Big Brothers Big Sisters programs
were found to “focus less on specific problems after they
occur, and more on meeting youths’ most basic
developmental needs.” The matches that were observed shared everyday activities such as
eating out, playing sports or attending sports events, going to movies, sightseeing, and just
hanging out together.
But what mattered to the children were not the activities. It was the fact that they had a caring
adult, role model and mentor in their lives. Because they had someone to confide in and look up
to, they were, in turn, doing better in school and at home. And at a time in their lives when even
small choices can change the course of their future, the Littles were also avoiding violence and
substance abuse.

Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and
Little Sisters, compared to children not in the program, were:

46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
52% less likely to skip school
37% less likely to skip a class
33% less likely to become involved in violent activities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities stays true to its mission and provides children
facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-on-one relationships
that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities serves the Twin Cities metro region, including
Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties. The organization is headquartered in
Minneapolis and employs a team of 62 dedicated professionals. With an annual budget of $3.8
million, the organization is in a strong financial position and has an outstanding outlook for the
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters as it carries out its mission of changing the young lives in our
community for the better!
Community-based mentoring represents the classic Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship.
Littles come to the organization from all corners of the community. Many are facing adversity
of some kind – one parent homes, alcohol or drug abuse, poverty – and, like every child, they
benefit from having another caring adult in their life.
More than 2,000 youths are matched each year with
friends and mentors who have been carefully screened
and interviewed, and who commit to at least 12 months
as a reliable role model to the youths. Each match is
based on common interests and backgrounds, similar
personalities and the potential to form a strong bond
from the very start of their relationship. A match
coordinator works with each child, volunteer and parent
to ensure the health and safety of each match, regularly
checking in with a word of advice or information on an
upcoming activity.

Changing lives in one hour a week
For some Bigs and Littles, time together doesn’t happen in parks or museums or stadiums - it
happens in school cafeterias and playgrounds and gymnasiums instead. The school-based
program matches elementary-aged Littles with Bigs and brings them together for an hour each
week during the school year to eat lunch, play a board game, read a book or just talk about
their week. School-based mentoring is especially important for children who might not
otherwise be able to be Littles in the community-based program because of home schedules,
high mobility, or language barriers. For these children, schools are the ideal setting to maintain
regular meetings with a mentor who can support academic and social development.

Some school-based Bigs are high school students, so
as they give caring one-on-one support, they grow in
confidence and responsibility as well. And when
school is out for the summer, matches can keep in
touch through field trips or as pen pals.

Education and Enrichment
By the time they are high school seniors, Littles are already
significantly more likely to graduate than their non-mentored
peers. They have better relationships with their family and
peers, and they are less likely to have engaged in risky behavior.
But more than that, they are ready to take their next step and
look to their future. The innovative Education & Enrichment
program helps teens explore their options and find their own
path to success in school and career. The program includes
individually-tailored assistance to help youth navigate the
transition to adulthood and take advantage of the many
opportunities available to them.

Special Initiatives
Hmong Mentoring Initiative
The Hmong community is a dynamic cultural element of the Twin Cities. But many

Hmong youth face significant risk factors, including a high teen birth rate and low high
school graduation rates. Research shows that
mentoring helps youth overcome these challenges.
The Hmong Mentoring Initiative provides increased
recruitment and support for matches of Hmong youth
and mentors to ensure success for every child.
Native American Mentoring Initiative
For more than a decade, Big Brothers Big Sisters has
participated in a collection of mentoring organizations that serve Native American
youths. Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to identify mentors who can support youth with
stable, caring adult relationships.
Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Partnership
The NAZ initiative is working to end multi-generational poverty in North Minneapolis,
using education as its tool. As part of this dynamic and innovative partnership,
mentors are provided to children in the neighborhood.
Mentoring Children of Prisoners
Children with incarcerated parents are significantly more likely to someday be involved
in the justice system themselves. A caring Big Brother or Big Sister can provide the
kind of stability and support that helps a child stay on the right track, giving them a
better chance at interrupting this cycle.
Sports Buddies
Strong bodies. Strong minds. Strong relationships. Sports Buddies invites volunteers to
get involved in mentoring by doing what they already love to do. Monthly activities like
sporting activities and tickets to professional games are
prearranged, so all matches need to do is show up and
have fun. Bonding over athletics passes along values like
good sportsmanship, wellness and leadership through
the power of play.
Beyond School Walls
Several local corporations have partnered with Big
Brothers Big Sisters to give back to the community by
sharing employee time and life experience. Littles - all students at nearby schools - visit
corporate headquarters to spend time one-on-one with an employee volunteer

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Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring,
professionally supported, one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better,
Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the
community and hold themselves accountable for each child in their program achieving:

Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
Avoidance of risky behaviors
Educational success

The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is that all children achieve success in life. The organization
believes in and nurtures:

Personal Growth

The organizational culture can be described as passionate, mission-driven, collegial and
collaborative. The staff enjoys numerous planned activities where they can bond and
reenergize. Creative people who care about children and enjoy working in a high-functioning
organization will fit in best at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.

Position Purpose:
The purpose of this position is to give direction and leadership to achieve the agency’s
philosophy, mission, strategy and goals. Further, the President/CEO acts as chief fundraiser and
face of the organization to the broader community.
The President/CEO reports to the Board of Directors and supervises the Vice President of
Programs, the Vice President of Finance, the Senior Development staff, the Director of
Communications & Public Relations, the Director of Human Resources & Volunteer Services and
the Executive Assistant & Board Liaison. A total of 62 team members work at the organization.
The chosen leader will have a passion for serving children and youth, along with a belief in the
transformative power of mentoring.
The President/CEO will uphold and enhance a positive culture of teamwork, support
collaboration among staff; build and maintain long-term relationships with stakeholders
including donors and foundations, businesses, elected officials, community leaders, other
nonprofits and the media; be active in community outreach and external relations on behalf of
Big Brothers Big Sisters and maintain a positive image and high profile in the business
The position includes strategic planning, Board of Directors collaboration, organizational
development and leadership, fundraising and resource development, marketing, program and
financial management. The ideal leader will have strong interpersonal skills, a professional,
enthusiastic, genuine personality, effective one-on-one and group communication skills, a
capacity to build and maintain respectful and trusting relationships and an ability to engage in
productive, meaningful conversations with the community.
Job Responsibilities:

Establish a consistent vision and mission, and develop strategies to achieve that
• Working with the board, develop a shared vision for the future of the organization.
• Build understanding and support of the mission.
• Develop appropriate policies, programs, goals and long-range strategies to advance
that mission.


Establish visibility in the community for the agency and its vision and mission.
• Represent Big Brothers Big Sisters in the community to build awareness of its
• Act as a positive and energetic ambassador and spokesperson on behalf of the
organization and the impact of youth mentoring in general.
• Work collaboratively with key community and regional organizations that have
interests and missions similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
• Be involved and active with BBBS of America.


Provide leadership to all fundraising efforts and initiatives.
• Bring a passion and commitment to fundraising efforts; act as “Chief Fundraiser” for
the organization.
• Identify and cultivate major corporate and individual donors.
• Lead and oversee major fundraising campaigns, in conjunction with Campaign
Cabinets, development consultants, and other resources.
• Assist the Vice President of Development with planning and execution of fund
development efforts.


Provide vision and guidance to the internal operation of the agency.
• Oversee the development of strategic and operational business plans.
• Oversee all asset management.
• Establish the overall structure to bring out the best in each team member.
• Final responsibility for employment, supervision, evaluations, (and terminating when
necessary) of staff and volunteers.
• Direct and support the senior management group.


Work with the Board of Directors to assist in the governance of the organization.
Provide guidance in the planning process.
• Provide the board with timely information on issues and trends and on the
accomplishment of goals and objectives.
• Provide guidance to various board committees/task forces.

It is critical that the leader maintain a diverse workforce and manage in ways that maximize the
potential of all team members. This is accomplished through sensitive and respectful
treatment by and toward all staff and volunteers and ensuring that services are delivered with
cultural sensitivity and competence. The leader will uphold a work climate that is inclusive,
respectful and free of bias.
The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in management or a related field and a
minimum of 10 years senior level management experience in a nonprofit organization of a

comparable budget, staff and program size and complexity. In addition, the ideal candidate will
have a passion for children and will have a background that includes working in a youth-serving
organization, including as a volunteer.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Gifts

Knowledge of and ability to provide leadership for all agency programs, finances, fund
development, team members, facilities and support services.
Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to diversity and community issues with a
high level of cultural understanding including respect, inclusiveness and experience
building community-based partnerships.
Proven ability to develop and lead and inspire a team in a collaborative setting.
Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
Strong interpersonal skills with people at all levels and in all settings relevant to the
agency’s mission.
Strong public speaking and networking abilities.
Excellent motivational abilities that encourage and support others.
A passion and commitment to delivering the highest quality services to the community
and stakeholders. This is done through influencing, inspiring, mentoring, recognizing and
supporting staff and volunteers as they work toward a common goal.
High emotional intelligence, self-awareness and authenticity.
Impeccable ethics and the highest integrity.

The compensation package is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar
nonprofit agencies. It includes participation in the organization’s comprehensive benefits plan.

The Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are a unique blend of small town and major
cosmopolitan hub. Both urban cores boast a thriving business atmosphere. Saint Paul, as the
state capital, is home to state government and has a more historical vibe. Minneapolis is the
larger and more commercial of the two cities. Outside of the central downtowns, however,
both cities have many distinct neighborhoods, and residents identify more with their individual
neighborhood than with the larger city as a whole.

Both cities share a common root of being river towns, and the outdoors is still a major
attraction for residents and tourists alike to this day. In addition to the mighty Mississippi River,
there are more than 100 lakes (more than 900 when including the suburbs), more than 250
parks, and miles of biking and walking trails.
Nearly every weekend in the summer there are several outdoor active events for participants
and spectators—triathlons, biking races, running races, boat races, water skiing competitions,
golf tournaments, and more.
The active lifestyle of Twin Cities’ residents doesn't lie dormant during the winter. There are
miles of cross-country skiing trails, several downhill ski areas within an hour drive, ice skating,
snowmobile riding, sledding, and—of course—ice fishing.
For those who prefer activity of the spectator variety, the Twin Cities are home to the major
sports teams: Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Timberwolves,
Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota United FC (soccer), and Minnesota Swarm (lacrosse).
There is also a minor league baseball team, the Saint Paul Saints. The Twin Cities have hosted
the World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball Finals, the USGA U. S. Open, the PGA
Championship, and the Special Olympics. In 2014, Target Field was the setting for baseball's
AllStar Game. In 2016, the beautiful Hazeltine Golf Course will host the Ryder Cup, and in 2018,
the Super Bowl will be played in a newly built state-of-the-art stadium.

But the Twin Cities have more to offer than participatory and spectator sporting events. There
are countless arts and culture offerings here. The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra
has a reputation as one of the top orchestras in the world. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is
regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

Since the early 1960s, the Guthrie Theatre has staged A-plus shows from the classical to the
contemporary. Popular national shows and performers also tour through the Twin Cities year
round at stages in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and at the University. There are over 30
theatre venues, 10 dance companies, and 30 classical music groups in the cities of Saint Paul and
Minneapolis alone.

For the museum-goer, there are more than 60 museums in the Twin Cities. The Science Museum
of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children's Museum (both in Saint Paul) are highly interactive
learning and fun experiences for the entire family. The Minnesota History Center is an
interactive museum for all ages with permanent and changing exhibits, lectures and events.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a collection of more than 100,000 pieces. The Walker Art
Center has been called “possibly the best contemporary art museum in the U. S.” by Newsweek,
and has over 11,000 pieces. The University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum is also a
contemporary art destination.
Beyond the outdoor, sports, entertainment, and culture, perhaps the biggest attraction for the
Twin Cities is the lifestyle. Forbes hailed Saint Paul and Minneapolis as the nation's healthiest
cities. USA Today named Saint Paul as North America's “Most Romantic City.” The Twin Cities
offer award-winning restaurants (several chefs have been regional James Beard Award
winners). In addition to the popular Mall of America, there are plenty of unique shopping
districts in both cities and in the suburbs.


Marcia Ballinger, PhD

Lars Leafblad, MBA

Civic Search. Reimagined.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer