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Marcum LLP

Title: Chief Executive Officer - Signal 13 Foundation
Location: Baltimore, MD

The Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation (Signal 13 Foundation) seeks a passionate and dedicated leader who has the drive to make a difference, the desire to lead the operation of a vital resource and a commitment to the communities we serve. This newly created position focuses on raising money for the foundation and its endowment and managing the organization.

The Organization

A “Signal 13” is the universal call that alerts every police officer in the field that one of their own is in need of assistance. The alert and the accompanying message about an emergency are given the highest priority by the responding members of the department.
Frank J. Battaglia, a former Baltimore Police Department officer who was Commissioner of the Department from 1981-1984, understood that daily police work is stressful and that an unexpected personal emergency could create an overwhelming situation for police personnel and their families. So, in 1982, Commissioner Battaglia sent his own Signal 13 and called upon a group of civilians — personal friends, colleagues and members of prominent families in the Baltimore community — to devise a way to help active police personnel when they experience off-duty financial hardships. This independent body, consisting of business owners, philanthropists, and community leaders, formed the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, in 1983.
Since its establishment, the Signal 13 Foundation has endeavored to achieve three main goals:
  • to provide financial assistance to qualified Baltimore City police department personnel, both civilian and sworn, who experience unexpected personal financial hardship
  • to fund college scholarships for the children of active duty members of the Baltimore police department, both civilian and sworn
  • to organize events that support the foundation’s mission and serve to foster community and good will among the members of the police department and the public
Traditionally, when an officer experiences a personal crisis, particularly a financial hardship, fellow officers often pitch in to help by passing a hat from person to person at Roll Call, to collect donations and contributions. The aim of the Signal 13 Foundation is to support and expand on such gallant efforts, but in a more consistent and intentional manner by providing financial assistance in the form of small, no-obligation grants. Our goal is to offer welcome relief and peace of mind to department personnel during times of distress and to provide opportunities for active duty members and their families to grow.
The Signal 13 Foundation offers a unique way for charitable civilians and police personnel alike to support the tireless efforts of Baltimore City’s active duty members and help them thrive, on and off the job.
The Frank. J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation is a completely independent entity established to assist member of the Baltimore Police Department without being a part of it. Member of the Foundation Board are not active Police Department personnel.
The Signal 13 Foundation has a 39 member board, one full time and one part time staff, and an annual budget of $300,000. This position will add a full time staff member to the organization.
For more information, visit their website at http://www.signal13foundation.org/.

The Position

This newly created position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to build an organization and make a difference in this community. The successful candidate will ensure that the Signal 13 Foundation becomes part of the fabric of Baltimore City, develops and maintains a solid reputation and builds strong relationships with funders, the citizens of Baltimore, and the Baltimore City Police Department. The CEO must be an outstanding fundraiser and communicator who is willing to devote a significant portion of time to strengthening the organization with an eye toward establishing a presence and growth.
Initially the foundation’s goal was to seek donations and financial contributions from civilians to establish an endowment for officers in need. With the addition of this new position, the organization intends to expand awareness of this much needed service and to focus on raising funds from civilians beyond the current business owners and board members.
Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will provide leadership to the organization and manage its day-to-day affairs.  Primary responsibilities include:
  • Working with the board and staff to ensure that Signal 13 Foundation’s mission is fulfilled;
  • Building and strengthening fundraising practices and raising funds from foundations, corporations and individual donors;
  • Establishing Signal 13 Foundation’s recognition, public image, credibility, visibility and reputation both internally and externally;
  • Ensuring that resources are allocated appropriately;
  • Serving as the organization’s primary spokesperson to constituents, partners, funders, citizens, the Baltimore City Police Department; and
  • Encouraging the on-going engagement of the Board of Directors and recruiting new members.
The Chief Executive Officer provides leadership both inside and outside the organization, continually increasing the organization’s mission impact.  Toward these ends, our near-term priorities for the next 12-18 months include:
  • Establish an Organizational Plan, including Board responsibilities/structure/membership
  • Identify possible office space;
  • Develop a marketing/communications plan that provides a clear and consistent message about the Signal 13 Foundation and ensure sustained public and media relations to increase visibility and presence in the community
  • Develop a framework to assess the feasibility of raising $5 million during the next five years for the scholarship program;
  • Provide more grants and scholarships to more people, including scholarships beyond college and trade schools;
  • Establish systems and procedures for organizational structure and record keeping;  
  • Support the Board in its fund raising efforts currently underway while participating in planning for future efforts; and
  • Review and potentially update the dues structure.
Experience and Attributes
Ideal candidates for this position must have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to lead this nonprofit organization. S/he must excel at balancing internal management with external impact and visibility, and must ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and growth oriented. The ideal candidate will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the organization, including:
  • Respect and appreciation for Baltimore City and the Baltimore City Police Department, its officers and their families;
  • Seven+ years’ of progressive senior level organizational leadership and management experience, including effective management of staff and experience working with, on or for a Board of Trustees/Directors;
  • Proven experience with fiscal management, budgeting and operations, including responsibility for developing and managing at least a $5M budget;
  • Experience with growing a fund development function and diversifying funding streams with experience in the various aspects of fund raising such as grant writing, events planning and implementation and major donor solicitation;
  • Knowledge of the Baltimore City business and funding community, and its political environment;
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with communications and marketing strategies;
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator, including well developed written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven capacity to work in collaboration and negotiate complex relationships;
  • Experience in organization assessment and strategy development;
  • A deeply principled person of integrity and strong ethical values, who listens, is thoughtful, accessible, engaging, with the ability to make people feel comfortable in his/her presence;
  • Strong organizational skills and active participation in integrated database management;
  • Tech savvy and experience with the usual office software environment; and
  • BS/BA degree required.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Signal13CEO@marcumllp.com . For other inquiries, please contact Adrienne O’Rourke at Adrienne.Orourke@Marcumllp.com or Catrese Brown at Catrese.Brown@Marcumllp.com .
Signal 13 is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit and Social Sector Group
On behalf of Signal 13, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit and Social Sector Group is working with the Board of Directors to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies like Signal 13.

The Scoop
Primary Industry: Marketing - Management
Secondary Industry: Advertising - Brand Strategy
Career Level: Senior Level Career (10+ yrs experience)
Minimum Education: Bachelor's
Job Status: Full Time
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
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