Applicant deadline for JA role is nearing
by RICK NORTON Associate Editor
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Resignation creates presidency vacancy
Rick Platz
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Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region hopes to have a diverse selection of candidates by the Jan. 31 application deadline to fill a key vacancy in the nonprofit’s leadership following the December resignation of its president, Tracie McCartney.

McCartney, whose communications background included TV news production and two nonprofit affiliations (March of Dimes and the Muscular Dystrophy Association), had served as JA president for the past 1 1/2 years. She joined the widely respected organization in August 2012, but tendered her resignation just a few weeks ago in order to care full-time for her newborn child.

“We hope to find a person as well qualified as our past two presidents, Tracie McCartney and Sandy Moore,” according to Rick Platz, JA board chairman. “We’ve just relocated our office to a building on the campus at Cleveland State Community College, and this is a great opportunity to start a new chapter in our history.”

Late last year, JA moved its offices from Cleveland High School to CSCC’s former Security building on Adkisson Drive. The relocation not only gave JA its own facility, it launched a new partnership with the local community college that will take advantage of synergies between the two.

Junior Achievement, which partners with local school systems in a five-county area of Southeast Tennessee to supplement classroom instruction, relies heavily on volunteers. With the new offices, JA will have access to CSCC students, staff and faculty as potential volunteers to serve as classroom instructors and board members.

Platz praised McCartney’s leadership and work ethic in coordinating JA activities. He described the former president’s decision to leave the position as being done reluctantly because she loved the work and the JA mission, but she also felt compelled to be a part of her newborn’s early years.

“With Tracie, and with longtime president Sandy Moore before her, Junior Achievement was blessed to have two highly qualified and enthusiastic presidents,” Platz said. “We were sad to lose Sandy’s leadership at her retirement, but Tracie stepped in wonderfully to take over the role. Now, losing Tracie is just as painful.”

JA began advertising the vacancy shortly after the year-ending holidays.

“The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to economic education and have a demonstrated record of success in foundation and special-event fundraising, as well as strong leadership, interpersonal and communications skills,” Platz explained.

The position spans a set of diverse responsibilities that include board development, volunteer recruitment, staff management, strategic planning, financial oversight and management, Platz stated. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of combined business and/or nonprofit leadership is required.

He said carrying the credential of being a Certified Fund Raising Executive is also a plus because the JA presidency includes a variety of fundraising responsibilities.

Applicants should mail, email or fax a resume, cover letter and salary requirements no later than Friday, Jan. 31. Information mailed should be sent to: President Hiring (Cleveland TN), One Education Way, Colorado Springs CO 80906.

The fax number is 719-540-6172.

The email address is The subject line should be tagged as “Cleveland, TN.”

Now that the JA office has a new location, its telephone and fax numbers have also changed. The nonprofit’s new phone number is 423-614-8777. The new fax number is 423-614-8778.

JA of the Ocoee Region was chartered locally in 1965 as Junior Achievement of Bradley and McMinn Counties. Since that time, it has grown to include Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties. Each year, the local JA affiliate traditionally reaches out to more than 4,000 students in grades K-12.

“Our programs are designed to help students achieve economic success in their lives,” Platz said.

JA’s core mission includes financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Many of the nonprofit’s priorities are shared by CSCC’s technology and workplace readiness programs.

Nationally, JA reaches more than 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the U.S. An additional 10.6 million students are served globally in 117 countries by JA Worldwide.

According to Junior Achievement USA, “JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”