Dr. Jessica Lowery Clark, Ph.D. Management and Organizations

Distinguished Core Part-Time Professor

Dr. Jessica Lowery Clark Headshot

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Nonprofit management
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Human resource management 

Education:

  • ​Ph.D. Capella University, MN
  • M.A. Webster University, SC
  • B.A. University of NC at Pembroke, NC

Dissertation:

  • ​Minority Women’s Perspectives on Career Advancement in Upper Management Positions in the Nonprofit Sector 

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​​Nonprofit management

Select Publications:

  • ​Lowery, J. (2011). Minority Women’s Perspectives on Career Advancement in Upper Management Positions in the Nonprofit Sector. Dissertation. 

Select Professional Experience:

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Webster University                                                                               January 2013-Present

Instructor

Classes taught include Business, Management, Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Development. 

Northcentral University                                                                        December 2013-Present

Online Instructor and Lead Faculty in Human Resources

Classes taught include Scholarly Literature Review, Scholarly Business Communication, The Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Strategic Management and Leadership, Fundraising in Nonprofits, Leader as Coach, Compensation and Total Rewards, Supervisory Concepts and Practices, Labor Relations, and other Human Resource Courses.  As Lead Faculty in Human Resources, I created and updated course curriculum, assignments, textbooks, and reading assignments.  I am also a member of the Adjunct Faculty Council for the School of Business.  I also Chair Dissertation Committee's and serve as the Subject Matter Expert.  I also helped launch the first virtual space for American Indian students, staff, and faculty and others interested in Native issues. 

University of Phoenix                                                                         April 2008-February 2014

Online Instructor

Classes taught include Human Resources and Labor Relations in the Public Sector, Public Finance:  Sources, Management, and Reports, and Critical Thinking:  Strategies in Decision Making.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc.                                              June 2008-Present

Executive Director

  • Manage staff of 20 full time employees and part time employees to ensure successful administration of Smart Start and North Carolina Preschool funds in Robeson County.
  • Manage $7 million budget.
  • Oversaw two nonprofit mergers. 
  • Manage a hands-on learning children's museum. 
  • Solicit funding for activities that will add additional program services to children ages birth to five.  Some results include the following:  In 2011, the State Employees Combine Campaign increased by 31% and in 2012 the State Employees Combine Campaign increased by 15% in individual donations.  Staff giving increased by 45%, since my appointment with the agency.
  • Implemented a major gift campaign using the "Raising More Money" model, resulting in a 233% increase in individual donations.
  • Created a Volunteer Department, consisting of all funds raised by a community grant, with one full-time volunteer coordinator. 
  • Non-Smart Start revenue increased by 80% between 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.
  • Overall organization revenue increased by 62% between 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.
  • Community collaboration with other agencies that provide services that will benefit community.  Serve as President of the Lumberton Rotary Club in 2015-2016 and Co-Chair of the Statewide Local Partnership Advisory Committee in 2014-2016. 
  • Manage property that consists of up to eight tenants and ongoing construction and renovation projects.
  • Advocate for early childhood programs in the North Carolina General Assembly. 
  • Work with Board of Directors (up to 30 members) to oversee the strategic plan, board governance, and early childhood programs in Robeson County.
  • All human resource functions, including payroll, hiring, termination, recruitment, retention, training, etc.

Girl Scouts                                                                                                 December 2000 – May 2008

Director of Membership and Outreach, Hornets' Nest Council                         October 2007-May 2008

  • Manage approximately 20,000 adult volunteers, staff, and girls, including nine full time direct reports and seven indirect reports.
  • Increase girl and adult membership.
  • Manage $4 million budget in conjunction with Leadership Team.
  • In conjunction with Fund Development Team, grant research, complete grant applications, and solicit donations from families and businesses.
  • Grant management. 
  • Represent agency with seven United Way agencies across eight counties. 
  • Increase product sales, which results in over 50% of operating budget. 

Director of Membership Services, Connecticut Trails Council, Inc.        August 2005 – September 2007

  • Manage approximately 13,000 adult volunteers, staff, and girls, including nine full time and 25-part time direct reports.
  • Recruit, train, and coach staff and volunteers, resulting in a 12% increase of girl membership in 2006 and an 8% increase in girl membership in 2007, 4% increase in adult membership, 4% increase in cookie sale, and 6% increase in family partnership gifts. 
  • Manage a $7 million budget in conjunction with Management Team.
  • Contribute to $10 million capital campaign to renovate four camp properties.
  • Manage $300,000 AmeriCorps and Girl Scout grant; grant hires staff of 23 full and part time employees to recruit, train, and support volunteers in four major cities.
  • Supervise other major grants that total approximately $50,000, to better serve girls through community outreach efforts. 
  • Manage property of two service centers, resulting in a more convenient location for volunteers and staff to train, facilitate program, and shop for Girl Scout accessories. 
  • Co-Chair realignment committees, merging five Girl Scout Councils into one.
  • Collaborate with Communications, Finance, Human Resource, Training and Program Department to ensure successful delivery of services to all girl and volunteers throughout region.

Field Director, Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Inc.                             August 2003 – August 2005           

  • Manage approximately 1,000 adult volunteers, staff, and girls.
  • In 2003-2004, QSP Sale increased 465% in Scotland County and 72% in Hoke County.
  • In 2003-2004, family partnership campaign increased 400% in Hoke County and 125% in Scotland County.
  • In 2003-2004 Cookie Sale Program increased 83% in Scotland County and 16% in Hoke County.
  • In 2003-2004 diversity of girl membership increased 73% in Hoke County and in 61% in Scotland County.
  • In 2004-2005 troop membership increased 120% in Scotland County and 40% in Hoke County.
  • Recruit, train, coach, and supervise volunteers and five-part time staff members resulting in an increase for girl and adult membership, fund development projects, staff and volunteer training sessions, and product sale program.
  • Manage several grants in Hoke and Scotland County to better serve girls through community outreach programs, resulting in replacements of funds after completion of grant year.

Outreach Coordinator, Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Inc.           December 2000 – August 2003

  • Develop and deliver outreach programs for girls throughout Robeson County, focusing on the Native American population.
  • Manage grant-funded programs to ensure requirements are effectively met.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals                                                                2011-Present
  • Pembroke Professional Business Women                                                               2010-2013
  • Robeson County History Museum Board of Directors                                              2014-2017
  • Rotary of Lumberton North Carolina (Membership Chair, President)                          2010-Present
  • Local Partnership Advisory Committee (Co-Chair and Vice Chair)                          2010-2016
  • Society of Human Resource Professionals                                                               2010-Present
  • Executive Director Design Team (Secretary one year)                                             2009-2016
  • Nurse Family Partnership Advisory Committee                                                       2009-2013
  • Safe Kids Coalition                                                                                               2009
  • Partnership Advisory Council                                                                                  2008-2012
  • North Carolina Preschool Committee Advisory Committee (Co-Chair)                       2009-2013
  • Department of Social Services Work First Advisory Committee                               2008-2009
  • Robeson County Local Interagency Coordinating Council (Treasurer)                      2008-2016
  • Robeson Community College Early Childhood Advisory Committee                         2008-Present
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center                                                2005-2007
  • Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA)                                           2006-2007
  • Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)                                                         2000-2009; 2015-Present
  • Adjunct Faculty Council for School of Business                                                      2017-Present