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Executive Director

Higher Achievement

The incoming ED will play a unique role in the organization’s history and help us advance to the next stage of growth and impact in Richmond where we are looking to serve more scholars in a deeper way on the road towards college completion/success. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and working closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the ED will have overall operational responsibility for the Richmond affiliate by driving fundraising, relationship building, and community presence.

With more than 400 scholars served directly (and another 200 served in partnership), 17 full time staff, 120 mentors, over 20 part-time seasonal program staff, 14 advisory board members, and multiple community and school partners, the ED must be adept at relationship management, staff management, broad stakeholder engagement, and visionary leadership. The ED is responsible for the affiliate’s revenue targets, approximately $1.8 million in fiscal year 2018. As such, the ED has dotted-line reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) in the National Office with respect to fundraising goals and receives significant technical assistance and support from the National Office on individual and corporate fundraising and grant writing. The ED directly manages the Director of Programs, the Manager of Development, and the Operations Coordinator.

Required Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement. Ability to compellingly convey Higher Achievement's mission, impact, and needs across the community in an authentic way that honors our scholars and their families. Ability to leverage diverse stakeholders toward a common goal of student achievement in Richmond. Minimum of 10-15 years overall experience strongly preferred; minimum of 5 years senior management experience required, including experience managing managers. Experience managing a budget of at least $1.5 million and knowledge of nonprofit revenue sources. Demonstrated fundraising experience including: Highly skilled in relationship building and connecting people. Experience making asks and closing gifts. Demonstrated success in individual and corporate fundraising preferred. Experience building and maintaining within-sector and cross-sector partnerships, and when necessary, problem-solving partnership challenges and conflict. Track record of effectively leading an outcomes-based team/organization, using data to drive decision making. Excellence in organizational management with the demonstrated ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performing teams. Strong skills in planning, organizing, attention to detail, and oral and written communication, including strong presentation skills. Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement believes that the following core competencies enable our employees to be successful, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas: Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement's mission. Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others. Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best. Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Maintains a solutions-oriented mindset during planning periods and when challenges arise. Physical Requirements and Work Environment Work is regularly performed in an office environment with regular off-site meetings at partners, funders, and schools. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations.
This full-time, exempt position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, consistent with other organizations of similar size, scope, and scale. Higher Achievement offers generous benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; commuter benefits with company match; retirement plan with company match; tuition reimbursement, and professional development funds.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover addressing interest in Higher Achievement, the position, and relevant qualifications through this web address: https://higherachievement.org/careers/ Applications will be accepted until position is filled; interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.
Fund Development, Leadership & Executive, Management
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Higher Achievement