Vice President, Executive Director

City Year   •  

Washington, DC

Industry: Non-Profit


11 - 15 years

Posted 372 days ago

Serving as the primary champion of City Year’s impact locally, the Vice President, Executive Director leads efforts to keep students in school and on track, while also ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the site. This experienced executive represents the organization within the local community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders. Launched in 2000, City Year DC enjoys tremendous support from DC Public Schools, Serve DC, private sector funders and sponsors, education and political leaders, alumni, and a strong local site board. Over the past 18 years City Year DC has grown to 189 City Year AmeriCorps members serving in 18 high-need schools in the Washington, D.C. community.

Top priorities moving forward will likely include:
• Grow the current ecosystem of financial investors to support the current $4.3 million private sector revenue goal to match accelerated growth of the 2016-2017 service year.
• Continue investment in relationship with new Chancellor of DC Public Schools and deepen relationships with other key members of administration.
• Lead site board and bring new talent to the board to support future financial sustainability and growth.
• Support/lead the local Development team.
• Invest in partnership and collaboration with City Year Headquarters in order to ready for next phase of local growth.
• Lead the corps, site, and staff in Phase II of its Long-Term Impact Strategy Growth Plan.

Job Description

The Vice President, Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local DC market, the City Year East Region, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of: revenue, service impact and school partnerships, development, management and retention of AmeriCorps members and staff, and site board development and relationship management.

  • Service Performance, Implementation, and Delivery: In partnership with senior program staff, the Vice President, Executive Director (and regional staff when necessary) will ensure high quality, full fidelity, and high impact program implementation of the nationally-developed Whole School Whole Child service delivery model by AmeriCorps members across 18 public elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Staff Management: Support the growth and professional development of 42 staff members and as they manage 189 AmeriCorps members in service implementation and secure needed resources; Establish effective succession plan for key roles to ensure ready candidates and smooth transitions.
  • Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Lead site development staff (8 full time employees) and board members to raise the funds necessary to meet annual revenue goals, including nearly $4.3 million in private revenue; Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with funders; build a sustainable revenue model based on philanthropic, government, and corporate sources.
  • Board Management and Development: Building on efforts to build a board over the last 18years, recruit, develop, and manage a dynamic, engaged, and productive site board executing a multi-year site strategic plan that contributes to the success of the local site.
  • Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials - Mayor, City Council, Serve DC, and members of U.S. Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement; Maintain relationship with AmeriCorps local commission; prepare effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet performance and compliance requirements associated therein.
  • AmeriCorps Member Recruitment: Collaborate with City Year’s national recruitment and admissions team to ensure site recruits, selects, and admits AmeriCorps members within the regional framework, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals.
  • Financial Management: Manage fiscally-sound budgeting, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for an initial site budget of approximately $8.3million.
  • Program Delivery: Ensure site delivers a transformative civic leadership development and training program for all City Year AmeriCorps members.
  • Alumni Engagement: Involve AmeriCorps alumni to advance City Year goals and continue their lifetime of service.
  • Communications: Lead the site in increasing visibility and brand awareness of City Year’s work in local and national media and marketing channels.

Additionally, the Vice President, Executive Director integrates the site’s strategy and priorities with those of City Year, Inc. The Vice President, Executive Director also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year’s national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.


  • An undergraduatedegree.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in progressively senior positions, with a solid track record of building an organization.
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills and experience overseeing a complex enterprise at a high level of responsibility.
  • Capacity to both effectively manage the organization to success in its current state and to lead future growth to maximize impact.
  • Ability and interest to lead a site within a larger global network; familiarity with the challenges of coordinating local organizational priorities with global/national ones.
  • High level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships.
  • Proven skills and experience in fundraising and/or sales; a “closer”; the ability to meet total annual revenue goals of $8+ million (which includes a private revenue goal of approximately $4 million).
  • Outstanding relationship management skills; ability to build relationships with senior level stakeholders.
  • Cultural competency, emotional intelligence, and experience and comfort working with diverse communities.
  • Strong communication, listening, and public speaking skills, and the polish, poise, gravitas, and humility needed to powerfully represent City Year’s mission and vision both internally and externally.
  • Ability to relate to and inspire 18 – 25 year olds and mobilize large or small groups into action.

The following skills, experiences and/or competencies are also extremely helpful:

  • An advanced degree.
  • Previous City Year knowledge and/or exposure.
  • Previous Executive Director experience.
  • Significant local nonprofit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience.
  • An established local network.
  • Content knowledge of K-12education, youth development, and/or community or national service.