Next Generation Scholars is on the search for a new Executive Director. We are looking for a leader who has both lived and professional experience in uplifting young people of color through education. Building on NGS’ 12 years of outstanding programmatic outcomes, this position is an extraordinary opportunity to push forward NGS’ deep commitment to educational equity and social justice. The Executive Director will develop NGS’ long term strategy, lead staff to deliver outstanding outcomes, ensure we raise the necessary funds to sustain and deepen our impact,
work as a tireless advocate for underserved students in our community and be the public voice of our vibrant community of social justice activists.
Responsibilities and Duties of the Executive Director
● Create business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set by the Board.
● Work closely with the Director of Development to propose an annual budget.
● Responsible for fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensures
maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
● In partnership with Director of Development, create and maintain relationships with key donors and foundations.
● Work with Director of Development to ensure the pipeline of new funding and maintenance of current funding partners.
● Work with current foundations to ensure the framework is in place for consistent funding.
● Oversee Director of Development in the creation and execution of development calendar
of all fundraisers, open houses, and events.
● Oversee the design and implementation of all programs that carry out the organization’s mission and respond to areas of potential growth.
● With Director of Academics & Admissions, establish and achieve annual curriculum metrics and goals for all programs.
● Lead curricular development using knowledge of social justice pedagogy and developmental research.
● Engage the student and parent community by actively participate in programming.
● Oversee all social service response plans and resources to a family/community crisis.
● Collaborate with the Board to develop and lead strategic planning aimed at promoting the organization’s social justice mission and “voice.”
● Create and maintain close, personal ties to the NGS community of children and families to ensure NGS is serving them effectively and sustainably.
● Act as the public face of the organization in ways that strengthen its profile and push forth the cause of social justice.
● Build and develop community partnerships to ensure sustainable and evolving collaborations that are mutually beneficial.
● Oversee the execution and outcomes of each partnership program.
● Manage and support a diverse team of staff focused on academics, social services and operations.
● Evolve and maintain an authentic, inspiring, and trustworthy culture that includes all staff and extends to the community we work within.
Qualifications and Experience of the Ideal Candidate
Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
At least five years of experience in a leadership role in a nonprofit focusing on education
through a social justice lens.
Experience working with students and their families in underserved communities.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university; Masters and/or MBA or equivalent experience.
Excellent people leadership, management, and team building skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
Demonstrated efficacy on a strategic level as well as an operational level.
Ability to manage Board relationships and work closely with Board committees and
outside professionals as required.
Deep motivation, driven by the mission of the organization.
Ability to work weekends, holidays, and some evenings, as required.