Chief Executive Officer

  • Job posted by LIFT

Job Type

Full Time




Washington, D.C., NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago
United States


About the organization

Founded in 1998, LIFT is a national nonprofit that empowers families to break the cycle of poverty. LIFT operates program sites in four major cities – Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles – where they connect hardworking parents and caregivers of young children to the people, tools, and resources they need to achieve greater economic security and well-being.

LIFT believes that by investing in families during children’s earliest years, the organization can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. LIFT offers parents access to curated information and brokered partnerships, provides funds to meet emergency needs and/or support long-term goals, and connects parents to peers and volunteer mentors.

In addition to delivering programs for parents, LIFT works to level the playing field for families living in poverty. By advocating for policies that support families and sharing insights with the field, LIFT aims to create lasting systems change. Having launched a four-year strategic plan at the end of its last fiscal year, the organization is at an exciting moment in its trajectory, working toward both systemic and individual impact.

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About the position

LIFT seeks a strategic, mission-driven leader to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. After a successful twenty year tenure - and significant planning and reflection - LIFT’s Co-Founder and CEO will be stepping down. The incoming CEO will step into an organization in strong financial and strategic health with an exceptional team.

LIFT’s CEO will serve as the organization’s most senior external advocate and fundraiser, overseeing the organization’s continued growth in its current moment and beyond. The CEO will also oversee organizational strategy, enabling LIFT to deliver consistent, high quality programs in all regions.

As the organization’s primary strategic leader, the CEO will ensure exceptional results and impact at scale. In addition, the CEO will lead the implementation and ongoing refinement of the organization’s current four-year strategic plan and chart its course into the future. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will directly manage a senior leadership team of five and a national organization of 45 staff and volunteers.

This is an ideal opportunity for a results-oriented and mission-driven leader to change the lives of increasing numbers of low-income families nationwide and build on LIFT’s commitment to social, racial, and economic equity.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Movement Building - Demonstrate a meaningful and sustained focus on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, inspiring staff, volunteers, and communities to support families working toward economic security
  • Strategic Leadership - Grow the organization’s impact, overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan with a focus on delivering exceptional outcomes for families and shaping a vision for broader field-level change
  • Team Management and Financial Oversight - Lead, with support of the senior leadership team and staff, all operations, with ultimate accountability for the success of the organization, building and mentoring a high-performing team committed to advancing LIFT’s work
  • Board Stewardship - Act as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, engaging Board members in the current and future needs of the organization, and expand the Board, as appropriate
  • Culture Building - Continue to build and enhance LIFT’s culture, defined by a balance of rigor and empathy, creativity and discipline, as well as a deep and sustained focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion; actively engage internal and external stakeholders in working effectively across lines of difference, ensuring that LIFT proactively creates and supports equity and inclusiveness
  • Advocacy and Thought Leadership - Serve as the external face of the organization, enhancing LIFT’s visibility, brand recognition, and credibility; act as a thought leader and advocate in the national movement to empower families to end the cycle of intergenerational poverty
  • Fundraising - Drive fundraising strategies and activities that lead to organizational sustainability and growth, ensuring the engagement of LIFT’s existing donor base while cultivating new supporters among government, corporate, foundation, and individual funding communities
  • Program Leadership - Provide vision, oversight, and direction, ensuring continuous improvement of program delivery

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of fifteen years of professional work experience, including five years in a significant leadership role in a non-profit or mission-driven setting
  • Outstanding organizational leadership skills, with an ability to articulate a clear and inspiring vision for LIFT while managing and mentoring a geographically dispersed staff
  • Track record of creating and sustaining an organizational culture that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Strong critical thinking skills, with a track record of developing solutions to organizational issues in the face of complexity and ambiguity
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, and to influence leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills with the ability to serve as a strong external voice for LIFT and its work
  • Strong appetite to lead fundraising for LIFT; successful track record of non-profit fundraising required
  • Experience overseeing budgets, with the capacity to allocate resources strategically and manage spending effectively
  • Integrity, with a commitment to ethically and empathically serving individuals and families working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty
  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant advanced degree strongly preferred


The CEO can be based in any of the four regions in which LIFT operates (Washington, D.C., NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago). Washington, D.C. or NYC preferred.

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

LIFT does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, or ideology.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree