Chief Executive Officer

  • Job posted by Public Allies

Job Type

Full Time




United States



Public Allies' mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating its conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

Public Allies' primary program model matches full-time apprentices with coaching, training and leadership development in 25 sites across 21 states. This year, Public Allies has completed 25 years of programming and graduated almost 7,000 Allies from a program model that distinguishes itself by:

  • Identifying diverse, local talent. Among the Allies, over two-thirds are people of color, 60% are women, half are former “Opportunity Youth,” and over 25% are LGBT. Over 75% of Allies come from the communities and neighborhoods they serve.

  • Helping local nonprofits expand and improve services with measurable results. In 2017, Allies worked at 491 local nonprofit organizations in 24 communities to address education, health, and economic needs. As a result, 73% of partners improved the quality of their services, 63% increased the number of people served, 50% started new programs, and 35% increased the number of volunteers.

  • Providing rigorous leadership development to Allies. Public Allies’ values-based leadership model helps Allies become more effective leaders. Last year, 96% of Allies agreed that they are more interested in pursuing a career serving their communities, and 91% agreed Public Allies prepared them well for their future career and educational goals. And now, several Universities offer undergraduate degree credits for completing the Allies training program.


Public Allies seeks a charismatic and inspiring national leader to provide strategic leadership and have a significant impact in changing the face of leadership across all communities. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for leading Public Allies consistent with its mission, vision and values. The CEO will be responsible for envisioning the future of Public Allies, developing new strategies, engaging and attracting new supporters and effectively managing the organization. The CEO must be able to leverage the strong brand of Public Allies, fully embody its beliefs and be a committed champion of its mission.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic leadership with internal and external audiences; demonstrate exemplary business acumen
  • Support the current strategic plan and conceptualize and oversee the development of the next strategic plan that forwards and expands Public Allies' future by diversifying its offerings and its resources; encourage organization-wide innovation to advance its mission
  • Drive fundraising strategies across government, corporate, foundation, and individual donors leading to the sustainability and growth of the organization
  • Establish a highly visible profile with key stakeholders, including political leaders, thought leaders, community leaders, corporate audiences and the media; ensure Public Allies is seen as a thought leader, and is deeply respected and impactful across sectors and communities
  • Maintain a culture that attracts, retains, and develops diverse top talent and that is reflective of Public Allies’ values, encouraging high performance and rewarding productivity
  • Effectively work in concert with the Board of Directors ensuring the fiscal vitality and organizational health of Public Allies; keep the Board informed on key issues, co-creating strategy and organizational policy


Public Allies is committed to finding a strategic leader who will ensure the organization’s continued success. Public Allies believes that leadership is an action many can take, not a position few can hold, and welcomes candidates from widely diverse backgrounds who have proven themselves to be successful leaders. Public Allies is particularly interested in candidates who have taken nontraditional career paths -- while also being very open to traditional career trajectories -- with the following traits and experiences:

  • Demonstrated success leading an organization and managing a team through a period of change and expansion, ideally on a national stage, successfully meeting or exceeding organizational targets, achieving ambitious goals and driving significant impact
  • Keen intellect, with the capacity to conceptualize solutions to difficult problems and to anticipate and act on events that create opportunities; this person will be an independent and innovative thinker, creative problem solver and skilled negotiator
  • Deep experience inspiring, galvanizing, motivating and guiding diverse audiences while garnering their respect
  • Ability to bring target stakeholders together by leveraging relevant networks, contacts and communication skills
  • Proven track record in generating significant revenues and resources from private, philanthropic and/or public sectors
  • Established commitment to bettering the communities which Public Allies serves
  • Experience working with values-driven youth and staff towards a shared mission strongly preferred
  • Facilitative and collaborative work style, with the ability to build bridges across divergent and competing interests, successfully driving consensus, and, ultimately, social change
  • Exceptional organization management skills, with the ability to work hands-on to develop and execute a variety of activities ranging from the highly creative, external and visible to the operational and day-to-day; this person will be organized, strategic, financially aware and politically astute, with the wisdom to develop and maintain a sense of team spirit and common purpose
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups
  • Exceptional integrity, with the ability to stay true to one’s own cause and purpose while incorporating the opinions, needs, and feedback of others

LOCATION: Milwaukee (preferred), Chicago, New York City, or Washington, D.C., but potentially flexible. Travel is estimated at 40%-50%.


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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