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Vice President, Executive Director

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City Year
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Seattle, WA
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Published 7 days ago

City Year seeks a people-centered, equity-driven, and team-oriented leader to serve as the next executive director (ED) of City Year Seattle / King County, an educational justice nonprofit committed to improving educational outcomes for students who are from historically underserved populations. Currently, City Year Seattle / King County deploys 94 AmeriCorps members (ACMs) who serve more than 5,400 students in 11 public schools, primarily in South Seattle. The site has a team of 26 staff, a 15-member advisory board, and a budget of just over $5 million.


The next executive director of City Year Seattle / King County (CYSKC) will play a key role in leading the site through the next phase of its anti-racist, youth-centered journey and build on our work over the past seven years. In particular, the next ED will need to continue to align our organizational practices, policies, and resources with our beliefs around racial equity and social justice, and build a strategic vision that operationalizes our Race and Equity work.


City Year Seattle / King County is one of the oldest sites in the City Year network, with long-standing partnerships with our communities. The next executive director will be tasked with building on our existing philanthropic and funding efforts to ensure sustainable funding growth and enable the site to reallocate resources toward supporting our staff and corps, ultimately in service to our students. The ED will also serve as a Vice President in the national leadership structure and will be expected to collaborate on national strategies to deepen the organizations impact across the country.


Founded in 1988, City Year is an education-focused national service organization and a leader in the national service movement. The organization was created with the goal of dramatically increasing participation in national service and was an early model for the federal AmeriCorps program. City Year has always been committed to developing and nurturing young people and believes that investing in them contributes to strong and vibrant communities. Today, City Year is contributing to a clearer and bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children—places of learning, exploration, and positive risk-taking, where every student feels connected to the school community; where data informs practices that promote student growth and achievement; and where all students have access to positive relationships and personalized learning environments that encourage them to persevere through challenges, build on their strengths, and thrive.


The Executive Director of the Seattle / King County site is responsible for leading, motivating, and retaining a diverse staff, as well as ensuring we are building anti-racist systems and policies that support our staff and AmeriCorps members’ professional journeys, which is ultimately in service of the students we serve. Additionally, the ED is responsible for ensuring that City Year Seattle / King County meets its impact, revenue, district partnership, and external relations goals. The ED also holds primary responsibility for the site’s financial and operational strength and systems.


The ideal ED candidate will be a values-driven leader who prioritizes equity, teamwork, and transparency; a strategic and creative individual who can collaboratively develop and then implement an inspiring roadmap for the site’s future; and a tested administrator who will bring the operational smarts and financial acumen needed to sustain and innovate on City Year’s model. The successful candidate will have deep experience building cross-sector partnerships and coalitions that advance educational equity in addition to a proven track record fostering supportive work environments that prioritize diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity. Key to the site’s continued success is a leader who values and believes in developing staff, building a culture of trust and accountability, and leading with tenacity and humility. This individual must be comfortable and effective as the public face of the site, and will prioritize attracting funding and other resources for CYSKC programs while also collaborating with and across City Year’s national network. The new ED will inherit a well-established, well-respected site, staff, and suite of programs, and the right candidate will bring fresh ideas and the necessary expertise to ensure CYSKC continues to thrive.

Successful City Year executive directors embody the organization’s core values, hold the firm belief that education has the power to help all students reach their full potential, and possess a deep passion for equity in education.

A competitive candidate for the executive director position will have many of the following skills and experiences. Research shows that women and people of color tend to only apply for positions when they match every criterion. If you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every check box in this job description, we encourage you to still apply. We'd like to learn more about you and see if you could be a great fit for City Year.

Candidates should be willing to attend occasional evening and weekend events, and to travel for meetings in various cities when COVID-related restrictions are lifted and City Year deems travel safe again.

  • Deep personal commitment to and demonstrated professional leadership on issues of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.
  • Proven success managing and developing effective and engaged teams, and also managing across multiple layers of leadership.
  • Financial and operational management experience with budgetary oversight of an organization or unit similar in size and complexity to City Year Seattle / King County.
  • A track record operating successfully within a matrixed and/or multi-site organization.
  • Significant nonprofit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience; content knowledge of community and national service and/or urban public education.
  • Excellent communication, listening, and public speaking skills; the ability to listen deeply, and also articulate a compelling and inspiring vision that motivates others.
  • A desire to learn and a willingness to receive feedback and hold oneself accountable.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence; integrity, humility, honesty, and curiosity.
  • Experience influencing and motivating stakeholders, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships.
  • A track record of raising funds from corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
  • Demonstrated success responding quickly to changing situations—including maintaining calm during times of crisis—and the ability to adjust organizational plans accordingly.
  • Knowledge of the educational landscape and ecosystem serving students in Seattle.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Seattle neighborhoods where City Year serves is a plus

Compensation commensurate with experience; the salary range for this position begins at $150,000.

City Year seeks a people-centered, equity-driven, and team-oriented leader to serve as the next executive director (ED) of City Year Seattle / King County, an educational justice nonprofit committed to improving educational outcomes for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Compensation

At least USD 150,000

Benefits

COVID-19 Notice 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and AmeriCorps members and their families; our students and school partners; and the community at large from COVID-19. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment and service – all staff members, including remote staff, and AmeriCorps members are required to be fully vaccinated by November 19, 2021 or by your start date if after November 19, 2021. If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, we will consider requests for reasonable accommodation consistent with our policy, and where we are able to provide such accommodations without undue hardship to the organization pursuant to applicable law.  Notwithstanding any language herein, City Year will comply with any state, local, or federal orders, statutes, or regulations that may conflict with the COVID-19 vaccination policy. 

 

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccination (Johnson & Johnson). 

Benefits

Full time employees will be eligible for all benefits including vacation and sick days and organization holidays. You may participate in all benefit programs that City Year establishes and makes available to eligible employees, under (and subject to all provisions of) the plan documents that govern those programs. Currently, City Year offers medical, dental and vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment and disability coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), other benefits including 401(k) plan(s) pursuant to the terms and conditions of company policy and the 401(k) plan document. For more information, click here.

Employment at City Year is at-will. 

City Year does not sponsor work authorization visas.

COVID-19 Notice 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and AmeriCorps members and their families; our students and school partners; and the community at…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
Seattle, WA, USA

How to Apply

Initial deadline to apply is Monday, October 11th; applications accepted on a rolling basis after this date. Search process will move promptly, and candidates will be evaluated accordingly. Please submit your cover letter and resume via the online application. 

Initial deadline to apply is Monday, October 11th; applications accepted on a rolling basis after this date. Search process will move promptly, and candidates will be evaluated…

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