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Vice President, Executive Director

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Los Angeles, CA

City Year is seeking an innovative, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and people-focused leader to serve as the Executive Director (ED) at City Year Los Angeles. The position provides the right candidate the opportunity to play an integral role in advocating for and advancing public education in Los Angeles and Inglewood schools through national service. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring City Year Los Angeles meets its impact, revenue, district partnership, and external relations goals and will lead the effort to increase City Year’s visibility and brand awareness across Los Angeles. Key to the site’s success is a leader and collaborator who is a natural coalition-builder, people developer, and influencer who leads with tenacity and humility.  


Reporting to the Market President, this visionary change agent will lead 65 staff and 225 AmeriCorps members serving in 29 partner schools. Serving as the primary champion of City Year’s impact locally, the Executive Director leads the organization’s efforts to keep students in school and on track to graduate college and career ready. Additionally, the Executive Director works in partnership with the City Year Los Angeles board, comprised of 32 influential leaders representing the Los Angeles public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Executive Director is accountable for an annual revenue budget of approximately $15.2 million (current make up is 36% public sector revenue, including school district and AmeriCorps and 64% private sector revenue), while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to ensure sustainability and growth. The Executive Director will be expected to mobilize powerful coalitions including board members; district leadership and school partners; City Year AmeriCorps alumni; private and public sector investors and local, state and national elected officials, to accelerate greater educational opportunity for underserved students. 


Additionally, the Executive Director is a Vice President for City Year Inc.’s national organization and as such strengthens the connection between City Year’s national initiatives and the local work in Los Angeles by managing relationships at City Year’s national headquarters and contributing to the national strategy through network-wide project teams. Job Description

RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

The Executive Director will focus on the following primary areas of responsibility: 

 

People and Culture: Lead, coach, and develop 65 full-time staff members, increase staff engagement and retention of staff year over year. Establish a dynamic culture that embodies our core values of diversity, belonging, inclusivity and equity – and teamwork. Further develop human resources structures to ensure equitable hiring and promotion practices. 

Student Impact: In partnership with senior site staff and regional support staff, ensure high quality and commitment to the nationally developed service delivery model implemented by City Year AmeriCorps members in partner elementary, middle, and high schools, resulting in at least 50% of students served meeting or exceeding growth targets. 

AmeriCorps Member Experience: Ensure the site delivers a transformational experience for all City Year AmeriCorps members, where at least 93 percent of AmeriCorps members persist from confirmation to completion of service and 80% of AmeriCorps members report feeling prepared and confident in their service delivery.  

Private Sector Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Serve as chief fundraiser and lead site staff, Board and Associates Board to motivate influencers to raise the funds necessary to meet annual and long-term revenue goals. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with corporations, foundations, family foundations and individuals in order to build a sustainable private revenue mix that results in annual revenue of at least $8.95 million (current year goal.) 

School/District Investments: Sustain transformational partnerships with existing district and school leadership and cultivate new transformational partnerships with leaders of future school partners. Negotiate contracts that result in sustained annual revenue of $12,500 per AmeriCorps member.  

Financial Management: Ensure City Year Los Angeles raises at least three percent more revenue than it spends annually by managing a fiscally-sound budget, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a current site expense budget of $15.2 million. 

Board Member Engagement: Collaborate with board leadership to recruit, develop, and manage a diverse, dynamic and deeply engaged local advisory board; manage a robust committee structure focused on local fundraising efforts, community engagement and brand awareness. Ensure cultivation and engagement of current and future board leadership. Partner with site staff to ensure excellent engagement of the young professionals’ Associates Board. 

Marketing and Communications:  Lead board, staff and consultants’ efforts to increase City Year’s visibility and brand awareness in local and national media, social media and marketing channels. Help raise the site’s profile to become one of the most talked about education organizations in Los Angeles.  

Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials – Governor, Mayor, City Council, local and state school board representatives, California State Legislator, and members of U.S. Congress – to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement. Maintain effective and collaborative relationship with the AmeriCorps California State Commission; oversee the preparation of 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 successful recruitment and selection of AmeriCorps members, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals. Partner with site staff to ensure a strong cohort returns annually for a second year of service, with at least 30% of first year members applying for a second year of service. 

Alumni Engagement: Ensure the engagement of the City Year Los Angeles Alumni Board to leverage alumni to support AmeriCorps members in service and continue their lifetime of service. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

 

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. In addition, our Executive Directors are expected to: 

 

  • Build and forge partnerships and coalitions with diverse stakeholders in the public and private sectors to advance the cause of educational equity 
  • Mobilize internal and external partners toward a bold vision of how they can impact the lives of young people  
  • Build, empower and inspire teams to thrive while driving accountability and taking personal responsibility for their success  
  • Build community and foster a caring and supportive environment that prioritizes diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity 
  • Demonstrate curiosity, vulnerability and humility as a life-long learner who seeks out diverse perspectives and opportunities for self-improvement 
  • Possess a deep sense of personal accountability to ensure the success of both City Year Los Angeles locally and City Year, Inc. nationally 
  • Connect with and inspire diverse teams of AmeriCorps Members between the ages of 17 and 24 

 

A competitive candidate for the Executive Director position will possess:   

  • A strong ability and experience in the behaviors listed above 
  • Competency in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work 
  • High level of emotional intelligence 
  • Integrity, openness, honesty, curiosity, inclusion, empowerment and collaboration 
  • Demonstrated success managing effective and engaged teams; managing multiple layers of leadership  
  • Proven experience in skillfully influencing and motivating stakeholders; track record in fundraising from corporations, foundations and major gifts and/or sales 
  • An established cross-sector, local network of stakeholders, funders and champions 
  • Ability to connect programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships 
  • Familiarity with the Los Angeles educational landscape and K-12 education policy 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Los Angeles neighborhoods where City Year serves, including Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Watts, Boyle Heights, Pico Union 
  • Calm in times of crisis with sound instincts and impeccable decision-making prowess 
  • Excellent communication, listening, and public speaking skills; the ability to articulate a compelling and inspiring vision that motivates others 
  • Demonstrated success in responding to quickly to changing situations and ability to adjust organizational plans accordingly  
  • A desire to learn and a willingness to receive feedback and hold yourself accountable 
  • Significant local non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience 
  • Content knowledge of community and national service  
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend events; ability to travel to in-person meetings in various cities when COVID-related restrictions are lifted, and City Year deems travel safe again 

TO APPLY 

Please submit a cover letter and resume via the online application. 

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

City Year is seeking an innovative, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and people-focused leader to serve as the Executive Director (ED) at City Year Los Angeles. The position provides the right candidate the opportunity to play an integral role in…

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Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid…

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How to Apply

Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the "Resume/CV" field on the "My Experience" page. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.

Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the "Resume/CV" field on the "My Experience" page. Internal applicants should apply through…

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