Vice President, Executive Director

City Year

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

Position Overview

About City Year New Orleans

In 2005, City Year, Inc. launched City Year Louisiana in response to Hurricane Katrina to serve both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans communities. In 2011, the site split into two to become City Year New Orleans and City Year Baton Rouge to more effectively serve students in each community. Through the last seven years, City Year New Orleans has maintained tremendous support from Volunteer Louisiana, developed strong corporate and foundation champions, and formed a committed local advisory board. Today, 50 AmeriCorps Members serve in six high-need schools that are part of three Charter Management Organizations: FirstLine Schools, Arise Schools, and Collegiate Academies. The site is making strong progress towards its Long-Term Impact plan that would result in the full saturation of priority school feeder patterns and would eventually position City Year New Orleans to reach almost 40 percent of off-track students in the communities where they serve.

Position Overview

The Vice President, Executive Director (VP&ED) is responsible for ensuring the New Orleans site meets their annual, operating, and long-term goals. This innovative, entrepreneurial, and seasoned executive serves as the primary leader, strategist, and external champion of the site. The VP&ED works with the Regional Vice President for the Central Region and supports City Year New Orleans’ senior leadership team. This dynamic, visionary change agent leads and provides support to 11 site staff members and 50 AmeriCorps members serving in six schools, impacting more than 3,000 students every day. Additionally, the VP&ED works closely with City Year New Orleans’ 10-member board, comprised of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of New Orleans. This individual is accountable for a budget of approximately $2.3M, while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to reach their potential in sustainability, growth, and scale to achieve our Long-Term Impact goals. Also, as a Vice President for City Year Inc.’s national organization, the VP&ED also strengthens the connection between strategy and implementation at various levels within the larger network.

Serving as the primary champion of City Year’s impact locally, the VP&ED leads efforts to keep students in school and on track, while also ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the site. This experienced executive represents the organization within the New Orleans community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders. These constituencies include advisory board members, charter management and school partners, Volunteer Louisiana; alumni; and private sector funders and sponsors. In New Orleans, the top priorities moving forward will likely include:

• Developing strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
• Implementing strategies to continuously improve the quality and impact of the program model.
• Increasing fundraising results, including a focus on high-net-worth individual giving.
• Growing the brand recognition of City Year New Orleans through local and national exposure.
• Creating and executing effective strategies to develop and retain staff and AmeriCorps members.

Job Description


The VP&ED is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local New Orleans market, the City Year Central Region, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of: revenue, service impact and school partnerships, development, management and retention of corps and staff, and site board development and relations.

  • Service Performance, Implementation, and Delivery:In partnership with senior site staff and regional support staff, the VP&ED will ensure high quality and commitment to the nationally-developed service delivery model implemented by City Year AmeriCorps members across six New Orleans elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Staff Management: Lead, coach, and directly manage 1-2 staff members (senior leadership team) and 7-9 full time indirect reports and 50-60 AmeriCorps members. Establish effective succession and retention plans for key roles to assure ready candidates and smooth transitions.
  • Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Lead site development staff and 10 local advisory board members to raise the funds necessary to meet annual and long-term revenue goals ($1.5M+ in public sector/$800K+ in private sector support). Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with funders; build a sustainable revenue model based on philanthropic, government, and corporate sources.       
  • Board Member Engagement: Recruit, develop, and manage a dynamic, engaged, and productive local advisory board (9-13 members) to build upon and execute a multi-year site strategic plan for the local site while also contributing to the success of the national organization.      
  • Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials – Governor, Mayor, City Council, FirstLine Schools, Arise Schools, Collegiate Academies, Lousiana State Legislature (House and Senate) and members of U.S. Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement. Maintain relationship with AmeriCorps state commission (Volunteer Lousiana); prepare effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet performance and compliance requirements associated therein.
  • AmeriCorps Recruitment: Collaborate with City Year’s national recruitment and admissions team to ensure site recruits, selects, and admits corps members within the regional framework, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals.
  • Financial Management: Manage fiscally-sound budgeting, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a site budget of $2.3M.
  • Alumni Engagement: Collaborate with alumni board to leverage alumni to support AmeriCorps members in service and to advance City Year goals and continue their lifetime of service.
  • Program Delivery: Ensure site delivers a transformative civic leadership development and training program for all City Year AmeriCorps members.
  • Communications:  Lead the site in increasing visibility and brand awareness of City Year’s work in local and national media and marketing channels.

Additionally, the VP&ED integrates the site’s strategy and priorities with those of City Year, Inc. The VP&ED also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year’s national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.


This position is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral role in improving and supporting public education in New Orleans. Therefore, the VP&ED must firmly believe in City Year’s premise that education has the power to help every child reach their potential, be passionate about addressing the dropout crisis in America, and be aligned with the values of City Year, Inc. Furthermore, the following experience, skills and characteristics are desirable for this role:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree with an advanced degree (e.g. M.B.A, M.P.A, etc.) in a related field.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in progressively senior positions, with a solid track record of building an organization.
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills and experience overseeing a complex enterprise at a high level of responsibility.
  • Capacity to both effectively manage the organization to success in its current state and to lead future growth to maximize impact.
  • Ability and interest to lead a site within a larger global network; familiarity with the challenges of coordinating local organizational priorities with global/national ones.
  • High level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships.
  • Proven skills and experience in fundraising and/or sales; a “closer”; the ability to meet total annual revenue goals of $2+ million (which includes a private revenue goal of approximately $800K+).
  • Ability to negotiate, sustain and close partnership with Charter School Leaders that result in annual revenue goal of $15K/AmeriCorps Member.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills; ability to build relationships with senior level stakeholders.
  • Cultural competency, emotional intelligence, and experience and comfort working with diverse communities.
  • Strong communication, listening, and public speaking skills, and the polish, poise, gravitas, and humility needed to powerfully represent City Year’s mission and vision both internally and externally.
  • Ability to relate to and inspire recent college graduates and mobilize large or small groups into action.

The following skills, experiences and/or competencies are also extremely helpful:

  • Previous City Year knowledge and/or exposure.
  • Previous Executive Director experience.
  • Significant local non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience.
  • An established local network.
  • Knowledge of New Orleans and New Orleans educational landscape.
  • Content knowledge of K-12 education, youth development, and/or community or national service.

Deadline to apply: October 13, 2017.

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.

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