Executive Director - Northern California
College Summit 17 reviews - San Francisco, CA

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A national non-profit founded in 1993, College Summit partners with school districts to increase their college-going and success rates by fostering a culture where going to college is the expectation of every student, not the exception. College Summit equips its partners with a systemic, data-driven approach to increasing high schools’ college-going rates, including professional development services, student peer leadership training and postsecondary planning curriculum. College Summit currently works with 180 low-income high schools in 15 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 50,000 students, and the College Summit intervention helps high schools close the achievement gap in college-going by more than half.

Named to Forbes “Impact 30” list of the top social entrepreneurs globally in 2011, College Summit received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s award for top corporate-nonprofit partnership in 2010. President Obama recognized College Summit for student results by sharing a portion of his Nobel Prize award with the organization, and College Summit was named the 2008 United States Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Economic Forum.

To find out more about College Summit, visit http://www.collegesummit.org .

College Summit is currently seeking a passionate and strategic Executive Director for Northern California, to oversee and grow one of their premier regions. College Summit-Northern California has demonstrated effectiveness, with partner high schools producing dramatic gains in school-wide college enrollment rates, while also being market-tested, and durable, with results achieved in a diverse range of small and large high schools, serving a variety of student profiles.

On that foundation, College Summit San Francisco faces the extraordinary opportunity of scaling results to achieve increased impact. With local and national reach, the Executive Director, will help drive the post-secondary dialogue in Northern California (working both at a systems-level and with individual high schools to equip them with the tools required to increase their college enrollment results) and will also be a core member of College Summit’s national leadership team.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic and innovative leader with a successful track record in the development of high impact educational partnerships, fundraising and organizational development to lead College Summit Northern California to effectively support more schools and low-income students.

Regional leadership and strategic partnerships

As a key external voice, drive College Summit’s mission in Northern California by:

Ensuring involvement in strategic post-secondary initiatives with San Francisco Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, California Charter Schools and Aspire Public School; other regional school networks, higher education institutions and educational stakeholders

Establishing and strengthening partnerships with senior-level community partners, including business leaders, local community organizations, and government officials

In partnership with College Summit’s national team and local team, lead all strategic and growth planning for Northern California with plans for deeper expansion into Oakland and further expansion in the east bay and San Jose area.


Personally drive local fundraising to make continuous progress toward the achievement of College Summit’s mission and blend of fee-for-service and philanthropic support

Build and deeply engage a visible and active local Advisory Board of 12-15 community, education, civic and business leaders

Partner closely with the CEO/Founder, Northern California based members of the National Board, and the National fundraising team to effectively cultivate and manage key, local donors

Oversee the Community Engagement Coordinator in establishing an ongoing stream of locally-raised philanthropic revenue that will consistently cover the region’s fixed costs

Program and team management

Managing and working closely with the Program Manager establish and maintain fee-for-service relationships with the partnering school districts and individual partner high schools

Ensure that the organization can increase the number of students served annually from 1,600 at present to reach more than 5,000 students in the upcoming years; lead a high impact team of 5, and support that team’s growth as the needs of the region increase

Oversee the Program Manager to enhance existing school relationships, program innovation and the management of day-to-day operations required for high quality program execution

In coordination with College Summit national, inform and advance public policy initiatives locally

Ensure programmatic and financial success by translating strategic plans into operational benchmarks/goals. Engage deeply in the reviewing and interpreting of the Northern California entity’s financial results and closely managing activities to ensure on-budget performance.

Provide collaborative leadership and mentorship to a passionate and committed team

National leadership

Actively participate on the national leadership team, helping to drive the operational strategy of the organization

Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the national office to ensure open communication about goals and expectations as well as the measurement of financial, programmatic and impact performance

In partnership with the VP of Regional Operations and other senior leaders, develop and strengthen local infrastructure to meet regional goals; provide weekly feedback and monthly reports to the national office to ensure appropriate support

A successful track record of significant professional achievement in an innovative and successful education, non-profit or social enterprise environment; previous board management experience preferred

Extensive experience in fundraising, The ideal candidate has built a high-performing fundraising operation that increases the recurrence and predictability of contributions, as well as long-term engagement of both institutional and individual donors

Demonstrated success recruiting, retaining and supporting the professional development of a highly diverse and talented team

A strategic and visionary leader with the ability to be resourceful, set clear priorities, and guide investment in people and systems

Exceptional relationship-building skills, with the ability to work with diverse groups, including school leaders and major funders

Strong financial management of a department or organization required; previous board management experience and experience in education and college readiness preferred

Extensive networks in, and knowledge of, the region’s educational and philanthropic communities; ideally with successful relationships with the top leadership of local educational initiatives and school systems

A results-oriented problem-solver who is entrepreneurial and driven but also flexible, highly collaborative and open to the input and thoughts of others, and who can point to his/her contributions in a fast-paced, measurement-driven, and dynamic environment

Passion for, and demonstrated commitment to, improving the life opportunities of disadvantaged youth; sensitivity to the needs of diverse racial and ethnic populations

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

To Apply:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, to Donna Fleming at http://jobs.cgcareers.org/application.aspx?id=1967 . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please note: All applications must be sent directly to Commongood Careers through the link above. Any applications submitted through this system will NOT be reviewed.

Compensation is competitive based on background and experience and includes excellent benefits. College Summit is an equal opportunity employer.

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