iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with public schools and matches every student in the school with a college-educated mentor who commits a minimum of three years to a single student. Since 1999, iMentor has connected 13,000 students with mentors. This year, iMentor is serving 3,500 mentor-mentee pairs in New York City and 2,150 more nationwide. By 2018, iMentor will reach 20,000 new students across the country and open a program in one additional city. The Bay Area program launched in 2016, working with schools in Oakland and San Jose.
iMentor has been recognized through funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New Profit, the Lumina Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation, and is a subgrantee of the federal Social Innovation Fund. As a team we are collaborative, fun, bring passion and joy to our work, and deeply believe in human potential. iMentor was recently named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by Opportunity Knocks and The Nonprofit Times. Read more about our work and values at: http://www.imentor.org.
Executive Director, Bay Area Opportunity
iMentor is seeking an exceptional Executive Director to lead its Bay Area region. The Bay Area ED will continue the launch and development of iMentor’s second direct service region outside of New York City, a key component of iMentor’s strategic plan and national growth. Reporting to iMentor’s national CRO (Chief Regional Officer), Adeola Whitney, the Bay Area ED will set the strategic vision for iMentor’s work in the Bay Area while building and leading a high-performing team of 11 professionals. The ED will design and implement an effective local fundraising strategy that allows iMentor Bay Area to grow from an approximately $1m budget currently to $3m annually in 2018. S/he will build a high impact local Advisory Board and partner closely with that group to ensure the organization meets or exceeds its goals.
The ideal Bay Area ED candidate is a motivational and effective leader able to set and drive progress towards ambitious goals. S/he will be skilled in fundraising, nonprofit management, program implementation, and partnership development. S/he will be analytical, highly collaborative, and have a proven track record of establishing buy-in across stakeholders and influencing diverse groups of individuals and networks to achieve desired outcomes. The Bay Area office is currently located in downtown San Francisco but the new ED will have flexibility on where they are based within the region.
Fundraising and Board Development
Set and meet annual fundraising targets to support the growth of iMentor Bay Area.
Build and manage a high-impact local Advisory Board.
Grow a sustainable, diversified local funding base (e.g., individuals, corporations, foundations, public funding, etc.).
Ensure the ongoing engagement and stewardship of an ever-growing portfolio of influential individual, corporate, and foundation partners.
Leadership and Management
Lead an exceptional team of 11 full-time staff currently (growing to 25+ in 2018).
Foster a highly effective work culture with strong leadership development to all staff through quality coaching and feedback.
Manage the site towards ambitious goals, using data-driven decision making to monitor and address problems, improve performance and increase sustainability.
Cultivate internal and external talent required for the long-term success of the region.
Oversee a high quality execution of the iMentor model in Bay Area.
Develop and implement a three to five year growth strategy that aligns with the national strategic plan, scaling the program to serve 2,000 students annually by 2018.
Work closely with iMentor’s national team to adapt program offerings where necessary, with the goal of improving both efficacy and impact.
Share best practices and key insights from the Bay Area region with national team and future iMentor sites.
Partnerships and Communication
Serve as the key external voice and representative of iMentor in the Bay Area, demonstrating an exceptional and compelling articulation of iMentor’s work.
Steward an effective partnership with local school districts and individual school partners to support progress towards iMentor Bay Area goals.
Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across the public and private sectors. This will include: corporations, public officials, peer organizations, collective impact groups and networks, and affinity groups.
Cultivate a local identity that is reflective of iMentor’s core values and culture.
Skills and Qualifications
8+ years in a senior management position in an education nonprofit organization, school district, foundation, government agency, or for-profit organization.
Demonstrated success designing and executing high-level fundraising strategies and strategic partnerships.
5+ years managing a layered team. Proven track record of managing, mentoring, and inspiring a high performing team to reach ambitious goals.
Knowledge of and relationships within the Bay Area’s educational, civic, philanthropic, and political landscapes.
The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions.
Outstanding inter-personal skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
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