Generation Citizen Massachusetts Executive Director
Generation Citizen (generationcitizen.org), a quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to ensure that every young person in the United States receives an effective action civics education, is looking for a proven leader to take the helm as Executive Director of its Massachusetts site, one of our largest sites, currently serving more than 3,000 students per year.
The Executive Director will be a high-achiever who will lead the entire MA site, helping us grow the resources the program needs to be successful, managing a local team of 5, serving as the spokesperson and face of Generation Citizen in Massachusetts, leading the local Board, and ensuring that our program continually improves quality and impact. The new Executive Director will partner closely with our national and local staff, local Board, and current and new school partners in shaping the vision and implementation of GC’s growth across the city and surrounding communities.
There is a lot of work to be done, but the sky is the limit for both the site’s success and the position’s trajectory. We are looking for someone who is comfortable managing in rapidly changing environments, is a self-starter, constant and collaborative learner, and is excited to make Massachusetts a hub for successful action civics, as well as an example for the rest of the country.
About Generation Citizen:
Generation Citizen (GC) is a seven-year-old national organization that partners with teachers and schools to help them implement a comprehensive, high-quality program of action civics education. Our goal is to ensure that every student in the United States gains the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active, lifelong citizens.
This approach is revolutionizing civics education in this country, and is, in its 7th year of operation, serving more than 10,000 students across its six sites (Massachusetts, Central Texas, New York City, Oklahoma City, Rhode Island, and the San Francisco Bay area). Our Massachusetts team works with over 3,000 middle and high school students per year, in partnership with nearly 30 schools. We are led by co-founder and CEO, Scott Warren, who is a former recipient of an Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship, and was named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30.
Strategy, Outreach, and Leadership
The MA Executive Director will lead strategy and growth for the site by:
- Refining and implementing the Massachusetts strategic plan in close coordination with our new 3 year organizational strategic plan
- Serving as the external face of GC throughout Massachusetts by building and managing relationships with community partners, school districts, elected officials, the philanthropic community, and media
- Managing and developing staff, currently 3 program staff and 2 VISTAs, to achieve quarterly and annual goals for fundraising, advocacy, and the program
- Overseeing program staff’s implementation and evaluation of multiple local program models
- Working with national management team to develop and retain strong local talent
Fundraising and Network Development
The MA Executive Director will lead and implement GC’s development strategy in Massachusetts by:
- Cultivating existing donors and continuing to build and expand a diversified funding strategy, including earned income, to meet annual fundraising goal of nearly $400K in the first year and enable sustained growth over time in alignment with GC Massachusetts site plan
- Developing new individual, foundation, and corporate funding sources
- Partnering with board chairs to effectively engage the Massachusetts Board and Associate Board (comprised of young professionals) in supporting regional priorities, including program growth, fundraising, and local advocacy efforts
- Providing fiscal oversight and managing the site budget
Building Local Demand for Action Civics
The MA Executive Director will drive increased demand for action civics throughout the state by:
- Strategically developing and participating in coalitions and partnerships with other local individuals, groups, and organizations to drive the importance, presence, and quality of action civics in the site
- Driving local thought leadership to demonstrate the impact of GC’s model and engage community members, media outlets, educators, and local decision-makers in the power of action civics
- Engaging in advocacy and/or policy work to drive systems-level change in the demand for action civics and youth engagement
- Demonstrated passion for Generation Citizen’s mission
- B.A. or B.S. degree
- Demonstrated experience cultivating and stewarding relationships with individual and institutional donors and meeting fundraising goals
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Leadership experience supervising, managing, and training others
- Experience with education and/or policy and civics
- Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies, including college students, educators and administrators, board members, supporters, local elected officials, and community members
- Adaptive and entrepreneurial approach: demonstrates flexibility, initiative, and track record of meeting ambitious goals in fast-paced, unpredictable, and complex environments
- Experience with fundraising systems and databases preferred
- Established network that includes local philanthropists, elected officials and educators
- Strong knowledge of Massachusetts’ philanthropic, education, and policy landscape
To Apply: Qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of 2-3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org with the subject line MA Executive Director application – First and last name. No telephone inquiries please. Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity employer.