iMentor, Executive Director

iMentor - San Francisco, California - Full time

Organization

iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. In New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area, iMentor partners with public schools to ensure every student in the schools receives a mentor. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to help nonprofits run effective programs in the iMentor model.

This year, iMentor is serving over 800 mentor-mentee pairs in the Bay Area and 10,000 more nationwide. In 2016, the San Francisco Bay Area became iMentor’s first region on the West Coast. We are currently serving schools in Oakland and San Jose with a goal to expand in the upcoming years.

iMentor has been recognized through funding from many of the leading education funders in the country, including the Ballmer Group, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, New Profit Inc., and the Kresge Foundation. 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 The Nonprofit Times. Read more about our work and values at: http://www.imentor.org

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe that people of all backgrounds deserve equal access to educational opportunities.

Recognizing that our country’s history of racism and systemic oppression continues to drive educational disparities for students of color, we give special focus to addressing the economic and racial divides that impact the communities we serve. We are committed to the collective work and intentional investment necessary to consistently move in the direction of educational equity and inclusion.

Position Overview

iMentor is seeking an exceptional Executive Director to build & expand its Bay Area region. Reporting to iMentor’s national CRO (Chief Regional Officer) 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 6 professionals. COVID-19 has impacted the Bay region’s school partnerships and brought a budget reduction from $1.8M to $1M. The Bay Area ED will need to successfully close our existing school partnerships, launch new school partnerships, build external relationships, manage the Bay team and create a vision of growth for the next three years. The ED will design and implement an effective local fundraising strategy that allows iMentor Bay Area to grow from an approximately $1.1MM budget currently to $2.0MM annually by 2023. They will continue to 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 has an entrepreneurial spirit, is a motivational and effective leader able to set and drive progress towards ambitious goals. They will be skilled in fundraising, nonprofit management, program implementation, and partnership development. They 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.

Responsibilities

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 6 full-time staff currently.
  • 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.

Programs

  • Successfully close iMentor Bay Area’s current school partners.
  • Overseeing growth and recruitment efforts to onboard new schools by the end of this fiscal year (June, 2021)
  • Oversee a high quality execution of the iMentor model in the Bay Area
  • 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 the national team and future iMentor sites.

Partnerships and Communications

  • Serve as the key external voice and representative of iMentor in 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.

Sustainability and Growth

  • Develop and implement a three-year sustainability strategy that aligns with the national strategic plan, scaling the program to serve 800 students annually by 2023.

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 tiered cross functional 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 educational, civic, philanthropic, and political landscapes.
  • The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated alignment with iMentor's mission, values, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Views differences between individuals (race, gender, age, cultural heritage, physical ability, education, beliefs, and lifestyle) as an asset and demonstrates an appreciation of the diversity across the iMentor community.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Our organization works in partnership with district public schools across the country. In doing so we must meet all compliance requirements of those districts.

Compensation & Benefits

  • The salary range for this position is: $160,000 - $170,000.
  • Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • 18 days paid annual vacation and 13 paid holidays, and most iMentor functions closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • 401K match up to 4%

How to Apply

Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/edgility-consulting-4/j/807381F5E2/. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Serena Moy at smoy@edgilityconsulting.com.

iMentor is an equal opportunity employer.

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

iMentor

iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online.
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