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Vice President, Executive Director - City Year Baton Rouge

Company: City Year Baton Rouge
Date Posted: November 7, 2017

About City Year, Inc.

 City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in high-need urban schools. These idealistic change agents partner with teachers and school leaders to provide high-impact student, classroom, and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to one year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors, and role models. Through City Year’s nationally recognized Whole School Whole Child model, diverse teams of AmeriCorps members serve in the highest need elementary, middle, and high schools. AmeriCorps members work to improve student attendance, behavior, and course performance – metrics that research confirms are indications of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school. City Year has an exciting plan, Long-Term Impact (LTI) strategy, to scale its impact to dramatically increase the urban graduation pipeline and transform the futures of thousands of students nationwide.

City Year is among the nation’s fastest-growing non-profit social enterprises. Today, more than 900 staff and 3,000 AmeriCorps members work and serve in 28 communities across the country, including Boston – where City Year was founded in 1988 and is headquartered – and Baton Rouge, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. Also, City Year has international affiliates in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is a public-private partnership, made possible by resources from schools and school districts; local, state, and federal governments; and philanthropic support from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Charity Navigator has recognized City Year as a four star charity – its highest rating – for 12 consecutive years, placing City Year in the top 1% of non-profits nationwide for fiscal responsibility, financial health, organizational efficiency, and organizational capacity.


About City Year Baton Rouge

In 2005, City Year, Inc. launched City Year Louisiana in just 90 days 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 Baton Rouge and City Year New Orleans to more effectively serve students in each community. Since its inception, City Year Baton Rouge has maintained tremendous support from Volunteer Louisiana, the local site board, corporations, family foundations, community stakeholders, school partners and political leaders. Today, over 100 AmeriCorps Members serve across 13 high-need schools reaching more than 10 percent of students enrolled in a public school in the City of Baton Rouge. The site is making rapid progress towards its Long-Term Impact plan over the last four years, striving to fully saturate multiple priority school feeder patterns. This progress positions City Year Baton Rouge to reach more than 50 percent of off-track students in the local community where they serve.

Position Overview

The Vice President, Executive Director (VP&ED) is responsible for ensuring the Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge’s senior leadership team. This dynamic, visionary change agent leads and provides support to 21 site staff members and 101 AmeriCorps members serving across 13 partner schools, affecting more than 5,600 students daily.

Additionally, the VP&ED works closely with City Year Baton Rouge’s 16-member advisory board, comprised of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of Baton Rouge. The VP&ED is accountable for a current annual budget of approximately $4.5M, while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to ensure the sustainability, growth, and scale to achieve our Long-Term Impact goals. Additionally, as a Vice President for City Year Inc.’s national organization, the VP&ED must also work to strengthen 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 Baton Rouge community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders. These constituencies include advisory board members, district leadership and school partners, Volunteer Louisiana; alumni; and private sector funders and sponsors. In Baton Rouge, the top priorities for the current fiscal year will include:

  • Ensure the persistence of AmeriCorps members through graduation, and the return of at least 25% of the corps for a second year of service.
  • Secure multi-year agreements from all corporate, foundations, and individual donors to increase investment in future years.
  • Oversee the execution of site’s AmeriCorps grant application for FY19-21.
  • Create and execute effective strategies to develop and retain high performing staff and build succession plans for key roles.
  • Lead the corps and staff in Phase II of its Long-Term Impact Strategy growth plan.


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 Baton Rouge 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 13 Baton Rouge elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Corps Experience: Ensure the site delivers a transformative civic leadership development and training program for all City Year AmeriCorps members, where 93 percent of AmeriCorps members persist from first day of service through graduation. And 80 percent of AmeriCorps members graduate from City Year Baton Rouge with a confirmed LACY plan.
  • Staff Management: Lead, coach, and directly manage three staff members (site senior leadership team), 18 full time indirect reports, and 100+ AmeriCorps members. Establish effective succession and retention plans for key roles to assure day one ready candidates and smooth transitions.
  • Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Lead site staff and local advisory board to raise the funds necessary to meet annual ($4.5M) and long-term revenue goals ($2.5M+ in public sector/$1.9M+ 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.    
  • Financial Management: Ensure City Year Baton Rouges raises three percent more than it spends by managing fiscally-sound budget, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a site budget of $4.5M.
  • Board Member Engagement: Recruit, develop, and manage a diverse, dynamic and deeply engaged local advisory board (16 current members) to build upon and execute a multi-year site strategic plan while also contributing to the success of the national organization. Ensure cultivation and engagement of future board leadership.
  • Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials – Governor, Mayor, City Council, local and state school board representatives, Louisiana State Legislature, and members of U.S. Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement. Maintain effective and collaborative relationship with AmeriCorps state commission (Volunteer Louisiana); oversee the preparation of effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet performance and compliance requirements associated therein.
  • AmeriCorps Member 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. Partner with site staff to ensure 93 percent of AmeriCorps members persist through site gradation and 25 percent return for a second year of service.
  • Alumni Engagement: Ensure the development and relaunch of local alumni board to leverage alumni to support AmeriCorps members in service and continue their lifetime of service.
  • Marketing and Communications:  Lead the site in increasing visibility and brand awareness of City Year’s work in local and national media, social media and marketing channels by developing and leveraging local relationships.

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 advocating for and advancing public education in Baton Rouge. The VP&ED must firmly believe that education has the power to help every student reach their full potential, be passionate about increasing our nation’s graduation rates and deeply 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; advanced degree preferred (ex. MBA, MPA) in a related field.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in progressively senior positions, with a proven record of exceeding goals.
  • Capacity to both effectively manage the organization to success in its current state and to think and lead strategically to ensure future growth and maximum 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 $4.5+ million (which includes a private revenue goal of approximately $1.9M+).
  • Ability to negotiate, sustain and close partnership with district and school leaders that result in annual revenue goal of $15k per AmeriCorps Member.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills; ability to build relationships with a diverse group of 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.

Additional skills/competencies:

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

Deadline to apply: November 17, 2017.  Please complete the online application and provide a cover letter and resume.