Position overview

The College Initiative (TCI) seeks a dynamic, passionate, and proven Executive Director (ED) to lead the organization forward as it continues to deepen its impact in the lives of students and their families. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual who has the desire and experience to lead this organization to the next level and continue our excellent reputation with funders and community partners as TCI consistently achieves outstanding outcomes for its students.

The ED is accountable for effectively implementing TCI’s programs, successfully fundraising, and efficiently leading its operations. Specific responsibilities include:

Organizational Management and Growth.

The ED will partner closely with a Board of Directors. Together, they will establish the next forward-facing vision and direction for the organization, prioritize resource needs, and ensure that the organization is successful in achieving its mission.

The ED will be responsible for putting the proper infrastructure in place to allow for the high-performing, results-oriented leadership team to reach their goals. He or she will lead the development and management of TCI’s human and financial resources, including building efficient management systems that will keep pace with TCI’s continued growth.

Strategic Fund Development.

A key responsibility for the ED is to work with the Board of Directors to implement a comprehensive and strategic fundraising plan. Supported by the Board of Directors, the ED will expand the current donor base, steward current donors by keeping them engaged, informed, and inspired by TCI’s success, and increase philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and institutional partners. The ED will represent TCI and be an active participant in key donor development activities. By ensuring clear strategic priorities and action plans, the ED will empower the Board to continue building upon its base of individual and institutional support.

Team Management and Leadership.

Understanding the unique structure of TCI’s service model is essential for the ED. TCI is committed to not only making a difference in the lives of the students it serves, but also in the staff that will soon become the next generation of leaders committed to social equity.

The ED, motivated by a shared commitment to social equity and a deep connection to TCI’s students, will provide the structure and support for the professional growth and development of TCI’s very diverse, passionate, and capable team of professional staff, who are also early career professionals.

Community Engagement.

The ED will be a key ambassador for the organization and, with the Board of Directors, will continue to build awareness and strengthen TCI’s profile in the community. The ED will regularly meet with donors, community members, educational partners, and external decision makers to further TCI’s mission. As TCI continues to impact more students, the ED must foster and maintain strong relationships with officials and local champions who can help continue TCI’s reputation as a trusted partner. Under the ED’s leadership, TCI will be an active participant in community and regional initiatives regarding college readiness and access.

The ideal candidate will be a proven leader who is committed to TCI’s mission and the communities they serve. The selected candidate will have experience working with a Board of Directors, fundraising, and engaging with and developing young professionals. TCI seeks a:

Strategic leader who inspires confidence, trust, and respect.

She or he must be able to partner effectively with the Board to set agendas, grow and develop the Board, participate in committee work, and to develop and execute operating plans. The ED will have prior success as a mentor, who relates to and inspires staff to grow and learn. She or he must have highly effective communication and listening skills and be able to set clear and realistic expectations for staff. The selected candidate must bring transparency, collaboration, and humility to their work and demonstrate an appreciation for the diverse skills, talents and experiences of the team.

Fearless fundraiser.

She or he will be at ease in developing relationships, working with board members to cultivate new donors, and soliciting gifts on behalf of the organization. A reputation for strategic focus, connecting the right people and partnerships, and serving as a credible, enthusiastic advocate for an organization is highly valued.

Leader who identifies with the communities TCI serves.

The ED will work alongside motivated students and unwavering staff to help them create the change that they see is possible. Strong candidates will be inspired by the young people who are dedicated to transforming their lives and their communities by attending and graduating from college. This should translate into a commitment to continual learning about the communities served and a fierce optimism about the tremendous opportunity to bring about lasting change.


Quality benefits package includes health and PTO

Salary commensurate with experience




4-year degree




Please send resume, and cover letter to gabriel.fotsing@thecollegeinitiative.org