“This leader will play a starring role in bringing Citizen Schools' mission to market so we can strengthen our impact and expand our reach to more students across the country.”
CEO, Citizen Schools
For nearly 25 years, Citizen Schools has been a pioneer in educational equity. Since opportunity, unlike talent, is not equally distributed, we have provided hands-on learning experiences that ignite curiosity, build confidence and expand horizons for over 50,000 underrepresented middle school students. Together with our partners, including 25,000 career mentors, we have exposed students to ideas and connections, helping them access even better opportunities than previous generations.
Today, we engage underserved students in hands-on learning, in school and after school. Our students are creators and problem-solvers, not just consumers. They become scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and programmers. We also apply best practices from our direct service work to systems-level advancement of STEM mentorship and learning by working with communities.
Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.
As our Vice President of External Engagement (VPEE), you will play a critical role in Citizen Schools’ effort to secure major, multi-year fundraising support to deliver on our mission and expand our impact. In partnership with the national External Engagement team, regional teams and senior organizational leadership, the VPEE will have top and bottom line responsibility for Citizen Schools’ sustainability and scale goals through the engagement of individuals, corporations, foundations and other partner institutions to provide volunteers, funding and strategic guidance. The VPEE will also serve as our Principal Gift officer, engaging high-level individual donors ($1+ million gifts) and advisors.
In addition to team leadership, the VPEE will lead on a set of critical national relationships and will work closely with the CEO to steward and grow our National Board of Directors. The CEE will join the organization's Leadership Team, composed of divisional Executive Directors and national department heads.
We seek a stellar fundraising expert who is knowledgeable about fundraising systems, processes, and best practices, as well as the philanthropic landscape and funders that are focused on systemic change. You will be an ideal candidate for this position if you are a “big picture” thinker with the ability to implement tactically. You approach challenges and opportunities through an analytical lens and take a hands-on approach to translating strategy into tangible activities. The VPEE will also be an innovator, creatively seeking and designing new ways to engage new and existing funding partners in the Citizen Schools model.
This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is based in one of our core fundraising markets (Boston, NYC, Bay Area). This position offers the flexibility of remote working or in a local Citizen Schools office.
Serving as a member of the Citizen Schools team means working in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizen Schools is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.
Fundraising and External Relationship Management
Corporate Engagement and Volunteer Recruitment
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Salary will be competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of comparable size, and you will also receive a robust benefits package. We offer medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with a match, paid vacation, professional development stipend, and more.
ABOUT CITIZEN SCHOOLS
Citizen Schools helps all students to thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. Our vision is for all students to have experiences and career mentors that ignite curiosity, build confidence, and help them develop into the next generation of leaders. Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.
To learn more about our work, please visit www.citizenschools.org.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please contact us and we will work to accommodate your needs.