“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.”

Emily McCann
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.


Organizational Leadership

  • Refine and officially launch a multi-year fundraising campaign in partnership with the CEO and the National Board of Directors
  • Lead the national External Engagement team comprised of 8 staff across institutional and individual giving, volunteer recruitment, events and revenue operations
  • Sit on the Executive Team, serving as the leader for fundraising strategy and partnering with other ETeam leaders to set organizational strategy and org-wide priorities. Liaise with the VP of Finance and Operations to manage private cash flow and business profitability.
  • Work collaboratively with the 3 divisional Executive Directors (Catalyst, Makers & Mentors Network and ELT) to achieve revenue targets for each business unit, serving as the organizational fundraising expert and coaching them to close gifts and build new business opportunities

Fundraising and External Relationship Management

  • Serve as a key spokesperson for the organization, directly overseeing a portfolio of strategic and large institutional and individual relationships ($2 million portfolio) with a focus on building the organization’s individual giving portfolio of 6 figure investors
  • Alongside the CEO, serve as the primary liaison to the National Board of Directors, overseeing the Development Committee and ensuring the Board achieves its goals around personal giving
  • Work with the CEO and Board Governance Committee to identify and cultivate prospective Board members
  • Lead the strategy to identify and qualify new sources of private funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations

Corporate Engagement and Volunteer Recruitment

  • Oversee a team of individuals who are responsible for building partnerships with companies, colleges/universities and community organizations o supply diverse and skilled career mentors for our programs
  • Steward corporate giving as a primary revenue generating strategy


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:

  • 10+ years of progressively responsible fundraising leadership experience, with several years in a senior management (manager - of - managers) position and proven success coaching a diverse set of leaders
  • A versatile and well-rounded fundraiser with superior communication skills and an ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and lead others to implement it
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups, both internally and externally
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills and data-driven approach to problem solving
  • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, with a strong aptitude to deliver results through others
  • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to other Citizen Schools locations across the nation
  • Previous experience in an education reform and/or non-profit organization preferred
  • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools’ core values: Confidence, Curiosity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Perseverance and Teamwork
  • The fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success regardless of background, and a commitment to Citizen Schools mission and strategic vision
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required; relevant advanced degree preferred


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.


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.


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.