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Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Tulsa

Company: City Year Tulsa
Date Posted: April 11, 2017

Position Overview

The Vice President, Executive Director (VP&ED) is responsible for ensuring the Tulsa 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 Tulsa’s site leadership team. This change agent will lead and provide support to 17 site staff members and 74 AmeriCorps members serving in nine schools. Additionally, the VP&ED works closely with City Year Tulsa’s local site board, comprised of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of Tulsa. This individual is accountable for an annual budget of nearly $3.4 million. With these supports and resources, the VP&ED will manage an aggressive long-term impact strategy to lead the Tulsa site to reach their potential in sustainability, growth, and scale.

 Job Description

The VP&ED serves as the primary leader, strategist, external champion, builder, and internal manager of a City Year site. The VP&ED is responsible for the site’s strategy, performance and success in achieving its potential for impact, sustainability, and scale. The VP&ED is the chief “resource magnet” for a site, translating strategy into action and results through developing and executing a multi-year strategic plan, as well as an annual operating plan and budget, to manage the performance and growth of the site. 

The VP&ED represents the organization within the local community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders, including the staff team, site board members, AmeriCorps members, Tulsa Public Schools, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Community Service Commission, City Year alumni, and private sector funders and sponsors.

The VP&ED is the primary champion of City Year’s impact locally, leading City Year’s efforts to keep students in school and on track, while also ensuring the growth and sustainability of the City Year site. An effective VP&ED will be able to both lead the site at its current size and scope, and successfully strategize and manage leading to growth in the future.

In Tulsa, the top priorities include:

  • Maximizing impact on students, and strengthening school and community partnerships,
  • Managing the political landscape,
  • Increasing fundraising results, including a focus on corporate and high-net worth individual giving, and
  • Growing the brand recognition of City Year Tulsa

The VP&ED is responsible for leading site staff to ensure performance in all major areas, including;

  • Service Performance, Implementation and Delivery: In partnership with senior impact staff, ensure high quality program commitment to the nationally developed service delivery model implemented by AmeriCorps Members across Tulsa elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Staff Management: Support the growth and professional development of 17 site staff members as they manage 74 AmeriCorps Members in service implementation. Establish effective succession plan for key roles to assure ready candidates and smooth transitions.
  • Board Management & Development: In partnership with local Board leadership, recruit, develop and manage a dynamic, engaged, and productive site board executing a multi-year site strategic plan while contributing to the success of City Year, Inc.
  • Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials – e.g. mayor, city council, governor, and members of U.S. Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement.
  • Government Relations: Maintain relationship with AmeriCorps state commission; prepare effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet compliance requirements associated therein.
  • Fundraising/Development: Lead site staff and board (8-13 members) to raise funds to meet annual and long-term revenue goals. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with funders; build a sustainable revenue model based on philanthropic, government, and earned income sources.
  • Corps Recruitment: Ensure site recruits, selects, and admits corps within the regional framework, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals.
  • Program: Ensure site delivers a transformative civic leadership development and training program for its corps.
  • Financial Management: Manage fiscally sound budgeting, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a site budget of almost $3.4 million.
  • Alumni Engagement: Involve corps alumni to advance City Year goals and continue their lifetime of service.
  • Communications: Ensure the site achieves goals for marketing, publications, media, and brand management.

In addition, the VP&ED also integrates the site’s strategy and priorities with those of City Year, Inc. and participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission, managing working relationships with staff at City Year Headquarters and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.


  • A minimum of 8 –10 years of professional experience with a solid track record of building an organization.
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills overseeing a complex enterprise at a high level of responsibility.
  • Ability and experience working in an entrepreneurial and dynamic organization. Entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Capacity to both effectively manage the organization to success in its current state, and to lead future growth and success.
  • Ability and interest to lead a site within a larger global network; familiar 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 track record in fundraising and securing major gifts ($500k+) and/or sales; a “closer” with the ability to meet revenue goals.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills; ability to build relationships with senior level stakeholders.
  • Ability to relate with and inspire 17 – 24 year olds and mobilize large or small groups into action.
  • Keen level of self-awareness and ability to be self-reflective
  • Confidence with technology platforms and tools
  • All of the following skills and/or competencies are extremely helpful:
    • City Year knowledge/exposure
    • Significant non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience and an established local network
    • Content knowledge of K-12 education, youth development, and/or community or national service.

 Education and Experience: Candidate should possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree, ideally with an advanced degree (e.g. M.B.A.) in a related field. While a not-for-profit sector background is a positive, strong transferable skills in organizational management and development from any sector are similarly desirable.

 Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.


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