Position Summary: BUILD is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial Regional Executive Director (RED) to lead our Greater Boston office. Reporting directly to the CEO, the RED will join a learning community of REDs from the Bay Area, New York and DC and serve as a member of BUILD’s National Leadership Team, working closely with BUILD leadership to influence the overall strategic direction of the national organization.
The RED oversees BUILD’s work with 400+ high school students in seven partner schools in Boston, including plans for further expansion statewide. The RED directs the local planning and execution of BUILD’s entrepreneurship, college access and career readiness programs; fundraising and events; as well as operations and strategic planning. In order to achieve outcomes, the RED must forge strategic relationships with corporations, foundations, individuals and media outlets and deepen partnerships with community and school district leaders. Additionally, the RED hires and manages regional staff to outcomes, develops asustainable strategy to expand BUILD’s presence in the Greater Boston region including gateway cities in Massachusetts, and maximizes our short and long-term impact.
The ideal candidate cares deeply about young people, and can inspire our students to accomplish great things. In addition, the RED will inspire our staff, board members, mentors, volunteers, and donors to advance our mission.
Fundraising & External Relations (55% time allocation):
Working with the development team and board, raise the BUILD Greater Boston annual operating budget of $2M, by developing and executing a Boston regional development plan that includes corporate, foundation, individual, government and event funding streams.
Manage and set high expectations for the Director of Philanthropy and the Development Team, which includes a Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Events Director, Grant Writer, and Development Associate.
Serve as the external spokesperson for BUILD with key partners in the school district, local government, corporations, nonprofits, individuals, philanthropic organizations, community groups, and the media to increase visibility and brand awareness of the BUILD program.
Participate in community building activities and attend community events to deepen relationships and build connections.
Manage fundraising for major events including the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge and the Entrepreneur Games by securing corporate and individual sponsorships.
Recruit, manage and support Local Advisory Board members charged with supporting strategy, fundraising, advancing programmatic goals, and widening the circle of friends and supporters of BUILD.
Work with new and existing corporate partners to create skills-based volunteering opportunities that involve BUILD students, in collaboration with the Manager of Strategic Partnerships.
Program Management, Operations, and Expansion (45% time allocation):
Plan and execute the overall strategic direction of the BUILD Greater Boston region.
Recruit, train, manage, professionally develop, and set high expectations for the regional Program Team, and ensure effective implementation of BUILD’s four-year program.
Develop the annual regional plan and budget in alignment with national strategic plans/programmatic priorities and direct the day-to day-work of the regional staff.
Working with the Program Director and National Program Team, ensure the effective implementation of BUILD programming in the region, including program planning, implementation, evaluation and overall program quality.
Oversee operations including facilities and IT, working in collaboration with the national office and external IT team.
Scout and select prospective school district partnerships for regional expansion in Greater Boston, including gateway cities outside of Boston.
Contribute to the organization’s National Leadership Team by setting strategy and priorities and executing organizational outcomes.
10+ years experience working in an educational, youth-based organization specifically serving students of color from under-resourced communities. Knowledge and deep understanding of current educational policies and practices.
Proven track record of success and leadership in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment achieving outcomes in the following areas:
Fundraising across a diversity of revenue streams, ideally with experience fundraising specifically in Boston
Building and managing a Board
Engaging and fostering mutually beneficial strategic relationships
Developing and executing an organizational strategy to expand programming while maintaining quality
Strong staff management background including recruiting and developing a high-performing, diverse team, ideally in a multi-site or regional organization
Exceptional written and verbal communication and relationship building skills, with a natural ability to interact comfortably with and understand the interests of a variety of constituents and inspire enthusiasm for the organizational mission
Comfort with regular regional travel and some national travel to BUILD Headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, or elsewhere as needed
Additional Salary Information: BUILD offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to all full-time employees, including medical, dental, & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) plan. In addition, BUILD employees are eligible for generous paid vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays per year, a flexible work environment, and performance bonuses.
Founded in 1999, BUILD uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s unique program offers students an entrepreneurship experience designed to teach Spark Skills (communication, collaboration, problem solving, innovation, grit, and self-management), which are required for success in today's innovation era. BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. BUILD serves high school students at programs located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC, Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles.
BUILD is made up of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship and experiential learning to transform the education landscape. We work in a collaborative environment where perseverance, flexibility, cross-cultural understanding and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. For more information, please visit www.build.org.