Organization: Genesys Works

Location: National Capital Region, U.S.

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About Genesys Works:

Genesys Works transforms the lives of high school students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds through skills training, meaningful internships, and impactful relationships. We envision a future when all youth finish high school equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency. A national nonprofit social enterprise, Genesys Works is a recognized leader in its field with a proven, replicable program model that produces measurable results.

The Problem: Too many students from low-income backgrounds graduate high school without the skills, knowledge, and insight needed to succeed in college and a career, leaving a lot of potential untapped and jobs unfilled. Closing these skills and opportunity gaps is an urgent economic and social imperative.

The Genesys Works Solution: Genesys Works is tackling these problems head-on. Together with its school and corporate partners, it is equipping today’s youth with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow. Key elements of the program include:

  • Skills Training – Students participate in eight weeks of training the summer before senior year of high school, which includes technical skills in information technology and business operations, and the professional skills required to succeed in today’s corporate workplace
  • Meaningful Internships – Students complete a paid, year-long internship at partner companies. Working 20 hours per week, students further develop and refine high-demand work skills while providing valued services to corporate partners
  • College and Career Coaching – Throughout the year, students receive more than 60 hours of guidance and counseling on appropriate college and career pathways, including college selection, applications, and financial aid assistance
  • Alumni Support – Students receive guidance navigating the complex world of post-secondary institutions and support as they deal with the academic, social, and financial obstacles that might stand in the way of college and career success

Through its programming, 93% of program graduates go on to enroll in college, with 71% having graduated or still enrolled in pursuit of their degrees.

Founded in 2002 in Houston, Texas, Genesys Works has grown to include successful expansions into Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and soon, New York City. The organization, which serves nearly 3,000 students annually, recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary and is well-positioned for significant growth in the years to come. Genesys Works has a full-time staff of 133 (including 26 in the National Office) and an annual operating budget of approximately $24 million.

For more information on Genesys Works, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Executive Director will have the exciting opportunity to develop and strengthen the National Capital Region location, leveraging a proven model and support from the national office. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial leader with a track record of building successful relationships and networks within the corporate and nonprofit sectors. S/he will lead all aspects of the operation, including corporate client engagement, student recruitment, strategic partnerships, local fundraising, staff management, Board development, and growth. A passionate and compelling spokesperson, the Executive Director will represent Genesys Works to corporate partners, school administrators, community leaders, philanthropists, politicians, students, and their families. Reporting to the Chief Strategic Growth Officer and working in close collaboration with a committed local Board of Directors, the Executive Director will also interact with the Founder/CEO and national office leadership.

This is a full-time position located in the National Capital Region. Genesys Works’ office is located in Tysons Corner, VA.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and leverage corporate relationships and engage them to increase the number of students working in meaningful internships
  • Establish strategic partnerships with businesses, schools, and other nonprofit organizations to better prepare today’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow
  • Create new fundraising partnerships focused on individuals, foundations, and corporations; working in partnership with the national development team, leverage existing relationships with national philanthropic partners
  • Partner and work closely with an engaged local Board of Directors to develop a plan for successful execution of high growth objectives
  • Ensure the overall operational and fiscal integrity of Genesys Works; oversee revenue acquisition, including earned income and fundraising. (The revenue model allows for a large degree of self-sustainability from earned income, roughly 70%)
  • Recruit and lead the required staff with the team-building and coaching skills required to energize and motivate them to operate at the highest level
  • Grow Genesys Works strategically in the area by expanding scope of services, increasing partnerships and participants to achieve economic scale, providing a strategic approach to maximize growth and realize its full potential
  • Effectively promote the mission of Genesys Works to professional, civic, and private organizations, as well as key policy makers and influencers
  • Work with the CEO of Genesys Works National and the executive directors of the other Genesys Works sites to make strategic and programmatic decisions that impact the entire organization

Candidate Profile:

  • Significant leadership experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably within a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment; prior experience starting and/or running organizations is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated success raising money from and managing pre-existing relationships with the philanthropic funding community, including with high net worth individuals, foundations, and corporations; ability to quickly develop and execute a fundraising strategy to achieve ambitious goals
  • Proven experience designing and executing growth strategies, with strong business and financial acumen; ability to manage and deliver results for multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong management skills with a track record of success in managing an organization, motivating staff, and developing leaders
  • Experience developing corporate partnerships and demonstrated ability to work with senior corporate leaders, such as CEOs and CIOs of major corporations
  • Background (ideally including P&L responsibility) in business development, sales and marketing of consulting services, or business services preferable; understanding of a social enterprise model
  • Ability to partner effectively with and leverage a Board of Directors
  • High level of emotional intelligence, with the ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide variety of internal and external constituents
  • Deep belief in the Genesys Works mission and a strong determination to grow the organization to be best in class
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; master’s degree in business or related field preferred


Genesys Works has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Alena Guerra here.

Genesys Works is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, educational institutions, and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit