President & Chief Executive Officer

President & Chief Executive Officer

Impact America

Birmingham, AL   |   July 31, 2019

Impact America:

Impact America (Impact) is on a mission to activate recent college graduates to address consequences of poverty through health, economic, and education-based initiatives in order to create lasting impact in local communities.  We do this through the Impact America Corps Program – a year-long service and leadership program designed to place talented, committed recent college graduates directly into communities of need.
We envision American communities with real possibilities – where all citizens engage in action for positive change and take responsibility for safeguarding the health, well-being and worth of every individual.  In order for our communities and institutions to thrive, we know we need the talent, vitality, and perspective that young people can bring. This generation of college students and recent graduates is among the most charitable in American history, with many yearning for an opportunity to make a real difference in communities of need.

Corps members serve in three different program areas: FocusFirst, a high-tech vision care initiative; SaveFirst, a tax-preparation initiative; and SpeakFirst, an academic-debate initiative.


  • …in possibilities.
  • …in the potential of all communities to thrive.
  • …in opportunities to collaborate and work in partnership to address poverty and social and economic injustice.
  • …in investing in the next generation through meaningful community engagement with opportunities for personal growth and development of leadership potential.
  • …that community should be broadly defined and totally inclusive.
  • …that poverty is multi-faceted and requires multi-faceted interventions and solutions.
  • …that empathy and compassion result from and strengthen active citizenship.
  • …that spending an “Impact Year” or more leads AmeriCorps members to a lifetime of service and active citizenship.

Founded in 2004, Impact America has a national team located in Birmingham, AL, and operates programs in Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina.  Since its beginning, Impact has made the difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and families.

For more information on Impact America, please visit

The Opportunity:

Impact America seeks a dynamic and passionate President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization into the future. Reporting to an engaged Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for both strategic leadership and day-to-day operations of the organization to lead the organization into its next stage of growth.  Working with the Board and staff, the CEO will be responsible for identifying the resources necessary to sustain and expand Impact America’s work and will serve as an ambassador for the organization throughout the community.  This is an exciting opportunity for a committed professional to lead an organization making a real difference in the lives of families facing poverty’s challenges.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned, mission-driven leader with a proven ability to build, cultivate, and manage relationships with key external stakeholders and funders to meet ambitious strategic goals.
This individual will be responsible for execution of the overall strategy and ensuring that all staff, operations, and systems are working in support of the overall mission.  The CEO will inspire continued growth in fundraising, stakeholder engagement, and brand awareness.

Specifically, the President & CEO will be responsible for the following:

Strategic Organizational Leadership

  • Provide enthusiastic leadership, inspiration, strategic direction, specific focus, and vision for the organization.
  • Instill a culture that reflects Impact America’s values through all programs both regionally and nationally.
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships with the staff at the national level and with regional leaders.
  • Ensure that there are effective systems in place for tracking and evaluating vital information.
  • Provide overall supervision of staff and volunteers including recruitment, training and annual evaluation with focus on improving staff retention.

Community Relations and Partnership Orientation

  • Serve as a dynamic and passionate public representative of Impact America with funders, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Assure the integrity and growth of Impact America’s brand, including the development and execution of external communication efforts.
  • Oversee fundraising and other revenue-generating strategies (including support from individual donors, foundations, governments, and corporations) to consistently support current and new initiatives.
  • Supervise and implement grant writing program, build endowment funds, attract and cultivate new donors, and manage donor relations.
  • Maintain positive relations with partner agencies and agency stakeholders.
  • Oversee the strategy and development Impact America’s web presence and social media to fuel growth and enhance Impact America’s brand

Program Oversight

  • Manage programs and services consistent with the mission, values and goals of the organization.
  • Ensure ongoing evaluation of best practices and lessons learned from growth efforts as a basis of informing evolving processes and partnerships.
  • Guide outcome data collection in line with organizational goals and contract requirements.

Business and Management Acumen

  • Oversee the financial status of the organization, including establishment of financial plans and controls, monitoring of the budget, and setting financial priorities.
  • Oversee budget management along with planning and operations responsibility.
  • Create and manage systems and processes as Impact America continues to grow and professionalize its internal operations.
  • Ensure a proper allocation of funds within the organization, to reflect both present and future needs.

Partnership with the Board of Directors

  • Cultivate a strong partnership with the Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Councils in setting an agenda that is consistent with Impact America’s mission and facilitate all Board meetings and interactions.
  • Provide the Board of Directors with adequate information to reach strategic decisions and to formulate necessary policies.
  • Ensure effective communications and linkages between Board and staff.
  • Assist the Board in identifying, recruiting, and utilizing Board members with the essential skills to support the mission and vision.

This is a full-time position based in Birmingham, AL.

The City of Birmingham:

“If diversity were a place, it would be Birmingham.” There is incredible variety in Birmingham including cuisine, museums, outdoor experiences, entertainment, festivals and events. An economic, cultural and social renaissance has blossomed in Birmingham – the State’s largest metro area with a population of just over 1 million – as the city has grown from a primarily steel‐based economy to a thriving nexus of R&D, healthcare information and technology, medicine, banking and other services industries.
Known as the Magic City for its rapid growth and its history, the Birmingham area boasts more than 700 technology‐based companies and, in life science research, hundreds of millions have been awarded regionally from the National Institutes of Health. A vibrant regional innovation ecosystem is supported by UAB (the largest employer in Alabama), Southern Research (with seven FDA‐approved drugs on the market), and Innovation Depot (the largest and most successful business technology incubator in the Southeast). UAB and other entities have long established the area as a health care hub offering world‐class care.

The Birmingham area is steeped in the arts and culture. The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the southeast. In addition, Birmingham is home to the state’s major ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra companies including the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Ballet, Birmingham Concert Chorale, and Opera Birmingham. UAB’s Alys Stephens Center serves as Birmingham’s home for the performing arts and an anchor of the burgeoning Cultural Arts District – hosting performances by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as well as diverse, top‐billed acts from Itzhak Perlman to Smokey Robinson to Joan Baez. Directly across the street from the Alys Stephens Center is the Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts (AEIVA), which provides both exhibitions and educational programming in the visual arts. It also houses the Art and Art History Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. The metro area’s vibrancy and diversity continues garnering national attention and has been hailed as a top travel destination by Zagat, National Geographic Traveler, The L.A. Times, NBC’s Today Show and Forbes.

Birmingham has a vibrant restaurant environment. In 2018, Highlands Bar & Grill won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award as the most outstanding restaurant in America. At the same time, the restaurant’s pastry chef won the award for the most outstanding pastry chef. Highlands’s chef Frank Stitt was inducted in 2011 into the foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, a group that includes Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Graham Kerr, Wolfgang Puck, and others. In 2012, Chris Hastings of Birmingham’s Hot and Hot Fish Club won a Beard award for best chef in the South.

The Birmingham area is also home to some of the country’s best high schools. The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale was ranked first in Alabama and eighth in the U.S. in the 2016 Washington Post study of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Local schools rated among America’s best in various publications include Mountain Brook High School, Homewood High School, Vestavia Hills High School, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts. The metro area is also home to three highly regarded private preparatory schools: Saint Rose Academy, The Altamont School, and Indian Springs School.

With endless river ways, 22 million acres of lush forests, and diverse vistas that range from Gulf Coast beaches to Appalachian cliffs, Alabama is a paradise for those who love the outdoors. Recreational opportunities abound and the scenery is exquisite. From the majestic mountains of North Alabama to the sugar‐white sands of the Gulf Coast beaches, outdoor lovers will find Alabama a great place. Outdoor entertainment is one of the main attractions to Birmingham. The addition of Birmingham’s Railroad Park and the Rotary Trail, both located within blocks of UAB’s campus, give the city more greenspace per capita than any other city in the country, so outdoor recreation is easily accessible. Championship golf, hiking and mountain biking are virtually year‐round sports, along with fishing in what is known as the “Bass Capital of the World.” Alabama’s location at the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain provides the unique opportunity to hike in some of the most diverse and beautiful woodlands in the nation. Whether you want peaceful seclusion, an adrenaline rush or bustling nightlife, you will find it on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. For more information:

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader who brings deep expertise in organizational leadership as well as a dedication to Impact America’s mission.  With a background in non-profit leadership, the ideal candidate will bring strong financial management skills and a demonstrated ability to identify and secure funds for their organization.  With an ability to build, cultivate and manage relationships with key external partners, including both regionally and locally, they will model the organization’s values in all interactions.  Experience analyzing and interpreting fundraising and program data to drive strategy and anticipate future needs is essential. They must demonstrate the ability to motivate, excite and inspire staff with an eye toward supporting managers and developing new professionals.

With a deep belief in the mission of Impact America, the CEO will demonstrate an ability to advocate on behalf of the organization and inspire others to support the mission.  The CEO will demonstrate a working knowledge of service-oriented programs and be excited by the opportunity to truly impact the lives and communities where Impact America serves.
The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

  • Experience in a senior management or executive role in a nonprofit organization of similar size and scope and demonstrated ability to think strategically, plan and execute.
  • Proven ability to initiate, cultivate, and manage relationships with key individual and institutional stakeholders and meet ambitious goals.
  • Proven success managing teams toward ambitious, measurable results; ability to motivate, excite and inspire staff with an eye toward supporting managers and developing new professionals.
  • Rigorous thinker with the ability to analyze programs, fundraising and financial data, anticipate future needs, and drive strategy.
  • Financial and/or business management experience at an organization with comparable revenue streams and budget.
  • Experienced in establishing strong collaborative relationships with staff and leaders in regional offices to better understand regional needs.
  • Strong project manager with the ability to scope projects and execute multi-faceted processes in a collaborative context.
  • Outstanding ability to build trust with diverse partners and stakeholders; exceptional cultural competency and demonstrated success with diverse populations including donors, community leaders, and high school and new professionals.
  • Understanding and respect for vulnerable populations with diverse cultural, economic, educational and vocational backgrounds.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; an authentic, persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Resourceful, flexible, team-player with a positive “can do” attitude and a sense of humor; open to change, learning, and improvement.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.


Impact America has engaged Kara Teising and Alicia Salerno of Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

Impact America welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve. Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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About Koya Leadership Partners:

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