Let’s Get Ready (LGR) seeks a highly motivated and innovative leader to serve as its New England Regional Director (RD).
LGR provides low-income students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Programs are built on partnerships with colleges, high schools and community organizations. Trained college student volunteers (Coaches) deliver the services and offer encouragement, inspiration and confidence. LGR currently serves close to 1,600 high school students in the New England region with the engagement of nearly 600 college coaches and provides support to thousands more students in college. LGR students have a 92% college enrollment rate and graduate at a rate that is 5 times higher than the national rate for low-income students.
LGR’s New England office was established in 2006 with major support from the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Based in Boston, the RD is charged with building upon the region’s success through 1) significant increases in revenue; 2), strategic program expansion; 3) elevation of the organization’s regional profile; and 4) growth of the New England Advisory Board. Successful candidates will be skilled in fundraising, nonprofit management, program implementation, partnership development and bring a deep passion and commitment to LGR’s mission.
This position presents an exciting opportunity to lead a region poised for significant growth. With a talented and committed staff, an engaged New England Advisory Board and supportive national leadership team, the RD will play a critical role in building upon the organization’s current capabilities and taking the New England region to the next level of impact.
Reporting to LGR’s Executive Director in New York, the RD directly supervises a highly capable program staff- the Director of College Access and the Director of College Success as well as a Development Manager, with oversight of seven full-time staff, 80+ part-time college staff and over 600 college Coaches. The RD’s responsibilities include the following areas:
Leadership and Management
- Serve as a key member of LGR’s overall senior management team working to help develop and execute the organization’s overall goals and strategies
- Lead annual growth and performance goal setting for the region across all functional areas. Collaborate with the national team to determine resources necessary and available to execute the plan
- Manage the region toward ambitious goals using data-driven decision making to monitor and address challenges, improve performance and increase sustainability
- Lead, motivate, manage, and develop a highly effective team championing a positive and energetic work environment built upon collaboration and strong performance management
- Oversee sound financial management, partnering with the national office to build and manage both revenues and expenses associated with the region’s annual budget
- Serve as the key external voice and representative for the organization in New England effectively conveying LGR’s mission and work to program partners, students, donors, and business and community leaders
Fundraising and Board Development
- Provide leadership for all fundraising efforts to achieve the needed increases in funding to meet the region’s goals
- Grow a sustainable and diversified funding base through active solicitation, cultivation and stewardship of individuals, foundations and corporations that result in major gifts and long-term relationships
- Work in close partnership with the national development team to ensure best use of resources and desired results
- Partner with and grow a high impact New England Advisory Board that provides financial support, connections to resources and strategic guidance to ensure the organization meets or exceeds programmatic and fundraising goals
- Ensure high quality execution of the LGR’s model in New England to meet or exceed target goals, including LGR’s high school access, college transition and college success programs
- Work closely with the national program team to ensure best practices, the roll-out of pilot programs and the adaptation of program offerings where necessary, with the goal of improving both efficacy and impact
- 8+ years of relevant work experience, including service in a senior leadership role, preferably in an education non- profit organization, school district, foundation or government agency
- Demonstrated success designing and executing fundraising strategies and strategic partnerships
- Deep passion for and knowledge of issues impacting college access and success; knowledge of and relationships with the greater Boston area’s educational, civic and philanthropic landscapes strongly desired
- Excellent management and leadership skills with an ability to provide clear direction and hold staff accountable for ambitious, attainable goals as well as a genuine interest in coaching and developing team members
- An ability to lead and thrive in a collaborative, relationship-driven work culture demonstrating personal qualities of openness and empathy
- Willingness to travel throughout New England, including all of MA, Maine, VT, NH and RI.
Compensation & Benefits:
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Let’s Get Ready has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno at https://koya.refineapp.com/jobPosting/apply/920.
Let’s Get Ready provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, LGR complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
About Let’s Get Ready:
Let’s Get Ready addresses the inequalities and obstacles low-income students face in attaining a college education, empowering them to reach opportunity and success. Engaging volunteer college students as tutors and role-models (Coaches) LGR helps students access, transition to, and ultimately graduate from college. With its headquarters in NYC, LGR serves close to 4,000 low-income high school students annually throughout the northeast and thousands of LGR alums in college.
Since its founding in 1998 by a Harvard undergraduate, LGR has helped more than 25,000 low-income students with the mentoring power of over 8,000 college Coaches. LGR’s signature Access program sees 92% of LGR students enroll in college, with an average SAT score increase of 115 points.
Because of this strong track record of success, LGR received a watershed grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to launch a major initiative to ensure that its students graduate from college. LGR’s Transition and Success offerings are now being rolled out throughout the northeast.
Due to the demand for LGR’s services, the organization is taking the proven and replicable model to scale, aiming to grow strategically within the current geographic footprint and expand to new regions of the country. For more information please visit: www.letsgetready.org.
About Koya Leadership Partners:
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits 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 about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.