Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Our client works to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved, students from low-income communities. Higher Achievement intervenes during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in grades 5 to 8. As students prepare to graduate from its program in the 8th grade, Higher Achievement helps them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. As a result, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.
Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA. Higher Achievement's award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement, including recent press mentions and awards, may be found at: www.higherachievement.org.
Launched in 2010, Higher Achievement operates in three Richmond neighborhoods: at T.C. Boushall Middle School, Thomas H. Henderson Middle School and at Binford Middle School. Higher Achievement has chosen to focus its work in these communities because of the legacy of need and the opportunity to partner with established and esteemed community leaders. Today, the Richmond affiliate serves roughly 300 middle school aged scholars.
The incoming Executive Director (ED) will play a unique role in the organization's history and help Higher Achievement advance to the next stage of growth and impact in Richmond where it hopes to serve more scholars in a deeper way on the road towards college completion/success. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and working closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the ED will have overall operational responsibility for the Richmond affiliate by driving fundraising, relationship building, and community presence.
With more than 300 scholars served directly, 10 full time staff, 100 mentors, over 20 part-time seasonal program staff, 14 advisory board members, and multiple community and school partners, the ED must be adept at relationship management, staff management, broad stakeholder engagement, and visionary leadership. The ED is responsible for the affiliate's revenue targets, approximately $1.7 million in fiscal year 2019. As such, the ED has dotted-line reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) in the National Office with respect to fundraising goals and receives significant technical assistance and support from the National Office on individual and corporate fundraising and grant writing. The ED directly manages the Richmond team through two direct reports, the Director of Programs and the Senior Manager of Development.
Strategic Leadership and Management
Development, Fundraising, and Communications
This full-time, exempt position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, consistent with other organizations of similar size, scope, and scale. Higher Achievement offers generous benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; commuter benefits with company match; retirement plan with company match; tuition reimbursement, and professional development funds.