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Job posting: Executive Director

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)

FY18 Statistics: 935 volunteers, every school, 15 corporate partners, 32,793 hours of tutoring and mentoring.

The Board of Directors of the Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) seeks a dynamic new leader. CSV is an independent, non-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that helps public school students succeed, both academically and personally. CSV, with a budget of approximately $450,000 and a dedicated staff, recruits, trains and supports approximately 900 volunteers every school year. CSV works in collaboration with the Cambridge Public School Department (CPSD), community leaders, other community agencies, businesses and corporations to develop programs for all levels of learners, from Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn more about CSV here:  www.csvinc.org

Corporate partners FY19: logos of Sanofi, IBM, Google, Volpe, Neon, the Broad Institute, GCP Applied Tech, Philips, Audible, Cambridge Systematics, MIT, Draper, Novartis, Vecna, MIT Chem E, Oracle

The Executive Director directs the organization and oversees all operations which include, but are not limited to: staff management, budget creation and management, fundraising, community outreach, and grant writing. The ED also facilitates strategic planning and program assessment and development.

The Board wants a leader who can build a sense of community within CSV as well as act as an external ambassador for the organization. We are searching for a passionate leader and a skilled fundraiser who is committed to the mission of public education and can lead this historic organization into its next chapter.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning and annual business plan development and execution
    • Work with Board to analyze current status of the organization and promote areas of future growth
    • Develop and manage the annual organizational budget in collaboration with the Board
    • Collaborate with all facets of the Cambridge Public School Department
  • Financial management
    • Develop and adhere to a budget
    • Manage cash flows
  • Fund raising
    • Research and cultivate new funding sources
    • Write grants, proposals, appeal letters and other solicitations as necessary
    • Maintain and manage relationships with funders
  • Program development, management and evaluation
    • Conduct ongoing program and organizational evaluations using existing and new tools
    • Analyze results of assessments and communicate the results to appropriate stakeholders
    • Lead staff through recommended changes
  • Public relations
    • Manage print, verbal, visual and electronic communications from CSV
    • Act as CSV’s ambassador for both internal and external audiences
    • Nurture relationships with partners, funders, CPSD, as well as create new partnerships
  • Staff management
    • Create supportive work environment
    • Ensure staff has the equipment and resources needed to conduct their jobs
    • Hire and train new staff; conduct annual performance reviews for current staff
  • Strong communication with Board
    • Board development and recruitment
    • Work with Board committees as appropriate
    • Analyze areas of organizational strengths and weaknesses; make recommendations to the Board as appropriate

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of increasingly responsible management experience with non-profit organizations
  • Minimum of an earned bachelor’s degree with master’s degree preferred
  • Experience developing and managing a non-profit organization’s budget
  • Proven grant writing and fund raising record
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to influence, inspire, and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to manage a diverse, multicultural staff
  • Ability to travel between locations in Cambridge
  • Committed to the mission of public education
  • Strong computer skills, especially using Excel, Quickbooks, eTapestry and other non-profit financial systems
  • Knowledge of how to successfully use social networking tools to promote CSV
  • Leverage and augment relationships with Cambridge and other local officials and educators

Salary and Benefits:

Annual salary of in the mid-fifties (for 30 hrs/wk) with benefits and the possibility of a bonus.

Time Expectations:

30 hours per week, exempt full-time management position with some evening work 


Office in a Cambridge Public School building in Cambridge MA

Reports to: The CSV Board of Directors

To apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to the hiring committee, care of Jennifer Fries

Cambridge School Volunteers intends to develop a staff that reflects the diversity of the students that we serve.  We seek to create a team reflecting the diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities with CSV.

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