Aug 03, 2022

Executive Director, DC

  • On-Ramps
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-Time General Management Strategic Planning

Job Description


Higher Achievement, founded in 1975, closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Higher Achievement's model delivers academic enrichment grounded in social justice principles.

Our afterschool program for 5th-8th grade scholars in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, and Prince George's County, MD combines small-group academic mentoring with social-emotional skill building, culminating in placement in college preparatory high schools. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at:

Higher Achievement aims to be an anti-racist and inclusive organization where we aggressively work to improve equity and inclusion in all aspects of our organizational culture and operations. For the past two years, these efforts have been led by our DEI Council, which includes one peer-nominated member of every department and city affiliate; the Council works with executive leadership, including the DEI Director, to lead a range of organization-wide DEI initiatives including training staff and volunteers, conducting equity audits of events and language, assessing equity blind spots, and supporting the Council and Leadership Team in strategy development and implementation of equity-focused initiatives.


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Executive Director of DC Metro (ED - DCM) will have responsibility for the DC Metro (DCM) affiliate reaching its programmatic, internal, and external goals. With approximately 400+ scholars, 20+ full time staff, 200+ volunteer mentors, three school district partners, over 30 Gannon Society members, and hundreds of donors, alumni, and other champions. The ED must be adept at relationship building, staff management, broad stakeholder engagement and fundraising, and visionary leadership. The ED directly manages two Directors of Program Operations and is responsible for raising $3 million annually. The ED also works collaboratively across a matrixed organization with the Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of Program, and Managing Director of Development and their teams, and works in partnership with the Executive Directors in Baltimore and Richmond.

Hiring Organization

Higher Achievement



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement
  • Ability to convey Higher Achievement's mission, impact, and needs across the community in an authentic and compelling way that honors our scholars and their families, engaging diverse stakeholders
  • Minimum of 10 years overall professional experience required, 15 years preferred; minimum of 5 years senior management experience required, including experience managing managers
  • Experience managing a budget of at least $2 million and knowledge of nonprofit revenue sources

  • Demonstrated fundraising experience strongly preferred, including:

    • Highly skilled in donor cultivation and stewardship, connecting people to the mission and each other
    • Experience making asks and closing gifts, across varied revenue sources and types of donors
    • Experience building and maintaining within-sector and cross-sector partnerships, and when necessary, problem solving through partnership challenges and conflict
  • Track record of effectively and inclusively leading an outcomes-based team/organization using data, external research, and stakeholder input to drive continual learning, improvement, and decision-making.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the demonstrated ability to coach, manage, develop and retain high-performing teams

  • Track record of inclusive leadership, including providing conditions for collaboration and reflection; building authentic relationships with staff, acknowledging there are a diversity of ways to meet a goal and providing continuous opportunities for growth and development

  • Strong skills in planning, organizing, attention to detail, and oral and written communication, including strong presentation skills

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The salary range for this regular, full-time, exempt position begins at $150K, and will be based on relevant experience.

Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); twelve paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; retirement plan with company match.

Application Instructions

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