Position Summary – The City of Promise
Executive Director is responsible for the oversight, coordination
and expansion of the initiative to transform the educational and
developmental outcomes of children in the City of Charlottesville,
particularly those in our most distressed neighborhoods, closing
gaps in achievement and creating a college-going culture for all
youth. Primarily and most frequently the work done is performed as
leader or director with broad functional areas and more expertise
and strategic focus.
Position Qualifications –
- Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in human
services or related field; Master’s degree preferred
- At least five years of program supervision/managerial
experience required; Must have prior experience in the delivery and
supervision of community-based services/programs; human services
experience and/or program director experience preferred
- Prior fundraising and donor cultivation experience
- Works with the Board of Directors, neighborhood residents, and
community partners to deliver a continuum of solutions that address
the challenges and gaps identified through regularly completed
needs assessments and segmentation analysis.
- Identifies strategies for building upon and leveraging
high-quality academic programs and family and community
- Builds community support for and involvement in the
implementation of identified strategies, both among partners and
within the neighborhoods;
- Establishes outcomes for children that are communicated and
analyzed on an ongoing basis by leaders and members of the
- Maintains commitments from partners to work long-term to
implement identified strategies, helps ensure continued
programmatic success, and develops a strategy to hold partners
accountable for meeting performance goals and milestones. Meets
regularly with partner leaders to strengthen relationships and
- Plans and coordinates the implementation and evaluation of
programs. Oversees community engagement and ongoing implementation
of the program, coordinating the efforts of schools, parents,
youth, other residents and community partners in delivering the
continuum of services, with plans for widening implementation to
other city neighborhoods in subsequent years.
- Secures resources for the City of Promise initiative,
supervises the preparation of grant applications, cultivates major
donors and philanthropic partners. Oversees efforts to build
community support and secure the financial sustainability of the
plan through a comprehensive development plan.
- Creates a budget for approval by the Board of Directors.
Monitors all revenues and expenditures, supervises tracking of
grant requirements and provides regular financial reporting.
- Works with the City School's Data Analyst and other partners to
maintain a comprehensive, longitudinal data management system,
while abiding by federal, state, and other privacy laws and
- Participates in national Promise Neighborhoods Communities of
Practice, including travel to collaboration and/or training events
- Oversees the implementation of a formal strategy to promote
robust community engagement in the initiative and meaningful
resident participation in planning and activities.
- Provides supervision and day-to-day oversight of City of
Promise staff and volunteers.
- Complete performance evaluations for all City of Promise
- Performs related tasks as required.
- Actively promote vital connections between children,
caregivers, staff, and our community partners.
- Resolve issues with the person(s) most directly involved by
sharing your thoughts and feelings directly and respectfully,
remembering that others have thoughts and feelings, too.
- Recognize each person’s uniqueness and strengths. Treat people
in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual, cultural
and ethnic differences.
- Be respectful in verbal and written communication to and about
participants and colleagues.
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with participants,
colleagues and donors.
- Protect privacy and confidentiality of participants, colleagues
- Fully embrace our mission and vision, actively contribute to
meeting them, and serve as an ambassador to engage the community in
our efforts by providing clear and accurate information regarding
the agency’s function and current programs.
- Participate in the decision-making process as opportunities are
available to inform agency and program decisions.
- Participate in scheduled agency and other team meetings.
- Recognize that one way does not work for everyone and stay
flexible in our approach and thinking. Maintain flexibility
in order to change when things change.
- Present solutions along with problems with the goal of getting
to yes. Stay open to new ideas and offer suggestions for new
ways of doing things.
- Be proactive; give and receive input and seek solutions that
balance the needs of the individual, program, agency, and
- Maintain the highest integrity in all aspects of agency and
program operations and duties.
- Utilize evidence-based and best practice models and strategies
to provide the best opportunity for success.
- Set appropriate priorities and make progress toward
performance-based goals established for self, program, and
- Be accountable for individual and program results and give and
receive feedback to improve individual, program, and agency
- Seek and utilize all available sources of data on an ongoing
basis to inform decision-making in completion of all job
- Reflect on individual, program and agency results for
continuous learning and quality improvement.
- Participate in professional development and supervision to seek
guidance, expand knowledge, and develop use of best practices.
- Maintain passion and commitment to the agency’s work and
- Do your part to ensure the health and well-being of the entire
- Respect and protect agency-owned property and assets and use
agency resources for business-appropriate purposes.
- Perform other duties, not listed here, deemed necessary for the
well-being of the agency.