About Urban Alliance
Urban Alliance (UA) is a national evidence-based nonprofit that is
building a diverse next-generation workforce by providing
underserved young people of color with skills training and
mentoring, and connecting them to paid work experiences to increase
their economic mobility. With over 25 years of experience, UA
connects the young people it serves with the skills, social
capital, and career exposure needed to overcome systemic barriers
to economic opportunity.
UA provides a bridge between students, employers, and schools to
build early, long-term, and life-changing workforce experiences.
UA’s signature High School Internship Program (HSIP) provides
comprehensive soft skills and digital literacy training, paid
internships with local employers, mentoring, case management, and
post-high school planning support to ensure that participants
enroll in college, secure living wage work, or enroll in continued
career training after high school.
Founded in Washington, DC in 1996, UA has since evolved into a
national organization with nearly 70 staff, $15M annual budget, and
regional operations in four locations: Baltimore, Chicago, the
Greater DC area, and Detroit. Through partnerships with major
employers such as Bank of America, the World Bank, LinkedIn,
Mastercard, the American Red Cross, and Rocket Central, UA has
served nearly 30,000 students since 1997, with almost 6,000 of
these students completing the HSIP. The flagship High School
Internship Program (HSIP) has been externally validated through a
six-year Randomized Controlled Trial completed in 2017 by Urban
Institute, which found that 1) young men who completed the program
were more likely to enroll in college by 23 percentage points; 2)
students in UA's target GPA band (2.0-3.0) who completed the
program were more likely to enroll in a four-year college by 18
percentage points; and 3) UA participants demonstrated greater
comfort and retention of soft skills.
UA’s proven impact (the organization has completed two randomized
controlled trials) and national visibility has fueled rapid growth
in recent years. As a recognized leader in measuring and delivering
significant outcomes for underserved youth, UA has been featured in
Moneyball for Government
and several national media outlets,
Chronicle of Philanthropy
. It has also been featured by the Obama Foundation
UA seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to drive its mission of
connecting young people with the skills, social capital, and career
exposure needed to overcome systemic barriers to equitable economic
opportunity. Building on a 25-year foundation and in collaboration
with talented national and regional leaders, the CEO will unite a
cross-functional team of almost 70 personnel around the vision of
ensuring that every young adult has equitable access to economic
opportunity. The CEO will inspire, empower, and manage a team of
eight direct reports, amplifying their work on the regional and
national stage and ensuring the organization’s sustainable
growth. They will also collaborate with program leaders to
ensure a broad community of workforce partners and funders, and
demonstrate an unwavering commitment to advancing racial equity,
ensuring this principle is reflected in the organization’s
strategy, lived values, and culture.
The CEO will possess strong interpersonal skills and a commitment
to empowering team members, enabling them to inspire staff at all
levels in support of fulfilling the organization’s critical mission
through high-quality programs, continuous innovation, and
The ideal candidate will bring 10 or more years of executive
leadership experience, a deep passion for empowering young people
of color, an ability to advocate on issues related to UA’s
constituencies, and a successful record of fundraising, corporate
engagement, and managing growth and change. They will also
demonstrate strong experience leading diverse teams through a
values-based lens that centers equity in all aspects of
organizational culture. They will be a proven developer of
strategic partnerships who is comfortable speaking with diverse
groups of stakeholders across the public and private sectors,
including youth, community leaders, public school leaders, business
leaders, media, and philanthropy.
- Lead UA’s strategic direction, collaborating with the Board,
executive leadership team, staff, and key stakeholders to set,
implement, and track goals aligned with the organization’s
- In close partnership with the executive leadership team,
oversee the development and execution of strategic organizational
priorities, ensuring short- and long-term stability and development
of infrastructure necessary to optimize current operations and
future significant growth.
- Maintain a strong transparent working relationship with the
Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of
financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated
milestones and goals for local and national operations.
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and fidelity; rigorous
program evaluation; and consistent high-quality finance,
administrative, fundraising, communications, and other
- Ensure the continued improvement of UA’s programs, consistent
with its mission and budget, informed by relevant industry trends,
and rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain UA’s high-performing senior
management team and empower senior leaders in the organization to
accomplish their respective mandates.
- Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen
internal communications with staff to cultivate strong, trusting
working relationships at every level
- Create and promote a positive, equitable, multicultural work
environment that supports consistency throughout the organization's
strategy, operational methods, and data collection
- Support and motivate the organization’s staff.
Fundraising and Financial Oversight
- Oversee UA’s finances, ensuring strategic and sustainable
financial management, reporting, and compliance at the national and
regional levels, in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer
and Chief Development Officer.
- In close collaboration with the Chief Development Officer,
steward existing funder relationships and implement expanded
funding strategies that generate new revenue from diverse sources,
including corporations, foundations, individual donors, and
government agencies to ensure organizational
- Ensure financial priorities and budgets sustainably and
appropriately reflect programming needs.
Strategic Communications and
- Build and maintain diverse relationships with key stakeholders,
including corporate, philanthropic, and government funders, and
other nonprofit and community partners to advance UA’s mission
- In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer and
Communications Director, formulate and execute comprehensive
marketing, branding, and development strategies to strategically
amplify the organization’s profile through standardized
- Serve as the principal spokesperson for UA and a passionate
advocate at the local, regional, and national level for effective
policies to empower young people from underserved communities to
access lifelong economic opportunity.
- Incubate and implement strategic partnerships that support
systemic change, including by leading the organization in
identifying policy and advocacy work to continue positioning UA as
a thought leader in youth workforce development and amplifying its
programs as a replicable model across the nation.
- Passion, empathy, and a deep commitment to empowering young
people of color
- At least 10 years of executive leadership experience with a
strong track record of building, leading, and inspiring diverse
- Track record of building and growing successful
revenue-generating corporate and strategic partnerships
- Experience managing budgets and demonstrated financial
- A strong, proactive problem solver who can bridge the gap
between strategy and execution
- Significant experience with an organization that works with
youth, education, and/or workforce development, and/or the
understanding of and ability to maneuver in the education,
workforce, and social service sectors across the country, as well
as with City, State and Federal government agencies
- Ability to collaborate with UA’s diverse constituencies,
including youth and their families, staff, business leaders,
volunteers, senior government officials, community leaders, and
- Experience managing a geographically disparate team or
The compensation range for this role is $220K - $250K and includes
generous benefits including 401K, health care, and a generous leave
Washington, DC region preferred.
Urban Alliance has a hybrid work model.
About the Search
UA has retained the executive search firm LeaderFit
to manage the CEO search.
Interested candidates should upload a cover letter and resume
before March 30, 2023. LeaderFit is working with the Urban
Alliance Search Committee to identify the next CEO in mid-May.