Executive Director

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education
Maryland, United States
$155,000.00 - $185,000.00
Closing date
Oct 12, 2023

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Position Type
Education, Other Fields, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director

At The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT), we support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. We're seeking a new Executive Director to lead our organization and further our mission to drive high student achievement! To learn more about us, check us out: The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education

If you are a dynamic, innovative, strategic, and forward-thinking leader with a passion for student success and workforce development in Maryland, we invite you to keep reading to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Position Summary:
The Board of Directors is searching for a new Executive Director to provide leadership, vision, and direction to support the growth and development of MBRT. The Executive Director leads the organization’s programs, services, and outreach and ensures smooth and efficient operations. This person also represents MBRT to the public, leads organizational development and strategic planning, builds partner relationships, and leads a staff of ten people and a budget of $1.8 million.

The Executive Director will lead exciting initiatives around educational programming, business partnerships, government relations, and board development - all designed to achieve meaningful, measurable and systematic improvement in schools and student achievement.

The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Directors and serves as a non-voting member of the Board and ensures that the organization is run with integrity and transparency.

Successful candidates for the position will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to forge strategic partnerships with member institutions, community stakeholders, and volunteers around our key program areas.
  • Ability to articulate the vision for MBRT and creates strategies to achieve this vision.
  • Experience working with businesses, middle, and high schools, universities, government officials, staff, community leaders, and member volunteers.
  • Superb communication skills.
  • Personal commitment to a collaborative and team approach to work.
  • Innovative approaches to MBRT's mission and programs, with financial sustainability in mind.
  • Commitment to building programs and a sustainable business model to benefit students in Maryland.
  • Distinguished and appropriate credentials and experience in nonprofit management.

Does this sound like you? Please keep reading and apply today!

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following areas:

MBRT Operations:
  • Plans, organizes, and directs programs that carry out the organization's mission and goals.
  • Provides day-to-day management of current programs and staff.
  • Maintains appropriate staff structure; oversees recruiting, training, development, mentorship, and evaluation of team members; creates and maintains a working environment that fosters collaboration.
  • Leads and motivates a staff of 10 employees and provides them with the tools and resources necessary to successfully operate MBRT.
  • Maintains business systems to ensure effective and efficient operation of the organization.

Program & Event Management:
  • Manages MBRT programs and initiatives to engage students, particularly within the STEM field.
  • Ensures sound program management and recommends improvements.
  • Plans the development and implementation of community events.
  • Coordinates activities with and directs vendors, contractors and consultants to assure performance under their agreements in compliance with budget and operational considerations.

Marketing, Community, and Public Relations:
  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for MBRT and represents MBRT at relevant events and meetings.
  • Leads the marketing strategies and implementation to promote MBRT programming to schools, educators, and potential business partners.
  • Develops innovative partnerships and projects that support the mission and enhance the relationship between schools and businesses.
  • Assures that MBRT and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presenting a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders, including leaders in our member institutions, government, business, civic groups, the community, and the media.

Fundraising and Grant Management:
  • Oversees fundraising including sponsorships, partnerships, grants, special events, and individual giving.
  • Develops new and diverse sources of revenue to support program management.
  • Creates a comprehensive sponsorship program including annual and long-term development plans, in consultation with the Board of Directors.

Advocacy and Government Relations:
  • Represents the organization to elected officials and advocates for mission-aligned programs and priorities.
  • Collaborates with state and local governmental, community, educational, and nonprofit organizations on areas of mutual interest.
  • Works closely with and meets elected officials and others to advance the cause of education at the State level.
  • Meets and deals with the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner, provides transparency, communicates effectively, and objectively evaluates problems and recommends appropriate action.
  • Acts as liaison to partner institutions.

Board Leadership and Support:
  • Convenes Board and Executive Committee, and develops draft agendas and briefing materials for members.
  • In cooperation with the Board, ensures effective financial management, reporting, and compliance of the organization, and prepares and oversees the annual budget.
  • Engages with current board members and recruits additional board members, in compliance with board by-laws.
  • Guides strategic planning with the Board, staff, and stakeholders and oversees effective design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives.

Financial, Tax, and Risk Management:
  • Creates and recommends yearly budget for board approval, and manages organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to laws and regulations.
  • Ensures the overall financial vitality of the organization.
  • Ensures data reporting and statistics are prepared for member institutions as required.
  • Oversees and authorizes all expenditures within the limits of the approved budget.
  • Informs the Board periodically of the organization's financial position.

  • Master's degree in non-profit management, educational leadership, student personnel administration, or related field OR equivalent in work experience, strongly preferred.
  • 10-15+ years of senior leadership experience, with 5+ years  in a leadership role. Experience working in education or a nonprofit related to education a plus.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for building and cultivating solid relationships with key stakeholders, and the ability to engage and work effectively with diverse groups of people, schools, and partner organizations.
  • Excellent leadership, relationship-building, team-building, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated grant writing, fundraising, marketing, and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of K-12 education and workforce development trends, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Understanding of Maryland’s legislative landscape surrounding workforce development is highly desirable.
  • The selected candidate should live in Maryland (strongly desired).

Total Compensation & Benefits:
MBRT offices are located at the Tech Park located on the campus of UMBC.  The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience ($155,000.00 to $185,000.00), with potential for performance-based variable compensation.  Additional outstanding benefits include:
  • Generous vacation and sick leave accrued annually, plus 13 holidays
  • 401(k) options with a generous employer contribution and healthcare plan options
  • Flexible scheduling and remote work options

About Us:
Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. Our mission is to mobilize business and employers to play an active role in supporting educational excellence, high standards, rigorous assessments and strong accountability in pre- K-12 education, and in demonstrating the connection between achievement in school and success in the workplace, in college and life. For more information, please visit www.mbrt.org

The Board of Directors will begin a confidential review of applications immediately and will continue its work until an appointment of an Executive Director is made (with a desired start date of December 2023).  For full consideration, applicants MUST submit the following in a Word Document:

  • Letter of interest: Please address how you can lead MBRT as Executive Director in achieving its mission and strategic initiatives. This letter must be included in your candidacy materials. 
  • Professional Resume, reflecting qualifications for this position. 

Please click “APPLY” to submit this information in one document (MS Word Format, NOT PDF). For additional information about Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, please consult The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. 


The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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