About City Year
City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom, and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. Studies show that schools that partner with City year are two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, read more about City Year’s Impact (PDF). A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by AmeriCorps, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations, and individuals.
For more information, visit City Year’s website.
City Year is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial, and people-focused leader to serve as the Executive Director (ED) of City Year Buffalo. This position is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral role in advocating for and advancing public education in Buffalo. This seasoned executive is responsible for ensuring the Buffalo site meets its impact, revenue, district partnership, and external relations goals. City Year Buffalo stands to further its position in the Western New York community, and key to the site’s success is a leader and collaborator who is a natural coalition-builder, people developer, and influencer who leads with both tenacity and humility.
Reporting to the Market President, this dynamic, visionary change agent leads 7 staff members and 12 AmeriCorps members serving in 5-6 partner schools. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with City Year Buffalo’s local board, comprised of civic leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who care about all of Buffalo’s students receiving a high-quality education. The Executive Director is accountable for a current annual revenue budget of approximately $2.2M while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to ensure the sustainability, growth, and scale to achieve City Year’s national Long-Term Impact goals.
Serving as the primary champion of City Year's impact locally, the Executive Director leads efforts to keep students in school and on track while also ensuring the site's sustainability and continuity. The Executive Director represents City Year Inc. and City Year Buffalo within the Buffalo community by mobilizing powerful coalitions to catalyze greater educational opportunity for underserved students. These constituencies include the site board; local alumni; BPS district and school leaders; private sector investors, and other community partners.
Additionally, the Executive Director is a Senior Vice President for City Year Inc.'s national organization and, therefore, strengthens the connection between City Year's national initiatives and Buffalo 's local work. As senior vice president, the Executive Director also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year's national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.
The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local Buffalo market, the City Year Market Group, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of student impact and school partnerships, revenue generation, expense management, management and retention of AmeriCorps members and staff, and site board development and relations.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for the Executive Director role begins at $135,000, is commensurate with experience, and is eligible for up to 10% at risk pay.
Full-time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full-time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account (FSA), paid vacation (PTO), holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Malissa Brenna of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials by completing a Talent Profile. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.