About Big Sister Boston
A dynamic, long-standing Boston based organization that is 100% Invested in Girls; Igniting girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships.
Our professional staff use established, research-based practices to train and support our Big and Little Sisters. Our approach results in profound outcomes in academic achievement, interpersonal relationships, and healthy decision-making. We invest in more than 2,000 girls and women throughout Greater Boston annually.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. Ultimately, our vision is to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl has access to the individual nurturing, guidance and support she needs to become a confident, competent, and caring adult. We are a national model for gender-intentional mentoring for girls which can be replicated in other mentoring programs.
Big Sister Boston is proud to be recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as the 2015 national Agency of the Year for our substantial growth in the number of children served, quality and length of mentoring relationships, and increased revenues that support our agency financially. We believe that all children can benefit from the care and guidance of an adult mentor and, that when girls’ unique needs are addressed, they thrive with increased confidence, improved relationships, and the ability to achieve their individual goals. We are part of a network of 250 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America agencies. We are the only affiliate solely serving girls.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston was founded in 1951 by the Reverend Harold Taylor, Assistant Rector at Christ Church in Cambridge; Edith Taylor, a Cambridge police officer; and Frances Marley, an administrative assistant and legal consultant for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Believing that girls in the community could benefit from the guidance and support of an older female friend, they created a one-to-one mentoring program where girls (Little Sisters) were individually matched with caring and committed volunteers (Big Sisters). In our first year, we matched six girls.
We believe we can only do our work effectively if we value:
Community: A diverse group of constituents with joint ownership and collaborative participation in the vision and mission
Courageous Communication: Taking a risk, challenging norms, asking questions, owning our intent and our impact, listening, and seeking and accepting feedback with the goal of improving outcomes
Cultural Responsiveness: Genuinely embracing, working with, and continually learning about cultural differences
Empowerment, Learning: Through curiosity, humility, and rigor, we increase autonomy and self-determination in an effort to represent one’s interests in a responsible way
Equity: Striving for a fair, just, and healthy society where girls of diverse racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds have equal access to opportunities
Sisterhood: Building across individual and collective differences to foster relationships that honor past and future generations of women and girls who are committed to each other’s success
Stewardship: Fostering a lasting, caring connection between our community and the resources we need to achieve our mission.
For more information on Big Sister Boston, please visit the website.
At this pivotal time, Big Sister Boston invites the next outstanding President & CEO to build upon its remarkable history. The incoming President & CEO’s passion, foresight, and precision will expand the visibility and impact on girls and women. The President & CEO will serve as the primary leader, fundraiser, and strategist par excellence for the organization.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will be an experienced nonprofit leader who will be able to scale up the strong operation that has been built, advocate on behalf of Big Sister Boston and the Greater Boston community, while providing transformational leadership. This will include skillful fundraising strategies that tap multiple sources and continue to guarantee and expand the success of impactful programs.
The President & CEO must be a hands-on leader, strategic and analytic thinker, as well as a problem solver who responds to challenges effectively with sound judgment, empathy, humility, and compassion.
The ideal candidate for this role will be a collaborative and communicative leader who understands how to move a wide range of constituents and lead through inspiration and motivation.
While no one candidate may possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Strategic Thought Leader
The President & CEO will be a strategic, tactical, and entrepreneurial leader able to develop and articulate a vision for Big Sister Boston’s next chapter. This leader will develop and promote strategic priorities needed to advance the work of a nonprofit organization – from funding to mission delivery. They will bring experience building and leading high performing teams and guiding team members’ growth and development. The President & CEO will possess the ability to inspire staff at various stages of their careers with a diverse set of skills and provide a productive work environment and professional growth opportunities that result in team cohesion and camaraderie. They will be an experienced manager who engenders trust in the staff through a collaborative management style, helps them achieve their potential, and holds them accountable to clearly defined expectations and goals.
Champion of Culture, Belonging, and Awareness
As an inclusive leader, they will bring a balanced hand in cultivating organizational culture and crafting strong administrative systems in support of the mission of Big Sister Boston, as well as an understanding of operating within a larger national organization. During a time of transition, the President & CEO will embrace leading the organization through change with grace and sensitivity. With a highly focused social justice lens, the President & CEO will be a champion of and exhibit an abiding passion and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)values. The President & CEO will have a demonstrated track record in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives both internally within the organization, as well as externally in the larger community. The vision of Big Sister Boston is to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl has access to the individual nurturing, guidance, and support needed to become a confident, competent, and caring adult. Big Sister is a national model for gender-intentional mentoring for girls which can be replicated in other mentoring programs.
Fundraising Leader with Vision and Implementation Skills
Maintain and expand on Big Sister Boston’s strong fundraising track record to grow the budget and deepen its programmatic impact. Manage and nurture strong relationships with current and potential institutional and foundation donors. Cultivate relationships with new donors to expand and diversify revenue sources. The CEO will be responsible for an annual revenue budget of approximately $4.5 million.
With excellent interpersonal skills, the President & CEO will build and maintain positive and productive relationships through transparent communication with internal and external audiences.
An engaging speaker and writer, the President & CEO will understand the importance of telling the compelling story of Big Sister Boston’s mission to connect with potential partners and advance the organization’s mission. Through persuasive coalition building, the President & CEO will be confident and comfortable building partnerships while crafting a captivating message of support to advance the impact of Big Sister Boston.
Catalyst for Program Development and Ambassador for Brand Awareness
The President & CEO is the public face of Big Sister Boston, responsible for sharing its mission and vision with the greater Boston community to increase greater visibility. They will be an energetic fundraiser and asset developer who will fully embrace every aspect of the role. The President & CEO will bring a creative and entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation and an understanding of nonprofit finance and various revenue streams, including grants and philanthropic support among others. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO understands the importance of a robust partnership with the Board and will ensure best board practices and accountability to the Board. They will possess an authentic and genuine ability to convene and inspire individuals, communities, and partner organizations around Big Sister Boston’s vision. The President & CEO will be a strong advocate for constituents, the Board, and the staff.
As a champion and thought leader of girls’ and women’s issues, the President & CEO will be passionate and knowledgeable. They will not only be the master champions of the mentorship programs but also be aware of cutting-edge content, research, and theories to ensure ongoing best practices in the field. The ideal President & CEO will be a curious, creative, and critical thinker always positioned to enhance, lead, and promote the best in programming.
Fiscal Health and Sustainability
The President & CEO is an executive with strong staff, operational, and financial management experience. They will have a proven track record in strategic financial oversight and a comprehensive record of overseeing various functions of an organization. They will have proven experience in budget management, strategic forecasting/oversight, and planning. Additionally, the President & CEO will have ultimate oversight of the financial, accounting, compliance, results oriented and risk management of the organization.
It is expected that the successful President & CEO will be efficacious, focused, and results oriented, while engendering trust and building bridges throughout the entire Big Sister ecosystem.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Maureen Alphonse-Charles, Kim Dukes, and Josyanne Roche of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. 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 accommodation for the interview process.
Big Sister Boston holds diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values; we do not discriminate against people based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, nationality, ability, age, gender identity, and gender expression.
About Koya Partners
Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.
At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.
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