About The BASE
Founded in 2013, The BASE is an urban academy that leverages sports as a vehicle to engage youth in a positive, success-driven culture. With high-quality athletic training, coaching, and competition, paired with personalized academic support, we cultivate and highlight urban talent and build pathways to college, career, and success in life.
Partnership is in our DNA. We purposefully build and leverage relationships with diverse leaders and key institutions to provide young people opportunities and access to the industries driving the 21st Century economy.
Our Promise to our families and community is to ensure every BASE student-athlete graduates from high school equipped with a winning game plan to succeed in life. By pairing our elite athletic training with structured academic support and guidance, all grounded in a culture of love and belief, The BASE inspires young people to pursue their dreams with passion and confidence.
Our Promise extends beyond our walls and beyond Greater Boston. Through our work, we are shifting the national mindset about what it takes for urban youth to succeed and building a movement of citizens committed to their success.
The BASE is inspiring a national movement of citizens who believe in the incredible wealth of talent and ability of urban young people. With incredible Partners and Believers, we shift from a story of deficits and gaps to one of assets and talents, and leaders in America’s private, public, and philanthropic sectors will shift their investments in urban communities toward this asset-based framework.
The result will be the development and scaling of educational opportunities and career pathways that harness the talents of urban young people, creating more equitable opportunity to succeed and thrive in the modern economy.
For more information on The BASE, please visit our website here.
The BASE is seeking an outstanding President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will build on the impactful history of The BASE as they enter their next chapter. The President and CEO will serve as a proven visionary and motivational leader for The BASE. The successful executive will be a strategist, fundraiser, external champion, brand ambassador, and organizational leader. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO will be an experienced nonprofit leader who will be able to represent The BASE and the Greater Roxbury and Boston community. In addition, the President and CEO will bring a varied and successful fundraising track record to support the delivery of impactful programming within a tight-kinit sports/coach culture with the goal of opening doors for urban youth.
The President and CEO must be a hands-on leader, strategic and analytic thinker, and problem solver who responds to challenges effectively with sound judgment, empathy, and compassion. The President will lead a staff of 15 employees, and 5 direct reports.
The President and 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 The BASE’s vision. The President and CEO will be a strong advocate for the students, Board, and the staff.
The ideal candidate for this role will be a collaborative and communicative leader with high integrity. The successful candidate will understand how to assemble a wide range of constituents while leading through inspiration, motivation, and social innovation coupled with exceptional listening skills.
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:
Inspirational Leader with a Passion for Urban Youth and the Power of Sports
The President and CEO will be the public face of The BASE, responsible for sharing its mission and vision with the Greater Boston community to increase greater visibility.
A track record in youth development is crucial for the President and CEO. The BASE serves more than 1,500 annually through their programs. Over $45 million in Scholarships have been awarded to BASE Student-Athletes since 2013.
The BASE performs their work through Sports and Athletic Training, College Readiness and STEM Programs, Career Pathways, as well as Health and Wellness programs. Partners include the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Mine Baseball, Massport, The Museum of Fine Arts, Putnam Investments, and Eastern Bank, and many more. The successful President and CEO will maintain these as well as many other partnerships and build new ones through relationship-building and community engagement.
Social Entrepreneur with Fundraising Track Record
The President and CEO will build multi-year donor base and partnerships in the Greater Boston community. They will be an energetic fundraiser who will fully embrace every aspect of the role. The President and CEO will bring a strong approach to revenue generation and an understanding of nonprofit finance and various revenue streams, including grants and philanthropic support among others.
Strategic Orientation and Critical Thinking
The President and CEO will be a strategic, tactical, and entrepreneurial leader able to develop and articulate a vision for The BASE’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 leading high performing teams and guiding team members’ growth and development. The President and CEO will possess the ability to motivate 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.
The President and 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 budgeting, strategic forecasting, and planning, as well as in overseeing financial, accounting, compliance and risk management of a complex organization. Currently, the President and CEO will oversee a budget of about $ 3 million.
Internal and External Relationship Manager
With excellent interpersonal skills, the President and CEO will build and maintain positive and productive relationships through transparent communication with internal and external audiences. An engaging storyteller and writer, the President and CEO understands the importance of communicating the compelling mission of The BASE with potential partners and advance the organization’s mission. The President and CEO will be confident and comfortable building partnerships and crafting a captivating message of support to advance the impact of The BASE.
Compensation and 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 an accommodation for the interview process.
The BASE is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
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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