Chief Executive Officer
Company: Oakland Promise
Posted on: January 11, 2022
Oakland Promise (OP) is a program for children and families who
live and go to public schools in Oakland, CA with the mission of
advancing equity and economic mobility through cradle-to-college
and career. OP's Vision is a thriving Oakland community without
educational barriers to opportunity and as such, the organization
offers every child the financial resources, support, mentorship,
and incentives they need from birth and throughout their school
years to seek out and thrive in the college and career of their
choice. OP's programs are targeted at critical transition points in
a young person's development and are designed to particularly
support historically excluded and underserved youth. The
organization offers College Savings Accounts, Oakland Promise
Scholarships, guidance for students and caregivers, mentoring, and
other critical resources to students and families in order to
ensure that all Oakland public school students can access, persist
and complete a certificate, two or four year degree - thus setting
them up for career success.
More than 1,000 Oakland families have received College Savings
Accounts since 2017 through the organization's Brilliant Baby
program - the total value of these accounts held by families is now
$664,000. In addition, 25,000 Kindergarteners have received $100 in
their Oakland Promise Scholarship accounts, which can grow to more
than $500 per student. In 2021, more than $2.2m in scholarships was
awarded to 514 Oakland high school seniors. Over 67% of scholarship
students were Black/Latinx and more than 83% were first generation
college students. 79% of the inaugural Oakland Promise class (who
graduated high school in 2016) have obtained a postsecondary degree
or are on track to do so. With these successes, OP is on its way to
fulfilling its promise that all young people in Oakland's public
schools have access to the college and career opportunities they
need and deserve.
The organization has an annual budget of $12m plus a
quasi-endowment "Generation Fund" which is currently at $45.6m (of
a goal of $50m to be raised by the end of this year). To learn more
about Oakland Promise, please visit www.oaklandpromise.org.
With the transition of CEO Mia Bonta this fall, the Oakland Promise
board and team is looking to the next CEO to lead the organization
into its next stage of impact, including: implementation of its
five year strategic plan; continuing to hire and support an
outstanding group of staff; secure the financial resources needed
for the current budget and future aspirations; and build upon
current partnerships to increase OP's reach and impact. The
successful CEO candidate will be: an experienced senior leader;
someone with a familiarity with the local community and Oakland's
landscape; a compelling communicator; a strong strategic planner
and systems thinker; an experienced fundraiser; an exceptional
builder of team culture; ready to support and lead an anti-racist
organization; and a results-driven manager who has demonstrated
success for the initiatives and organizations under their
leadership. This is an ideal opportunity for an impassioned social
justice advocate who wants to make a significant impact on
Oakland's youth and families by transforming their college and
This role offers a hybrid model of working from home a few days a
week. The organization will continue to follow CDC guidelines as it
pertains to occupational health and safety.
Key Responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Organizational management and internal culture leadership:
Building and maintaining strong management practices throughout the
organization and ensuring all individuals are aligned around a
joyful, productive and thriving internal culture guided by honesty,
transparency, equity and accountability for individual and group
Leading the vision and "on the ground" execution of Oakland
Promise's vision for success:
Ensuring that the organization's programs, local partnerships and
community engagement are highly effective and tightly aligned to
the organization's mission and impact goals. A piece of this is
ensuring that OP provides a continuum of services to families from
cradle to college to career. This also includes ensuring that
Oakland Promise's efforts demonstrate a deep commitment to
diversity, equity and inclusion for all those with which the
organization engages and has been created to serve.
Ensuring financial sustainability and fiscal health:
Partnering with the Board of Directors and funders to secure and
allocate the resources and supports necessary to maintain the
health of the organization and its programs. In addition, the CEO
needs to build a high quality data and analytics infrastructure so
that OP can tightly track its results and establish proof points
that make the case for increased funding over time.
Championing the vision of Oakland Promise in the broader
Serving as a strong external ambassador for the organization with
funders, policymakers, community leaders and partners like OUSD,
other K-12 public school organizations and local higher education
institutions. This includes building relationships with a wide
array of stakeholders, navigating complex political relationships
to ensure that OP is able to leverage and access potential
legislation critical to its long-term sustainability.
A successful first year in this role for the new Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) will include:
Leading against OP's five year strategic plan by putting the
organization on the path to ensure its programs are of consistently
high quality and delivering on the promise of a continuum of
services from cradle through college and career. This will mean
developing criteria for quality and the methodology of tracking it
while also ensuring the organization has the appropriate touch
points with families and youth at each growth stage.
Achieving OP's fundraising goals and building enduring
relationships with existing and new major donors, including an
increase in corporate and institutional funders and ensuring the
maintenance of a well-diversified portfolio.
Improving OP's stature and positioning in the Oakland community by
building stronger brand recognition, positive public perception and
a city-wide understanding of the important impact of OP's programs
Strengthening the partnership between OP and local early childhood
programs as well as K-16 systems, with particular focus on the
relationship with OUSD, so that the institutions and their programs
are closely integrated. In practice, this would include a seamless
continuum of services, strong relationships at every level of the
systems, aligned goals on metrics and tightly coordinated messaging
to students, families, policymakers, funders and the broader
Inspiring and motivating OP's senior leadership, staff, board
members and local champions by leading with joy, humility, and an
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) candidate will be:
An accomplished public sector leader with a minimum of 10+ years
senior management experience and demonstrated success in hiring,
supervising and developing those who work for them.
A passionate and inspiring advocate for all students, families and
community members who is connected to the local community, is
excited to serve as the external face of the Oakland Promise and
inspires others to engage in OP's work.
Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands
the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in
society and is able to lead direct conversations about them.
A builder of authentic relationships with community partners,
policymakers, funders and other supporters, able to engage with a
variety of individuals and speaks in a clear and compelling manner
about the organization's goals and priorities.
An experienced fundraiser with a track-record of meeting (or
surpassing) ambitious revenue goals over a sustained period.
Strong in strategic planning, project management, and data
analysis; able to focus on big picture priorities while not losing
sight of the details.
Skilled in navigating politics, knowing how and when to leverage
the influence of Oakland Promise's leaders and supporters to
advocate on behalf of Oakland's youth.
Knowledgeable about early childhood programs, K-16 school systems
and educational service organizations so that they can effectively
partner with these institutions in service of students' needs.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This position offers a competitive salary range of $250,000-300,000
and robust benefits. More details can be provided upon request.
Please submit a resume online at
https://apply.workable.com/j/506EB226FB. For additional questions
about this position or to speak with someone about your interest,
please contact Serena Moy at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer and an
organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an
inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants
from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their
qualifications to perform the work required.
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