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Executive Director Breakthrough NOLA

Company: Isidore Newman School
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

Founded in 1990 as Summerbridge and hosted at Isidore Newman School, Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) provides a multi-year academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to college for under-resourced students from the city's public schools. During middle school, students commit to attend a six-week summer academy and participate in enrichment opportunities on Saturdays throughout the school year until they enter high school. As high school students, they receive test preparation for the ACT, college/career counseling, and support for pursuing unique learning opportunities, programs, and internships.

Additionally, BTNOLA trains talented high school and college students to become educators and engaged citizens by giving them teaching responsibilities. Teaching fellows develop skills, such as lesson planning and classroom management, to effectively support the academic growth of Breakthrough students. The program emphasizes academic excellence, family involvement, teamwork, leadership, creativity, and diversity. Breakthrough is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative, an award winning national non-profit educational organization. For additional information please visit or .

Breakthrough New Orleans seeks an experienced and dynamic Executive Director to build on the organization's foundation and drive its pursuit of excellent programming and sustainable funding into the future. Reporting to Newman's Director of Newman Plus, the Executive Director will use a collaborative style to ensure achievement of all organizational goals of delivering outstanding programming.



Spokesperson . As primary spokesperson, articulate Breakthrough's mission to a diverse constituency that include program participants, funders, community and school leaders, and the community at large.

Collaboration. Delegate tasks and work with local/national staff and community partners to effectively execute programming and events

Project Management. Develop and manage complex projects (programming and events) in a fast-paced environment with a small team

Strategic vision . Implement and continually refine Breakthrough's strategic vision

Climate . Foster a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of high-quality people.

Finance and Fund Development

Business Management . Work collaboratively with the host school Business Office to create and actively manage an annual operating budget (approximately $280,000) and related record keeping; analyze data and develop methods to reduce costs and increase revenue; regularly report to advisory board and staff; engage the staff in the budgeting process.

Fundraising . Work with Development Officer, Advisory Board and Newman's Advancement Office to diversify and deepen funding sources to sustain Breakthrough's operating budget; this will include developing a high-level, multi-year fundraising plan that will outline ways in which the program will establish and cultivate lucrative relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors.

Marketing/Communication . Develop and oversee all marketing and communication efforts for promoting the program.

Organizational Development

Board relations . Work with an Advisory Board of less than 20 members to strengthen their understanding of Breakthrough's mission and their engagement in active fundraising. Work collaboratively with Advisory Board Chair in setting meeting agendas and communicating priorities to members

Case Management . Manage and provide support to students and families with guidance and resources for accessing educational opportunities. Create and disseminate communications to keep students and families informed of program updates and lucrative opportunities.

Staff management . Provide direct supervision to administrative staff and oversight to 28 summer teachers and a large number of school-year volunteers.

Program Development and Evaluation.  Ensure the program is effectively evaluated, including the measurement of student performance, high school placement, graduation, college matriculation and persistence, and teacher career paths.

Data Management. Collect and oversee data collection and analysis of student data, teacher data, and program outcomes using Salesforce

Community Engagement.  Develop and maintain strong ties to Breakthrough's National Office, community organizations, schools, and area leaders to maintain a strong community presence and continue to attract teachers and students who will embrace the program.


Preferably, the ideal candidate will possess:

At least three years of experience in the fields of education or youth services and at least one year supervisory experience with middle and/or upper school students and professional educators

A strong sense of purpose and vision for expanding educational opportunity and promoting educational equity

The ability to thrive in a small, fast-paced nonprofit environment that values collaboration, creativity, strong work-ethic, and spirit

Excellent writing, speaking, organization, technology, and presentation skills

Knowledge of Breakthrough's purpose; experience is welcomed but not required

Willingness to teach, coach, and/or serve as an advisor at the program's host school, Isidore Newman School

Knowledge of Salesforce and Google suite is ideal but not required

Experience with working/collaborating remotely desired

Availability to work irregular hours, some evenings and weekends.

Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred

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