Are you ready to directly impact the lives of first-generation college students and champion economic mobility for all?
Did you know that only 21% of low income, first-generation students in the U.S. graduate from college within six years? Those who do graduate have a median household income 27% lower than their peers. While there are a multitude of college access programs for high school seniors and job assistance programs for low-wage earners, there are few programs that ensure first-generation students stay in school and build the skills necessary to prepare for long-term careers. This is where America Needs You (ANY) comes in.
ANY fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York City, ANY expanded to New Jersey in 2012, Illinois in 2015, and California in 2016, growing from serving 50 students to nearly 600 students annually. In 2021, ANY launched FirstGenU, a new virtual program designed to help 10,000 first-generation college students navigate their careers. Visit www.americaneedsyou.org to learn more.
The Illinois Executive Director (ED) is the face of ANY in the community and a champion for first-generation college students, who will lead and grow their team and market to achieve more impact. A passionate mobilizer and result-oriented changemaker, the ED leads our Illinois site and is responsible for its performance, growth, funding and success. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the ED will be tasked with setting and articulating a compelling site strategy; fundraising and external affairs; overseeing program delivery, partnerships, and people; and providing overall nonprofit leadership and management. The ED will also work closely with the CEO and Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO) to lead local fundraising and external affairs.
This inspirational leader is passionate about ANY’s mission, is highly collaborative, has a hunger for developing strong partnerships and raising critical funds, has a track-record of achieving excellence, and demonstrates proven success in managing the day-to-day operations of a growing organization. The ED will have a growth-mindset and execute ANY’s current program, while also focusing on opportunities for growth.
The position is based in Chicago, Illinois and is currently hybrid, requiring in-person attendance at monthly Saturday workshops, and in-person attendance at other work-related events/meetings, as needed.
What does success look like?
Skills and Qualifications
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Illinois Executive Director – Last_Name, First_Name). Please note that your application will not be considered without a cover letter. No phone calls please.
Salary for this position is in the range of $100,000 to $120,000, commensurate with experience.