Over the last decade, the District has seen significant educational investments, including universal pre-K, high per-pupil funding rates, and a robust array of programmatic offerings across both DCPS and public charter schools. Such investments have led to important improvements in the lives of the District’s young people; however, we have yet to achieve system-wide progress. Still, too many children are entering school not fully ready to learn, are academically off track, fail to graduate from high school, or are inadequately prepared to succeed in college or in the workforce. As students bring to the classrooms the full weight of their lived experiences, we know that schools alone cannot meet their needs and that isolated efforts will not radically transform the futures for the children in DC.
Leading with the core belief that adults across multiple sectors bear a shared responsibility for student success, Raise DC spurs citywide action to improve educational outcomes for Washington, DC, children and youth, from birth through age 24. The organization convenes public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders and uses data to guide effective practices that ensure every child has opportunities to succeed, from cradle to career. Raise DC is a partner of the collective impact network StriveTogether, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Greater Washington Community Foundation serves as Raise DC’s backbone organization, supporting daily operations with human capital and infrastructure.
Raise DC supports five citywide goals for District youth as they transition along the cradle-to-career continuum:
For each of these ambitious goals, Raise DC and its partners have established core, contributing, and monitoring indicators to guide continuous improvement and serve as ongoing metrics. The organization’s “Change Networks” – working groups comprised of private industry, philanthropic partners, nonprofits, and government agencies – meet regularly to coordinate efforts and track progress toward these indicators. The Raise DC Leadership Council, consisting of multi-sector public champions, monitors Raise DC’s progress; influences the alignment of resources; implements strategy; and addresses financial, policy, and structural barriers.
Raise DC is seeking an Executive Director who can lead the organization through continued growth, including: outreach to and engagement with an increasing number of stakeholders, management and support of a growing staff, and design and implementation of an expanded array of targeted interventions to drive greater impact.
Ensuring a strong backbone:
Fostering meaningful connections:
Championing progress toward improved outcomes:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. This position offers excellent benefits, including health and dental coverage; vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement benefits; and a flexible spending account.
Please submit your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is March 12, 2018. No phone calls, please.
Raise DC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law.