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Executive Director, Bay Area

Reports to: Andy Redman, Chief Operating Officer

Start date: August 2017

Location: Bay Area, CA

Deadline: June 2, 2017 at 11pm EST


The Challenge and Opportunity

In 1970, 6% of low-income students completed college.  Today, that number is a mere 9%.  Anchored in this belief, we have one goal: College Graduation. Period.  At OneGoal, we believe we must move the needle on this most critical challenge facing our nation - especially given it is solvable. We believe all students have what it takes to earn a college degree and the life that comes with it. Our Executive Director of the Bay Area will join OneGoal - a national movement changing the trajectory for our country’s most underserved youth - during a unique window in time:

  • OneGoal’s three-year college access and success model is reversing the odds.  This year we are serving 9,300 students (“Fellows”) in 180 schools across 5 states.
  • While nationwide, only 9% of kids in low-income communities graduate from college, 82% of OneGoal Fellows enroll in college and 77% are persisting or have graduated from college.
  • In the Bay Area, low-income communities of color are not benefiting from the hub of corporate and technology growth in the region. For example, today only 12% of Oakland Unified School District students graduate from college within 5 years and 71% of students in Oakland are low income.  


As our founding Executive Director in the Bay Area, you get to build a vision, a strategy and a team that together ensures more than 2,000 students become OneGoal Fellows and that at least 60% graduate from a post-secondary institution within five years.  Your initial efforts will be focused on the East Bay (Oakland and Richmond) and from there, you’ll monitor demographic shifts across the ensure our program meets students where they most need it. Looking back on your time as the Bay’s founding Executive Director, you will be most proud your footprint included:

  • Setting an extraordinarily bold vision that demonstrated the vast majority of Bay Area students are college bound
    • Result:  You create a compelling vision, plan and team culture for the region during your first 12 months that lays a strong foundation for OneGoal to become a force of nature in the Bay for providing low income students with more life options.
  • Recruiting and developing an incredible team of 2-3 during your first year and 14 by 2022
    • Result: Your regional team is fully accountable and fired up to deliver radical change for ALL students and you know you’re on track because your performance appraisals and 360’s show you are getting it done.  
  • Inspiring a group of school partners to join your OneGoal team in the Bay Area
    • Result: You officially launch the OneGoal program in 9 high schools by fall 2018 which squarely puts you on a path to serving more than 2,000 students within 5 years.
  • Thoughtfully building community champions including an inaugural Board of Directors and funders to launch OneGoal strongly across the region
    • Result: The 4-5 Board members you recruit by summer 2018 become your biggest champions, lead you to additional funders and you easily raise $1.5M by year 3 to support OneGoal’s impact across the Bay.  

The Team

Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of soon to be 150 OneGoal staff who all believe in the untapped potential of our nation's underserved youth.  As our Bay Area ED, you will first hire a Director of Program and in your 2nd year you’ll hire another 3-4 staff members until your team grows to about 14 by 2020.  You will report directly to Chief Operating Officer, Andy Redman, and work closely with our senior leaders such as President, Kwame Griffith, and CEO, Jeff Nelson to drive our organizational strategy and benefit from our 5 other EDs welcoming you into the fold and sharing their best practices with you.  As a learner at heart, you’ll love that your fellow OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?”  

The Tangible Good

  • Salary. The salary range is competitive.  For more detail, please email your salary expectations so we can ensure its within range.
  • Benefits.  High quality and affordable healthcare options, a 3% match on your 403(b) after your first year, 12 weeks of primary caregiver paid leave, plus generous vacation and sick time - just to name a few.
  • Work-Life Balance.  We know you can’t do a great job unless you have sustainable success and flexibility to manage the rest of your life.  In the evenings, on weekends, and when you’re off we expect you to be fully off.
  • Culture.  Be who you are:  Join an organization who discusses and confronts issues of diversity daily.  You will laugh + cry often at the same time at our awesome annual staff retreat.
  • Read the FAQs everyone is talking about here

You Share Our values.  Like us, you believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and are inspired by our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, you and every member who joins our team brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that - individually and collectively - will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.

To Throw Your Hat in the Ring

If our Bay Area ED sounds like you, please apply by June 2, 2017 at 11pm EST.  Please be sure to read our FAQs about the opportunity which is here before you apply.  We will be in touch with all formal applicants once the application closes.  


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