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Executive Director, Houston

Reports to: Andy Redman, Chief Operating Officer

Start date: August 2017

Location: Houston

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 Houston 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 our OneGoal fellows enroll in college and 77% are persisting or have graduated from college.   
  • In Houston (the 4th largest city) only 8% of low income students graduate from college.  Today, we’re serving 2,000 students across 3 school districts in Houston.  As ED you will catapult us to serving 5,000 students in our program by 2022.


As our second Executive Director in Houston, you will join a team that is already marching towards a clear destination - reaching more fellows and ensuring at least 60% graduate from a post-secondary institution.  Looking back on your time as leading OneGoal’s second biggest region, you will be most proud your footprint included:

  • Setting an extraordinarily bold vision that demonstrated the vast majority of Houston’s students are college bound
    • Result:  An updated vision, values and strategic plan for OneGoal Houston during your first 12 months that positions 60% of our students to graduate from a post-secondary institution.  Your team of 14 is fired up and charging hard towards ambitious goals while having fun.
  • Transforming the mindset of school and district partners across Houston to share your “one goal” of giving kids opportunities where there were none
    • Result: OneGoal partner schools consistently ask for more cohorts – and are willing to pay for our OneGoal program.   By 2022, the partnerships you and your team have created blow way beyond just reaching just 5,000 kids.
  • Thoughtfully stewarding community champions including your Board of Directors and funders across the city to support your region’s expansion
    • Result:  Your highly engaged 15 member Board of Directors and funders you’ve secured raise $3M annually by your third year - a recipe that ensures your continued success + expansion across Houston.

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 most underserved youth.   As our Houston ED you will initially lead a team of 14 (Houston org chart here) but your team will quickly grow to more than 20 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 the 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 Houston 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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