Regional Executive Director (BUILD DC)

Washington, DC

Executive Director to lead the Metro DC region of an award-winning Entrepreneurship program for under-resourced high schools students (Washington, DC)

BUILD is an award-winning national non-profit that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success. Entrepreneurship is the hook—college, career, and life success is the goal.

With programs serving approximately 2,000 high school students annually at schools in four metropolitan regions—the San Francisco Bay Area; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Boston—BUILD’s unique entrepreneurship and college access program has won national attention and accolades. BUILD has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and ABC News and was selected in 2019 to participate in Stand Together’s Catalyst Program for organizations that are breaking cycles of poverty.

BUILD of Metro DC is an important part of the national network, addressing educational needs in a region with a high school graduation rate of only 69% and establishing important visibility in the nation’s capital. In recognition of this dual role, BUILD is seeking a Regional Executive Director to lead a significant expansion of the Metro DC region’s visibility, fundraising, partnerships, and programs.

The Regional Executive Director (RED) oversees strategic planning, operations, fundraising, and educational programs for the Metro DC region. The regional program currently works with 150+ high school students in five partner schools. In collaboration with the Program Director and Director of Strategic Partnerships, the RED will develop and implement a plan to expand relationships with community and school district leaders, corporations, foundations, individuals, and media outlets.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working in an educational youth-based organization, with knowledge and deep understanding of current educational policies and practices.
  • Five years of experience in a senior management role.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a growth strategy that expands programming while maintaining program quality.
  • Experience fostering mutually beneficial strategic partnerships.
  • Experience fundraising, ideally in the Metro DC region.