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Executive Director

Company: Providence Promise: A Path to Higher Education
Date Posted: January 10, 2018

Executive Director


Providence Promise:  A Path to Higher Education, the first Promise-based program in Rhode Island (2014), is seeking an Executive Director to lead this organization through its developmental and implementation stages and to secure its establishment as a model for innovative solutions to financial aid for students seeking higher education programs. 

The Organization

Providence Promise:  A Path to Higher Education, a program based on the nationally recognized Promise concept, provides participating Providence public school students the financial resources to pursue their higher education goals at any eligible college or technical school.  Providence Promise is now enrolling Providence families with students through the eighth grade in all of Providence’s Public Schools and Public Charter Schools.

Given the cost of higher education today, Providence Promise offers a realistic avenue for Providence families to invest in their child’s education at a time when college tuition seems overwhelming and so many students and their families take on educational debt that they cannot manage.  Providence Promise is a community effort that includes Providence public school students and their families, City officials, the Providence Public School Department, the Teachers Union, and the City’s residents, businesses, and institutions. 

The three major goals of Providence Promise are to:

  1. Give parents the means of ensuring their children receive the post-secondary education necessary for jobs of today and tomorrow;
  2. Create a college-going culture within families and the Providence community; and
  3. Create a secure and safe financing program that will become self-sustaining.

See for a detailed description of Providence Promise:  A Path to Higher Education.

The Job

The Executive Director is:

  • The organization’s top executive, responsible for fulfilling the vision and the mission of Providence Promise:  A Path to Higher Education;
  • The public face of Providence Promise, representing the organization publicly and privately, locally and nationally; and
  • The principal lead in achieving the fundraising goals of the organization, including partnering with the organization’s founder and its Board of Directors.

The Executive Director will:

  • Develop organizational structures and functions consistent with the implementation of the program objectives;
  • Bring in-depth knowledge of and relationships with the Rhode Island philanthropic community; establish the goals, strategies, and systems required to meet a yearly development goal of $1.6 million until Providence Promise becomes self-sustaining;
  • Have “The Buck Stops Here” responsibility of the organization’s finances, working directly with the Board on ensuring financial integrity of the organization and with the external auditors and funds manager  to ensure the safety and security of funds and budgets;
  • Have final management responsibility for the staff of the organization, which includes full-time managers and staff, part-time staff, volunteers, and external consultants, all working hours that extend into evenings and weekends;
  • Oversee public relations activities and serve as the organization’s primary representative; and
  • Report directly to the Board of Directors.

The Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a leader who brings energy and passion to this job, who is looking for a challenge and the possibility of making a big difference to families and young people within an urban area, and who is innovative, inspirational, and inclusive in their leadership style.  Some combination of the following traits, qualifications, and experience are considered important.

  • Senior leadership experience in the not-for-profit world, either through employment or significant volunteer responsibility;
  • Proven expertise in directing the design, implementation, and expansion of complex programs that involve multiple and divergent stakeholders, private and public officials, and time-critical deliverables, especially in meeting financial and fundraising objectives;
  • A bachelor’s degree, ideally in education, public policy, or equivalent experience;
  • A wide degree of creativity, strategic thinking, problem solving, and a sense of humor;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills;
  • Fluency in English and preferably fluency in Spanish; and
  • Knowledge in the use of technology for accomplishing the organization’s goals, including social media, office systems, and financial management and reporting.

Salary Range

The Salary Range of $80,000 to $90,000 is based on previous successful work within similar initiatives.  A benefits package is included with this position.

Next Steps

If this position is of interest and if you believe you bring the experience and interest to lead this exciting initiative, please forward your resume and letter of interest to:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Providence Promise does not discriminate in hiring or the provision of services on the basis of Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Gender, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Marital Status, or Sexual Orientation.