Executive Director Search
June 2018 Boston, MA
Latino STEM Alliance is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial Executive Director to partner with the Board of Directors to grow its award-winning initiatives and support its sustainability as a high-performing nonprofit. About Latino STEM Alliance Since 2010, Latino STEM Alliance (LSA) has been inspiring and empowering underrepresented youth to achieve educational and career success in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
LSA has a straightforward goal: to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue and receive degrees in STEM-related fields. LSA addresses inter-connected needs: first, the United States does not have enough early career STEM professionals to replace the soon-to-retire population. Second, opportunity gaps keep underrepresented students from being well-represented in the STEM pipeline. As the Bay State Banner reported:
“[A]ccording to statistics released by The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, in 2015 African-American and Latino workers represented 29 percent of the general workforce population, but just 16 percent of the advanced manufacturing workforce, 15 percent of the computing workforce and 12 percent of the engineering workforce — rates that have virtually remained flat since 2000. White and Asian individuals dominate 83 percent of the advanced manufacturing workforce, 84 percent of the computing workforce and 87 percent of the engineering workforce.”
While technology for children and youth flourishes, significant numbers of Latino and African American families and children lack access to the latest technology either at home or school. In the absence of access and opportunities, youth enter high school lacking the building blocks which can lead them to successful STEM careers. Youth from these backgrounds are not pursuing STEM careers at the same rate as their more privileged peers.
LSA is committed to opening up chances for STEM learning from preschool through middle school and beyond, to address these gaps. To date, LSA’s programs have engaged 1,300+ students through 17 partner schools and agencies, in Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester. The next Executive Director will build upon the strong program model, and partner with the Board of Directors to achieve LSA’s goal to serve 25,000 students from elementary through high school. LSA’s model is built for leverage and scale – it delivers best practice STEM enrichment activities within partner schools and community agencies. Through partnerships, teachers, program leaders, and parents embed LSA’s activities into their own engagement with students. Foundations and corporations have recognized the value of investing in LSA. Last year, LSA raised over $250,000, largely through grants. Its supporters include The Boston Foundation, Cummings Foundation, National Grid Foundation, Amelia Peabody Foundation, and the United Way.
Recently the NBC Universal Foundation awarded LSA a $50,000 grant recognizing LSA for innovation in programming. Learn more about LSA at www.latinoSTEMalliance.org and check out this video of a program in action! About the Position The next Latino STEM Alliance Executive Director will report to and partner with the Board of Directors to lead the organization through strategic planning, infrastructure development, and growth. The Executive Director will be responsible for bringing LSA to its next stage of organizational development. This will require leading the organization to developing systems and sustainability strategies that ensure its Board, its program, its funding, and its operations consistently contribute to its long term mission as well as its day-to-day and year-to-year growth.
Learn more about LSA at www.latinoSTEMalliance.org and check out this video of a program in
About the Position
This is a full-time position based in Boston, MA. The Executive Director will represent LSA at programs and throughout the community, which include evening and weekend commitments. The next Executive Director will have broad organizational oversight, with key responsibilities in:
Strategic Planning and Operational Leadership
•Partner with and report to the Board of Directors to develop and implement LSA’s strategic focus
•Translate the strategic focus into annual operating plans; drive and measure progress toward goals
•Oversee effective infrastructure for finance, human resources, and technology to support the organization
•Ensure responsible financial management, building organizational capability by first partnering with a Board member currently involved in the finance function
Fundraising, External Relations, and Board Engagement
•Lead and execute a fundraising strategy, building upon LSA’s successes with private foundations and corporate partners and creating systems for increased and consistent funding
•Partner with the Board of Directors to recruit, engage, onboard, and leverage the talents of new board members to further LSA’s growth
•Ensure high-quality program delivery, with the support of LSA’s excellent program staff
•Supervise two program staff, engaging additional resources as appropriate
•Maintain strong relationships with partner agencies, volunteers, and other collaborators
The LSA Executive Director must be a leader with deep passion for LSA’s mission. Specific experiences and characteristics the ideal candidate will bring include:
Entrepreneurial Spirit with Strong Management Skills – As LSA completes its first decade of service it is committed to growth, without losing the energy that has brought it success to-date. The Board of Directors recently strengthened its own structure and it plans to partner with the next Executive Director to further evolve the organization’s governance. The ideal candidate will leverage the strengths of LSA’s start-up culture while instituting processes that will prepare it for growth. The successful candidate will be a highly adaptable self-starter and will provide strong oversight and support to LSA’s team, which is likely to expand with interns and staff. The next Executive Director will have experience managing and leading a team of at least 4 people and overseeing the finance function.
Fundraising and Communications Experience– To ensure programs are available to a greater number and breadth of students in the region, LSA has a new development strategy underway, which the Executive Director will quickly build upon. The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated successful, local fundraising experience, both related to strategy and infrastructure development and to soliciting individuals, foundations and corporations. These skills and experiences will support an increasing awareness of LSA in the community.
Nonprofit and Community Leadership – To effectively leverage the time and talent of the Board of Directors, LSA staff, and partners, the next Executive Director will be a leader with meaningful experience partnering with and developing a board and managing a nonprofit organization or department/project with a budget of at least $500K. The ideal candidate brings experience or context working with or within the Latinx community and knowledge of youth development and/or STEM fields. Fluency in Spanish and demonstrated cultural competency are highly desirable characteristics.
Latino STEM Association is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its hiring, workplace, and work. LSA has partnered with Carolyn O’Brien Consulting LLC to lead this search. Please email [email protected] to apply, nominate a candidate, or for more information. Applicants should submit a thoughtful cover letter and detailed resume (using the following naming convention for files: Lastname_resume and Lastname_cover). All applications will be read and acknowledged. Only applications closely meeting the candidate profile will be contacted for additional information. All inquiries and applications are confidential.
Latino STEM Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, or sexual orientation.