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Chief Executive Officer Boston, MA

City Year invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This position calls for a seasoned, innovative, and inspiring leader with a deep commitment to improving education in under-resourced schools throughout the country, to national and community service, to issues of equity and inclusion, and to empowering young adults to positively impact their communities.

Founded in 1988, City Year is an education-focused national service organization and is seen as a leader in the national service movement. The organization was created with the goal of dramatically increasing participation in national service and was an early model for the federal AmeriCorps program. City Year has always been about developing and nurturing young people and believes that investing in them contributes to strong and vibrant communities.

Today City Year is contributing to a clearer and bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration, and risk-taking, where every student feels connected to the school community; where data informs practices that promote student growth and achievement; and where all students have access to positive relationships and personalized learning environments that encourage them to persevere through challenges, build on their strengths, and thrive.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, City Year operates with 1,000 total staff members, a $180M operating budget, and locations in 29 cities across the country and two international affiliates. Each year, City Year’s AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25 and organized into diverse teams, provide support to students, classrooms, and whole school communities, helping to ensure that students in systemically under-resourced schools receive a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed academically and in life. Last year, City Year’s AmeriCorps members worked with over 226,000 students across 350 schools.

The current leadership transition is a key moment of change at City Year, and an exciting opportunity for organizational reflection and evolution: after more than 30 years as a founder-led organization, City Year will select a new CEO to begin in late 2019 or early 2020. This transition presents a unique opportunity to take stock of where the organization is now and to think strategically about where it needs to go in order to maintain and grow its success.

The ideal candidate will bring deep experience leading a complex, multi-site organization and will have a track record of successfully building and stewarding external partnerships and generating resources. In its next leader, City Year seeks a CEO who is entrepreneurial and ambitious about the role that the organization can play in both the national service and education fields. This person will champion the ideals of City Year, will prioritize team- and community-building, will celebrate differences across staff and corps members, and will lead with humility and in service of the organization’s mission. This person will communicate effectively both internally and externally; will be committed to and adaptive in their development of people and teams; and will advance the creation of efficient operational structures across the organization. The new CEO will need to work closely with City Year staff at headquarters and across the sites to identify areas for innovation and expansion without compromising the core values that have made City Year successful and that are essential to its identity.

Ericka Miller and Katie Rockman are leading this search with Martens Roc and Caitlin Barrett.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.


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