Bay Area Executive Director

CollegeSpring is hiring an Executive Director for our Bay Area region. To learn about the position, read the job description below. When you are ready to apply, click the button below to reach the application form.

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About CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring is a national non-profit organization that equips low-income students with the academic skills and mentoring they need to close the SAT, ACT, and college opportunity gaps. Since 2008, we have served more than 19,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and New York, helping them achieve increased test scores, acceptances into better-matched, more-selective colleges, higher persistence rates, and greater opportunities for future success.

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About the Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director (SFBA ED) is responsible for the operations of the SF Bay Area region of CollegeSpring which now serves approximately 1,500 students annually and raises a total of $700K in annual revenue between philanthropic and earned sources. The SFBA ED will serve as the leader of the entire region, responsible for local fundraising efforts, developing and growing important partnerships with schools, districts, and community-based organizations to manage a sustainable fundraising and earned-income base.  The SFBA ED should be data-driven, and will supervise local staff, lead board development, ensure strong financial and operational management, oversee program execution and evaluation, and participate in the development and execution of the region’s strategic growth plan. The SFBA ED will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will work closely with senior staff as a critical member of the national leadership team, as CollegeSpring is a national unified 501(c)(3).



  • Serve as primary relationship manager for local development efforts; regional philanthropy budget for 2017-18, a 9-month fiscal year, is $325K (roughly $400K annualized) and will increase significantly in future years.
  • Oversee regional efforts to effectively cultivate and steward current and prospective local donors and board members.
  • Collaborate with national development team and CEO to ensure region meets annual philanthropic goals.
  • Effectively represent CollegeSpring and the SF Bay Area region at local events and gatherings.

Organizational and Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop regional growth plans in partnership with leadership team, regional board, and regional staff; initial estimates show region has potential to increase two- to three-fold in the next three to five years.
  • Represent the region in conversations with the leadership team and national board; serve as a key voice in organizational growth plans.
  • Develop and manage regional expense and revenue budgets and projections.

Relationship Development and Management:

  • Lead development of fee-based partnerships with schools and community organizations in the region, working closely with Bay Area Programs Director. These partnerships will serve approximately 1,500 students at 20 partner sites and generate $300K in earned income in 2017-18.
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant nonprofit, education, and community leaders at peer organizations, local school districts, Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and local government agencies.

Board Development and Management

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with nine current members of the regional Advisory Board. Steward the Young Professionals Board, a group of currently six who volunteer and donate.
  • Effectively manage regional board by developing individual relationships and strategically planning group engagements to further the fundraising, partnership, and programmatic goals of the region.

Programmatic Leadership:

  • Partner with regional Programs Director to lead regional programmatic efforts, ultimately ensuring high-quality program execution and partner satisfaction.
  • Manage, retain, and develop a team of two direct reports (Programs Director and Operations Coordinator), and a growing team of 4 full time staff plus approximately 60 seasonal part-time mentors and interns.


  • A strong commitment to CollegeSpring’s mission, vision, strategic direction, and focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • 8+ years of progressive management and leadership experience, with 4+ years of experience in leadership within education, youth-serving, or nonprofit organizations
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising for a mission-driven and results-oriented nonprofit
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, growth-oriented, and results-driven environment
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically while executing tactically and leveraging entrepreneurial spirit to achieve ambitious goals
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the proven ability to represent the organization publicly and passionately to a variety of stakeholders, including partners, funders, and community members
  • Collaborative and innovative leadership style; proven ability to inspire, coach, and manage full time staff to high performance
  • Flexible and adaptive work style, with the ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment; ability to prioritize among competing demands
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred


Salary depends on experience. Generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, disability, FSA, commuter, matching 403 (b) retirement plan, and vacation/sick leave.


Submit resume and thoughtful cover letter to Matt Aguiar, Chief Operating Officer, through our online application. Cover letter should include why you are interested in this opportunity and salary requirements. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will only be considered if received through the CollegeSpring website. Please, no phone inquiries.

CollegeSpring is committed to equal employment opportunity, including decisions regarding employment, for all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, special disabled veteran or Vietnam Era Veteran status or other protected status. CollegeSpring is also committed to creating a diverse, open workplace, and we encourage applicants who are members of one or more protected categories.