Director, LEAH

Brief Overview:

The Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope (LEAH) Project is seeking an inclusive and relational leader who is passionate about young people to serve as its next Director. LEAH’s new leader will have a strong commitment to racial equity and Boston’s communities.  They will be the outward face of the program, cultivate and leverage new opportunities for funding, support a talented team, and further advance LEAH’s STEM mission on behalf of its youth. 

Position Description:

It is the right moment for this leadership transition.  LEAH has a solid and stable foundation. LEAH’s current director of seven years is leading the LEAH Project remotely and as such, LEAH is in search of someone local to Boston who can best serve LEAH in this exciting time of growth. It has recently completed a strategic plan that lays out broad priority areas to focus on, that also leave room for new leadership to make their own imprint.  The Priorities areas are: 1) Funding & Expansion, 2) Marketing & Branding, 3) Programming, and 4) Staff Capacity & Models.  

The strategic planning process included an assessment that surfaced project strengths and challenges that inform how its priorities will be achieved. Some of the key findings from the assessment are that LEAH is in period of transition, with a growing program and many new and exciting opportunities to move towards. LEAH has a strong staff team with a passion for youth work and there has been some staff turnover in the last year which presents both opportunities and challenges. LEAH has a strong model, including its unique use of peer leadership, and the new leader will be able to strengthen certain areas, like its mentoring and college persistence.  LEAH’s current funding is solid and it benefits from having HRiA as its organizational home.  The Director has colleagues and supports that other stand-alone organizations do not have, including a development office, HR, and other infrastructure.  There are, however, upcoming funding streams due to come to a close soon. The new Director will need to be strategic about LEAH’s growth and stability in light of these funding changes while also seeking out new opportunities. The Director will also have the opportunity to leverage its existing strong reputation in the Boston area among key stakeholders and will benefit from the strong infrastructure in Boston to support LEAH’s mission.  

The Director of the LEAH Project will focus on building and sustaining the external partners and funders to support the LEAH Project and its growth. In addition, the Director is responsible for ensuring that the program is implemented effectively and meets its goals. Specifically, the Director provides supervision and support to project staff, oversees the budget, leads fundraising efforts in collaboration with HRiA’s development department and consultant, provides training and facilitation support, and cultivates relationships with external partners, current and potential funders, and the LEAH Advisory Board.  

LEAH’s Director will provide strategic leadership, bringing the strategic plan to life and adding their own vision and innovation into the plan’s framework. They will lead fundraising with support from HRiA’s development office, building new relationships, strengthening old ones, being comfortable and effective in the spotlight, and writing proposals that bring in new revenue so that LEAH’s mission is advanced through ample resources.  LEAH’s new Director will also roll up their sleeves to build on the successful programmatic model that currently exists.  They will work with data and the staff team to develop new programming, address gaps, and also bring energy and renewal to the team and be a mentor and strong leader – sometimes hands on – for LEAH’s youth. 

This is an exempt, full-time position. The Director will be based in HRiA’s Boston office with the option of occasionally working from home. The Director will be supervised by LEAH’s Senior Adviser on the project. The salary for this position is low to upper $90K based on skills and experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership and Management 

  • Manage all LEAH staff, and directly supervise 2-3 staff and consultants 
  • Develop and communicate LEAH’s priorities and goals and ensure that team and individual performance metrics reflect and are aligned with these goals 
  • Ensure quality of program delivery by managing the team and its responsibilities 
  • Implement LEAH’s strategic plan and monitor progress towards its goals and objectives 
  • Create and sustain healthy and positive team culture rooted in anti-racist principles and a positive youth development approach 

Fundraising and External Affairs 

  • Develop and lead a fundraising strategy and plan to generate at least $1 million in annual revenue to support the project  
  • In collaboration with LEAH’s development consultant and HRiA’s development department, prospect potential funders and manage all fundraising requirements for a large portfolio of foundation, government, and corporate grants  
  • Cultivate relationships with potential funders and continue to grow relationships with current funders through meaningful donor engagement 
  • Manage individual donor relationships and annual appeal process 
  • Serve as a liaison to the LEAH Advisory Board, seek strategic guidance from the Advisory Board as appropriate, and leverage the members to best support LEAH’s work 
  • Serve as one of the main representatives of the LEAH Project at conferences, funder events, networking events, etc.   

Programmatic Oversight 

  • Build and maintain external partnerships with new program partners to support program growth and development 
  • Develop and manage implementation and integration of LEAH’s STEM internship opportunities, including coordination of external partners 
  • Ensure programming meets foundation, corporate, and government grant requirements 
  • Oversee program evaluation and ensure attainment of program and funder goals 
  • Oversee social media, website, and donor communications  
  • Oversee planning of all LEAH events, responsible for planning some, and identify opportunities for donor engagement at events  
  • Attend programming workshops/events to connect with youth, observe staff facilitation, and lead youth workshops, as needed  

Thought Leadership 

  • Provide strategic direction for the LEAH Project and identify opportunities for LEAH’s strategic growth 
  • Serve as a thought leader in the Boston community, New England region, and nationally, when possible, on the topics of youth development and leadership, STEM programs, and workforce development, among others 
  • Sit on panels, present at conferences, and generate content to promote LEAH’s work and impact 

Typical hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Additional evening and weekend hours are sometimes required to fulfill the duties of this position. 

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.  

Candidate Qualifications:

LEAH’s new Director will be passionate about youth, equity and STEM, be an inclusive & collaborative leader who can build relationships and work across systems, funders, and LEAH’s larger home organization. Specifically, the ideal candidate will have strong skills and significant experience in many of the following areas: 

  • 7-10 years working within and helping to lead youth programs, specifically those serving high school aged youth (ideally BIPOC youth or first-generation college youth) with several years of experience in leadership positions  
  • Developing and leading, or playing a meaningful role, in fundraising strategy and attracting and growing philanthropic support from foundations, corporations, and individuals 
  • Moving nimbly between a variety of stakeholders including youth and their families, funders, community-based organizations, and area hospitals and research institutions, among others 
  • Written and oral communication, including serving as a lead spokesperson and ambassador in building awareness of a program’s work and impact 
  • Managing and leading teams and individuals, with an inclusive leadership style, and an empathic approach 
  • Analyzing and using data to drive innovation and growth 
  • Knowledge of working with Boston Public Schools, Boston STEM organizations, local hospitals and research institutions, as well as the local philanthropic landscape 
  • Youth development, education, and leadership development 
  • Facilitating engaging workshops, activities, and/or small groups 
  • Higher education is welcomed as is lived experience 

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.  

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.  

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including generous vacation starting at four weeks, 13 paid holidays, and 15 sick days as well as medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and flexible work schedules. 

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. 



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