Executive Director Search


Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) of Jefferson Park Preschool will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Jefferson Park Preschool’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. She or he will initially develop deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and business plans.


  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.

  • Actively engage and energize Jefferson Park’s Nonprofit volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout.

  • Lead, coach, develop and retain Jefferson Park’s staff.

  • Regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Planning & New Business

  • Identify opportunities for Jefferson Park to expand its program and building. Working with foundations, the city and philanthropists to bring in funding for big picture projects.

  • Oversee the planning process for the program expansion.

  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community.

  • Be an external local and statewide presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program.

Board Governance

  • Works with the board in order to fulfill the organizational mission.

  • Responsible for leading Jefferson Park Preschool in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Financial Administration & Performance

  • Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
    Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Jefferson Park to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

  • Submit accurate financial records to the accountant and work with the accountant to submit financial reports to Jefferson Park’s biggest grantors.  

  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensure maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support Jefferson Park’s mission.

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while simultaneously decreasing debt owed to the Board of Education.

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

Organization Strategy

  • Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of Jefferson Park’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Jefferson Park can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

  • Responsible for the enhancement of Jefferson Park’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with another professional, civic and private organizations.

  • Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible effective administration of Jefferson Park’s operations.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.

  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Planning and operation of the annual budget.

  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of Jefferson Park Preschool.

  • Serving as Jefferson Park Preschool’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Jefferson Park’s Mission.

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Trustees to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the Foundation throughout the State.

  • Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.

  • Strategic planning and implementation.

  • Oversee organization Trustee and committee meetings.

  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.

  • Review and approve contracts for services.


  • The ED will be thoroughly committed to Jefferson Park Preschool’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

  • A bachelor’s degree required.

  • Advanced degree preferred in business or early childhood education.

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.

  • A track record of effectively leading a diverse staff and communicating with a Board of Trustees.

  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience.

  • Financially savvy and detailed oriented. The ability to understand and oversee financial reports and systems that ensure financial transparency. The ability to accurately report to the largest funders which include the Department of Education, Child Adult Food Program and Department of Human Services.

  • Past success working with a Board of Trustees with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships. Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
    Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

  • Past success working with a Board of Trustees with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships. Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

  • Ability to convey a vision of Jefferson Park’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors.

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector
    Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

  • Strong public speaking ability.

To Apply

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to director@jeffersonparkpreschool.org