The Executive Director leads all aspects of the LearningWorks program. This includes: hiring, developing and coaching program staff; administering the program; raising the program’s internal and external profile; partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools; strategic visioning of LearningWorks’ future; and working closely with Blake directors to garner community support and funding for the program. This position reports to Blake’s Director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement (DOECE).
Blake is interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes our community strong and empowers students to engage across differences.
The search committee will begin reviewing resumes January 27. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Communicate and enact the LearningWorks mission with conviction, persuasiveness and passion
Hold the program and its participants to a standard of excellence in carrying out the mission
Cultivate and lead a positive LearningWorks culture through the summer and school-year programming
Continually assess and enhance the program’s quality, relevance and effectiveness
Represent LearningWorks within the Blake community, with partner organizations, with LearningWorks families and students and with current and prospective donors
Engage and partner with the National Breakthrough Collaborative organization
Fundraise for operational and endowment funds in partnership with Blake administrators
Provide administrative leadership in strategic planning; staff recruitment, hiring, professional development and coaching; performance management; budget management
Hire, supervise and develop staff members responsible for teacher recruitment, training and mentoring; student recruitment, selection and support; alumni relations
Facilitate, write and produce materials for program marketing, communications, public relations and development
Provide support, direction, resources and clear expectations to LearningWorks program constituents including middle school program attendees and their families; high school and college students; parent volunteers; and the LearningWorks donor and alumni communities
Perform a variety of administrative tasks such as developing forms, coordinating mailings, record keeping and general office management
Desired Experience and Skills:
Minimum five years of related experience, especially in non-profit management or school leadership
Demonstrated skills in program leadership, vision, staff management and organization
Superb communication, presentation and writing skills
Close attention to detail, ability to plan ahead, outstanding follow through
Demonstrated cultural competence and commitment to educational equity
Ability to motivate and work effectively with a wide array of constituents
Experience working with diverse populations or in an urban school setting preferred
Classroom teaching experience preferred
Familiarity or prior experience with Breakthrough Collaborative, Upward Bound or a similar academic/youth organization preferred
Proficiency in Spanish, Somali or Hmong highly valued
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.