Position Overview

The Vice President and Executive Director (VP&ED) serves as the primary leader, internal manager, strategist, external champion, and builder of the Detroit site and is supported by Regional Vice President for the Midwest Region and City Year Detroit’s (CYDET’s) leadership team including three direct reports: Senior Impact Director, Operations Director, and Development Director. Additionally, the VP&ED works closely with CYDET’s 16 member board comprised of business and community leaders who represent the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Detroit.  


This is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral role in improving and supporting public education in Detroit. Therefore, first and foremost, the VP&ED must firmly believe in City Year’s premise that education has the power to help every child reach his or her potential, be passionate about addressing the dropout crisis in America, and be aligned with the values of City Year, Inc.

Additionally, candidates for the position must bring experience in the following areas:

Next, candidates for the position must have the following skills:

Finally, candidates for the position must possess the following personal characteristics:

Preferred Background & Work Experience

While not required, the following skills, experiences and credentials would be welcome:

Job Responsibilities

Priorities for the next City Year Detroit Executive Director

Learn, Integrate, and Evaluate

The new VP&ED will learn – and then lead – all aspects of CYDET, getting acquainted with the organization’s culture, service model, fundraising efforts, long-term impact plan, and internal and external constituents. An essential aspect of this effort will include developing strong relationships and trust with all relevant stakeholders: the Regional Vice President, national Headquarters staff, the local site leadership team (Department Directors), AmeriCorps members, board, key funders, community partners, and other City Year EDs. Building an understanding of the AmeriCorps member experience and visiting school partners will be a key element of the ED’s first 90 days.

Service Excellence

The VP&ED will work closely with the Impact Director (ID) to ensure site success in school-based service across the community. Once equipped with a deep understanding of the service model, the VP&ED will partner with the ID to execute on service strategy towards creating optimum conditions for achieving excellent outcomes for students in attendance, behavior and course performance. In order to achieve these long-term impact goals for CYDET, the VP&ED and the ID must develop transformational partnerships with Detroit Public Schools generally and school partners specifically.

Fundraising and Scaling

CYDET is poised for growth, and the VP&ED will play an integral role as chief champion and fundraiser. Supported by the development team and the board, s/he will design and implement an aggressive strategy aimed at scaled impact and leveraging existing gifts.

The new VP&ED will continue to develop corporate and foundation support as well as developing a stronger major gifts program and more significant financial support from state and local government sources. While CYDET continues to receive significant funding from a number of local and national corporate sponsors and from AmeriCorps at the federal level, diversifying the funding base will be key to long-term sustainability and future growth.

Board Engagement and Recruitment

As a new leader, the VP&ED will need to establish rapport with current board members as well as recruit new members who can contribute to the success of CYDET.

Team Building and Staff Development

The new VP&ED will inherit a talented team. S/he will be expected to provide ongoing opportunities for professional development and contribute to a supportive and energetic working environment in order to maintain current staffing levels and develop the high performing teams required as CYDET grows.

Relationship Building and Brand Development

As the public face of the organization, the new VP&ED will build awareness and brand recognition. Communication and collaboration with diverse groups is an essential function of this role. Specifically, the organization has a longstanding working partnership with local school leaders and the VP&ED must build and optimize relationships with key stakeholders.

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