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Executive Director, (Long Beach BLAST – Better Learning for All Students Today)

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Long Beach BLAST, a nonprofit organization with annual revenue of approximately $600,000 was established in 2000 by our founder, Jean Egan. The organization’s mission is to improve academic and personal success for at-promise youth, through collaboration and innovative approaches to mentoring and learning. Our vision is that every student is inspired to succeed academically and personally.  BLAST has matched over 9,500 mentors since inception and has provided services and support to over 1,000 at-risk students with an average of nearly 600 academic mentors per school year in the Long Beach area. There is a strong relationship with the college mentors from CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominquez Hills, and Long Beach City College (LBCC), and our collaboration with our higher education partners is crucial to the success of BLAST.

The Executive Director: The board is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED) to guide the work of BLAST. The ED will report to the Board of Directors and will manage a team of approximately 10 staff to achieve the goals of the organization.  The ED will also be responsible for the management of BLAST programs, protection of its financial assets and ensuring compliance with the Board’s goals. The ED will provide vision and operational leadership, lead development efforts to ensure program continuity, and be the primary representative of the organization in the community.

Required criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership within a nonprofit, public, or private organization, serving children/youth
  • Successful track record in business development and fundraising
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human resources especially regarding risk management and compliance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of finance and budgeting
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills
  • A minimum of 3 years in a recent management position within an organization
  • A college degree in social sciences or a related field from an accredited college or university

Preferred criteria:

  • Familiarity with the Long Beach community and the specific opportunities and challenges of the area
  • Experience with program development and evaluation

Essential Functions of the ED Role:

Development (30%): Ensure the development of resources needed to sustain and grow BLAST programs and operations. Collaborate with grant consultant to secure additional grants.  Build and strengthen development infrastructure and capacity. Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan with the Board.  Develop and cultivate relationships with individuals, foundations, corporations, and other funding entities.

Program Development and Management (20%): Ensure development and effective management of the BLAST programs. Strengthen and manage the operational infrastructure required to expand and deliver exceptional programming, including reporting and documentation to funders.  Provide leadership for the staff and volunteers to help direct program planning and development to achieve goals and objectives.

Operational Management and Planning (20%): Ensure effective management of all functions of the organization including:  Human Resources, Program Evaluation, Risk Management, Finance, Development, and Information Technology.  Oversee the development and implementation of best practices to reduce risk and promote efficiency in all aspects of the organization.  Prepare an annual operating plan in agreement with the strategic plan that outlines scope, budget and timing of programs and projects.

Finance and Budgets (10%): Ensure effective management of financial resources to preserve and promote the financial integrity and viability of the organization. Direct the preparation of the annual program and operating budget. Monitor and control financial performance against budget expectations. Direct and maintain appropriate and compliant reporting and auditing activities.

Board Relations and Strategic Planning (10%):  Support the Board of Directors to fulfill its mission, governance, and fiduciary responsibilities. Assist or participate in the work of committees, attend, and report at Board meetings and maintain open and effective communication with the Board as a whole—and with individual members—to keep the Board apprised of key developments affecting the organization.

External Relationships and Communications (10%): Build and maintain positive relationships with key constituencies, external stakeholders, and the public, as well as serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization. Regularly attend and present at community events.

Working Conditions, Compensation, and Benefits:

  • Exempt, full-time position working a minimum of 40 hours per week.
  • Availability for evening and weekend events is essential.


  • Vacation and sick leave are provided.
  • A health benefits package is provided.


  • Competitive salary in the $75,000 to $85,000 range depending upon qualifications and experience.

Physical Requirements

  • Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time. The position requires work at school sites and community venues and is currently structured in a hybrid format (i.e., staff work in the office and remotely according to an approved schedule).  Some evenings and weekends may be necessary to attend community events.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, President of the Board, Long Beach BLAST, via email, or 4201 Long Beach Blvd, Suite 201, Long Beach CA 90807.

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