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Executive Director

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director (ED) will be deeply committed to Meritus’ vision and mission. The ED will collaborate with the Board to further develop and implement a strategic plan, and will formulate practical and achievable steps designed for organizational sustainability and programmatic growth. Meritus is actively working on expanding within the Bay Area and leading this effort will be an important part of the ED’s role.

As the executive leader of Meritus in the extended community, the ED will actively cultivate collaborations while enhancing relationships with all stakeholders, including foundations, individual donors, business and educational leaders, partner organizations and others. Working closely with the Board, the ED will maximize opportunities for diverse sources of revenue including, but not limited to donor cultivation, grants, corporate partnerships and planned giving programs.

The ED will demonstrate a passion for higher education, as well as the capacity to be a respected and articulate spokesperson in the community.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership

  • Provide leadership to the Board, staff, volunteers, alumni, and Scholars in implementing the organization’s strategic plan to advance Meritus’ mission and vision.
  • As the face of the organization, serve as a compelling and fearless spokesperson for Meritus.
  • Elevate the stature of Meritus by becoming a visible leader in education circles and develop strategic alliances with organizations that can advance Meritus’ mission.

Staff Management

  • Maintain a positive working environment that motivates and encourages staff to participate fully in the mission of the organization.
  • Manage, support and work in collaboration and partnership with the Program Director to ensure that Meritus programs continue to be the core of the organization and are maintained at the highest level.
  • Recruit and select staff members as needed; provide supervision, development, and training.

Fundraising & Communication

  • Collaborate with the Board and Director of Development to develop, execute, and track a fundraising plan to include revenue from multiple sources including foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the Director of Development to review and strengthen event fundraising strategies, including researching, identifying, cultivating, soliciting and thanking individual donors and event sponsors.

Financial/Operational Management

  • Ensure consistent quality of finance, business operations and administration, human resources and systems, including recommending timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals and ensure a healthy work environment.
  • Regularly assess and refine the organization’s structure and staffing needs.
  • Collaborate with staff and the Board on budget preparation and monitor spending to ensure the continued financial health of the organization.
  • Oversee annual audit process.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legal and fiscal practices of a non-profit corporation.

Board Governance

  • Present timely and accurate information to the Board regarding the status of agreed upon objectives, finances, staffing, volunteers and other relevant issues.
  • Collaborate with the Board to implement by-laws, policies and procedures, governance structure, strategy and planning for continued board recruitment and development, and training in governance best practices.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 7 years senior nonprofit management experience, including working on or for a Board of Directors
  • Background and an understanding of higher education and a commitment and passion for the value of Meritus’ mission.
  • Demonstrated success in developing financially viable and sustainable program models.
  • Proven track record as a successful fundraiser.
  • Ability to engage the Board, staff and other stakeholders in collaborative problem-solving.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including an ability to elicit trust and commitment from the Board, staff, Scholars, volunteers and the community.
  • Proven ability to forge strong collaborative community and business relationships.
  • Demonstrated organizational, operational and financial acumen and the ability to communicate accurate and timely information to the Board.
  • Ability to engage, manage, lead, and provide support and mentoring to staff and volunteers.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the Bay Area community a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree

SALARY

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position.

This search is being conducted by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership’s Executive Search & Transition Services. To be considered as an applicant:

  • Email PDF Resume and Cover Letter in confidence to: cvnlsearch@cvnl.org
  • Include in the Subject line: “Meritus College Fund ED Search”

*Applications without a cover letter will not be considered; documents must be submitted online.

Meritus College Fund is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications. Policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in any employment decision based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by federal, state or
local law or ordinance or regulation.

Submission of your application is not an offer of employment or an employment contract.


College Success Advisor

Position Overview

Meritus seeks a full-time College Success Advisor who will work in conjunction with and report directly to the Director of Programs. The College Success Advisor offers direct support to a caseload of Scholars, while advancing larger programmatic and organizational initiatives. The role presents a unique opportunity to join a small but highly-effective staff committed to the success of its Scholars.

The Programs Team provides advising, mentoring, and professional skills development to ensure its Scholars are successful in and beyond college. Students are admitted into the program during the spring term of their senior year of high school. Meritus plays an integral role in supporting its students as they make final matriculation decisions and readies them for the transition to higher education through a combination of personalized support and group programming. Once in college, the team offers one-on-one advising through to graduation to help address academic, financial, and/or socio-emotional challenges that students experience on campus, identify opportunities that enrich the college experience, and position Meritus Scholars for success once they graduate.

Responsibilities

The College Success Advisor will be responsible for:

Scholar Support
  • Advise students throughout their college journey by employing a developmentally and culturally appropriate framework and methodology, focused on student self-advocacy
  • Problem solve with students facing academic, financial, or personal challenges that could derail them from their college pursuits
  • Identify opportunities that enhance the college experience
  • Preemptively identify and work with students at higher risk for dropout
  • Assist and advocate for students not in good standing at their university, including students at risk of dismissal or losing financial aid, on academic probation, on a leave of absence, or transitioning back to their college as a result of deferment
  • Review and revise student’s professional development materials, including resumes and cover letters, and facilitate focused discussions on career pathways with students
  • Work in conjunction with the Associate Director of Programs to identify students from caseload that would benefit from internships and/or mentoring opportunities offered through Meritus
  • Monitor and track student progress toward major declaration and graduation
  • Refer to and collaborate with external resources as needed to ensure students receive the highest quality support
Student Onboarding
  • Assist in the annual selection of new Scholars including recruiting applicants, processing applications, and advising on acceptance decisions
  • Introduce new Scholars to the Meritus program during the onboarding process and support and advise them through the college selection process
  • Build relationships with each Scholar through personalized support
  • Assist in planning, implementing, and evaluating summer transition-to-college events (Welcome Orientation, Awards Reception, and Transition to College Workshop, pre-departure check-ins) to ensure students are college ready
Program Implementation
  • Maintain accurate records related to student progress in our Salesforce database through routine note-taking and data entry
  • Evaluate efficacy of program by soliciting student feedback and measuring program impact in conjunction with program staff
  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure complementary student support
  • Support program staff in developing additional curriculum for onboarding Scholars and supporting Scholars academically, socio-emotionally and professionally
  • Support program staff as needed
Organizational Support
  • Support organizational objectives as needed
  • Identify student success stories to assist the development team
  • Collaborate with development team to assist in fundraising efforts

Ideal Candidates Exhibit the Following Qualities

  • One to three years in either student advising or counseling, preferably with a college-going population
  • Firm belief that all students, no matter their background, deserve to receive a quality college education
  • Experience working with populations traditionally under-represented on college campuses, such as DREAMers, independent youth, English language learners, young parents, students with learning disabilities, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of university policies related to financial aid, college admissions (especially transfers), academics (probation, dismissal), the appeals process, and general college resources
  • Experience working with college bound youth in the Bay Area, with a knowledge of resources accessible in the community
  • Strong database management skills; Salesforce a plus
  • Fluency in a second language – particularly Spanish or Cantonese – is highly preferred
  • Ability to work on a small team
  • Willingness and flexibility to support colleagues as needed
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and “can do” attitude

Environment

Our staff is small, highly energetic, collegial, fun, and committed to the mission of the organization. Our team members are supportive of one other. In addition to working hard, staff finds time to build community.

The Meritus office is housed in the Thoreau Center, a shared non-profit facility that supports the community with educational events, communication tools, social gatherings, and informational and art gallery exhibits. The Center is located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco. A free tenants-only shuttle is available for transit to the Financial District.

Meritus is an equal opportunity employer in hiring and employment.

Salary Range

DOE

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@meritus.org, Subject: College Success Advisor – First Name Last Name

Benefits

Meritus offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental coverage, a generous vacation plan, 11-day holiday schedule, flex-scheduling, paid sick leave, and pre-tax transit plan. Meritus actively supports the growth of all employees and encourages professional development, networking, and collaboration. Full-time employees in the Presidio are also eligible to apply for preferred Presidio housing.

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