Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

4367Job Opening: Director of Strategic Projects at Global Citizen Year

Expand Messages
  • Stacey Chin
    Apr 21, 2014
    • 0 Attachment

      Organization: Global Citizen Year

      Position: Director of Strategic Projects





      Global Citizen Year is an award-winning non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for America’s emerging leaders. By immersing a diverse corps of Fellows in developing countries during a “bridge year” after high school, we prepare them for success in college, careers and our global economy. We envision a world in which this “bridge year” becomes a common expectation and opportunity—transforming education, and unleashing the potential of our next generation as social innovators and global citizens.


      Since our launch in 2009, we have grown our operations ten-fold while building significant momentum among top philanthropic investors (Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Nike Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation), prominent media outlets (New York Times, Associated Press, Huffington Post) and reputable partners (leading NGOs, colleges, and companies).


      Today, as we complete a five-year “demonstration phase,” we are embarking on an ambitious growth plan to translate our small-scale pilot into a full-fledged movement -- transforming the face of American leadership, and countless lives along the way.


      To learn about our history and our program, visit us at globalcitizenyear.org.





      The Director of Strategic Projects will manage mission-critical, strategic initiatives across the organization.


      Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors, the Director of Strategic Projects is uniquely positioned to lead projects across a range of functions (business development, operations, finance) that undergird Global Citizen Year’s growth and impact.


      The Director of Strategic Projects must be an exceptional project manager and communicator who thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.  S/he is a voracious learner who is energized by stretch goals, managing up and across, and consistently shifting priorities.


      Beyond this, the role presents the opportunity to be part of a dynamic organization with a track record of success, a proven and innovative model, and a steep growth trajectory.





      You possess an entrepreneurial spirit. You’re resourceful, tenacious and at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You thrive when applying your talents across a diversity of functions. You possess a “can do” attitude, and can quickly pivot to fill in gaps or pursue new opportunities. The notion of doing something you’ve never done before excites you.



      You seek continuous improvement. You’re constantly asking, “How can we do this better?” You bring a problem-solving orientation to your work, and instinctively seek opportunities for reflection and feedback. You have a knack for strengthening processes to improve quality and efficiency, always keeping your end user in mind.


      You see the forest and the trees. You always cross your “t’s” and dot your “i’s,” but never lose sight of the big picture. You instinctively understand how the pieces fit together, and develop recommendations that balance perspectives across the organization.

      You are insanely proactive. You can map what’s needed from whom to achieve your goals, and are adept at managing up and across to drive results.


      People trust you. You possess deep integrity, and inspire confidence in others through a combination of passion, smarts and humility.




      The Director of Strategic Projects will both lead and support initiatives across the organization that strengthen processes and build internal capacity.


      Given the crosscutting nature of this role, specific responsibilities may shift over time as organizational needs evolve. The right candidate will be energized to work across multiple functions, and must be comfortable shifting and stretching to contribute to our most critical needs.  


      Preliminary responsibilities will include:


      1.     Business development

      ·       Support the CEO’s fundraising efforts by managing our donor pipeline (includes foundation, corporate, and high net worth individuals)

      ·       Manage grant proposal and reporting process (with support from a grant-writer)

      ·       Manage the Business Development Associate responsible for fundraising systems (Salesforce), donor acknowledgement, research, event planning and knowledge management

      ·       Develop materials in PowerPoint and Word to communicate our work to external audiences

      ·       Serve as a bridge between Development and Finance functions to ensure accurate and ethical financial donor management and reporting


      2.     Board relations

      ·       Lead planning, preparation and follow up for quarterly board meetings, including development of board materials

      ·       Liaise with Board of Directors to ensure coordination and compliance


      3.     Internal operations

      ·       Support talent management (performance evaluation, hiring, etc.)

      ·       Support operations initiatives (internal systems assessment and improvements, global operations and expansion, etc.) 

      ·       Develop and manage internal communications strategy to promote transparency and collaboration (team meetings, organizational newsletter, etc.)


      4.     Strategic initiatives

      ·       Lead or support other strategic initiatives, as needed. Sample projects might include:

      o   Annual planning, goal-setting and organizational dashboard tracking

      o   Partnership oversight

      o   Evaluation and analysis

      o   Research and planning





      You have a demonstrated passion for the mission of Global Citizen Year. You’re known for your ability to “get things done” and thrive when working across a range of roles and responsibilities. You excel in the context of a fast-paced startup, and you’re able to multi-task and prioritize like none other.


      Additionally, you bring:

      ·       3-5 years of relevant professional experience (consulting, project management, nonprofit management)

      ·       Results & process orientation: You’ve established yourself as the go-to project manager. You can map the process and plan to achieve ambitious results. You engage others strategically, balancing quality and efficiency.

      ·       Superb communication skills.  You are an exceptional communicator across all mediums (in person, email, PowerPoint). You effectively tailor your message and style for diverse audiences (board members, donors, team, contractors).

      ·       Influence without formal authority: You build strong working relationships with people in both senior and junior roles, internally and externally. You have successfully driven results in situations that require buy-in from multiple stakeholders even where you lack formal “seniority” or authority.

      ·       Organization and time management skills: You can keep many balls – big and small – in the air, without letting any drop. You’re able to manage to multiple critical deadlines, and also help your teammates maintain focus on the most important initiatives. 

      ·       Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint and Word


      The following are a plus:

      ·       Experience living/working in the developing world

      ·       Experience working in a strategy consulting firm

      ·       Proficiency in Salesforce

      ·       Experience working with Board of Directors and/or senior leadership




      Compensation: Competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and comprehensive benefits package

      Location: Oakland, CA               

      Start Date: As soon as possible




      To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter on our website. In your online application, please indicate how you learned of the opening and provide three professional references, your salary requirement and the date you would be available to begin fulltime work in Oakland. Generic cover letters will not be reviewed.


      Deadline: Applications received by April 29th will receive preferential review. The review will continue until the position is filled.


      Global Citizen Year is an equal opportunity employer, and we strive for our staff to reflect the diverse community we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.