Executive Director

College Visions in Rhode Island

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 8, 2017
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Fewer than half of all students who attend college in the U.S. graduate with a degree after six years. And fewer than 45% of students from low-income families even enroll in college. If these statistics trouble you and compel you to action, you’re not alone.             

College Visions (CV) has been empowering low-income, first-generation students in Rhode Island to enroll in college, persist, and earn a degree since its founding in 2004. CV was piloted with 10 students and has grown to support 350 young people annually.

97% of CV program participants enroll in college and 65% earn a degree within 6 years, far surpassing local and national norms. This spring, CV celebrates its 237th college graduate. For more information, see www.collegevisions.org.

CV is looking for the right Executive Director to succeed Simon Moore, the organization’s founder. Like Simon, the ideal candidate will be an individual with a deeply rooted belief that the low-income, first-generation students that CV advocates for and serves both deserve the opportunity to attain a higher education degree and are eminently capable of doing so.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and will be responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. He or she is responsible for the overall administration and management of College Visions including programs, fundraising, and business operations as well as providing leadership and professional development to a talented and committed full-time staff of eight.

As an organization working to promote equitable access to opportunity in Rhode Island, CV believes that diversity is critical and that each person involved is valuable and imperative to its success.

To View More Details, please use this link to access the full job description on the Ligature Partners website: http://www.ligaturepartners.com/portfolio/college-visions/


Steward the founding vision of the organization while partnering with the Board of Directors and staff in developing the organization’s next phase strategic plan (to commence in 2018), vision, and growth goals;

Serve as the spokesperson for the organization, speaking authoritatively, engagingly, and authentically to represent the vision and interests of the organization and the individuals that it serves in the community, to state and local government, to donors, partners, educators, students, and students’ families;

Effectively lead the staff, providing them with clear objectives and goals as well as productive feedback on performance and coaching (as needed) to compel their professional growth and job satisfaction;

Cultivate a culture of learning, and motivate and support all staff to achieve their full potential;

Ensure program design is mission-driven and aligned with the strategic plan and yearly organizational goals;

Continuously infuse and enhance programs with the promising proven and emerging college access and success practices;

Cultivate and maintain partnerships with institutional and community partners in support of the interests of CV students and their families;

Facilitate the Board’s effective governance of the organization and ensure the Board has the information necessary to make well-informed decisions;

Serve as an Ex Officio member of the Board;

Work with the Board of Directors to ensure CV’s fiscal viability and stability;

Update the Board on organization finances, and provide timely and accurate financial reports;

Provide for and supervise all proper fiscal reporting, including grant reports, IRS filings, and other required documents;

Collaborate with development staff and the Board of Directors to secure funding to carry out CV’s strategic plan;

Collaborate with the Board to develop fundraising strategy and goals;

Oversee the implementation of fundraising plans.


A collaborative and inclusive leader that exhibits a participatory leadership style, and can use those skills to develop and guide CV’s next chapter and its strategic vision;

A commitment to serving CV’s students and families, a dedication to low-income communities, and a deep belief in the rights of low-income students to have equal access to a college degree;

An individual who deeply and authentically values differences and practices inclusion;

A dynamic and engaging leader who attracts talented staff and values time spent in motivating and mentoring that staff to deliver consistently high performance and realize their professional and personal goals;

A strong, organized, and disciplined operating executive who can demonstrate a track record of delivering on strategy and organizational goals while scrupulously adhering to the mission and values of an organization engaged in improving the circumstances of others;

Superb communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills; someone who has routinely spoken in public and on behalf of a company or organization to promote its agenda;

Track record in building long-term partnerships and effective relationships with outside organizations or companies;

An experienced fundraiser with demonstrated success raising money for non-profit organizations from diverse funding sources: individual, foundation, grant, and corporation;

Prior experience working with and managing multiple stakeholders including a Board of Directors;

Knowledge and understanding of current thought leadership, federal and state policies, and social policy connected to college access and success for low-income and underserved students would be considered a plus;

Bachelor’s Degree.

To View More Details, please use this link to access the full job description on the Ligature Partners website: http://www.ligaturepartners.com/portfolio/college-visions/.  

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