We're hiring! Apply to be GO's next Executive Director

About Golden Opportunity

This fall (2019), GO will begin its 15th year tutoring and mentoring children in the Ithaca City School District who would not otherwise have access to one-on-one tutoring. Most of our dedicated tutors, who are primarily retired educators, begin working with a student in the second grade and continue with that student throughout their elementary school years. This continuity of service, along with the trust, insight, and compassion established between tutors and students over time, makes GO unique and effective.

Job Title: Executive Director

Organization Description: Golden Opportunity (GO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing free, one-on-one tutoring and mentorship to students in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) who would not otherwise have access to "private" tutoring support. Our program serves students in grades 2-8 and is available at every elementary and middle school in the ICSD. 

Over the past two years, GO has reinforced its infrastructure and strategic direction and is looking for a leader to help grow the organization while maintaining its core values. The ideal candidate will be bold and creative, with strong fundraising and operations skills, the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds, and a passion for equity in education. 

Position Summary: GO seeks an Executive Director with an entrepreneurial spirit, vast knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and fundraising experience to take our growing organization to the next level.

Major Areas of Responsibility: 

1. Marketing, Fundraising, and Development — The Executive Director serves as the spokesperson for GO, speaking and writing to raise awareness and acquire resources to support the needs of young students in our school district. The ED will solidify and expand the impact of GO by maintaining and expanding fundraising strategies and activities to support the overall strategic plan, growth objectives, and program operations.

2. Program Management and Operations — The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the GO tutoring program to ensure ongoing, consistent excellence in delivery of services. This includes budgeting, staffing, program evaluation and reporting, and managing day-to-day operations of an organization contracting with 50+ tutors and school liaisons across 11 schools in the ICSD. 

The ED recruits all tutors and school liaisons and works closely with the contracted bookkeeper and board treasurer to ensure financial management is conducted in an accurate and timely manner.

The ED assures effective systems are in place to monitor, evaluate, and report on overall program performance, measuring and communicating results to the board of directors and other relevant constituents. 

3. Strategy and Finance — The Executive Director works with the board to set goals for the organization, establish a tactical plan to achieve those goals, and executing the plans. The ED provides regular reports to the board of directors tracking specific, agreed upon metrics and progress. 

4. Board Relations — The Executive Director supports and collaborates with the GO board, serves as an ex-officio member of board committees, and seeks board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations. 


  • Experience as an entrepreneurial leader or manager of a growing organization

  • Experience developing and executing fundraising campaigns, soliciting donations, writing and reporting grants, and managing fundraising events

  • Be a flexible problem-solver, adept at prioritizing tasks in a resource-constrained environment — good at striking a balance between innovation and continuity, deliberation and action, independence and collaboration

  • Be a compelling communicator, clear writer, and comfortable public speaker — able to present the work, mission, and vision of GO in diverse settings

  • Strong management and administrative skills, well organized and able to manage and prioritize work effectively

  • Passion for GO's mission and equity in education — displaying an authentic connection with the needs GO addresses

  • Experience in K-12 education or youth programs highly desirable

  • Experience with MS office tools and Google Drive with the ability to quickly learn other database tools, such as QuickBooks and Little Green Light

  • Bachelor's degree required

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to goboardchair@gmail.com with "Executive Director" in the subject line by June 7, 2019. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting immediately. Desire to fill position in July 2019. 

Hiring Range: 
$43,000 - $49,000