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Executive Director
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
General Management
San Jose

Organization Overview
Established in 2002 as a partnership between Applied Materials and the San Jose Unified School District, Breakthrough Silicon Valley (BSV) addresses the widening opportunity gap in the City of San Jose. Since its inception, BSV has delivered high-quality programs, advocated for the needs of underserved youth, and worked to connect families with resources and educational opportunities to help them change their social and economic trajectories. An independently operating affiliate of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, BSV began as a two-year middle school program serving 25 students from one school. Today, our comprehensive six-year program is on track to serve over 600 students in grades 6 - 12 from more than 40 schools by 2018 and is seeing outstanding results: 100% of BSV students enroll in college and 96% attend four year universities. Moreover, our students are persisting through graduation, with over 90% of Breakthrough participants on track for on time completion of a bachelor’s degree.  

BSV offers six years of high-impact academic enrichment and college preparation programming, starting in middle school, to students with high potential but limited opportunities. Using Breakthrough’s successful ‘Students Teaching Students model’, BSV provides engaging, tuition-free academic programming during the summer and after school while recruiting, training, and inspiring a diverse cohort of talented, high-achieving high school and college students as teachers. Our students gain the skills and motivation to succeed in rigorous high school courses and, ultimately, in college. Meanwhile, our teachers gain hands-on experience, research-based training, and coaching from professional educators.  We also partner with our students’ families, supporting parents with the tools they need to be advocates for their children and strengthening the networks of support that fuel success. As such, Breakthrough team members embed themselves in the communities we serve, weaving ourselves into fabric of the City of San Jose to provide sustained and long term support. 

As our organization evolves into its next stage of growth, we are excited to welcome a visionary and dynamic leader to guide a passionate group of professionals, serving as steward of a mission that puts children and families first. 

Position Summary 
BSV is currently seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to serve as Executive Director, holding primary responsibility for leadership of all aspects of the organization. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to build on a strong base of success, characterized by a history of year over year growth that has seen the organizational budget triple within the past four years while demonstrating strong programmatic results. Leading a dedicated team of 13 permanent, year-round staff members as well as approximately 70 seasonal Teaching Fellows, the Executive Director will guide the organization’s continued expansion, thoughtfully building on existing community relationships and strong investor support. With a detailed strategic plan in place and the opportunity to expand BSV’s impact in the City of San Jose, this is an exciting opportunity for a charismatic leader to steward a successful organization into its next stage of growth. For more information about BSV, please visit our web site at

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide strategic organizational leadership and daily tactical management for the entire organization, overseeing program fidelity, mission support, fundraising efforts, and key stakeholder engagement to ensure the overall vitality of the organization
  • Lead the implementation of BSV’s current strategic plan, thoughtfully balancing opportunities for programmatic growth and new funding relationships with organizational capacity and mission alignment, and plan for the creation of the organization’s next strategic planning process 
  • In partnership with the Board of Directors and the Director of Strategic Partnerships, create a long-term revenue plan to ensure the future financial sustainability and growth of the organization
  • Build and maintain strong, positive relationships with existing and prospective donors, using effective prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies to expand the funding base, with a particular focus on individual donors
  • Oversee all financial and operational functions of the organization, including HR and facilities
  • Serve as an active participant in and support of the organization’s programming, developing strong relationships with students, families, teaching Fellows, and other staff and volunteers
  • Proactively develop and execute strategies to increase organizational brand awareness and visibility, actively pursuing partnerships that highlight the work of the organization and develop a wider community presence among funders and partner organizations; actively solicit opportunities to participate in community gatherings, funder gatherings, and discussions about youth development and out-of-school time programming
  • Maintain and further develop positive relationships with key stakeholders including San Jose Unified School District, East Side Union High School District, Franklin-McKinley School District, and other local partners, including local independent schools and universities
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to strengthen, engage, and grow the Board  
  • Passionate commitment to the mission of BSV and educational equity, with the ability to tell a compelling story about why the mission of the organization is important and relevant
  • Successful track record in leadership in entrepreneurial environments, holding positions of increasing responsibility, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing strategic fundraising plans that incorporate robust individual giving programs
  • Knowledge of the Silicon Valley philanthropic, political, and educational landscapes strongly preferred
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, demonstrating an ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to diverse audiences
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to inspire, motivate, develop, and retain high performing team members
  • Familiarity with program evaluation and a commitment to leading a data-driven organization that measures and prioritizes outcomes
  • Ability to strategize, work on multiple projects, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and handle high-pressure situations
  • Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude, sense of humor, energy, and high degree of flexibility within a professional setting
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred 

To Apply  
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Shannon Hunt-Scott by utilizing the link below.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley offers a competitive salary and benefits, 
commensurate with experience and skills.  
Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an equal opportunity employer.

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