The Executive Director stands as the Proud Scholars Chairman, overseeing each Board Member and their identified Committee. The Executive Director provides leadership and coordination of all program functioning for the Proud Scholars Organization. The Executive Director oversees the effectiveness and applicability of all Board Directors and the Committees those members lead.

The Executive Director consults with the Board of Directors to strategically develop and implement new programs to meet the identified needs and objectives of the Proud Scholars Organization.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals

  • Actively engage and energize Proud Scholar volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Proud Scholar high-performance committees. Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while simultaneously retiring building debt

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger Proud Scholar brand

  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Design the national expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for the program expansion into new markets

  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site
  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication

Executive Director Responsibilities