NEED, a nationally recognized college access program, is seeking an experienced and dynamic President/CEO to lead this Pittsburgh-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. NEED is the oldest community-based, non-profit, minority higher education assistance program in Pennsylvania. Its vision is to unlock the power of education by helping youth meet their highest potential and enhance their quality of life, thereby strengthening the regional economy.
NEED began in 1963 as Negro Educational Emergency Drive during a time noted for racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations. After the assassination of Medgar Evers, founders Marion Jordon and Florence Reizenstein began a temporary program through the Urban League Education Committee to garner funds for 76 black high school students who were accepted to attend a college or university but were not financially able to do so. While NEED comes from a historical background of struggle and turbulent times, the organization has developed a legacy that includes valuable college and career access for the region’s youth as well as powerful mentoring and workforce diversity programs and an established educational tour to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
NEED has supported over 19,000 deserving young people by providing more than $22 million in grants. In 2011-12, NEED provided over 700 scholarships and grants totaling in excess of $1 million.
Six main programs include:
Last Dollar Grants: NEED’s flagship program which fills the gaps when all local, state and federal college funding sources have been exhausted.
ACE Program: 9 advisors in 12 schools – 10 public, 1 charter and 1 private - support 10-12 graders and their parents as the students prepare for college admissions requirements.
African American Male Mentoring Initiative (AAMMI): Funded by the Heinz Endowments, AAMMI provides mentoring to young males to empower at-risk youth to make positive life choices.
Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Educational Tour: An annual rite of passage to expose African American students to the value of attending an institution of higher learning.
STEM Pilot Program: Hands-on activities and field trips to generate excitement in African American females about science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Workforce Diversity Internship Program: Partnership with local companies and corporations to provide internships for NEED recipients, both pre- and post-graduation.
More than 150 high schools in 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania receive scholarship/grant services from NEED. 86% of students enrolled in post-secondary education are in Pennsylvania colleges and universities. With 17 full and part-time staff, NEED has an operating budget of $1 million that covers operations, counseling, and direct services.
As NEED’s 50th Anniversary approaches, plans to expand these programs to reach even more students are underway.
Please visit our website at www.needld.org.
NEED’s long-time beloved President/CEO, Sylvester Pace, passed away in June of 2012. The organization has been under the leadership of an able Interim President/CEO and a dedicated Board of Directors and staff. The new President/CEO, under the direction of the Board, will be responsible for fundraising and expanding the base of corporate, foundation, civic and private donors including scholarship program alumni through effective marketing and relationship building; the protection of the organization’s financial assets; and the overall management and operation of NEED.
Achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals.
Direct public relations and marketing branding to increase visibility and build relationships. Serve as the face of NEED, a visible agent of change in the community.
Manage the overall operations of NEED.
Oversee the administration of the scholarship program.
Develop innovative programs that will help student scholars succeed.
Build and maintain relationships with school districts, corporations, foundations, religious organizations, colleges, and universities.
Work closely with NEED’s Board of Directors to develop and implement effective strategic planning.
Lead the dedicated and high performing staff.
Desired Qualifications and Characteristics
The ideal candidate will be an energetic leader and administrator with demonstrated successful senior management experience. S/he will offer:
Passion for the mission of NEED
Demonstrated executive leadership skills
Record of successful resource development, setting significant monetary goals for nonpublic fundraising and achieving results with corporations, foundations and individual donors
Minimum of ten years’ experience as a senior manager in a nonprofit and/or business environment
Established record of success in planning, program development, and administration
Experience in evaluation, fiscal management, staff management, and marketing
Record of partnership development
Experience working with nonprofit board(s) of directors
Experience in public speaking and strong written communication skills
Values and incorporates diversity
Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation
Experience in youth development, secondary education, student counseling and/or higher education access a plus.
Advanced degree preferred.
To apply: Send cover letter, resume and salary history to Susan Egmont at Egmont Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.