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Executive Director

The Opportunity: Achieve Hartford is going through an exciting transformation, harnessing a rich, 13-year history of leadership in the education advocacy space to now embrace a new role as driver of community college success in the region and the state. The new Executive Director has the opportunity to build and lead a vitally important team of student support experts who can increase enrollment and persistence in CT community colleges, while also improving the preparation these students receive before they graduate high school.


The Position: The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and is responsible for all facets or managing the organization, as well as specific programmatic responsibilities due to the small size of the organization. Critical to the success of this position is a sense of ownership for the organization’s new direction along with the ability to effectively steward the organization’s strong relationships among local funders into a new phase of expansion.


Organization Management

  • Create a team of full-time and part-time staff to manage and execute summer enrollment and first-year retention support services for at-risk community college students.
  • Working with a part-time grant writer, secure new funders in and outside the region to support program expansion and ensure long-term sustainability.
  • Ensure continued strong relationships with Hartford-based funders with long ties to the organization while cultivating deep engagement with our mission among new funders.
  • Working with a part-time bookkeeper, ensure the organization’s finances are well managed and well-reported to the Board of Directors.
  • Working with the Board of Directors, expand board membership and diversity while ensuring strong board engagement before, during and after bi-monthly board meetings.


Post-Secondary Prep Sector Alignment

  • Achieve buy-in among Hartford post secondary prep funders for the creation of new standards and metrics to increase quality and results in the local post-secondary prep sector.
  • Working with local post-secondary prep programs, establish a shared definition and framework for success in community college around which all partners can re design their programs.
  • Build a sense of community among post-secondary prep partners to ensure resource-sharing, collaboration, and bolder leadership within the sector.
  • Collect/analyze data from post secondary prep partners and share back findings for the purpose of minimizing overlap of services and establishing clearer nonprofit “lanes” in Hartford.
  • Convene post-secondary prep sector partners within other CT cities at the request of funders who desire sector alignment in their respective regions.


Stakeholder Engagement

  • Expand relationships with staff atboth the CT State College & University system office and atthe community college campuses to guide the expansion and improvement of our programs.
  • Working with current and new partners, advance innovation within student support services for low-income community college students coming directly out of high school.
  • Engage in critical statewide conversations regarding college student retention to achieve status of recognized thought leader in this space.




  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • MPA, MBA, or other relevant advanced degree preferred
  • Knowledge of nonprofit program evaluation frameworks (eg. results based accountability) preferred


  • Demonstrated success in designing and running nonprofit programming that has delivered measurable impact.
  • Experience in fundraising and demonstrated success in successfully expanding programs.
  • Experience hiring, managing, and evaluating full-time and part-time employees.
  • Proven ability to appropriately understand and adapt to cultural differences within a group environment.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the life experience of the students we serve. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience building trust and buy-in among varied professional partners.
  • Demonstrated track record of thriving in a small, entrepreneurial environment where staff play multiple roles and balance conflicting priorities, without relying on robust support staff.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $115,000 – $130,000 annual salary
  • Remote working expectation with downtown Hartford office space optional and available
  • Competitive insurance package that includes majority employer covered medical, life insurance and long-term disability policies, as well as healthcare and dependent care reimbursement plans
  • Four-weeks paid vacation (20 days) with additional 9 holidays, 2 personal days, and sick-leave


Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

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Hartford, CT 06106


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