LIFT-DC Executive Director
Washington, DC /
LOCATION: Washington, DC (hybrid)
LIFT is a national nonprofit on a mission to invest in families to break the cycle of poverty. LIFT believes that racial and gender wealth gaps stem from structural inequities that keep them trapped in a cycle where poverty, like wealth, is passed from generation to generation. At LIFT, the generational transmission of poverty is interrupted by partnering with parents and caregivers of young children to build well-being, financial strength, and social connections--or, as they like to put it, Hope, Money, and Love. LIFT’s one-on-one coaching program empowers parents to set and achieve goals that put families on the path toward economic mobility--such as going back to school, improving credit, eliminating debt, or securing a living wage. In addition to coaching, LIFT parents also receive direct cash infusions to reinvest in their families and goals. LIFT is at an exciting moment in its organizational trajectory. LIFT aims to scale its impact by 1) making continuous improvements to our direct service model, 2) partnering with health care, post-secondary education, early child development, and government organizations to deliver LIFT’s model and influence change in those systems, and 3) influencing policy through the amplification of the voices of parents living in poverty on issues impacting their lives and communities. LIFT is looking for team players who thrive in a growth environment of continuous improvement; are committed to LIFT’s work to combat intergenerational poverty and expand opportunity for families; and uphold LIFT’s values of diversity, equity, excellence, hope, and relationships.
*LIFT operates sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, DC, and New York. Currently, LIFT is operating as a hybrid work environment. Accordingly, this role may be expected to work in the office at least two days a week.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The LIFT DC Executive Director (“Executive Director”) reports to the Chief Advancement & Cities Officer and is accountable to the Regional Advisory Board. As a proven visible, visionary, and influential leader and fundraiser in the community, the Executive Director is the principal spokesperson representing the organization to internal and external constituencies in DC and nationally. The scope of responsibility includes overseeing fund development ($1M+), program management, people and team management, and strategic thinking and planning. As the Executive Director, you will build, foster, and maintain a balanced organizational culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of organizational practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.
The successful candidate will:
- Serve as a member of LIFT National’s Leadership Team and regionalize LIFT’s national vision to establish and articulate a compelling DC strategy: As a member of the national leadership team, LIFT executive directors (Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, and New York) contribute to the organization-wide strategy in partnership with LIFT’s C-Suite. As the LIFT DC Executive Director, you will determine how to regionalize a national strategy to meet the needs of DC’s local community. The LIFT DC strategy will include program development and implementation, developing and maintaining family and community partnerships, and resource development and allocation. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for evaluating programmatic efficacy and impact and ensuring that all DC-based initiatives are mission aligned.
- Manage and direct a comprehensive fund development plan that is aligned to LIFT DC and LIFT National’s growth strategies: The Executive Director identifies local fund development opportunities with support from LIFT National’s leadership team. They will work to identify principal/major gift prospects and donors and enhance the short- and long-term diversified funding base. The Executive Director will also mobilize and inspire the regional Advisory board to play an integral role in developing prospective donors, cultivating major donors and funding agencies, and contributing to the financial sustainability of LIFT programs.
- Foster local programmatic, policy, and advocacy partnerships to advance LIFT’s mission: The Executive Director, in partnership with local and national LIFT program team members, will identify and build relationships with program partners (e.g., city agencies, community colleges, other non-profit programs) to build their capacity to deliver LIFT’s model (i.e., technical assistance). They have a goal of forming 20 partnerships - across the country - by 2025, and the Executive Director role will be instrumental in advancing the goal. In addition to providing direct support to families, LIFT also works to break the cycle of poverty through policy. The Executive Director will be responsible for securing key partnerships aligned with LIFT’s mission to tackle poverty at the policy level and provide program insights.
- Lead, motivate, manage and develop LIFT DC’s regional team: A successful candidate will be a skilled people and team manager who fosters a positive culture of collaboration, trust, respect, and continuous improvement. The Executive Director will also foster an environment of shared accountability to meet ambitious program impact, talent, and revenue goals. The Executive Director will ensure direct reports are supported and have the resources they need to thrive.
This opportunity is for you if you are:
- Committed to combating and eliminating systemic racism and inequities: LIFT understands that decades of racial inequity and underinvestment in communities have created intergenerational poverty. You understand the weight of systemic issues in LIFT’s work and leverage philanthropic practices that dismantle inequity rather than perpetuate it. You are on a continuous racial equity journey that centers on intersectionality and justice.
- Mission and values-aligned: LIFT is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and investing in parents and guardians to transform families, lifting two generations at once. LIFT's values of equity, diversity, relationships, excellence, and hope are at the core of everything the organization does alongside the community. You operate from the same values and feel compelled to contribute to the mission. You center racial justice and respect in all decisions and approaches.
- Connected to the DC community and DMV area broadly: LIFT works directly with families in local and regional communities to amplify their voices and maximize their collective power. The continued successful impact of LIFTs programs rests on the continued engagement of local families, partners, and donors. You are thoughtful and intentional about building and expanding your existing DC and DMV relationships to further LIFT’s mission. You come to the organization with relationships in DC and beyond, which results in building and maintaining relationships with the aspiration of poverty alleviation and economic mobility.
- Experienced in or exposed to major gift fundraising: You have extensive experience in prospecting, securing, and/or stewarding major gift fundraising with individuals/foundations/corporations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. If you have not led fundraising efforts, you will have experience being a part of making the ask in partnership with a fundraising team. Knowledgeable in nonprofit board management/governance: LIFT operates regional non-fiduciary boards to provide strategic guidance to the organization and contribute to its fundraising efforts. You have a proven track record of engaging and managing a Board of Directors in strategy and fundraising. You are able to build consensus in a group towards a common goal and enjoy fostering volunteer relationships.
- Collaborative: While LIFT operates in various cities, they ensure frequent collaboration among national leadership, staff, and partners. You have experience or knowledge of working in a matrixed organization and liaising between national and regional offices. You are a team-oriented leader who is inclusive, flexible, creative, passionate, and fair-minded.
- A coach and team leader: LIFT’s team culture thrives on a deep respect for colleagues and partners. LIFT is dedicated to providing an enriching environment for its team and aims to have an engaging culture that attracts, retains, and recognizes talented team members. You value and are energized by fostering a friendly, welcoming, and psychologically safe culture where employees thrive.
Don’t think you have everything for this role but are still interested? Please don’t hesitate to apply. We’d love to hear from you!LIFT believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. LIFT’s goal is for our people to reflect the communities in which we live and serve and to ensure representation of people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities in our organization.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
$145,000-$160,000. LIFT’s compensation philosophy is to pay competitively for the non-profit sector and ensure equity across the organization. Compensation for the role will depend on several factors, including qualifications, skills, competencies, and experience.
LIFT provides an attractive benefits package that includes employer-paid health care coverage (100% for employees, 75% for dependents), a 403(b) retirement plan including an employer match contribution, 12 weeks paid parental leave, partial cell phone coverage, and pre-tax accounts for transit, health, and childcare benefits. LIFT also provides a generous paid-time-off policy, including one-week company-wide vacation over the winter holidays and a one-week company-wide vacation over the summer fiscal year transition. Please see here for a more in-depth overview of LIFT’s Benefits and Culture.