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OrganizationCity of Charlottesville
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJune 23, 2017
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$52,933.92 - $69,970.37


The City of Promise Director is responsible for the oversight, coordination and expansion of the initiative to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the City of Charlottesville, particularly those in our most distressed neighborhoods, closing gaps in achievement and creating a college-going culture for all youth. Primarily and most frequently the work done is performed as leader or director with broad functional areas and more expertise and strategic focus.

Job Duties


  • Works with the Steering Committee, neighborhood residents, and community partners to deliver a continuum of solutions that address the challenges and gaps identified through regularly completed needs assessments and segmentation analysis;
  • Identifies strategies for building upon and leveraging high-quality academic programs and family and community supports;
  • Builds community support for and involvement in the implementation of identified strategies, both among partners and within the neighborhoods;
  • Establishes outcomes for children that are communicated and analyzed on an ongoing basis by leaders and members of the community;
  • Maintains commitments from partners to work long-term to implement identified strategies, helps ensure continued programmatic success, and develops a strategy to hold partners accountable for meeting performance goals and milestones. Meets regularly with partner leaders to strengthen relationships and shared vision;
  • Plans and coordinates the implementation and evaluation of programs. Oversees community engagement and ongoing implementation of the program, coordinating the efforts of schools, parents, youth, other residents and community partners in delivering the continuum of services, with plans for widening implementation to other city neighborhoods in subsequent years;
  • Secures resources for the City of Promise initiative, supervises the preparation of grant applications, cultivates major donors and philanthropic partners. Oversees efforts to build community support and secure the financial sustainability of the plan through a comprehensive development plan;
  • Creates a budget for approval by the Steering Committee. Monitors all revenues and expenditures, supervises tracking of grant requirements and provides regular financial reporting;
  • Works with the City School’s Data Analyst and other partners to maintain a comprehensive, longitudinal data management system, while abiding by federal, state, and other privacy laws and requirements;
  • Participates in national Promise Neighborhoods Communities of Practice, including travel to collaboration and/or training events when appropriate;
  • Works with the Steering Committee to establish 501(c)(3) status and a Board of Directors by September 1, 2019;
  • Oversees the implementation of a formal strategy to promote robust community engagement in the initiative and meaningful resident participation in planning and activities;
  • Provides supervision and day-to-day oversight of City of Promise staff and volunteers;
  • Performs related tasks as required.


Skills Required

Minimum Qualifications:
– Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in human services or related field;
– At least five years of program supervision/managerial experience required;
– Must have prior experience in the delivery and supervision of community-based services/programs.

Preferred Qualifications: 
– Master’s Degree preferred;
– Human services experience and/or program director experience preferred;
– Prefer fundraising and donor cultivation experience.

Skills: Demonstrated ability to express and transmit ideas in a clear and organized manner, both orally and in writing. Ability to speak publicly in front of large audiences. Ability to facilitate community planning and collaboration requiring consensus among community agencies, neighborhood residents and other stakeholders; Knowledge of community agencies/organizations. Familiarity with maternal-infant health, child development, concepts of child abuse and neglect, and educational strategies. Ability to provide services to culturally diverse communities/families and the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships within and outside the program in a professional manner.  Ability to organize time effectively and to meet varied work demands. Strong marketing and outreach skills and experience. Familiarity with and ability to utilize computer programs, including a suite of office software such as Microsoft Office and FileMaker.

Additional Info

The position requires some evening and weekend hours. Work will be performed at various locations in the area and may occasionally require travel. Work contacts include community members, community partners, consultants, elected officials, and other organizational staff members. Contacts are usually collaborative in nature, with a goal of partnering.