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TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineMay 30, 2018
College Degree Required?Yes


Position: Executive Director of the Jefferson School Foundation


Reports to: Board of Directors


Organizational Background

The Jefferson School Foundation is dedicated to preserving and sustaining the Jefferson School City Center (JSCC) as a vibrant and meaningful community resource that provides culture, educational opportunities and services to its surrounding neighborhoods, the citizens of Charlottesville and visitors to our region.  The main objective is to facilitate and support the City Center’s community based agenda and ensure its longevity.

The Board and this Executive Director position assure the Jefferson School Foundation and the City Center’s relevance to the community and the accomplishment of the Jefferson School Foundation’s mission and vision. We have developed a broad scope budget for the organization as a whole; and with our expected yearly revenue we are able to pursue our mission and through   fundraising we are confident of fulfilling our future anticipated initiatives.


The Jefferson School City Center opened in January 2013 as Charlottesville’s premier intergenerational community center. This restored city landmark, the heart of the city’s African American community for generations, is anchored by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, an expanded Carver Recreation Center, as well as seven other nonprofits and a restaurant including Common Grounds Yoga, Literacy Volunteers, the Piedmont Virginia Community College Culinary Program and Job Initiative, the YMCA Childcare, the Woman’s Initiative, Sentara Starr Hill Health Center, the Fountain Fund and Pearl Island Catering and Restaurant. These organizations provide exciting cultural, educational, health, and recreational programs.  Jefferson School is conveniently located in the Starr Hill district between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville.



This is a newly created role, with the objective to facilitate and support the City Center’s community based agenda and ensure its longevity. The Board and this Executive Director position – with strong collaboration with tenants and community partners – work together to assure the Jefferson School Foundation and the City Center‘s relevance to the community and the accomplishment of the Jefferson School Foundation’s mission and vision.


The Board delegates responsibility for management and day to day operations to this position, who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board.




Management and Administration

  • Provide general oversight of all Foundation activities, manage the day-to-day operation and ensure a smooth functioning efficient organization.
  • Prepare agendas for regular meetings and keep meeting summaries of items discussed and decisions made.
  • Oversee the organization’s financial health, including timely and informative reports to the board, with strong and consistent financial administration and systems to ensure best use of resources and a thoughtful budgeting process.
  • In tandem with the board, file all necessary taxes, legal documents and other reports required for the foundation to maintain its nonprofit status.
  • Prepare annual report and maintain all financial records.
  • Report to and consult with the Board on financial management issues.


Tenant Relations

  • Attend monthly tenant organizational meetings.
  • Respond to the concerns about the building and property management issues.
  • Report to and consult with the Board in conjunction with CBRE on property management issues, including leases and new tenants with board approval.
  • Promote collaboration among resident partners.
  • Keep tenants informed about issues and activities related to the building.
  • Implement collaborative center marketing initiatives.
  • Promote utilization of common areas within the building and on the property.
  • Work with tenant organizations on collaborative event planning that stimulates activities at the Jefferson School City Center.
  • Work with the tenants to develop marketing and promotional plans for the City Center.


Fundraising and Community Relations

  • Market and promote Jefferson School City Center activities to the community
  • Manage relationships with all partners and field inquiries about the JSCC.
  • Promote the Jefferson School brand.
  • Maintain the center website and social media presence.
  • Represent the Jefferson School City Center to the community.
  • Supervise the production and distribution of all media, advertising and marketing materials for the center.
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts with the board as appropriate to support the facility and to provide center-wide amenities that benefit all tenants.



The Executive Director will understand finance, fundraising, and nonprofit organizations. The successful candidate will be a strong communicator, who is able to effectively communicate in-person and who has solid writing skills. They will be able to demonstrate a collaborative spirit, with a track record of working with various people, organizations, and constituencies to address challenges with a positive problem-solving approach.


To apply: Send resume and cover letter to The position is open until filled, but applications received by May 30, 2018 are guaranteed consideration.


Salary is negotiable commensurate with experience. Starting date:  August 1, 2018.

Additional Info

Jefferson School Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. We afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Jefferson School Foundation seeks a diverse pool of applicants, all are encouraged to apply.