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Executive Director

Job Description


Reporting to the DSNI Board of Directors and as a member of the senior management team, the Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operations of DSNI and serves as an external champion, organization builder, and internal manager during a period of exciting growth and change.

The Executive Director's major responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Board and staff to provide leadership, strategic and tactical direction to fulfill DSNI's mission and vision;
  • Develop and implement a diversified funding plan with specific milestones necessary for accomplishing and building on local successes to expand DSNI's reach locally and nationally;
  • As a primary spokesperson, the Executive Director will work collaboratively with all staff to continue networking efforts including cultivation of corporate, foundation, government and other appropriate funding sources;
  • Continue to develop partnerships and relationships with all community stakeholders, and engage the community in new and exciting ways that foster continued neighborhood planning and revitalization;
  • Provide visionary leadership working collaboratively with staff, at all levels throughout the organization, to build on organizational success and meet new requirements for growth and sustainability.

This is a compelling opportunity for an innovative, collaborative and culturally astute executive who has a deep understanding of community and urban place-based initiatives and a desire to lead and facilitate sustainable growth and success for all DSNI endeavors, its residents, and community partners.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Vision and Leadership
  • Ensure the continued growth of DSNI as a strengthened organizing leader;
  • Build upon the current strategic and operational multi-year plan that includes but is not limited to effectively supporting three strategic areas: youth opportunity and development, community empowerment and sustainable economic development;
  • Expand upon the potential of the Boston Promise Initiative; move it forward, support its full integration into DSNI and leverage additional city, state and federal resources and relationships;
  • Continue to identify and secure new funding opportunities including grants, unrestricted funds, earned income and a reserve to ensure adequate budget support and long-term sustainability for DSNI;
  • In partnership with the Board and staff, manage the needs and growth strategies of a complex, community-based organization ensuring the sustainability of current programs, activities and initiatives while always looking to the future.
Community Engagement and Partnerships
  • Serve as principal spokesperson and representative for the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in promoting initiatives, priorities and accomplishments;
  • Ensure stakeholders have a clear sense of DSNI’s mission and vision. Increase DSNI’s visibility as a convener at the city and state level through outreach, dialogue, strategic partnerships, the media and connection to other Boston-based place-based initiatives;
  • Build and leverage committed and long-lasting relationships across all stakeholders, including corporate partners and sponsors, current and prospective donors, community partners, the Mayor and appropriate legislators and Board member;
  • Ensure compelling and consistent branding and marketing of DSNI to raise the neighborhood’s profile, reach new audiences and further engage participants;
  • Further develop the external communication and social media strategy.
Organizational and Team Leadership
  • Manage the daily operation of the organization; oversee all aspects of the DSNI’s business and finances to achieve stated goals and objectives while ensuring compliance and adherence with financial policies & procedures, maintaining internal fiscal control and monitoring the annual budget;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a successful strategy for program growth and expansion while consistently thinking about alignment, impact and organizational sustainability.
  • Oversee the hiring process for new staff and positions in an organization ensuring the right people in the right positions with the right supports for success;
  • Provide consistent developmental support and guidance to a growing staff to ensure that they have the tools, skills and information necessary to carry out their work at the highest level, experience fulfillment in their contribution to DSNI and deliver on the organization mission, vision, goals and objectives;
  • Provide oversight for policies, practices, and systems that positively impact DSNI programs and services to the community.

Candidate Profile:

Professional Experience:
  • A minimum of ten years senior-level management experience in a similar sized organization with deep experience in at least one of the DSNI work areas; demonstrated experience in a mission-driven setting, either on a board or in some other significant way;
  • Comprehensive professional understanding and background working in national/local place-based change efforts is preferred; comes with a network that is broad and deep;
  • Strong leadership and community organizing skills; experience organizing and facilitating others; understands the power of the residents;
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing short and long-term strategic fundraising strategies, including corporate sponsorships, foundations, individual donors, and government agencies; translate that understanding into overall funding strategy and staff education and development;
  • Deep understanding of community and city landscape; knowledgeable about DSNI and community values; responsive to community needs; enjoys spending time in the community and partnering with leaders from all sectors (local businesses, nonprofit agencies, local and state government, residents) to deliver on the DSNI mission and generally strengthen the Dudley Street neighborhood;
  • Superior people management and leadership skills; broadband cultural competency; evidence of leading through change with positive outcomes; comfortable delegating and empowering a talented and motivated senior management and staff;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and monitoring budgets, financial planning and forecasting; ability to work effectively with a highly capable CFO; comfortable being a steward of agency assets;
  • Ability to operate on a national stage; nonprofit experience is a plus.
Personal Attributes:
  • Passionate about the DSNI mission and driving social change in a community setting; “be the voice and develop the voice”; charismatic storyteller and deeply informed in the day-to-day work;
  • Strategic thinker and visionary leader who can work effectively and collaboratively with the Board, staff, community and all key stakeholders invested in DSNI’s success and well-being;
  • Inspirational and collaborative leadership style; lives the DSNI values and leads by example; displays sound judgment and high ethical standards; highly accessible with an open door policy; present in the neighborhood; bilingual a plus;
  • A bridge builder and systems thinker; innovative and inclusive, with proven experience in developing, managing and sustaining growth initiatives; calculated risktaker, long-term planner and politically savvy;
  • Ability to manage a dynamic and diverse staff; cares about employee morale and holds staff accountable; superior listening skills, personable, creative, enthusiastic and high energy;
  • Commitment to fundraising as an essential element of organizational sustainability;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written; transparent, explicit and straightforward; communicate effectively with people in the neighborhood, the boardroom and downtown; can connect with a diverse cross-section of people;
  • Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while driving toward clarity and solutions; resourceful in setting priorities;
  • A sense of humor and the personal qualities of integrity, credibility, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to the mission, vision and values of DSNI.
  • Minimum of a BS/BA degree, ideally with an MBA or other relevant graduate school degree

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

How to Apply:

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter in word to:


Director of Youth Leadership and Development

Job Description


About DSNI:

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing entity in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.  DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.   In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI has organized to make significant strides in the areas of land control, affordable housing, community facilities, urban agriculture, youth development, and community building.  Progress in our neighborhood is the result of robust collaborative efforts led by community residents.


About the Boston Promise Initiative:

DSNI is the lead agency for a 2012 US Department of Education Promise Neighborhood implementation grant, The Boston Promise Initiative (BPI), which is a comprehensive place-based collaborative effort with this vision: All children growing up in the Dudley Promise Neighborhood have access to effective schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and career. DSNI is responsible for organizing and advocacy, convening collaborative tables, coordination of aligned efforts, fundraising, and use of data to meet child and youth outcomes and to strengthen family and community supports.


Position Overview: 

The Director of Youth Leadership and Development is responsible for overseeing the latter end of the BPI efforts across the cradle to career continuum, with a specific focus on high school to career. The position reports to the Executive Director and will provide strategic direction for the work using a place-based, community-building approach to: support the engagement, development and leadership of youth and young adults; strengthen and build new strategic partnerships; oversee the Youth Opportunity and Development (YOD) High School to Career team; and collect and assess data to monitor progress and track success. This is a leadership position with organizing, convening, coordination, and reporting responsibilities and works with a team of Directors in other work area.  The ideal candidate is a mature professional that: is guided by principles of youth and resident leadership; can work effectively with a variety of stakeholders and is a highly organized, self-starter with significant experience in the non-profit or community sector and a strong skill-set in managing complex work.


  • Supervise the YOD High School to Career staff, which includes, but is not limited to, the High School to Career Manager, Youth Opportunities Organizer, and Mentoring Organizer.
  • Monitor and ensure YOD High School to Career efforts and strategies tie to the BPI indicators and overall Promise Neighborhood results and work collaboratively with the BPI Director to ensure collaboration and continuity across the full Cradle to Career continuum.
  • Ensure the integration of youth development and leadership practices throughout the organization.
  • Build the capacity of youth and young adults to fully engage in the work and decision making tables of the organization.
  • Staff the DSNI Youth Committee assisting chairs to develop monthly agendas; engaging new members; communicating progress, successes and challenges; and involving members in advocacy opportunities.
  • Expand and formalize the DSNI Youth Alumni Network- outreaching to and engaging youth and young adults previously connected to the organization to develop networking and development opportunities.
  • Act as primary liaison and convener for the Ford Foundation Corridors to College Success work and collaborate with key partners to develop shared data systems and policy efforts.
  • Work with citywide partners to implement the plans of the Opportunity Youth Collaborative. 
  • Formalize implementation and measurement of the ACT Plan with youth employees and mentees.
  • Develop evaluation systems, in collaboration with the Data Director and relevant staff, to support assessment of YOD High School to Career efforts.
  • Facilitate planning process with the GOTCHA collaborative to develop a  2 year vision that integrates a youth skill building agenda.
  • Plan and oversee the YOD work plan and budget and meet all grant reporting, documentation, communications, and other requirements associated with the YOD High School to Career efforts.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts to support full implementation of YOD High School to Career strategies.
  • Perform other duties as requested.


Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred with major work in youth development, social work, community organizing, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of youth development and leadership work.
  • Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Experience in community organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy or other social change strategies.
  • Experience in collaborative processes, creating alignment around shared goals and plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environment, prioritizing multiple work tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to: work with cross-functional teams and multiple stakeholders; prioritize multiple work tasks; and meet deadlines.
  • Experience and ease working in multicultural, multilingual settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends.
  • Bilingual preferred (Cape Verdean, Spanish).
  • Neighborhood residents are encouraged to apply.



Salary range for this position is $70,000 – $80,000 annually, depending on experience.  DSNI offers a comprehensive benefits package.



To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by email to with “Director of Youth Leadership and Development” in the subject line.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please.  


DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a non-profit planning and organizing group celebrating over 27 years as a successful, resident-led coalition working to create an urban village in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury/North Dorchester. DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.?The Community Organizer will work as a team member to strengthen the neighborhood revitalization work. They will work with staff, residents, committee and Board members to unfold planning and organizing efforts to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village.


• Work with DSNI Organizers to carry out organizing and planning activities. This includes door knocking, passing out flyers and talking to residents.?• Organize residents and other stakeholders to actively engage in the neighborhood revitalization effort, using door knocking, phoning, neighborhood meetings, and other outreach methods.?• Communicate regularly with residents and others stakeholders through written materials and personal contact?• Work as part of DSNI’s overall organizing efforts to Build Our Urban Village?• Attend meetings representing DSNI.?• Investigate, evaluate, and share various tools and models for outreach, organizing and collaboration.?• Prepare regular reports and articles on activities.


• Commitment to DSNI’s mission and organizing principles?• Respect for resident decision-making and community planning?• Ability to take initiative while working well as part of a team?• Good written and verbal communication skills?• Ability to work long hours and be flexible?• Familiarity with neighborhood issues?• Ability to work in a multicultural setting?• A sense of humor always helps

For more information contact:

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.

Women and People of Color Encouraged To Apply.  Equal Opportunity Employer.