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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:


Data Systems Manager

Job Description


Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing group 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 and complex collaborative efforts among partners including residents, nonprofits, businesses and faith-based organizations. To support this work going forward, DSNI aims to hire staff who are dedicated to the oversight of data gathering and analysis in support of our understanding of the impact of our work as well as the health of our partnerships. To this end, we seek to hire a new Data Systems Manager.


The position will be a permanent position, and will be a part of the Management team at DSNI. The Manager will work closely with all DSNI staff, consultants, Board and partner organizations. The position reports to DSNI’s Director of Data & Evaluation. A detailed job description follows below.



The Manager will be responsible for developing the systems and processes necessary to improve data access and utilization. The position requires someone with deep knowledge of data system development and maintenance and data gathering protocols to guide the development and expansion of DSNI planning, coordinating, and organizing efforts. Building from multiple data systems and sources, the Manager will coordinate DSNI’s use of specific platforms to track progress of programs and initiatives as needed. These data systems should be built to track data on programs serving our children and families, as well as internal administrative data needs.

The person will work closely with program staff, evaluation partners, and development staff to develop tracking for and report on program and organizational goals. The person will advise and participate in the development of long range planning, introductions of new programs/strategies, and regulatory oversight.


Data Collection and Systems Design

  • Design systems to receive, track, review, analyze and share data
  • Establish and communicate guidelines for data collection including when/how to require non-disclosure agreements, participant consent, or memoranda of understanding
  • Establish clear policies and process around how data is extracted, viewed, transferred, stored, and destroyed
  • Oversee all data access systems to ensure integrity of data sharing and proper use of data by DSNI and partners
  • Build an infrastructure for collecting necessary data internally and from partners
  • Import and manage data, conduct analysis and prepare reports and presentations

Data Sharing and Technical Assistance

  • Primary point of contact for external partners sharing data with DSNI
  • Work with partners to collect evaluations of program effectiveness
  • Develop and conduct trainings on proper data use procedures across the organization and with partners
  • Provide partner organizations technical assistance to improve their capacity to collect data and become more evidence-informed (or evidence-based)

Building Staff Capacity

  • Work closely with DSNI staff to troubleshoot barriers to greater staff utilization and reporting of data
  • Collaborate with staff to identify needed database elements and enhancements and to translate user needs into technical solutions
  • Help design and run trainings (group and one-on-one) for users

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Master’s degree required; Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Public Policy, Urban Studies, Sociology, or another social science field highly preferred.
  • 2 to 4 years of related experience working with data and tracking outcome metrics required, preferably in the social services sector
  • Experience with database and data system development and management, and data analysis
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Excel, and Access and especially Salesforce software.
  • Knowledge of SPSS or Stata
  • Knowledge of protocols for protection of human subjects
  • Ability to independently prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral communication skills


Salary range for this position is $50,000 – $60,000 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 “Data Systems Manager” in the subject line.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. 

 DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


High School to Career Manager

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:

The Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) 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. Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is the lead agency for a 2012 US Department of Education Promise Neighborhood implementation grant, responsible for organizing and advocacy, convening collaborative tables, coordination of aligned efforts, fundraising, and use of data to meet child & youth outcomes and to strengthen family and community supports.

Position Overview: 

The High School to Career Manager will lead the planning and start-up phase of the Corridors to College Success initiative, a component of our BPI efforts. They will focus on engagement of the community and partners in improving existing, and securing new, opportunities for young people in the Dudley Village Campus (DVC) so they can move seamlessly through postsecondary pathways to living wage careers. Supported through the Ford Foundation’s Educational Opportunity and Scholarship Initiative, the High School to Career Manager will use a place-based, community-building approach to: strengthen and build new strategic partnerships; build consensus on goals; oversee the Peer Leadership team; ensure there is synergy with other collective action collaborations; and identify ongoing shared assessment and measurement tools. The ideal candidate will have creative vision, be guided by principles of resident and youth leadership, and also be a highly organized self-starter with a strong skill-set in managing complex work and working effectively with a variety of stakeholders.


The position reports to the Director of Youth Leadership and Development.


  • Coordinate the Corridors of College Success initiative, including convening community meetings and strategy sessions to analyze existing data, develop a shared vision and identify concrete strategies to promote a supportive environment for young people to achieve their academic and career goals
  • Work with key partners to develop shared data systems and policy efforts
  • Oversee the Youth Voice Project, which includes supervising a staff of 4-6 Peer Leaders responsible for conducting outreach and research, and elevating youth leadership strategies that inform the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative and Corridors work
  • Staff and facilitate the DSNI College to Career Workgroup
  • Build and maintain partnerships with DSNI partner high schools, community colleges and universities and identify resources to support their efforts in creating supportive pathways for young people
  • Oversee process to collect and analyze data to inform postsecondary strategies and monitor progress
  • Support the development of the DSNI Young Alumni Network with Youth Opportunities and Development staff
  • Coordinate communications and public relations efforts to promote Corridor of College Success work in collaboration with DSNI staff
  • Communicate with funders and manage reports and deadlines in collaboration with DSNI resource development staff
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats and other DSNI activities

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Content knowledge and experience with youth development and post secondary strategies and pathways
  • Substantial experience in community engagement
  • Knowledge of the local neighborhood and broader post secondary communities and resources
  • Experience in community organizing and policy advocacy
  • Proven ability to use collaborative processes and partnerships that create alignment around shared goals and plans
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams, work effectively with multiple stakeholders, prioritize multiple work tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent meeting facilitation skills
  • 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 $50,000 – $60,000 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 “High School to Career Manager” in the subject line.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. 

DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Director of Resource Development



Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing group 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. DSNI's approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive and focuses on three strategic areas—sustainable and economic development, leadership development and collaboration, and youth opportunities and development.  In partnership with nonprofit organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), businesses, and religious institutions serving the neighborhood, DSNI works to implement resident-led revitalization plans.


Today, DSNI is engaged in a wide range of community change efforts, affecting all areas of neighborhood life; including, but not limited to: The Boston Promise Initiative; Fair Chance for Family Success; Strong Leaders, Brighter Futures and Dudley Children Thrive.  Each of these initiatives, and the many other projects, campaigns and events which are coordinated, planned and organized by DSNI Board members and staff, requires fundraising to support continued progress.  To support grant development, donor cultivation and other fundraising, DSNI seeks to hire a Director of Resource Development.  This permanent position, reports to DSNI’s Executive Director and supervises the Resource Development Manager.  '


The Director of Resource Development serves as a member of the senior leadership team and leads the collaborative efforts with management, staff, Board, and residents to meet revenue goals for the organization.  The position will be responsible for actively pursuing internal and external strategies and collaborations to exceed fundraising goals utilizing traditional and new methods.  In addition to providing leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations of fundraising efforts, this person will stretch the entire team to cultivate new and existing relationships that build a strong revenue pipeline and ensures that good systems and processes are in place that support Development efforts.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Devises and maintains a multi-year development plan, including an annual strategic fundraising plan;
  • Develops and maintains advanced prospect management, analysis and reporting systems;
  • Manages and cultivates existing relationships with funders to improve retention;
  • Creates and leads the overall resource development strategy for residents, individuals, corporations, and foundations, including major prospect cultivation, planned giving, and resource development events;
  • Seeks out and develops innovative funding partnerships with partner organizations;
  • Leads the team in raising annual, major and capital commitments through continuous relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship with prospective and current donors;
  • Partners closely with the communications team to ensure a flawless donor experience and improve retention and acquisition;
  • Enlists the Executive Director, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and residents to significantly increase visibility and increase donations to the organization through their contacts, cultivation and solicitations;

·       Sets and executes organizational goals for securing sponsors for special events (like 30th Anniversary Gala), cultivating/managing event-related relationships, and implementing mini-event strategy (friend-raisers and other small regional gatherings) as part of stewardship plans;

·       Directly supervises the Resource Development Manager; and

·       Leads the Resource Development Committee of the DSNI board.

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

The Director of Resource Development will provide leadership in building the appropriate systems to increase and diversify DSNI’s annual income.  The ideal candidate should have experience garnering support from foundations and other philanthropic organizations, possess exceptional writing and editing skills, have a strong ability to forge relationships, particularly in the funding community, experience in marketing and special events, and working in a diverse and collaborative setting.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum of five years’ experience at the Director level/senior management, leading the generation of multiple types of revenue; supervisory experience necessary;
  • Experience raising budgets over $750,000 required; experience raising budgets over $1 million preferred;
  • Proven experience and knowledge of the full spectrum of development, including gift solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration;
  • Ability to drive agenda forward by building strong internal partnerships with diverse groups of constituents;
  • Excellent writing skills, attention to grammar and usage, and ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Strong group training and facilitation skills;
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Access and SalesForce;
  • Extremely comfortable working with a dynamic, deadline-driven and collaborative team;
  • Superior organizational and analytical skills; and
  • Experience or interest in comprehensive community change initiatives.  

Neighborhood residents and bilingual applicants (Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole) are strongly preferred.

DSNI offers great health care benefits and a dynamic, exciting work environment. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000 depending on experience.  Interested applicants must submit a resume, writing sample and three references via email only to the Human Resources department at with “Director of Resource 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.