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Baltimore Urban Debate League - Executive Director

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budlLocation: Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Urban Debate League seeks a dynamic, creative and resourceful Executive Director who is passionate about impacting the lives of young people and desires to improve the educational and life outcomes of disadvantaged students in Baltimore’s under resourced public schools.

The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL), through the motivation and thrill of competitive debate, improves self-esteem, increases academic achievement, and improves graduation rates and access to higher education. BUDL was founded in 1999 to transform public education by bringing debate back to the urban classroom. BUDL has expanded to involve several hundred elementary middle and high school students and more than 30 BCPSS teachers from 10 high schools and 18 elementary and middle. BUDL is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors and employs a staff of seven. For more information, see www.budl.org .

The executive director (ED) reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for articulating BUDL’s vision, developing the organization’s strategic partnerships, establishing fundraising goals and priorities, managing and supporting the staff, and leading the organization’s partnership efforts. The ED is the primary voice to the public, and BUDL’s chief fund raiser and relationship manager. The ED will lead the organization’s staff team and ensure that program objectives are achieved in a financially sound manner and within budgeted parameters. The ED will demonstrate strong personal and strategic leadership and integrity. Essential to this role will be the development and maintenance of relationships with the Baltimore City Public School System and individual schools, community partners, funders, organizations serving the same population, stakeholders, alumni, staff, and board members.

Ideal candidates for this position will reflect BUDL’s core values and demonstrate an ability to quickly integrate into the organization and become an engaged, inspiring, inclusive, innovative, ethical and visionary leader. Candidates will bring a variety of experiences to BUDL, including an inspiring and inclusive leadership style; a successful track record of managing and supporting staff, especially in a racially and culturally diverse environment; seven years’ senior level organizational management experience (working within a nonprofit organization preferred); a track record in fund development with significant experience working with funders, foundations, and government grants; experience working with a board of directors; experience with strategic planning, process improvement and collaboration; a Master’s degree or higher preferred; and knowledge of Baltimore, its environment, people, culture, issues and relationships, or experience in urban settings is preferred. See the full position profile by clicking here.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: BUDL@raffa.com (e-mail applications are required).  For other inquiries contact James Sunshine at  jsunshine@raffa.com. BUDL intends to have this position filled by the end of 2015.

Baltimore Urban Debate League is an equal opportunity employer. Resume reviews begin immediately.

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