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Hope Partnership for Education

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President/CEO is the chief executive for Hope Partnership for Education and is responsible for articulating the mission and vision to all constituencies, both internal and external. Specifically, the President/CEO will represent the center to various stakeholders, with a particular focus both on engaging the neighborhood and exercising a familiarity with the characteristics present in the community in which Hope resides.

The successful candidate will lead Hope in all fundraising initiatives with a strong focus on “friend raising” and cultivating relationships with potential donors.

Additionally, the President/CEO will work closely with the Board of Trustees in the development of Hope’s strategic plan and provide ongoing communication with the Board on critical dimensions relevant to the school and its accomplishments and challenges, including assessing the extent to which Hope’s educational and academic goals and milestones are achieved. The President/CEO will be instrumental in Board recruitment and serve as ex-officio member of assigned Board committees. The President/CEO will also provide financial oversight and budgetary coordination between Hope’s leadership team and the Board. Essentially, the President/CEO will anticipate and address critical operational and strategic issues and ensure the monitoring and administration of policy in all areas, ultimately ensuring the success of Hope Partnership and the students/families it serves.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • In collaboration with Program Directors and the Board of Trustees, develop and implement a strategic plan and organizational goals that advance the mission of Hope Partnership ensuring the strategic plan is translated into goals and objectives for staff.
  • Provide overall direction, motivation and guidance to program administrators, faculty, and staff; inspiring colleagues to work to their fullest potential, taking the lead role in the creation of a culture of equality, transparency, excellence and accountability.
  • Determine optimal organizational structure, integrating the programs of middle school, graduate support and adult education to improve communication and the effectiveness and efficiency of the center as a whole.
  • Direct supervision and evaluation of the Head of School, Director of Graduate Support, Director of Adult Education, Director of Development and Director of Human Resources and Facilities.
  • Promote a culture of inclusion and diversity that supports the social and emotional wellness of all constituents including students, families, faculty, and staff.

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

  • Represent Hope Partnership both internally and externally, communicating the mission and programs to the center’s public stakeholders, including representing the center at civic, religious, and other public functions.
  • Create a highly visible profile and unambiguous identity to help Hope Partnership distinguish itself in the marketplace, ensuring continued growth and long-term sustainability.
  • Build relationships with all its constituents including neighborhood, parents, students, faculty, staff, Board, alumni, business community and donors.
  • Serve as Hope Partnership’s primary contact to market programs, increase enrollment and build additional community support.


  • Serve as Hope Partnership’s chief fundraiser. Collaborate with the development team on all fundraising and advancement projects and events, including annual and special fundraising campaigns.
  • Ensure that all marketing and development plans and messages are aligned with mission.
  • Work with Development to identify, cultivate and request support from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
  • Provide support and leadership in the ongoing efforts to secure and retain corporate and foundation sponsorship.

Board Relations

  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Provide regular reports on all programs and other center activities and finances related to goals and strategies, as approved in the strategic plan or other board decisions.
  • Provide to the Board of Trustees various scenarios and possibilities for the Board to consider as it does its work focusing on the strategic future of the center; leading the development and execution of strategic and long-range plans, including major fundraising campaigns and capital improvement projects.

Fiscal and Facilities Management

  • Provide financial oversight and coordinate yearly budgeting process with input from the administrative team and the Board Finance Committee.
  • Provide oversight to all license, zoning and city contract regulations regarding land and construction.
  • Work with staff designee on planning and construction projects for the center.

Educational and Regulatory Compliance

  • Cultivate and support an environment and culture for 21st Century teaching and academic excellence to flourish.
  • Ensure that all employees and volunteers comply with the mandates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the maintenance of a safe and secure environment, including clearances and mandated reporter training.
  • Engage in rigorous periodic program evaluations and adhere to the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) standards-based accreditation process.
  • Ensure that Hope Partnership provides an environment in which professional development is supported and encouraged for all employees.


The President/CEO must believe in the mission and vision of Hope Partnership for Education. The successful candidate will be a relationship builder and visionary thought leader with demonstrated experience as a compassionate leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions and provides direct and timely responses. The President/CEO will be flexible and compassionate to address the practicalities of a dynamic, urban center, along with the creativity and persistence required to elicit continuing growth. The new leader will have a kind and nurturing spirit embracing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion while being accessible to constituents and effectively collaborating with the Hope Partnership community.


  • An appreciation and passion for the mission of Hope Partnership for Education.
  • Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible senior leadership experience; prior nonprofit experience and management in an academic setting preferred.
  • Broad knowledge of overall operations of educational programming or an independent school, including academics, finances, human resources, development, enrollment/admissions, marketing and facilities management.
  • Familiarity working with urban populations where there is limited income and possess an understanding of the inherent characteristics (sociological, economic, and educational) present in the community including a working knowledge of trauma-informed programming.
  • Visionary and strategic planning capabilities to be applied toward the development of an innovative fundraising program and the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation.
  • Ability and willingness to lead in community outreach and fund development, including identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, students and donors.
  • Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact with diverse personalities and situations with ease and grace.
  • Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, Hope Partnership’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
  • Self-confidence and humility combined with a sense of humor and a collaborative management style.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with documenting appropriate information in a donor management database system.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the Nativity/Miguel model of education.
  • Master’s degree in education or related fields required.
  • Limited travel required; must be available to attend events after work hours or on weekends as needed.


Hope Partnership for Education is a non-denominational education center comprised of an independent middle school, graduate support program and adult education center endorsed by and founded in the tradition of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy in 2002. It is based on a model of education that originated at Nativity Mission Center in New York City in 1971. This model consists of small class size, extended school day and year, and high school support following graduation from 8th grade, with an emphasis on providing quality education to under-resourced communities. Hope Partnership Middle School (grades 5-8) is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

In partnership with their neighbors in Eastern North Philadelphia, Hope Partnership addresses the educational needs of children and adults from low-income families by offering:

  • A middle school education, which maximizes the academic, physical, social and spiritual potential of each student
  • A support program which follows students through high school graduation
  • An adult education program which enhances family and neighborhood involvement in the educational process

The mission of Hope Partnership for Education is Empowerment through Education. The Core Values at Hope are: Respect, Academic Excellence, Compassion, Hospitality, Joy, and Hope.

We give priority to the uniqueness and inherent worth of each individual.

Academic Excellence
We personalize the learning experience, honoring each person’s reality with the goal of developing responsible individuals who make positive contributions to their communities and the world.

We promote an inclusive worldview where transformation and healing are integral to the life of our community.

We strive to create a welcoming environment as the hallmark of Hope Partnership for Education where people of all cultures and beliefs find a home.

We recognize the promise of each new day, share each other’s joy, and celebrate each other’s growth spreading life’s goodness and beauty.

We model, aspire towards, and dream of a united community full of hope, believing that with persistence and resiliency things can be better for future generations and the world.

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