• Executive Director

    Public Allies Cincinnati
    Job Description
    Executive Director, Public Allies Cincinnati Position Description

    Organization Overview
    Public Allies' mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Public Allies is a national movement changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating its conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

    Founded in 1992, Public Allies (www.publicallies.org) is a values-based national leadership organization focused on developing a pipeline of diverse leaders to address the country’s most pressing issues. Public Allies operates a nationally recognized nonprofit apprenticeship program, in partnership with AmeriCorps, in 25 sites across 22 states.

    Our Allies are diverse, emerging leaders-in-the making, hungry to catalyze their personal talents and interests towards creating a better future for the communities from which they come. Our #PAAlumni are diverse social sector change agents. They are 80% people of color, 60% women, and the majority are from low- and moderate-income families and underserved communities. Our #PAAlumni include Grammy winning artists, comedians, elected officials, community organizers, educators, and nonprofit executives. We believe our alumni will come to include the next Kimberly Bryant, the next Lena Waithe, the next Chance the Rapper, the Vien Troung, and the next CEO of Public Allies. This position is the opportunity to identify that future talent and provide a platform from which it can grow.

    Position Overview

    The Executive Director is the internal and external leader for Public Allies Cincinnati, and as such must embody the Public Allies Core Values and demonstrate the personal, institutional and systemic change possible when those values are put into practice. The Executive Director is responsible for leading a vibrant, values led, and impact driven operation in its aim to make Public Allies Cincinnati the premier developer and pipeline for talented civic change agents in Cincinnati metropolitan area. As a member of our national leadership team, the Executive Director, will be called upon occasionally to serve as a representative for the national organization within the local market, ensuring the national network has brand recognition within the local market.

    ● Develop and lead the Cincinnati site’s annual and long-term strategic priorities; Ensure those priorities are aligned with those of Public Allies, Inc. and develop them in partnership with Public Allies National Office leadership, PA Cincinnati staff, and other key stakeholders; National Offices: Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Washington, DC * Mail: 735 N. Water Street, Suite 550, Milwaukee, WI 53202 * Phone: (414) 273-0533 www.publicallies.org
    ● Assume oversight and responsibility for executing fiscally-sound budgeting, forecasting, expense management, resource allocation, and cash flow for a growing operating budget of $700,000 to ensure that site is a financially healthy operation;
    ● With the program staff, ensure high quality execution and results for the Public Allies AmeriCorps Apprenticeship program; explore, in consultation with Public Allies National Office, innovations to the nationally codified model that may present scalable opportunities to applify and deepen results; ensure all deliverables for federal, state and private grants are met;
    ● Engages with Allies informally, providing occasional mentoring to ensure the Allies’ successful completion and satisfaction with the program, and the retention of the Partner Organization relationships;
    ● Ensures that all compliance, performance measures and deliverables are met for all federal and local grants;
    ● Engages PA Cincinnati alumni as ambassadors, recruiters, donors and volunteers while seeking out ways to continue to advance alumni leadership;
    ● Lead all efforts to secure funding from foundations, corporations, and individual donors to meet annual and long-term revenue goals; Advance the site’s goals for marketing and public relations in order to raise PA Cincinnati’s visibility within the region;
    ● Attract, develop, and retain highly qualified employees by cultivating a productive, motivating, and innovative work environment, reflective of the organization’s culture and leadership brand; Lead, coach, and mentor staff, while providing ongoing opportunities for staff development;
    ● Cultivate a cadre of champions and stakeholders; engage local and national elected officials to support funding and policies for Public Allies and the national service movement; develop and leverage an advisory board of champions positioned to support the achievement of Public Allies’ strategic priorities and funding goals;
    ● Serve as the public face of Public Allies Cincinnati by representing the organization and the cause to key stakeholders in the local community, including local advisory board members, Public Allies AmeriCorps members, nonprofit partner executives and staff, state political leaders, Public Allies alumni, and private sector funders and sponsors; and
    ● Participate within the Public Allies national network, leverage working relationships with staff at the National Office, and help to lead and set broader organizational strategy through network-wide project teams advancing the overall organizational mission.


    The next Executive Director of Public Allies Cincinnati must have a keen belief in the power of opportunity, and a commitment to identify and cultivate leadership from among groups and communities not traditional seen as leaders. This person should be mission-driven and demonstrate passion for Public Allies and its constituencies. In addition, the person to take on this role must possess the following:

    ● A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in progressively senior positions;
    ● Applicable/transferable experience: private sector roles in law, business strategy or consulting; public sector policy roles; campaign aides/strategists;
    ● Adept cultural competence and experience working with diverse stakeholders and 2 constituents;
    ● Good sense of self and strong personal presence;
    ● Experience building partnerships and an ability to inspire different groups to work towards a common goal;
    ● A disciplined approach to setting and achieving goals, and a drive to continuously improve;
    ● Proven ability to cultivate talent and effectively manage a high-performing team.
    ● Openness and ability to learn from experience and change course of action to meet the needs of the organization's evolving environment;
    ● Positive, growth mindset;
    ● Open-minded and objective with eagerness to continuously improve the organization's systems and ability to achieve its outcomes for leaders, organizations, and communities;
    ● Creative problem solver;
    ● Self-starter, self-driven

    While not required, we appreciate candidates that have:
    ● Knowledge of, experience, and relationships in Cincinnati’s nonprofit sector and donor communities;
    ● Experience with youth development and/or leadership development;
    ● An advanced degree.

    Working Conditions

    The position is generally performed in an office environment. The noise level is generally low to quiet. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations, however, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform said essential functions.

    While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, efforts, requirements or expectations of this position. Management reserves the right to revise or amend this description to include or remove tasks as circumstances change and the needs of PA so dictate.

    Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

    Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@publicallies.org and put “Executive Director - Cincinnati” in the subject line.

    Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000 

    Start Date: July 2019
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