Executive Director

Project One is a Charlotte-based nonprofit that provides the opportunity for motivated students from under-resourced, single parent families in Mecklenburg County to attend college and graduate without the burden of student debts. Our unique program not only provides four-year college scholarships of up to $25,000, but also focuses on educating our recipients on personal financial literacy, helping each to identify their gifts/talents, and supporting them through a mentoring relationship during their college career. Project One provides a path to get students to college and, more importantly, through college. Ultimately, the impact we are trying to achieve is to break the cycle of generational poverty in their life.

The Executive Director (ED) will provide oversight, management, and coordination of the organization’s operations in fulfillment of its mission. Working closely with the Board, key stakeholders and partners, the ED will be visible in the local community, collaborating with other organizations, donors and partners to further the mission. The ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of Project One for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. This is a full-time position and currently, there are no other staff members. The organization leverages the Board of Directors and a volunteer base of supporters.

• Establishes, in collaboration with the Board, an organizational vision and articulates both short- and long-term plans to achieve it.
• Develops and executes a fund development plan, including but not limited to diversifying and increasing the donor pool, sustaining and growing giving among existing donors, implementing an annual giving campaign, and establishing a major/planned gifts effort.
• Researches, writes and administers proposals for grant funding opportunities from corporations, public and private foundations, and other sources; prepares and submits associated reports.
• Plans, attends and manages fundraising events (including primary annual fundraising event).
• Utilizes a wide range of communications tools to engage and excite multiple audiences about Project One’s work, including but not limited to: website, social media, direct mail, etc.
• Enhances Project One’s image by being active and visible in the community and by cultivating partnerships with other professional, civic and private organizations.
• Serves as primary spokesperson to Project One’s constituents, the media and the general public
• Coordinates and manages the annual scholarship interview/selection process.
• Recruits, screens, trains, matches, and supervises volunteer mentors.
• Builds and maintains relationships with scholarship recipients including tracking academic status and advising the Board of any issues relating to academic progress.
• Plans and executes all mentor and scholar trainings, networking events and enrichment activities.
• Establishes and implements administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operations of Project One.
• Prudently manages organization finances to operate within the approved budget, ensure maximum resource utilization, and maintain a positive financial position.
• Reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of Project One.
• Communicates effectively with the Board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
• Completes any other duties deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

• Demonstrates passion and enthusiasm related to Project One’s mission and understands the role Project One plays in contributing to social and economic mobility for its scholarship recipients.
• Is highly motivated, self-confident, challenge-driven and entrepreneurial, thriving in a work environment characterized by autonomy and measurable goals and results.
• Preferably has experience as a nonprofit executive director or is alternatively experienced in several areas of the nonprofit sector including fund development, marketing/communications, and/or program management.
• Possesses ability to take ownership of strategic vision and develop as their own.
• Exhibits both resourcefulness and creativity as it relates to leveraging resources and relationships to advance Project One’s mission and vision.
• Has ability to successfully manage several projects from initiation to completion and achieve stated goals on time and within budget.
• Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Possesses a four-year college degree.

To apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Project One Executive Director Position” to info@projectonescholars.org as soon as possible. Target start date is April 5, 2021.
• Note that only those candidates invited to screening will be contacted.
• No phone calls please.
• To learn more about Project One, please visit www.projectonescholars.org.