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Executive Director


About Minds Matter OF San Francisco

Minds Matter of San Francisco (MMSF) transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income backgrounds by preparing them for college success through a high-touch mentorship and instructional program. Despite having high scores, only 40% of high-achieving low-income youth graduate college, compared to 74% of their similarly scoring, high-income peers. Less than 20% will be able to attend the nation’s most selective colleges compared to about 30% of their high-income peers. MMSF’s program seeks to close the achievement gap by addressing three learning objectives for low-income students:

  • Discovery: self-knowledge, self-determination, and self-expression

  • Planning: high-school, college, and financial planning

  • Readiness: Academic, psychological, and social readiness for college

MMSF is part of the broader Minds Matter network of 14 chapters in the US. The San Francisco chapter was founded in 2010, serving 12 students in its inaugural class; today we support over 80 low-income students from the area with a median family income of $26,000. We are currently 100% volunteer-run, with over 250 volunteers (mentors, instructors, and leadership) who contribute 40,000+ volunteer hours.

Here are some of our highlights from 2017. Check out our impact.

  • 100% of our graduating Mentee Class of 2017 were accepted to 4-year colleges

  • 65% of Class of 2017 were accepted into Top 50 Colleges including UC Berkeley, Boston College, and Middlebury College

  • 2 students earned full scholarships to college and 3 students became Meritus Scholars

  • We recruited our largest, most diverse incoming class of 35 students (a 40% year over year increase).

  • 90% of our first MMSF Mentee cohort have graduated from college and moved on to start their careers


Position Overview

We are seeking a full-time Executive Director to set the organization’s vision for impact, lead key initiatives to advance the organization’s strategic agenda, and manage and inspire effective teams of volunteers. The Executive Director should be the face and driving strategic force of MMSF, with key areas of responsibility including :

  • Inspiring our students and volunteers

  • Leading our Steering Committee (7 volunteers) and Leadership  Team (50+ volunteers)

  • Key touch point for the Board of Directors

  • Strong representative to all external parties including donors, guidance counselors, and community partners


Key Areas of Focus

  • Inspire & define our future impact

    • Collaboratively develop a plan on our long term impact, such as implementing new or improved programming.

    • Align our operations and structure to support the plan for impact, such as volunteer & mentee recruiting, program structures.

    • Develop measurable goals and align our teams and systems to drive towards those goals.

  • Fundraising and development

    • Create a sustainable pipeline of revenue for the organization, reduce dependence on events, increase touches with donors, and build pipeline with corporations and grants

  • Hiring, training, retaining

    • Ensure a high caliber of volunteer staff who are committed to the mission, allowing them to do work they are passionate about, and provide them opportunities to develop their skills

    • Coach and promote talent from within existing volunteer base

    • Identify critical roles, ensure a viable succession plan, and frequently talk to people about succession planning and documentation

  • Strategic business operations:

    • Develop efficient systems and structures to ensure efficient fundraising, operations, effective knowledge transfer, and long-term sustainability

  • Stalwart proponent for culture

    • Be fully immersed and promote the volunteer culture

    • Inspire, lead, and motivate a massive team of volunteers



  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or equivalent work experience; MEd/MPA/MPP a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead teams effectively, repeatedly achieving program/business unit goals  

  • Ability to analyze and solve problems and to make evaluative judgments

  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial and growing nonprofit organization

  • Proven project management skills and ability to prioritize multiple and varied responsibilities and meet deadlines

  • Exceptional communication skills; articulate, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively

  • Deeply passionate about education and MMSF’s mission, vision, and high standard of excellence

  • Salesforce experience a plus

  • Strong skills in G Suite products (Gmail, Sheets, Docs, Slides) a plus


Compensation and Requirements

  • Full-time with flexibility to work evenings and Saturday during school year (i.e. attend most MMSF sessions Saturdays from 10am-3pm)

  • Flexibility to work-from-home or utilize co-working space

  • Compensation to be determined based on candidate’s experience and market for such roles


Please contact us at hiring@mindsmattersf.org