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Executive Director

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Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for leading the organization toward the consistent achievement of its vision, mission, strategy, values, goals and objectives. School on Wheels employs a staff of 30 - 35, comprised of a mix of employees, consultants and independent contractors, and oversees the tender love and care of over 3,500 students experiencing homelessness and the 2,500 volunteers dedicated to their educational needs.


Areas of Responsibility: 

Major responsibilities include:

Vision, Mission and Program Strategy – Assure that School on Wheels has a long-range strategy to further its mission through high quality and effective programs.

  • Provide motivational and visionary leadership to ensure the organization’s policies, procedures and activities are congruent with its mission and vision.
  • Define the strategic direction of School on Wheels by leading strategic planning processes to ensure the organization’s ability to successfully fulfill its ongoing mission.
  • Develop and oversee the development and implementation of annual programs and plans reflecting organizational and program priorities in collaboration with the Board and Leadership Team.
  • Ensure programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality.
  • Evaluate the ongoing  effectiveness of School on Wheels’ programs and services.

Fundraising and Donor Relations - Serve as the primary spokesperson and advocate for School on Wheels by clearly articulating its programs and impact on the community.

  • Ensure adequate funding is in place to meet School on Wheels' mission, programs and organizational goals.
  • Take an active role in identifying and cultivating new funding sources and actively engage and energize current funders and new funding sources.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships among donors, public and private grantors and foundations.
  • Work with grant writer to research, manage and submit grant proposals and reports to foundations and organizations.
  • Together with the Executive Board and Director of Development & Marketing, lead individual major donor cultivation and stewardship and meet with major funders and prospective donors.

Financial Management and Reporting - Provide appropriate control and accountability of assets, manage expenses, and oversee timely and accurate financial reporting.

  • Ensure overall financial well being of School on Wheels by developing both annual and strategic (three-year) budgets.
  • Monitor, manage and report income and expenditures to ensure adequate cash flow throughout the year, and develop monthly and quarterly financial reports.
  • Coordinate annual independent review/audit and present results to the Board.

Executive Board - Work with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission and effectively measure and evaluate its success.

  • Communicate regularly and provide all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Recommend new policies, programs and action plans consonant with the vision of the organization, and execute all policies and decisions of the Board.
  • Support the Board in fulfilling its governance and fundraising function.

Organizational – Build and lead staff to strengthen and support School on Wheels’ programmatic, financial, and operational goals.

  • Promote a culture that reflects School on Wheels’ values and create a positive work environment designed to attract, retain and motivate a diverse staff.
  • Lead, coach, develop and motivate a high-performing Leadership Team.
  • Provide oversight of operational functions including program development, management and administration, financial management, community relations, fund development, human resource management, volunteer leadership, facilities management, and infrastructure growth.

Community Engagement – Serve as the School on Wheels spokesperson to increase visibility and ensure the organization is consistently presented in a strong, positive manner.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other nonprofit leaders to enable partnership opportunities.
  • Represent School on Wheels at coalitions, conferences and on committees.
  • Provide leadership and contribute to policymaking at local and national levels.
  • Develop and implement successful outreach programs that work to engage a broader regional constituency


The successful candidate will have at least ten years of nonprofit management experience, five or more at the senior management level, with demonstrated success in fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development, and nonprofit governance. Typically, these skills and knowledge are the result of a combination of formal education in business, nonprofit management, or related area, and several years of experience in increasingly responsible management positions. The ideal candidate will have a track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance and outcomes-based organization and staff, and be able to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.

Prior experience working with volunteers, homeless or disadvantaged youth is highly valued. While we anticipate that many candidates will have experience leading organizations, senior-level leaders who aspire to be Executive Director will also be considered.

EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree is required.


COMPENSATION: Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.

How to Apply: 

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including resume and a letter of interest in confidence to: [email protected]

School on Wheels is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of job qualifications and not race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, citizenship or authorized alien status, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Organization Info

School on Wheels, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA, USA
About Us

The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for children experiencing homelessness from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade by providing programs and services designed to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible.


One-on-One Tutoring: One-on-one tutoring is the cornerstone of our program. School on Wheels is the only organization whose volunteers go to their students—wherever they may be—to tutor them one-on-one for one hour a week. Our goal is to provide one-on-one tutoring services to thousands of children without homes throughout Southern California.

Digital Learning: School on Wheels tutors may now use computers, smartphones, and tablets at their tutoring locations to better address the academic needs of our students (K-12). Combined with traditional in-person tutoring, digital learning engages students, fills in academic gaps in all subjects and teaches critical and key 21st Century technology skills.

Why Work For Us?: 

Our core values represent what we believe in, what we stand for, and how we approach everything we do. They determine how we treat each other, our students, volunteers, donors, partners, and the communities we serve. Our values serve as both a description of what we already share and an aspiration for what School on Wheels continues to strive for. We measure our success by how well we live up to them:

Trust - Integrity - Innovation - Flexibility - Passion - Teamwork

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 25 2019
Active Until: 
Apr 25 2019
Hiring Organization: 
School on Wheels, Inc.