MISSION AND VISION
Challenge Success partners with schools, families, and
communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to
implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being
and engagement with learning.
We believe that all students should be valued
for their own interests, unique talents, and individual definitions
We find that extrinsic metrics such as grades,
test scores, and selective college admissions have become the
primary markers of success in too many communities.
We know that this narrow definition of success
can interfere with healthy child development and effective
education, leaving many kids feeling stressed, marginalized, or
We want all kids to do well in school and to
master certain skills and concepts, but a largely singular focus on
academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other
attributes of a successful life.
Our work helps to transform the student
experience and foster learners who are balanced, engaged, and
prepared for the wide variety of opportunities and challenges they
will face as adults.
We believe that real, lasting change requires
the entire school community — educators, parents, and students — to
both identify challenges and drive the solutions.
This belief is demonstrated in our approach:
- Grounded in research about effective education and healthy
- Engages and educates all stakeholders in the school
- Focuses on elevating the voices and perspectives of all
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
Challenge Success is a firmly anti-racist organization that
continuously examines and revises our work to further engagement
and well-being for all of our students, schools, families, and
communities, including those for whom identity, culture, and
socioeconomic status have resulted in exclusion.
Challenge Success seeks a visionary leader, excellent
communicator, and effective strategic thinker with strong
management and fundraising skills and a passion for improving
schools, families, and the well-being of our nation’s children. The
organization has entered a new chapter in its evolution, and the
Executive Director of Challenge Success will take the organization
to the next level by leading these internal and external
- STRATEGIC GROWTH: The Executive Director will work with the
Board of Directors, Co-Founders, Advisors, and Staff to build on
the organization’s current growth trajectory and strategically plan
for the next iteration of outstanding programs, research, and
partnerships. Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts will be
central to this work, both as a way to strengthen internal
operations as an anti-racist organization, and externally as
Challenge Success works to increase DEI efforts with our school
partners that foster student belonging and wellness.
- FUNDRAISING AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT: Challenge Success’s current
operating budget is $2M. Our five year average annual growth has
been nearly 30% in all areas: school participation, students
served, program fees, fundraising, staffing, and overall revenue.
The Executive Director will further develop our fundraising model
to leverage existing donors, increase our donor base, continue to
bring in corporate sponsors, and pursue grants. The Executive
Director will oversee the design and implementation of a
sustainable, long-term financial model.
- LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF DAILY OPERATIONS: Challenge
Success is a high-quality professional “home” where experts feel
valued and want to work. The Executive Director will continue to
cultivate an inspiring, respectful, trusting, collaborative,
relationship-driven, and results-oriented work environment where
the mission of Challenge Success can thrive. Facilitating the
professional growth of 14 geographically diverse staff members is
central to this work.
Challenge Success is a nationally-recognized organization with a
proven track record of transforming the student experience in
hundreds of schools across the US and abroad. The Executive
Director has a unique opportunity to help grow the organization’s
leadership role in the education field at a time when student
well-being and engagement with learning is more important than
Executive Director candidates will have the following
professional competencies and personal qualities:
PASSION FOR TRANSFORMING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
The Executive Director will have a demonstrated interest in
improving the health and well-being of our nation’s youth. A
background in education, academia, and/or research, along with a
strong DEI advocacy track record, are essential qualifications to
lead the evolution of the current program.
The Executive Director will forge and nurture strong
relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, board
members, donors, and partners. Kind and clear communication skills
are essential to this work, as is a commitment to being ethical and
inclusive. In this outward-facing role, public speaking and strong
EQ will help strengthen and build important connections. Experience
hiring and retaining staff, as well as leading remote teams, would
be especially helpful in successfully managing our talented staff
currently located across all US time zones.
HIGHLY EXPERIENCED IN FUNDRAISING AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT
The Executive Director will have expertise in institutional
advancement, fundraising, and management of revenue streams. A
background in nonprofit leadership and high touch engagement with
donors would allow for a seamless transition into the
STRATEGIC AND COLLABORATIVE LEADER
Challenge Success is quickly growing out of adolescence and into
adulthood. Our next Executive Director will have the experience and
knowledge required to facilitate and execute the organization’s
next stage of development. Creating and executing a strategic
vision, as well as fostering innovation and organizational
processes, will strengthen our impact on schools, families, and
students. Change-management and collaborative leadership will be
essential to this work.
Challenge Success is based in the San Francisco Bay
Area but the hybrid nature of this position can accommodate
candidates living out of the area.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The annual base salary for this role will be competitive and
commensurate with experience. Compensation includes a comprehensive
Challenge Success embraces equal opportunity and is committed to
a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strongly encourage applicants
from all backgrounds and perspectives.
This search is being conducted by an internal Search Committee
at Challenge Success with the support of the Board of Directors. To
apply for this role, please email email@example.com.
Applications should include a resume and cover letter. To nominate
a candidate for this role, please use this nomination form. All
communications will be honored as strictly confidential.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position