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Byte Back is Seeking a New Director!

Author: Byte Back
Published: September 19, 2014

Byte Back is currently seeking an Executive Director.

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Byte Back, founded in 1997, is a nonprofit organization that provides computer literacy and employment readiness skills to underserved communities throughout Washington D.C.  Our mission is to improve economic opportunities by providing computer and technology courses to low-income residents in D.C.

The Executive Director (ED) is ultimately responsible for the successful leadership of the organization. The ED oversees the operation of all programs, the provision of high quality services to the community, the acquisition and management of fiscal resources, and the supervision of the staff.  This position is very outward facing, with the ED spending considerable time speaking, meeting with potential funders, donors and partners.  The ED reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Revenues: Approximately 2 million dollars (FY 2013).

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Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Oversight:

  • Promote ongoing programmatic excellence; maintain and enhance an organizational structure to support and optimize finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems operations; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage Byte Back volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders in support of the organization’s mission.
  • Encourage and model a culture of positivity, productivity, integrity, and accountability.
  • Lead, develop, and retain a high performing team of staff.


  • Foster leads in corporate, individual, and grant funding opportunities.
  • Ensure the development program is fully staffed to support the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Develop and execute a development plan to ensure that diversity of funds and sustainable funding objectives are met.

Community Relations and Communications:

  • Publish and communicate program design, strategy, and results as a model for replication.
  • Be the leading voice of the organization and represent Byte Back at select community activities, facilitate events and spearhead special projects.
  • Ensure that all aspects of communications are effective and strategic to maintain a strong brand.
  • Apprise stakeholders of Byte Back’s scope of work and measureable successes and communicate changes in the communities served.
  • Establish working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, corporate sponsors, and other partners to help achieve organizational goals.

Operational Planning and Management:

  • Develop written plans (including but not limited to annual goals and objectives) that meets the Board’s strategic direction.
  • Ensure efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.
  • Ensure Byte Back policies and procedures are in place and utilized to effectively run the organization.
  • Identify and evaluate key risks to Byte Back’s clients, staff, management, property, and finances. Implement appropriate measures to mitigate risks.

Program Planning and Management:

  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by Byte Back advance the mission and reflect the priorities set forth by the Board.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of Byte Back’s programs and services.
  • Regularly monitor the delivery of Byte Back’s programs and services to identify and mitigate risks and maintain or improve quality.
  • Build the long-term capacity of the organization, including strategically planning for its staffing, IT, facilities, programs and services to support the organization’s needs in the workplace. ? Ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Keep abreast of trends and issues in nonprofit management and adopt best practices.

Human Resources Planning and Management:

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Oversee the implementation of human resources policies.
  • Oversee the senior management recruiting process to interview and select staff that further enhance Byte Back’s mission.
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff that includes monitoring performance on an on-going basis, overseeing an annual performance review process for all staff, and ensuring that staff members receive appropriate coaching and mentoring.
  • Develop annual compensation plan and ensure its proper implementation.

Performance and Accountability to the Board of Directors:

The ED will report to and collaborate in a respectful and timely manner with the Board of Directors.  The ED, working closely with the Board Chair, will:

  • Keep the board fully informed regarding the condition of the organization in a timely manner, including but not limited to relationships with funders and operational factors.
  • Develop a strategic plan at the board’s direction.
  • Regularly report organizational performance metrics to demonstrate progress towards achieving the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Support board and committee operations (e.g. maintain records, monitor compliance with policies and bylaws, oversee meeting logistics, etc.)
  • Inform the board of key decisions and actions requiring board approval well in advance with prepared analysis and recommendations.


The Executive Director must be thoroughly committed to Byte Back’s mission. All candidates should have demonstrated leadership, coaching and relationship management experience and a passion for service. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in business, nonprofit management, public administration, or other relevant field preferred.
  • Ten years of management or professional-level work experience in functional areas (e.g. communications, fundraising, adult education, or program development) and five years of senior management experience,

preferably in nonprofit organizations.  Must include significant supervisory experience. (R)

  • Passion for the organization; has integrity; is mission-driven, self-directed, reflective, dependable, emotionally intelligent, and maintains a positive attitude.
  • Knowledge of leadership and coaching, risk management, project management, and human resources management. Solid understanding of financial management. (R)
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational management and the ability to coach and mentor staff, manage high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Commitment to maintaining an organizational culture of positivity, productivity, integrity, and accountability.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a lean, efficient, and effective organizational structure that promotes both employee productivity and high-quality performance.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills. (R)
  • Skilled fundraiser with experience cultivating individual donors and major gifts and knowledgeable about government, foundation, and corporate grant seeking. Must be comfortable reaching out to prospective donors. (R)
  • Established relationships with local funders, foundations, and donors. (P) ? Ability to create and execute a diverse fundraising/development plan.
  • Sophisticated grasp of marketing and public relations with the ability to effectively engage a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and cultures through different modes of communication; significant, hands-on experience strongly preferred.
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance/outcomes-based organization and its staff.
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for computer technology in a business environment.
  • Experience in training, adult education, and organizational development. (P)
  • Familiarity with the local tech sector, especially its employment needs and workforce development trends; established relationships with local IT business leaders a plus. (P)
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations, preferably including working knowledge of laws & regulations governing 501(c)(3)s. (P)
  • Ability to maintain and build effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations. (R) ? Experience working with government agencies related to policy matters affecting non-profits.
  • Experience interacting with a Board of Directors; demonstrated ability to cultivate strong working relationships with board members. (R)
  • High level of comfort with and respect for the community Byte Back serves, including ability to interact authentically with Byte Back students. (R)
  • Reside in the Washington DC Metro area. DC resident preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a copy of their cover letters and resumes to gro.kcabetyb@cexe

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