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Code Savvy Executive Director

Title:              Code Savvy Executive Director

Reports to:   Code Savvy Board of Directors

Status:           Employee (Full-Time), Twin Cities MN


Company Profile:

Code Savvy is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of computer science professionals is representative of the billions of users of tomorrow’s innovative technologies. We’re on a mission to empower all youth and educators with the knowledge, skills, and support to create with technology, all while working to interrupt and counteract the existing gender, racial, and economic gaps in computing. We work towards this goal by creating opportunities for hands-on, equitable computer science learning experiences that inspire all learners to transform the future for good. Our programs include Educator Training and School Partnerships, Technovation[MN], CoderDojo TC, Code Camps, and Code Clubs.


Code Savvy is expanding our work to move from being a volunteer to a professionally led organization, with a paid executive director and supporting staff. We want to further our goal of reaching even more youth by continuing to inspire and provide resources to teachers, holding events for students, and creating more opportunities for non-English speaking learners. We are looking for our next Executive Director to lead the charge!


Position Summary:

The Executive Director will effectively lead the Code Savvy organization with a focus on mission advancement, board development, and strategic program growth by providing advocacy for our organization, raising funds, building relationships, and increasing brand awareness. This position is full time and will have the support of an Administrative Assistant to maintain data entry management, Program Directors for operational program support, as well as contract supporting staff. 



Administration & Infrastructure Refinement – to optimize organizational operations 

  • Develop and oversee standard administrative protocols 

  • Establish channels of communication and management to facilitate efficient and effective utilization of staff and volunteers. 

  • Oversee all financial affairs including grant and sponsorship administration, expense management and budget planning


Advocacy & Promotion – to increase brand awareness and public engagement 

  • Recruit leaders to advance the mission of the organization 

  • Empower and energize volunteers, board members, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders to promote the organization

  • Amplify communication—from web presence to external relations to create a stronger brand identity. 

  • Network to build brand awareness and identify prospective allies and advocates


Leadership & Management - to steward sustainable growth 

  • Ensure programmatic excellence through rigorous program evaluation 

  • Foster board involvement in fulfilling strategic direction 

  • Lead, coach, and retain Program Directors, support staff, and contractors

  • Evaluate programs to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents. 

  • Develop a five-year strategic plan for growth and sustainability


Fundraising - to maximize channels of financial support 

  • Develop annual budget and coordinated fundraising strategic plan 

  • Prospect, cultivate, and steward foundations, corporate sponsors, stakeholders and funders 

  • Develop a comprehensive annual appeal program to cultivate individual donors for general operating support 

  • Identify, prepare, and submit grant applications and funding proposals 

  • Leverage external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.


Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Nonprofit leadership – board and/or staff management, recruitment, training 

  • Fund development expertise; track record of increasing engagement and commitment of donors, CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) a plus 

  • Operational oversight of professional staff including fiscal acumen 

  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills 

  • Growth mindset for strategic planning and program innovation

  • Experience working in youth-based organizations a plus

  • Familiarity with coding a plus but not required



  • Conviction - A strong belief in the promise and purpose of the organization toward promoting equitable education and increasing access for traditionally underrepresented students in the computer science field

  • Authenticity - Ability to admit failure, share mistakes, and understand the role mistakes make in becoming a more effective and productive organization

  • Great storyteller - Ability to share Code Savvy’s mission, invoke engagement, and compel others to take action

  • Bold - Ability to make the tough calls, come up with new ideas, and try new things

  • Team Builder - Can bring a diverse group together, communicate vision, and work towards a common goal 


To Apply: 

  • Submit a cover letter that highlights your relevant experience, including why you are interested in this role, your resume, and email to:

  • Our team will review applications and if we believe your qualifications would make a great fit, we will contact you to schedule an informational interview.

  • All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

  • Preferred start date is September 2021. This is a full-time, salaried position ($110-120K, no benefits).

  • This position is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota - no relocation assistance provided.


Code Savvy is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Code Savvy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Code Savvy will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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