RBO Executive Director

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Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) is seeking an energetic, skilled and professional Executive Director to lead our team. The Executive Director will have a passion for nonprofit work to improve the lives of youth and build community while growing and strengthening the organization. The candidate should be self-driven and self-directed with proven experience achieving desired outcomes across several functional areas.

Running for a Better Oakland is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that encourages Kindergarten through 12th grade Oakland students to develop healthy lifestyles through running. By building confidence, setting goals, providing training and mentorship, RBO develops the values of hard work and achievement that students can draw upon in all areas of their lives. RBO also develops friendships, involves parents and strengthens the local community. The organization operates a Fall and Spring program. In the Fall, students train for local 5K events; and, in the spring, they train for the Oakland Running Festival 5K or Half Marathon. RBO also offers scholarships to college-bound high school seniors. With the generous help of our volunteers, we train and mentor over 300 students a year.  RBO has increased its fundraising and budget over the last 3 years and has a strong network of enthusiastic volunteers.

RBO strives to build a tolerant, healthy and prosperous community by empowering students, parents, and volunteers; creating new relationships; and developing trust, and self-esteem through the discipline and rigors of a structured running program.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading RBO staff, representing RBO to the greater community, growing and managing RBO’s financial resources, and reporting to RBO’s Board of Directors, and includes a bi-annual performance review. This leader will have a passion and commitment to youth, drive program development and delivery, direct staff, oversee fundraising, and manage organizational finances.

  • Nonprofit fundraising including cultivating and stewarding donors, tracking and acknowledging donations, and/or organizing fundraising events
  • Report to and strategize with RBO’s Board to fulfill the organization’s mission and ensure the long-term viability
  • Oversee staff and independent contractors
  • Collaborate with the Program Coordinator on the program planning and development
  • Work with Board Treasurer, Finance Committee and accountant to oversee budgeting and accounting to ensure the organization’s fiscal health
  • Engage in community outreach, including K-12 outreach to recruit participants and volunteer recruitment for the program and to build RBO’s reputation
  • Engage in media and donor relations by overseeing social media and donor appreciation
  • Manage contracts with suppliers

An application for this position requires a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (please include one current/former supervisor and list the reference’s name, title, organization, email and phone number). Please send an application to RBO Board Chair, Daniel Vasquez, at Jobs@rboakland.org. Only applicants who submit all requested forms will be considered.  Persons of color and female-identified individuals are encouraged to apply.

  • Flexible hours and a work-from-home environment during the week; ensure all weekend practices and races are facilitated to meet programming goals. Support all programming when needed.
  • The Executive Director should be willing and enthusiastic about taking a hands-on approach to assisting the Program Coordinator and volunteers in preparing and concluding practice sessions and other events during the program; this involves physical activities such as carrying equipment and supplies and setting up and breaking them down for storage.

The ideal candidate for the Executive Director would possess the following skills and characteristics:

  • Demonstrated commitment to community-based initiatives or nonprofit service, volunteer work and/or board of directors membership
  • Excellent leadership skills and experience managing and coaching staff or teams
  • Strong communication skills including writing, public speaking, public relations, and social media
  • Administrative skills including bookkeeping in Quickbooks and event planning
  • Accounting skills including budgeting and bill paying
  • Community outreach and recruitment of program participants and volunteers
  • A strong interest in working with and building community in Oakland among a very diverse group of youth, their parents, and volunteers
  • A strong interest in promoting health and wellness, through running and healthy lifestyles

Contracted position. The position is at 35% FTE. 12-month contract paid on retainer. Option to renew contract. Background check and negative TB results to be completed prior to the initial start.