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Executive Director

Iowa City, IA

Job Information:

Reports to: Board of Directors
Status: Exempt
Location: Iowa City, Iowa

As a 501(c)(3) public charity, Doorway to College Foundation’s primary mission is to prepare students for their transition to higher education, whether they choose a community college or a selective university. Every day, we strive to inspire students to take control of the college admissions process. We work to spark each student’s enthusiasm for college prep so they begin to build the foundation for their dreams of the future.

Working directly with the schools, our common goal is to arm young scholars with solid strategies to achieve competitive scores and succeed in the transition from high school to higher education. Our broader mission is a work in progress; as we build our team of talented and dedicated professionals, we will reach into elementary and middle schools to help young students see college in their future and realize their own potential to participate in higher education.

D2CF’s home office is located in Iowa City, Iowa. Although many employees work remotely, this is an in-house position, requiring the executive director (ED) to work from the home office.

D2CF serves high school students across the United States with ACT and PSAT/SAT test preparation and other programs. Unique among test-preparation groups, D2CF has proven, positive results from independent school studies serving all students in a class, not just those that are high-level scorers. See documented results at

For more information about the organization, our products and services, and testimonials from students, parents, and educators, go to

As Executive Director, you will have a wide variety of responsibilities, but you will also have a terrific team to work with in achieving the goals of the organization. In general, the D2CF ED is responsible for the following, but adjustments will naturally occur as the new hire settles into his or her role and specific strengths emerge:
•Strategy and Planning
•Organizational Management
•Fiscal Oversight
•Public Relations and Advocacy
•Funding Development and Grants
•Program Development

Keep in mind that, as the leader of a small nonprofit, you will wear many diverse hats. Some duties are nonnegotiable, but many will depend on your particular skills and expertise — from fund-raising to curriculum development to sales and marketing.

To be successful leading this organization, the ideal executive director will possess the following characteristics:

•Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred: education, business, or strategic leadership
•Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
•Dedication to excellence
•Understanding of the secondary educational landscape
•Understanding of effective marketing trends and methods
•Commitment to diversity and equal employment practices
•Ability to lead a diverse team both in-house and remotely
•Understanding of test preparation and instructional design
•Excellent fiscal management and budgeting
•Overall responsibility for the financial health of the company
•Eagerness to increase D2CF visibility and grow the organization  
•Servant leadership and respect for all roles within the organization
•Strategic thinking combined with creativity and vision
•Computer skills and positive approach to technology
•Ability to make difficult decisions and own the results
•Sense of humor
•Willingness to present the curriculum to high school students on occasion

This is a full-time, professional position that from time to time may require a demanding schedule.

The executive director position qualifies for competitive salary and generous vacation/holiday benefits as well as health insurance. Supplemental insurance policies are available for purchase.

Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume to: no later than July 10, 2017. A job description will be mailed to you in response to your application.

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Executive Director

Doorway to College Foundation

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Posted 06/09/17

Job ID: 61085