Chief Executive Officer – [Anchorage, AK]

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Status: Full-time
Reports to: Board of Directors
Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Summary of Position: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska (BBBSAK) staff, programs, and execution of its mission.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: board relations, day-to-day operations, fiscal management, employee relations, resource development, public relations and programmatic excellence.  She or he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.  Successfully complete other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities & Duties:  

Leadership & Management-

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize BBBSAK volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.  Provide timely and accurate information to the board regarding trends, opportunities, and concerns to aid in sound decision making.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain BBBSAK’s employees; ensure compliance with applicable employment laws and employee relations best practices.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Fundraising & Communications-

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations.
  • Expand federal and local grant revenue generating funds to support existing program; oversee grant writing, management and reporting.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations to create a stronger brand.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders to garner new opportunities, resources and partnerships.

Strategic Planning, Capacity-Building, & Stakeholder Relations-

  • In coordination with the board, establish and implement strategic plan, including short- and long-term goals and strategies for program growth; evaluate and report progress.
  • Review monthly and quarterly program reports to the Board and propose adjustments, if needed, to operational goals and strategies with the VP of Programs.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Directors, develop the annual budget for the organization.  Review monthly and quarterly budget reports to the Board and propose adjustments, if needed, to operational goals and strategies with the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Serve as official spokesperson and ambassador to media outlets, governmental officials, and other community leaders and nonprofit professionals.  Actively promote and represent the organization’s mission and values.
  • Develop meaningful community networks and participate in community events with the objective of strengthening relationships with key organizations relevant to the mission of BBBS to support children facing adversity.
  • Participate in organized networks, coalitions, and initiatives relevant to child abuse/neglect and child welfare (e.g., Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Adoption Day, Alaska Institute for Justice).
  • Assist the Board in recruiting, training, and engaging Board Directors and Committee members.


The CEO will be thoroughly committed to BBBSAK’s mission. All candidates should have a successful track record in leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of senior management experience preferred; a combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance-and outcomes based organization and staff.
  • Proven ability and track record of growing an organization through implementation of strategic initiatives, effective management and successful fundraising.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Track record of excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships is preferred
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and demonstrated innovative approach to business planning.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrate passion, idealism, integrity, and positive attitude with a mission-driven focus, and self-directed approach to work.

Reporting to this position: Chief Financial Officer, VP of Programs, Developmental Directors (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Small Communities), Data Management Director and For the Kids Foundation Manager


  • Position requires in-state travel as necessary to communities with a BBBSAK presence to effectively manage, develop and support BBBSAK employees, and to cultivate individual and corporate donor relationships.  Travel may be by automobile, and large and small aircraft.
  • Required attendance at annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference.

Any description of work is a picture of the major responsibilities of a position at a given point in time.  Jobs are dynamic and assignments/priorities may change.  The primary purpose of this description is to outline and communicate key tasks and expectations for the position. This description does not imply or create a contractual relationship.  BBBSAK is an at-will employer.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified applicants may send their cover letter and resume to: The first round of cover letters and resumes will be reviewed on April 8, 2017; however, the position will remain open until the position is filled.