Job Announcement – President – Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, Inc.

Location: Baltimore, MD  (Working remotely during COVID19 restrictions)


Salary Range: $175,000 to $195,000 + full benefits package


Reports to: Baltimore Children andYouth Fund Board of Directors


Timeline: Open until filled.*BCYF,Inc.strongly encourages and seeks applications from Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.



The Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created as a dedicated fund to support programs for Baltimore’s young people. The concept of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund was launched in 2015 by then-City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young as a response to the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, an event that sharply illuminated longstanding inequities in public funding in Black communities. . In 2016, the Baltimore City Council and voters approved the Fund to receive an annual appropriation of assessed value of all property in Baltimore. Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, Inc. (BCYF, Inc.) was named the permanent intermediary of the Fund. BCYF, Inc.’s budget is approximately $14 million annually, with $2 million in operating expenses and $12 million in direct grantmaking investments.


BCYF, Inc. creates new opportunities that support the personal development of Baltimore’s young people to learn, thrive and succeed. BCYF, Inc. awards grants to organizations that provide programs to thousands of Baltimore’s young people — from academic support and science exploration to dance and photography. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts in Baltimore, BCYF, Inc. is committed to authentic community engagement, and our strategy and grant decisions are shaped and led by Baltimore community members and youth leaders. We partner with organizations that share our values around Racial Equity, Intergenerational Leadership, Community Ownership, and Collective Decision-Making.




BCYF, Inc. is seeking its first president, a visionary, talented, and dedicated leader to build on the solid framework created to advance the development of an ecosystem of youth empowerment that is rooted in authentic community empowerment and self-determination.. The ideal candidate will bring a mix of audacious vision for transforming philanthropy into a more equitable environment, pragmatic implementation skills, and the courage to lead with heart while building a culture of care. The President will partner with the Board of Directors, executive leadership team, and a small and dedicated team to lead BCYF, Inc. through its startup phase and into its successful next chapter. The President will work collaboratively as a part of leadership team with a Vice President of Strategic Investments, Vice President of Administration & Finance, and Vice President Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships to advance BCYF’s work.



The President’s priorities include:



  • Strategic Planning and Direction: Lead a strategic planning process for the organization that will define the direction of BCYF for the next three years; position BCYF, Inc. to be a model for local impact, as well as state and national replication
  • Board Governance: Gracefully manage the Board as needed to build consensus, offer support and guidance, and thought partnership; maintain communication to build strong relationships with the entire Board; attend all Board meetings and provide reports and updates on staff and all current work, project timelines,andprogress.TheBoardiscomposedof Baltimoreresidents,including1/3oftheBoardbeing youth, and charged with shaping and driving the strategic direction of the organization in alignment with community-defined organizational priorities
  • Organizational Development: Create and present strategic options and plans for organization and community impact; continue to build organizational structure and team; set the tone for organization’s culture; facilitate change management
  • Leadership and Management: Actively engage and energize Board members, staff, grantees, alumni, partnering organizations, funders, and the community at large, and ensure consistent quality of programmatic excellence, program evaluation, finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; provide thoughtful and visionary leadership that is equitable, inclusive, transparent, and consistent with BCYF, Inc.’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Financial Management and Administration : Provide strategic leadership, direct resources and allocate financial resources within budget guidelines and according to current laws and regulations; build and administer annual budget with Board approval; shape a culture that enables fiscal transparency publicly and at the community level
  • Ambassadorship: Serve as a spokesperson for BCYF, Inc. publicly at events, conferences, and partnership meetings; ensure high visibility, and identify opportunities for BCYF, Inc. to diversify its revenue sources and cultivate partnerships and collaborations


Combining inspirational leadership and sophisticated management abilities, the successful candidate will have previous experience in a similar role or in a senior leadership position, experience moving an organization through the startup phase, and advancing an organization in terms of culture, capability, processes, and impact. While no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications, attributes and experiences.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Preferably a current/former resident of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area
  • Passionate about BCYF, Inc’s mission and aligned with our values
  • Committed to creating a Pro-Black organizational culture steeped in anti-racism and racial equity
  • Understanding of racial equity (in practice and theory) and liberatory practices
  • A relationship builder and collaborator
  • A strong advocate and ambassador
  • A thoughtful and data-driven organizational leader
  • Understanding of the local philanthropic landscape
  • Deeply knowledgeable of, and empathetic toward, challenges faced by
  • Baltimore’s children and youth Committed to building a values-based institution on all levels
  • Honest, sincere, vulnerable, humble, and respectful of individuals


  • 5+ years of prior experience in a similar or senior leadership role at a community-based organization/initiative, nonprofit, foundation, government agency, correlated organization
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in strategy development, leading community-based initiatives or nonprofit management, and participatory giving
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with Racial Equity and Inclusion principles; Proactively advances outcomes to operationalize equity.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness and emotional intelligence: Able to reflect on and describe the impact of one’s own identities—and those of others; Able to hear, reflect, act on, and learn from feedback re: identity and equity.

Related Experience:

  • Executive Leadership: history of providing visionary leadership at the executive or senior level
  • Board Relations: Proven experience working with and leading a Board
  • Racial Equity/Liberatory Practice: experience with navigating the dynamics of institutional racism

    in ways that effectively challenges the status quo using anti-racist practices

  • Context: Demonstrated understanding of grassroots organizations and the history of philanthropy in

    America (and Baltimore) and the impact within BIPOC communities. Demonstrated understanding of the environments in which BYCF operates — political, civic, community, philanthropic, youth-serving ecosystems.

  • Evaluation: Demonstrated experience of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization
  • Organizational Development: Exceptional organizational and infrastructure development expertise, with an emphasis on recognizing patterns in institutions that might be leveraged to advance racial equity
  • Collective Leadership: Experience creating a leadership culture that allows staff and Board to drive organizational change from ideation to implementation; receive and share feedback and make necessary adjustments
  • Collaboration: Strong ability to work closely with others (internal teams, city officials, Baltimore community, and with external partners) to build collaborative workflow systems and partnerships within a complex organizational structure
  • Infrastructure: Demonstrated experience with developing systems that ensure organizational, fiscal, and fiduciary transparency to the community and effective business operational function.
  • Developing talent: Experience with hiring and further developing talented team members, willingness to develop team members based on their strengths, expertise, and experience
  • Communication: Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills: strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders
  • Articulation: Elaborate on what is meant by the statement “Nothing about us without us”; have a strong commitment to racial and economic equity
  • Transparency: Commitment to consistent communication to the community about BCYF, Inc.’s processes, strategy, and future direction
  • Empowerment: Believe in people’s rights and abilities to determine and shape for themselves the directions their families and communities should take and value community members’ inclusion and participation in resource allocation.



For consideration, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your specific interest in the organization and the role, your experience, and the qualifications being sought. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Send all materials to; “ATTN: BCYF, Inc. – President” in the subject line. Please visit: for more information about the organization.

To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Danisha Martin, Executive Search Consultant at Nonprofit HR at



Equal Opportunity


BCYF, Inc. is a 501c3 organization. We are firmly committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal opportunity (“EEO”) laws. BCYF, Inc. strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height or weight, disability, gender identity or expression, medical condition, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related conditions, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law. Accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application. While performing the job responsibilities, accommodations will be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.