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CEO - Durham Children's Initiative

Armstrong McGuire
Durham, NC
  • Expired: June 22, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Position Announcement: CEO

Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI), Durham, NC



To walk alongside children, youth, and families and support them on their unique journeys toward college and career by providing a pipeline of high-quality services for our youth and their families that overcomes the barriers to their success.


Every youth graduates from high school ready for college or career.


In 2008, community leaders had a dream to bring more opportunity to low-wealth children and families in Durham. Over the next decade, their idea evolved into a thriving community-based nonprofit called the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), which served a single neighborhood of 120 blocks.

In July 2020, EDCI merged with , to expand our pipeline of educational, economic, and social opportunities for youth ages 14-24. Today, EDCI is known the Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI), and our work has scaled across Durham County.   

The Leadership Opportunity

Durham Children’s Initiative seeks a visionary, inspirational, strategic problem solver; a recognized relationship builder with a passion for the mission to eliminate barriers for success and improve education and the well-being of the residents of Durham.

The successful candidate possesses exceptional interpersonal skills; the capacity to work with people of wide-ranging backgrounds; is a successful communicator who assesses and responds to the needs of the community, Board, staff and multiple constituencies; maintains a strong focus on strategic objectives and priorities while balancing tactical responsibilities; and is committed to community change.

Key Responsibilities

The CEO will be entrusted with the following key responsibilities:

Board Relations: Serve as a critical partner with the Board, providing relevant, timely, and transparent updates, introducing new opportunities for consideration, and seeking professional guidance from Board members regarding relevant issues. Actively participates in Board discussions and strategic planning activities and implementation, engaging members as appropriate regarding critical issues and opportunities. Supports the Board of Directors in maintaining a strong model of governance, preparing board materials, establish clear policies, practices, and procedures, and engage the board on issues related to fiduciary responsibilities, financial transactions, and budgets.

Leadership: Work with the Board and staff to set strategic goals and priorities to bring clarity, vision, values, and exceptional stewardship for community resources. Provide leadership and administrative and operational management for DCI. Develop a unified sense of purpose among staff, Board members and partners. Ensure operational activities are in alignment with strategic goals and interconnected with community building.

Operations Management: Oversee all facets of DCI’s operations including programs, resource development, financial management, and advocacy. Apply sound and proven business practices and leverage best practices, policies, and internal controls to improve operational efficiencies. Possesses exceptional financial acumen.

Staff Development: Lead, prepare, empower, delegate, and evaluate the performance of a diverse team, providing opportunities for team building, planning, and professional development. Develop and foster positive relationships amongst staff. Cultivate a welcoming and positive environment, supporting and encouraging the staff to be their best while implementing a culture of trust, teamwork, accountability, and quality. Ensure fair and consistent human resource practices.

Resource Development: Expand the breadth and depth of relationships and partnerships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and significant investments, both governmental and philanthropic, in DCI’s future. Leverage personal and board contacts and organizational relationships to identify potential donors and partners. Diversify and increase funding sources, including government, individual donors, foundations, and corporations.

Community Engagement: Passion for community engagement and community change.  Demonstrated success cultivating visibility and relationships through personal engagement and effective communication with staff, and the families and children in the community we serve. Able to plan and implement strategies to promote public awareness. Identify and monitor trends and emerging issues through targeted advocacy and increased visibility. Act as the chief spokesperson for DCI, articulating the vision in an inspiring way and building relationships among partners, government agencies, and community groups to support and enhance the mission.

Outcome Driven: Commitment to exceptional data collection and evaluations that demonstrate DCI’s impact and value to create real change in the children and families we serve and provide results-oriented outcomes for those who invest in our work. DCI has demonstrated phenomenal outcomes with longitudinal data that proves the longer children engage with DCI, the better they do.


  • A personal passion and commitment to Durham Children’s Initiative’s mission and values.
  • Appreciates the strength in our community and understands the negative impact of poverty and gentrification.
  • Embraces best and emerging practices to end the cycle of poverty with experience in providing technical assistance and training, implementation, and advocacy for these practices.
  • Record of accomplishment in building an organization and bringing people together.
  • Commitment to the community with a vision for change to make Durham better.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, commitment, and experience in maintaining and sustaining diversity and inclusion.
  • A strong, visionary leader who thinks strategically and can implement tactically.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, direct, motivate, and empower professional staff and hold them accountable.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skill, particularly as it relates to clearly and effectively conveying information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including the board, staff, policy makers, partners, and the public. Comfortable working with community and family advocates.
  • Exceptional ability to manage multiple, concurrent priorities, and recognize and adapt to change.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships and establish and maintain the highest level of integrity with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong working knowledge of program development, public policy formulation and implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to fairly and equitably mediate and anticipate conflicts and apply proactive leadership to achieve resolution fairly and equitably.
  • Consider diversity as an asset and foster an environment where people feel welcome to participate.
  • Treat all people with dignity and fairness.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to honesty, reliability, ethical behavior, and professional excellence.
  • Ability to listen, hear and acknowledge staff and our community members.
  • Understands representation matters and demonstrates success to shape positive expectations for DCI families and children.

Attributes of the New Leader

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years of operational management experience.
  • Bilingual, fluent in Spanish is a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of non-profit governance with extensive experience interfacing with governing boards.
  • Strong leadership and management skills that have influenced an organizational culture through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.


$100,000 - $150,000 commensurate with executive professional experience. Exceptional benefits.

Application Process

Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with DCI’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the Durham Children’s Initiative CEO position profile at . You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references.  Please provide all requested information to be considered. The deadline for applications is 6:00 PM, July 22, 2022.

In case of any technical problems, contact . No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.

Durham Children’s Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from people of all races, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientation.

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