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Executive Director - Midwest Region

World Savvy
Minneapolis, MN
  • Expired: August 05, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

World Savvy is a leading national education nonprofit working to transform teaching, learning and culture in K-12 public education so all students can learn, work and thrive in our rapidly changing world as globally competent citizens. World Savvy is unique in the field for our systems change approach that holistically supports the integration of global competence into student learning, teacher training and capacity, and school and district leadership. We have offices in Minneapolis (largest) and an office in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at

Mission: World Savvy educates and engages youth to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens.

Vision: As the leading provider of global competence education, World Savvy envisions a K-12 education system that prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for success and active engagement in the global community.

World Savvy is an ambitious organization with big ideas and tenacious growth goals. Our culture is one of optimism, authenticity, levity and learning. World Savvy is deeply committed to anti-racism, inclusion and equity in our programming and workplace. As we grow, we will intentionally build a team that reflects the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the students, educators and communities we serve. World Savvy seeks individuals who are black, indigenous and people of color to apply.


We do the best work possible in service of our mission. We believe collaboration is essential.

We see people as whole human beings. We intentionally grow and change.

Welean into complexity when it’s called for.

Webelieve big things are possible, whether that’s our mission or the project on the table.

We notice and disrupt exclusionary patterns.

We bring hope, joy, and a sense of aspiration into all that we do.


The Executive Director – Midwest Region (EDMR) provides leadership to position the World Savvy (WS) Midwest Region as a recognized catalyst for reimagining K-12 education for a world of increasingly diverse, interconnected, and complex communities. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and with support from the national development, marketing/communications and program teams, the EDMR will develop a regional growth plan to expand K-12 school partnerships and to grow and sustain the region’s philanthropic donor base.

Schedule: Full time, limited nights and weekends as required by program

Salary range: $110,000-$130,000 based on experience

FSLA Status: Exempt

Projected Start Date: ASAP

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Location: Minneapolis, MN and surrounding metro area

Travel Requirements: up to 30% (primarily local and regional travel)


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer to develop a regional strategic plan to advance World Savvy's mission and objectives and to grow earned and philanthropic revenue, and growth as an organization.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for World Savvy in the Midwest region for local, state and regional platforms. With support from the national marketing and communications team, develop regional marketing and communications strategies to raise awareness and deepen World Savvy’s impact in the Midwest.
  • Establish and maintain existing Midwest-based networks of educators and school/district administrators and identify and leverage existing World Savvy champions in fundraising and school/district partnership efforts to advance the regional growth strategy.
  • Lead regional fundraising efforts to include soliciting gifts from individuals and institutional donors; tracking grant and RFP deadlines and contributing to the development of proposals and reports; and developing and managing a pipeline of current and potential donors.
  • Develop and manage an annual regional expense budget (currently $700,000 annually). Develop, manage and track relevant financials for the regional office, including earned income and philanthropic revenue projections and spending.
  • Work collaboratively with the national program team and the Director of K-12 School Partnerships – Midwest Region to secure school and district partnerships in alignment with the regional growth strategy.
  • Oversee, mentor, guide and develop staff; currently includes 1 FTE direct report: Director of K-12 School Partnerships – Midwest Region.
  • Support and lead efforts to maintain a cohesive and values-aligned working culture that supports team members who are remote and/or office-based.
  • Brainstorm, develop and lead any local advisory and/or advocacy networks, or related entities, that will help guide and grow our regional presence.
  • As an active member of the Senior Leadership Team, collaboratively contribute to national organizational strategy, meeting shared goals and objectives, and fostering a values-based work culture.
  • This position currently has one direct report: a Director of K-12 School Partnerships – Midwest Region.


  • Entrepreneurial mindset, motivated by growth and continuous improvement with a track record of creating effective strategies, setting and achieving ambitious goals (earned and/or contributed income).
  • Embraces complexity, excels at navigating and leading change, transforms ambiguity into clarity, and thrives in a fast-paced, agile work environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, global awareness, equity in education and the core principles of global competency.
  • Strong interest and/or experience in the education sector or a related field; experience in K-12 public education is a plus.
  • Ability to innovate and propose solutions to complex problems.
  • Excellent time management, analytical, reasoning and organizational skills; strong project management skills and detail-orientation.
  • Ability and willingness to operate effectively at both a strategic and tactical level.
  • Strong negotiation skills; ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to reach mutually acceptable agreements.
  • Strong supervisory skills. Ability to mentor, guide and develop staff in alignment with organizational values.
  • Technology skills that meet today’s workforce demands (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Salesforce, Pardot, video conferencing, Slack, Asana, etc.) including strong skills using virtual collaboration tools to track projects, solve problems and work with others across distances.
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a personal vehicle and the ability to self-sufficiently travel by car within the Twin Cities metro area, state and region.
  • Ability to identify with, and/or extensive experience working within, the communities and populations World Savvy serves (>50% Black, Indigenous and People of Color.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 7-10 years of roles demonstrating progressively more responsibility.
  • 7+ years of nonprofit fundraising and development experience, including experience writing grants and securing major individual gifts that significantly contributed to the growth of an organization.
  • 5 or more years of demonstrated success in a nonprofit leadership role as an effective internal and external relationship-builder, fundraiser, budget manager, project leader, supervisor and collaborative colleague.
  • Outstanding communications skills: verbal, written, listening, persuasion, presentation and interpersonal. Ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships with individuals from all walks of life.
  • Successful track record as the primary ambassador of an organization whose mission, values and/or culture aligns with those of World Savvy is preferred.


World Savvy is a hybrid work environment; employees may choose to work remotely 2-3 days per week with the approval of their direct supervisor.

World Savvy headquarters is a typical co-working office space. The co-working space can be noisy at times. Noise cancelling headphones, privacy booths and conference rooms available for use when quiet or privacy is needed. Work frequently requires a high level of mental effort, with significant interruptions and >50% of work time paying close attention to detail.


This position requires the ability to:

  • Constantly remain in a stationary position, often sitting for prolonged periods
  • Occasionally move about to accomplish tasks or move from one worksite to another
  • Constantly communicate with others to exchange information
  • Constant use of a computer keyboard and mouse, repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers
  • Occasional operation of office equipment, such as printers, copiers, and scanners
  • Constant assessment of the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.


Please apply online at Please include a resume, and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the job and why you believe your experiences and skills are a good fit for the position. If you have questions that would affect your interest in applying, please e-mail Applicants for this position must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and must disclose if they require sponsorship for a v...

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