Executive Director

Silver Lining Mentoring

Posted: 6/11/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Boston

Postal code: 02111

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M



Mission statement:

Our mission is to empower youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Please view the complete position description on the Positively Partners or Silver Lining Mentoring websites.

We’re seeking an innovative, culturally-responsive and seasoned organizational leader to lead Silver Lining Mentoring to empower more youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills.

At Silver Lining Mentoring, we believe that we thrive when we matter and that every young person deserves one consistent caring adult in their lives. Our goal is to create and foster an inclusive workplace where all people are valued.  

The Position

As we prepare for our next stage of growth, we seek an Executive Director with strategic acumen, exceptional team management skills, and a collaborative and strengths-based approach to lead the organization in our next stage of growth to connect more young people impacted by foster care with high quality mentoring experiences. An ideal candidate is a results-driven leader with demonstrated competence for guiding and managing an organization of similar focus, size, complexity and trajectory.

You will steward a path for programmatic and operational growth towards a goal of serving 500 young people in mentoring across Greater Boston by 2025, doubling the current number of youth in one-to-one mentoring relationships.   

Major functions & Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership and Program Stewardship

  • Work closely with the staff, Board and key stakeholders to align outcomes with strategic goals

  • Support and foster a culture that embraces teamwork, transparency, seamless communication and mentorship for staff

  • Collaborate with SLM institute’s CEO, Board and SLM’s leadership team to drive the organization’s economic model and sustainability strategies

  • Promote ongoing success of core services through ensuring commitment to mentoring at the center of SLM’s work, including using data to drive decisions and fostering a spirit of continuous improvement

Fundraising and Partnership Development

  • Cultivate and steward critical relationships to reach organizational scale and sustainability goals

  • Execute ambitious but achievable annual and long-term plans for revenue generation and partnership creation

  • Effectively engage the Board of Directors to provide ongoing support and engagement in the areas of community partnerships and resource development

Advocacy and External Affairs

  • Strategize with leadership team on approaches to building important and sustained cross-sector partnerships that include community and state agencies that can both generate revenue and influence on the importance of long-term relationships for youth impacted by foster care


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

The Executive Director will be a strategic and dedicated champion of SLM. Energetic and enterprising, successful candidates will demonstrate deeply held respect and understanding of the power of mentoring, even if their primary professional background is in another field.

  • 15+ years of development and management experience gained in high-growth organizations

  • Ability to build sustainable and productive partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, academic institutions, child welfare agencies, and city and state government. Comfortable and capable of speaking to these constituents and other stakeholders about the power and potential of the Silver Lining Mentoring model.

  • Ability to compel others to action as a key storyteller of our path to impact, priorities for growth and ongoing contributions to the communities and young people we serve

  • Self-motivated and inspirational problem solver with demonstrated ability to coach, manage, and develop high performing, diverse teams to achieve strategic objectives


Silver Lining Mentoring offers a strengths-based collaborative staff team, flexible work environment, accessible office location in downtown Boston, and excellent benefit package with generous vacation. Salary commensurate with experience. Silver Lining is able to provide a relocation stipend if applicable. 


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please submit an updated resume and thoughtful cover letter at: https://bit.ly/2WrSOhq

Posted By: Positively Partners


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