Executive Director

Project Citizenship

Posted: 7/17/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: Boston

Postal code: 02109

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M



Mission statement:

Project Citizenship seeks to increase the naturalization rate in Massachusetts and beyond.  We are a nonprofit agency that provides free, high quality legal services to permanent residents to help them become U.S citizens.  Project Citizenship offers free workshops, eligibility screening, application assistance, legal referrals and all materials needed to apply for U.S. citizenship. In addition, Project Citizenship works collaboratively with community-based partners in Massachusetts to provide a range of support services, civics instruction, application assistance, and ESOL classes. 

Position Details:

Job Description:


Project Citizenship has pioneered an efficient and high impact legal services model to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in Boston and throughout New England. Our vision is that all immigrants understand the benefits of and have access to citizenship. Only 10% of eligible green card holders apply for citizenship because of many obstacles. Project Citizenship specializes in helping legal permanent residents in Massachusetts and beyond achieve U.S. citizenship. The  immigrant population in Massachusetts is the seventh largest in the nation and as diverse as anywhere in the United States. The foreign-born population drives local economies, holds over half the Ph.D.’s, and comprises 17% of our workforce. Project Citizenship believes that, in Massachusetts and other immigrant-driven economies, citizenship rates are the best indicator of social integration and the bellwether of an innovative and robust economy. 

Project Citizenship was officially launched in 2014, but its roots date back to 2011 when a collaboration of six community partners offering citizenship services for immigrants came together, as an initiative of the Fish Family Foundation, to focus on increasing the naturalization rates in greater Boston. Although Project Citizenship continues to offer legal and practical expertise and technical assistance to community partners, it focuses most of its attention and resources on the urgent need of helping eligible legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens through direct services to thousands of immigrants each year, traditionally in group workshops throughout the community and in its headquarters in downtown Boston. With the COVID-19 health crisis, Project Citizenship quickly pivoted to a remote services model. 

With an operating budget of $800,000, Project Citizenship has a dedicated team of 6 full-time and 2 part-time employees, as well as 4 AmeriCorps service members. The senior team includes the Executive Director, the  Director of Programs and Operations, the Director of Development and a Staff Attorney.


Project Citizenship’s work specifically focuses in three areas: 1) outreach to immigrant communities to explain the rights and benefits of citizenship, 2) legal assistance for citizenship applications, including acquisition and derivation, and appeals, and 3) direct advocacy for clients with disabilities or other particular challenges during the citizenship process.  Project Citizenship has also engaged in federal litigation to advance access to citizenship for disabled clients unable to learn English.


Many clients believed citizenship was unattainable but after accessing Project Citizenship’s help and resources, they quickly learn that citizenship and its benefits are within reach. Pro bono lawyers from top Boston law firms, Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited staff and AmeriCorps volunteers at Project Citizenship have represented thousands of clients from around the world. Project Citizenship is the attorney of record for all clients and advocates for clients from the initial point of screening through the oath of citizenship.


Since its inception, Project Citizenship has doubled revenue from private and public foundations. Its dedicated staff, pro bono legal partners and expansive volunteer force of more than 1,000 trained volunteers have made it possible to help over 7,700 immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship with a 95% success rate. Project Citizenship was selected as a 2017 Social Innovation Forum Innovator and is a Department of Justice recognized nonprofit organization.


The Executive Director is the organization’s key strategic and management leader. Building on a strong legal services platform, she/he/they will guide Project Citizenship’s next phase of social impact, as well as sustainable financial and program growth.

The Role: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Based: Boston, MA

Strategic Leadership

  • Engage the Board of Directors in its important governance role by openly communicating about the organization’s opportunities, strategic choices, progress toward programmatic goals and fulfillment of its mission
  • Shape the vision for the organization’s future growth while ensuring program quality; develop a multi-year strategic plan, and accompanying sustainable funding strategies
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, plans and policies, subject to board approval; partner with the team to implement and measure programmatic impact  

Fundraising and External Affairs

  • In partnership with the Director of Development, build and implement a tailored strategy to: 1) Maintain core funding relationships (despite the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis) 2) Grow the organization’s funding base by identifying and securing foundation grants and corporate sponsorships
  • Personally attract and cultivate current, as well as future, leadership donors as well as major/annual gifts.
  • As a public advocate, and Project Citizenship’s chief spokesperson, champion the organization’s mission externally to a variety of partners and stakeholders (immigrant, legal and corporate communities; professional, civic and private organizations; media, and the general public)     
  • Build Project Citizenship’s presence via public relations/campaigns

Management and Culture

  • Ensure systems are in place to effectively recruit, retain, motivate and support talented staff
  • Supervise and mentor the organization’s professional staff
  • Guide investments in people and processes to support future growth 
  • Promote a highly engaged culture of excellence and continuous improvement


  • Deepen pro bono relationships with law schools and law firms
  • Oversee outreach to print, radio and television media
  • Oversee the delivery of effective high-quality legal services to thousands of clients each year
  • Engage local, state and federal elected officials
  • Motivate all volunteers around Project Citizenships goals; reinforce shared goals
  • Identify, address, and resolve barriers to effective program implementation and growth
  • Provide technical assistance to community partners

Finance and Operations

  • Oversee effective administration of Project Citizenship’s financial and operational functions
  • Ensure fiscal integrity and the strategic allocation of funds; work with the Board on annual budgeting and monthly financial statements; oversee accounting, the annual audit and day-to-day fiscal management
  • Develop right-sized infrastructure, policies and risk management to support anticipated growth


The Executive Director must: bring a demonstrated understanding of Project Citizenship’s mission and deep commitment to the communities we serve; and have grown the impact of an entrepreneurial, mission-driven organization (business, law, nonprofit management, or equivalent). The ideal Executive Director candidate will also bring a tangible track record of some/all of the following:

  • driving results in a fast-paced environment
  • developing strategy
  • creating, and delivering, sustainable business/funding models
  • securing significant philanthropic support
  • deepening and expanding partnerships 

As a leader, the Executive Director must be:

  • an excellent communicator with outstanding written and oral communication skills (preferably has advocated on behalf of an organization and/or its client community)
  • culturally competent
  • diplomatic and partnership oriented
  • able to lead by example, with a strong, independent work ethic
  • a strong team manager who models continuous improvement while “rolling up sleeves”
  • technologically savvy (MS Office suite, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.) to operate in a virtual/partially virtual, nimble and organizationally flat work environment

A J.D. and fluency in a second language and/or immigration background are strongly preferred but not required. 

Project Citizenship is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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