LearningWorks Executive Director

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-718650
    • Job Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 18, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: June 1, 2020
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Job Description:

The Executive Director leads all aspects of the LearningWorks program. This includes: hiring, developing and coaching program staff; administering the program; raising the program’s internal and external profile; partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools; strategic visioning of LearningWorks’ future; and working closely with Blake directors to garner community support and funding for the program. This position reports to Blake’s Director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement (DOECE).

Blake is interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes our community strong and empowers students to engage across differences.

The search committee will begin reviewing resumes January 27. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town. 

Experience and Skills:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities :


  • Communicate and enact the LearningWorks mission with conviction, persuasiveness and passion
  • Hold the program and its participants to a standard of excellence in carrying out the mission
  • Cultivate and lead a positive LearningWorks culture through the summer and school-year programming
  • Continually assess and enhance the program’s quality, relevance and effectiveness
  • Represent LearningWorks within the Blake community, with partner organizations, with LearningWorks families and students and with current and prospective donors
  • Engage and partner with the National Breakthrough Collaborative organization
  • Fundraise for operational and endowment funds in partnership with Blake administrators


  • Provide administrative leadership in strategic planning; staff recruitment, hiring, professional development and coaching; performance management; budget management
  • Hire, supervise and develop staff members responsible for teacher recruitment, training and mentoring; student recruitment, selection and support; alumni relations


  • Facilitate, write and produce materials for program marketing, communications, public relations and development
  • Provide support, direction, resources and clear expectations to LearningWorks program constituents including middle school program attendees and their families; high school and college students; parent volunteers; and the LearningWorks donor and alumni communities
  • Perform a variety of administrative tasks such as developing forms, coordinating mailings, record keeping and general office management

Desired Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum five years of related experience, especially in non-profit management or school leadership
  • Demonstrated skills in program leadership, vision, staff management and organization
  • Superb communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Close attention to detail, ability to plan ahead, outstanding follow through
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and commitment to educational equity
  • Ability to motivate and work effectively with a wide array of constituents


  • Experience working with diverse populations or in an urban school setting preferred
  • Classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Familiarity or prior experience with Breakthrough Collaborative, Upward Bound or a similar academic/youth organization preferred
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Somali or Hmong highly valued

Since 2000, the mission of LearningWorks is to offer challenging academic enrichment to a representative group of high-potential middle school students in the Minneapolis Public Schools, over summers and on school-year Saturdays. We also draw talented, diverse high school and college students into education by engaging them in the art of teaching. This unique partnership between The Blake School and Minneapolis Public Schools is an aspirational vision of what school and learning can be for all students, in a diverse community where “it’s cool to be smart, cool to be you, and cool to care."

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,367 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE