Chief Executive Officer - Barrio Logan College Institute

Compensation: $125,000 – $150,000 DOE/Neg.
 San Diego, CA
Reports to: Board of Directors.
Direct reports: 3 (COO, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Chief Programs Officer).


Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) prepares students from low-income communities to be the first in their families to complete college. Our services begin in 3rd grade and continue all the way through college graduation. BLCI’s intensive after school program includes tutoring, enrichment activities, fieldtrips, academic advising, case management and parent engagement activities. Our approach is based on the expectation that our students will use their education to build a rewarding career and to improve their communities and our results are impressive. Over half of all BLCI middle and high school students maintain above a 3.5 GPA and 100% of our students graduate and enroll in college.

Community is at the heart of everything we do. BLCI also works closely with the parents of our students, empowering them to achieve their goals. Parent participation is a requirement, with each family committing 30 hours of service to the program each year, for every child they have enrolled at BLCI. While the majority of our families are Latino and Spanish speaking, BLCI serves students of all backgrounds.

This is an incredible time to join BLCI, as we prepare for our 25th anniversary next year. With a current budget of $2.9M and approximately 30 staff, we are poised for explosive growth and impact. Our number of students served annually is expected to grow from 500 to nearly 2,000 by the end of 2020. In addition to our two programs based in the Barrio Logan community, we now serve students at sites in Chula Vista, El Cajon and Downtown San Diego at the King-Chavez School. Our efforts have gained national attention and recognition: in 2016 Excelencia in Education named Barrio Logan College Institute its “Example of Excelencia” among 200+ organizations nationwide. Please visit us at to learn more.


Reporting to our 11-member board of directors, the CEO will be involved in nearly every aspect of the organization, with an instrumental role in shaping our strategic vision and driving our future growth and expansion of services. The primary focus areas for the role over the next year are 1) leading the development of our next strategic plan and 2) seeing our current $3.5M capital campaign through to completion. In addition to building a strong internal culture, the CEO will be highly visible in the community, serving as our chief spokesperson and an advocate for education and access to opportunity in the communities we serve. The CEO’s role is extremely dynamic and engages with a wide array of stakeholders across the region. As such, it is critical to balance these relationships and time requirements so as to stay focused on BLCI’s goals and strategic objectives.


Board of Directors

  • Support a vibrant and engaged BLCI board in effective governance practices
  • Meet monthly with full board and executive committee, and other board committees as assigned.
  • Ensure board committees are properly staffed.
  • Produce and disseminate board materials in a timely fashion prior to board meetings.

Fundraising and Business Development

  • Position BLCI to receive larger multi-year gifts, grants and contracts.
  • Participate in the interview and selection process for BLCI’s Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) position, which will be filled soon after the new CEO assumes their position.
  • Working in close partnership with the CPO, execute a comprehensive development plan, including individual and major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, grants, events and sponsorships.
  • Working with the Board, oversee completion of Phase 2 of BLCI’s $3.5M capital campaign to ensure the new facility is fully funded and built out.
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of top donors and prospects; solicit and close major gifts.
  • Build loyal and long-term relationships with key donors, sponsors and program partners.


  • Serve as a tireless advocate and spokesperson for the communities BLCI serves, with a focus on access to education and economic opportunity.
  • Position the role of BLCI’s CEO as a visible, visionary and influential leader in the community.
  • Stay current on developments in areas related to BLCI’s mission and serve as a thought leader on those issue.

Coaching, Mentoring and Management

  • Take a genuine interest in the happiness and well-being of BLCI staff, students and families; create opportunities for professional development and enrichment for these key stakeholders.
  • Keep the Board, staff, students and parents informed with regards to the organization’s goals and strategies, as well as the latest developments.
  • Develop and administer an effective performance management system for all employees including annual goal setting and performance evaluations.
  • Implement a comprehensive staff recruitment, engagement and retention strategy.

Strategic Planning

  • Work closely with BLCI’s Board in all areas of strategic planning, including organizational growth and change management, with the ability to plan and act ahead of potential growth and expansion.
  • Develop and manage annual operational plans and budgets, and a 5-year strategic plan.
  • Provide vision and oversight for all goals, objectives, and activities.

Operational Leadership and Financial Oversight

  • Partner with BLCI’s COO and board finance committee to ensure fiscal discipline, financial integrity and internal controls are maintained.
  • Guide the development of performance management and reporting systems to measure outcomes on both a quantitative and qualitative basis.
  • Oversee preparation of monthly financial statements, ensuring they are timely and accurate.

Program Management

  • Empower BLCI staff to achieve programmatic excellence and exceed goals.
  • Be visible across all BLCI programs and sites, making frequent visits to talk with staff, students and parents; monitor program developments and quality standards.
  • Participate in nationwide initiatives, programmatic innovations and best practices.
  • Develop relationships with other organizations, across a range of sectors, to enhance and support BLCI’s programs and strategy.


  • Shares a personal connection to the BLCI mission and communities we serve.
  • Demonstrates a genuine interest in individual success of everyone BLCI serves: staff, students, parents/families and program partners.
  • Strong cultural competency: ability to identify with the students and families we serve, as well as the struggles and barriers they face on a daily basis.
  • Exhibits a deep understanding of and sensitivity to the nuances of each community in which BLCI operates.
  • Highly engaged in conversations around the community with regards to access to education and economic opportunity; advocates constantly on behalf of our students, families and staff.
  • A hands-on leader who makes themselves available to staff, students and parents; exudes warmth, charisma and positivity.
  • Intellectually curious; someone who thinks big and is always looking for new ideas.
  • A relationship-based leader who puts people at the heart of every decision; a politically savvy bridge builder.
  • Enjoys attending events, networking and serving in a high-profile, public leadership role.
  • Executive presence: someone who projects both confidence and capability.
  • Transparency: someone who explains the “why” behind their decisions, and keeps stakeholders informed of the CEO’s vision and goals.
  • Adaptable: equally comfortable working with diverse families, donors, elected officials and the media.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills: a skilled storyteller who can passionately and authentically communicate the critical need for and impact of our work.
  • Exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence, demonstrating empathy and reflective listening skills; willing and able to have difficult conversations when required.
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to embrace shifts in priorities on a regular basis; possesses excellent change management skills.


  • Native Spanish language skills highly preferred.
  • Strong cultural competency and personal connection to the communities BLCI serves.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in a leadership capacity within a community-based organization.
  • Demonstrated success scaling organizational growth
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.
  • A successful track record in growing and diversifying funding sources such as individual giving, events, grants, contracts and other partnerships.
  • Experience working with/reporting to a Board of community volunteers.
  • Experience managing teams and ability to engage staff and develop each team member to their fullest potential.
  • Prior experience creating work environments that are inclusive, productive, and healthy.
  • Exceptionally well-developed listening and communication skills including the ability to connect with and inspire a wide range of partners and stakeholders; must enjoy public events.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends for events and donor meetings as required.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Sarah Thompson, Director
Blair Search Partners
550 West B Street, Fourth Floor
San Diego, CA 92101