Executive Director

Location:  Brookline, MA Required Experience:  5 Years +
Employment:  FT/40+ hours per week  
Reports to: Board of Directors  


About Brookline Teen Center (BTC):   BTC is a nonprofit, state-of-the art facility offering an array of drop-in and scheduled programs, activities, and events for teens living and going to school in Brookline, MA. High-quality youth services are designed and delivered by expert staff, volunteers, and teens to provide the experiences, resources and support young people need to succeed in school and in life.

Built by teens for teens:  BTC was created as an all-inclusive, safe environment where Brookline youth (grades 6-12) engage in formal and informal activities during out-of-school time.  Teens have been involved since its conception, and continue to drive the program today. There is a Teen Board of Directors, Teen Music Team, Teen Events Council and teen employees. Teens are involved in marketing, media, and programming decisions and use the center as a place to launch their own ideas for projects, events and programs.

Brookline:  Brookline is consistently touted as one of the top places to live in Massachusetts with its highly-rated public schools, strong commercial base, and its close proximity to Boston. Still, with a diverse population of 59,000, 6,500 individuals live in poverty. Close to 8,000 students are enrolled in the k-12 schools, and nearly 1,000 students (approximately 12%) are free- or reduced-lunch-eligible.

Strategic Opportunity and Challenges:  The Executive Director provides leadership and oversight of all activities related to fulfilling the BTCs mission and its sustainability. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall strategic and operational planning, revenue generation, program management, financial management, organizational development, staff management, marketing and public relations.  The highest priority objectives for the new Executive Director will be:

  1. Provide dynamic visionary leadership to ensure the organization thrives as a permanent resource for Brookline teens.  Inspire teens, staff, volunteers, partners and funders to champion the organization, scale its impact, and deepen its role for all who benefit from its programs.
  2. Expand philanthropic revenue by securing new and sustainable funding opportunities while maintaining existing family, corporate and foundation support.  Attract even greater support from individuals and families, and create a more sustainable funding base through leadership and major giving programs. 



Strategic and Operational Planning

  • Facilitate the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the organization and plans that ensure achievement of its mission and vision.
  • Lead a collaborative process with the Board of Directors and staff in developing goals, objectives and operational plans for BTC.
  • Manage all activities related to supporting effective engagement of the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, meeting schedules, locations, development of agenda and meeting materials.  Leverage the contributions of time, financial and other resources to ensure all board members support the organization at the extent of their capacity.
  • Spearhead the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies including the development and execution of new revenue-generating programs and fundraising initiatives that align with the organization’s mission.
  • Create and implement organizational and administrative policies that ensure efficient use of resources, high-quality programs, and overall operational effectiveness.
  • Prepare and manage the annual budget and other necessary financial documents.  Lead budgetary reporting, review and approval process.
  • Supervise the efficient and effective day-to-day operations at BTC.


Fund Development

  • Lead the implementation of a comprehensive development plan to significantly expand philanthropic resources for BTC.
  • Cultivate and steward individual corporate and foundation prospects and donor relationships.  Identify and lead the pursuit of new funding sources, review grant requests and reports, and manage all cultivation and fundraising events.  Inspire new levels of donor generosity through direct solicitation and engagement of past donors and first-time contributors.
  • Maximize board participation to identify, introduce, engage, and solicit prospects and donors in order to diversify and build extensive donor support and sustainable resources.
  • Encourage volunteer engagement and participation in third party events that benefit the organization.


Fiscal and Administrative Management

  • Lead, motivate, and develop staff and board so that they are passionate, well-versed ambassadors for the BTC and are committed to working effectively toward continual improvement.
  • Ensure the organization has appropriate staff with relevant skills for the needs of the position through activities including hiring, ongoing staff development, performance management, compensation and benefits.  
  • Develop and maintain annual budgets ensuring fiscal soundness and appropriate levels of cash flow.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Assist in the preparation of audit materials and review draft financials and IRS Form 990 for Board approval.


Public Relations/Advocacy

  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, individual and corporate donors, and other organizations.
  • Represent BTC at fundraising/community events to enhance the organization’s community profile and support important local initiatives.
  • Represent BTC in all media relations by participating in interviews and other media type engagements.
  • As BTC’s leader, maintain an active, positive, and professional presence on social media.



  • A minimum of five+ years of management experience in a nonprofit or comparable fields. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals and to collaborate with diverse groups in order to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated success of effectively leading change and organizational growth through strategic planning.
  • Proven track record in fund development and successfully engaging stakeholders.
  • Past experience in the human services sector, working with organizations supporting the needs of children and families.
  • Demonstrated conservative fiscal management.
  • Demonstrated high ethical standards and sound judgment.
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills. 
  • Flexibility to work a variable schedule.


To Apply:

Interested individuals should email their cover letter and resume to chuckgordon1979@gmail.com.

The Brookline Teen Center is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a culturally diverse workplace.

This job description highlights the general nature of the work likely to be performed by BTC’s Executive Director.  Duties may vary.