Associate Vice President

Posse Foundation | New York, New York


About The Posse Foundation:

The Posse Foundation is a nationally recognized youth leadership development and college access program that identifies, recruits, and trains diverse teams—Posses—of public high school students and sends them to top colleges and universities. To date, more than 7,000 Posse Scholars have been accepted into top-tier institutions of higher education throughout the country. These young people have received more than $1 billion in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and have been agents of positive change on their campuses.

Posse’s unique and carefully structured, three-month selection process identifies candidates using criteria beyond academic achievement, including leadership talent, desire to succeed and ability to work constructively with people from diverse backgrounds. Posse’s high school through college programming makes it one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. In 2010, The Posse Foundation was identified by President Obama as one of 10 national non-profit organizations to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize grant. The foundation is poised to double in size over the next ten years and dramatically increase its national impact.

Posse’s current university partners include Agnes Scott, Babson, Bard, Boston U., Brandeis, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Carleton, Centre, Colby, Wooster, Connecticut, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Denison, DePauw, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, George Washington, Grinnell, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Kalamazoo, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lehigh, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Pepperdine, Pomona, Sewanee, Smith, St. Olaf, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Trinity, Tulane, Union, UC Berkeley, U. Michigan, U. Pennsylvania, Puget Sound, Rochester, UT Austin, U. Virginia, UW Madison, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Wesleyan, and Wheaton.

Posse’s 2017 budget of $22 million supports programs in Atlanta, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Posse has a staff of 170 nationally. There is a national board of directors, as well as advisory boards in each city. 

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the associate vice president is to oversee the operation and performance of Posse’s Veterans program, Career + Alumni Programs, and Graduate School + Fellowships programs.  With the director (Veterans) and national directors for Career + Alumni and Graduate School + Fellowships reporting to him/her, the associate vice president must support the ongoing development and implementation of each of these initiatives, which includes working with local and national leadership to ensure that benchmarks are being met; developing and maintaining relationships with senior level stakeholders, i.e., career partners, college and university administration, etc.; working with the training and evaluation team to develop training for staff and volunteers; and working with the Posse Institute to ensure appropriate data management for areas of responsibility.  In addition to overseeing these specific initiatives, the associate vice president works closely with other members of the national team to represent the organization and its policies, help further its strategic goals, and support local leadership to ensure program quality at the site level. There may be other duties as assigned.

Reports To

The associate vice president is located in NYC and reports to the chief operating officer (COO).  There are two associate vice presidents.


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  • Track record as a strong and inspiring leader
  • 8 – 10 years of senior level management experience
  • Experience in developing and scaling programs
  • Experience in developing and overseeing budgets
  • Experience in developing senior leadership
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Self-motivated
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree a plus
  • Knowledge of higher education and career development fields
  • Willing to travel regularly
  • Demonstrated belief in Posse’s mission and values 


Posse is proud to offer competitive benefits to its employees. Some of Posse’s benefits include:

  • Employer paid medical, dental, and life insurance plan for employee
  • Paid parental leave
  • 403(B) plan with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Generous paid time off policy

The Posse Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information about The Posse Foundation please visit


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations