Executive Director - Genesys Works – Bay Area

Sterling Search Inc. - San Francisco/Oakland, CA

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Executive Director for Genesys Works – Bay Area.

Location: San Francisco/Oakland

Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. We envision a future when all youth finish high school equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency. A national nonprofit social enterprise, Genesys Works is a recognized leader in its field with a proven, replicable program model that produces measurable results.

The Problem: Too many students from low-income backgrounds graduate high school without the skills, knowledge, and insight needed to succeed in college and a career, leaving a lot of potential untapped and jobs unfilled. Closing these skills and opportunity gaps is an urgent economic and social imperative.

The Genesys Works Solution: Genesys Works is tackling these problems head-on. Together with its school and corporate partners, it is equipping today’s youth with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow. Key elements of the program include:

  • Skills Training – Students participate in eight weeks of training the summer before senior year of high school, which includes technical skills in information technology and business operations, and the professional skills required to succeed in today’s corporate workplace.
  • Meaningful Internships – Students complete a paid, year-long internship at partner companies. Working 20 hours per week, students further develop and refine high-demand work skills while providing valued services to corporate partners.
  • College and Career Coaching – Throughout the year, students receive more than 60 hours of guidance and counseling on appropriate college and career pathways, including college selection, applications, and financial aid assistance.
  • Alumni Support – Students receive guidance navigating the complex world of post-secondary institutions and support as they deal with the academic, social, and financial obstacles that might stand in the way of college and career success.

Through its Bay Area programming, 96% of program graduates go on to enroll in college, with 86% having graduated or still enrolled in pursuit of their degrees. A recent study published by Columbia’s University’s Clive Belfield, Principal Economist for the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education, concluded the Social Return on Investment (SROI) to be $13.45 for every $1 invested in Genesys Works.

497 Core HS Program: 288  - Alumni Served: 209


96% Enroll in College - 

86% Graduate or Still Enrolled in College

Earn a 4 Year Degree 3.5X rate of comparison group

Median Earnings of Employed Alumni $45-50k


Founded in 2002 in Houston, Texas, Genesys Works has grown to include successful expansions into Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and New York City. Genesys Works has a full-time staff of 150 (including 32 in the National Office) and an annual operating budget of approximately $28 million.

Genesys Works – Bay Area is a separate corporation operating under its national 501c3 and governed by its local volunteer Board of Directors with full fiduciary responsibility.

Genesys Works – Bay Area has an impressive and dedicated board of directors, passionate staff, and an organizational budget of $2.7 million in annual revenue. Located in one of the wealthiest communities in the nation, Genesys Works – Bay Area has only scratched the surface of its potential both in corporate revenue, philanthropy and students served.

Click this link and watch a short video


Genesys Works is seeking a charismatic, proven business leader to serve as Executive Director of its Bay Area program. As the chief executive of Genesys Works Bay Area, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for implementing the Genesys Works model in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial thinker with a track record of building successful relationships and networks, particularly within the corporate sector. S/he will lead all aspects of the operation, including corporate client engagement, student recruitment,strategic partnerships, local fundraising, staff management, Board development, and growth. A passionate and compelling spokesperson, the Executive Director will represent Genesys Works to corporate partners, school administrators, community leaders, philanthropists, students, and their families. Reporting to and working in close collaboration with Genesys Works’ Bay Area Board of Directors, the Executive Director will also interact with the CEO of Genesys Works National and other senior leadership.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and leverage corporate relationships and engage them to increase the number of students working in meaningful internships
  • Establish strategic partnerships with businesses, schools, and other nonprofit organizations to better prepare today’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow
  • Leverage existing relationships with funders, and create new ones, to fund the operational needs of the organization
  • Create and promote a positive, multi-cultural work environment that attracts, inspires, and retains staff; coach and motivate team to achieve high levels of impact
  • Effectively promote the mission of Genesys Works to professional, civic, and private organizations, as well as key policy makers and influencers
  • Expand and diversify the Board of Directors with highly engaged leaders who are willing to leverage resources in support of organizational objectives
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and National Office, ensuring open communication of financial, program, and community impact performance against agreed milestones and goals
  • Work in partnership with the National Office leaders and the executive directors of the other Genesys Works sites to make strategic and programmatic decisions that impact the entire organization 


  • Significant corporate/ nonprofit experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably within a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment; prior experience starting and/or running organizations is highly desirable
  • Meaningful background (ideally including P&L responsibility) in business development, philanthropy, sales and marketing of consulting services, business services, or related. Understanding of a social enterprise model
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior corporate leaders, such as CEOs and CIOs of major corporations
  • Proven experience designing and executing growth strategies, with strong business and financial acumen; ability to manage and deliver results for multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven track record of success in managing and motivating staff and developing leaders
  • Comfort and demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting private philanthropic support
  • High level of emotional intelligence, with the ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide variety of internal and external constituents
  • Deep belief in the Genesys Works mission and a strong determination to grow the organization to be best in class
  • Strong written and verbal skills, able to effectively advocate for Genesys Works’ students and mission to groups of all sizes

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; master’s degree in business or related field preferred

Sarah Agee
Sterling Search, Inc.
714 433 7040: Phone
949 903 2891: Cell

[email protected]

Direct all correspondence, emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent, or telephone calls made to Genesys Works – Bay Area will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

Genesys Works – Bay Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Posted On: Monday, December 17, 2018

Position Contact
Sarah Agee
(714) 433-7040
Costa Mesa, CA
Apply to this job