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The Executive Director of Girlstart seeks nominations and applications for the newly defined position of Chief Engagement Officer.  The Chief Engagement Officer position at Girlstart reflects the organization’s deep commitment to continual improvement to embrace an organization wide commitment to engagement. This includes engagement of internal team members, girls who are program participants, STEM CREW (Creative, Resourceful, Empowered Women, the corps of 250+ college students who lead our programs), Board of Directors members, regional Council members, program volunteers, parents, alumni, donors, prospects and friends.

Founded in Austin in 1997, Girlstart is the only community-based informal STEM education nonprofit in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping girls in STEM, through year-round programming that promotes girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourages girls’ aspirations and persistence in STEM education and careers, and incubates a talented and diverse STEM workforce.  Visit for more information.

In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Engagement team the Chief Engagement Officer will have the opportunity to implement a creative and successful engagement program building on the solid support and interest developed over the last two decades. Significant financial support from corporations, foundations and organizations is well established. Interest and support can be extended, with leadership from the new Chief Engagement Officer, to include individuals and alumni who are engaged and value the Girlstart mission and its proven impact on girls’ lives.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and ten (10) years’ experience in nonprofit engagement and fundraising
  • Supervisory experience of a 3+ department and external consultants
  • Demonstrated ability to build a culture of engagement within an organization
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to cultivate relationships
  • Experience working with Salesforce or comparable donor database for a $3+ million organization

Salary: $80,000

Girlstart is being assisted by Hyatt~Fennell. Submit nominations and application materials to Jake Schrum or Cheryl Hyatt at Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until a candidate has been selected. Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references, in separate documents. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

For more information contact:

Cheryl Hyatt  –  724-242-0476

Jake Schrum – 276-698-7560

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