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Rainier Scholars seeks an exceptional Executive Director committed to educational equity to lead the organization into its third decade.
Rainier Scholars is most interested in candidates who:

  • Are knowledgeable and passionate about educational pathways for low-income students of color
  • Bring the vision and creativity to drive thoughtful program expansion, with a focus on impact and results
  • Have experience leading a mature mission-driven organization, managing budgets and a complex scope
  • Are an inspiring storyteller and fearless about seeking support for students of color
  • Are a successful manager who develops and manages consistently high performing teams
  • Embody the values we ask of our scholars: excellence, perseverance, integrity, and courage

This is a pivotal moment in the fight for racial equity and a more just society. Our next Executive Director will guide an organization with a national reputation for excellence through an exciting period of expansion, impacting the lives of students, families, and communities for years to come.


Working closely with the Rainier Scholars Board of Trustees, the Executive Director sets the strategic direction for the organization, oversees all staff and programs, and generates support for its growth. The Executive Director manages six direct reports and guides a Leadership Team of eight.

Critical responsibilities include: 

Design and implement a 2021-2026 strategic plan for the organization in collaboration with the board and staff. Drive continued progress on strategic initiatives to increase MGAA recruitment and retention, and overall program growth.

In partnership with the board and the Director of Strategic Growth and Program Design, deliver on the plan to significantly expand Rainier Scholars in the South Sound region. Bring vision, creativity, resourcefulness, high standards, and relationship building skills to this major strategic effort.

Personally cultivate relationships with individual donors and other funding partners, and actively solicit their support for Rainier Scholars. Leverage increasing interest in social equity and creatively connect with new and existing donors to ensure sustainable revenue streams.

Recruit, develop, motivate, and retain top talent by supporting a workplace culture that values excellence, innovation, and inclusion. Motivate and inspire the Board of Trustees.

Promote Rainier Scholars’ vision and values with students and their families, schools, funders, and in the community at large. Build and deepen relationships, and serve as an external thought leader and spokesperson around issues of equity, education, access and opportunity.

Together with the Leadership Team, provide sound fiscal and administrative management and oversight of the entire organization to ensure its healthy functioning.


Rainier Scholars seeks candidates who are both knowledgeable and passionate about serving low-income students of color and providing access to transformational educational opportunities. The successful candidate will be fully committed to educational equity and unwavering in their support for Rainier Scholars’ mission, programmatic approach, and values. They will demonstrate a nuanced understanding of educational equity, educational systems, school cultures, and the barriers that low-income students of color face. They will be able to make authentic connections with the students and families that Rainier Scholars serves, and be prepared to represent the organization and speak publicly about these issues.

Our next Executive Director will bring the vision and creativity to deliver on our mission and drive organic growth. We seek someone who works entrepreneurially, strategically, and systematically to drive sustainable growth, while continuing to deliver the highest quality programming. They will also have the ability to leverage technology to promote learning, increase access, and drive fundraising

We need an inspiring storyteller and confident fundraiser who is fearless in generating support for students of color. They must have experience, aptitude, and interest in attracting investments of time and money, and the ability to relate comfortably with funders, corporate leaders, and other partners. A natural connector with excellent listening, communication, and relationship building skills will be most successful in this job.

As a maturing nonprofit with a significant budget and a complex scope, we are seeking a leader with expertise in running a strong and healthy mission-driven organization.This skillset includes financial oversight and budgeting, human resources and staff management, strategic revenue development, marketing and communications, and board governance.

The next Executive Director will be an inspirational leader and collaborative manager who develops and manages consistently high performing teams. They will be experienced at creating a diverse and inclusive, purpose-driven, results-oriented culture. Experience working with a nonprofit Board of Trustees is strongly preferred.

Rainier Scholars is seeking a leader who embodies the values we ask of our scholars: excellence, perseverance, integrity, and courage. Like our scholars, this leader will demonstrate grit and determination to set and achieve ambitious goals. People who have personal experience as a first-generation, underrepresented, or under-resourced student like those Rainier Scholars serves are especially encouraged to apply.

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