Executive Director

Boundless Brilliance
May 20, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
Job Type


Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Location: Los Angeles County, California

Type: 40 hours/ week. Contract for 10 month period minimum with potential to become a FTE pending funding secured.


Who We Are Seeking:

Boundless Brilliance is seeking an individual with excellent leadership skills; a proven fundraiser, who is relationship-oriented and communicative with donors, Board Members, staff, and college-age volunteers; a team-builder who knows how to inspire, delegate and oversee. Implement an entrepreneurial strategy to grow the organization within Los Angeles County and ultimately across the U.S.


About the Organization:

Boundless Brilliance is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded in 2017 by three female STEM majors while they were students at Occidental College. The idea for Boundless Brilliance emerged when the founders read a study published in Science Magazine which found that by age six, both boys and girls associate intelligence with men. Our mission is to empower students to embrace their brilliance and realize a future of STEM leadership that is as diverse as the world we live in. Our vision is to build communities of empowered women in STEM on college campuses who promote confidence, respect and exposure to STEM in local elementary schools. We seek to dismantle the restrictive notion of who can be a scientist before biased perceptions of STEM professionals are internalized, by connecting and engaging students across generations through empowering dialogue and hands-on science experiments. Our model is to continue to grow through establishment and support of college chapters who deliver presentations in elementary school classrooms in their local communities.


Position Overview:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Ensure Boundless Brilliance’s mission and vision are communicated both internally and externally
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership for planning and organizational growth in Los Angeles County and ultimately, at a national level
  • Ensure that the available resources are most effectively used to meet the mission of the organization and its consumers
  • Embody the Boundless Brilliance ten founding values: bold leadership, kindness in action, excellence, your voice matters, intersectional empowerment, ownership, accomplish more with less, dismantle stereotypes, inexperience is an asset, and intentional community building


Planning and Execution

  • Set clear goals for Boundless Brilliance and translate them into results and outcomes
  • Oversee operational planning and be accountable for ensuring the successful implementation of programs, partnerships and initiatives, and to expand and scale Boundless Brilliance's operations going forward



  • Develop new funding sources, build out an individual giving program, expand relationships with current funders, and intentionally expand the donor base
  • Secure funds for additional staff positions and other development expenses
  • Oversee and participate in drafting and submitting grant applications to foundations and corporations that have strong philanthropic interests in our programming and mission
  • Establish and strengthen partnerships with business leaders, local community organizations, and government officials; seize opportunities to enlist new partners and champions on behalf of Boundless Brilliance


Board of Directors Relationship and Development

  • Provide support, education, and leadership to assist the Board Members with their roles and responsibilities
  • Report regularly to the Board, ensuring Members have all the necessary information to meet their governance responsibilities and provide guidance for the board development activities
  • Develop the Board with the recruitment of new members and work closely with and take direction and guidance from the Board of Directors


Program Development and Team Support

  • Support and improve the primary program of the organization which is organizing college student volunteers to go into local elementary school classrooms to deliver free presentations to classrooms of boys and girls that combine empowerment activities with hands-on science
  • Support training of college student leadership teams at the beginning of the Fall and Spring academic semesters
  • Support the college student volunteer leaderships teams through frequent phone calls, emails, and in-person meetings
  • Empower the college student volunteers to feel ownership and agency of their college chapters of Boundless Brilliance by providing them with excellent training, resources, and support
  • Recruit and train new program and development staff


Financial and Operational Management

  • Work with leadership team to manage financial operations and health of organization
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory and accreditation bodies and all legal and contractual obligations


Marketing/Public and Community Relations:

  • Build awareness, confidence, and trust in the organization and its objectives on a local and national basis
  • Serve as chief spokesperson representing the organization in the community and with the media
  • Develop and oversee marketing/ public relations programs and activities



While no one person may embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a related field preferred (education, STEM, nonprofit management, etc)
  • Four+ years of professional experience with management, operational and programmatic experience. Professional experience may have been gained in the corporate, nonprofit, education, startup, public sector or any combination thereof
  • Proven record of fundraising from corporations, high net worth individuals, foundations, and government agencies with high results, as well as significant experience with earned income strategies
  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills
  • Entrepreneurial drive to scale the organization country-wide
  • A passion for the mission of Boundless Brilliance and leadership development for future STEM leaders
  • A positive attitude, strong and inspiring work ethic, integrity and honesty. A combination of strong leadership, management skills, and creative problem-solving with resourcefulness in the service of social change
  • Champion of employee diversity in the workplace
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently while under pressure
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including a willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to identify and preempt needs to improve functionality of the organization
  • Flexibility to adapt to differing support needs related to various work styles
  • Experience with SalesForce, Quickbooks, Squarespace (preferred)
  • Must be available to work occasional evening and weekend sessions
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel within Los Angeles County

How To Apply

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to info@boundlessbrilliance.org.

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