Executive Director

Executive Director

Executive Director 150 150 Conga Kids
Conga Kids
January 17, 2023
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Gil Solis


Job Title: Executive Director

Salary: $90,000 - $180,000 based on experience

FLSA: Exempt

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Exemption: Administrative

Reports To: President



Conga Kids' mission is to promote social-and-emotional well-being through social dance. We believe that magic is created at the intersection of community, dance, and music - and harnessing that magic can transform lives. Our in-school residency programs work with 4th and 5th grade students to provide a celebratory introduction to social dance forms of the African Diaspora and the social-and-emotional lessons that can be learned from them. Our diverse dance curriculum includes explorations of styles like Merengue, Cumbia, Samba, Rumba, Salsa, Vernacular Jazz, and various Street/ Hip Hop styles. Conga Kids works at school sites throughout greater Los Angeles County and Orange County.  The program expects to serve over 25,000 students in the 2022/2023 school year (in-school; after-school; summer school; and community based).



The Executive Director leads the day-to-day business and affairs of the organization and is responsible for the overall management and direction of the organization in accordance with its vision and mission. The Executive Director works under the direct oversight of the President and general oversight of the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director provides oversight and overall management, planning, vision and leadership for all aspects of Conga Kids including programs and serves, finance, resource development, human resources, member services, communications, and board development. The Executive Director assumes a leadership role throughout the state in partnering with collaborating businesses, foundations, government officials, other nonprofits, and supporters. The Executive Director reports to the President and works with the Board to establish vision, policies, strategic focus, priorities, and general scope of programs the center will deliver.


1. Support and work with the President and Board of Directors

  • The Executive Director will be tasked with ensuring that the mission and a long-range strategic plantares properly executed.
  • Provides leadership in developing Conga Kids as an effective, high quality regional nonprofit. The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the President and Board and representatives of other stakeholders, strategic partners, and member-based organizations, both locally and nationally, to strengthen Conga Kids capacity to provide resources and self-support to members and represent the sectors interest to the large community. The Executive Director will keep the President informed on operational matters and when applicable and according to the By-Laws, keep the Board informed about issues and events which impact Conga Kids.
  • Keep the President on an on-going basis and when applicable, the Board fully informed on conditions, opportunities, issues, and challenges for Conga Kids and the environment in which it operates.
  • Develop with the President (subject to Board approval as appropriate) on a yearly basis, a work plan for the board to carry forward the strategic plans of Conga Kids.
  • Provide for the coordination of meetings and communications, including attendance at Board meetings as needed or when requested

2. Management of Office

  • Provide overall administration of the Company, including staff direction and supervision (directly supervise program management staff), develop a yearly work plan with staff which includes goals, objectives, inputs and outcomes, and timeline for the programs and services to be carried out by Conga Kids.
  • Provide ongoing management to assure the organization stays within approved plans and budgets.
  • Develop contracts with outside vendors, professional organizations, and capacity builders and institute with staff quality assurance and supervision strategies to assure effective performance.
  • Represent the organization in negations with contractors.
  • Effectively manage the human resources of Conga Kids in a manner which supports a productive, professionally competent work force in an environment respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity. Manage hiring, firing, and resolution of grievances.

3. Manage Finance and Fundraising

  • Develop annual budget and fundraising plan, submit to board for approval.
  • Develop relationship and seek funding with individual and corporate donors and funders of Conga Kids and maintain regular communications with funders.
  • Identify grant opportunities and develop proposals and produce required reporting to funding sources including working with a grant writer to execute new and reoccurring grants
  • Manage County, State and Federal Grants and identify new grant opportunities
  • Contract for and oversee annual audit
  • Monitor expenditures and income, plan for core budget self-sufficiency
  • Maintain capital assets of corporation

4. Develop and Coordinate Advocacy Efforts

  • Develop advocacy strategy
  • Build relationships with state and local government officials
  • Develop relationships with state and national organizations involved in nonprofit issues
  • Develop relationship with local Community Organizations and stakeholders.
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with School Districts

5. Management of Program and Member Services

  • Oversee the development of cutting-edge capacity building initiative, programs and services as needed
  • Ensure program quality and consistency with organizational goals through ongoing evaluation of all programs and services to determine effectiveness and participant and member satisfaction
  • Work with the President and staff to develop policies for all program processes
  • Oversee development and coordination of events and new programs, conference, workshops, publications, website, and endorsed service provider relationships.
  • Develop and maintain corporate and business relationships
  • Oversee events, including annual event

6. Public Presence of the Nonprofit Sector

  • Develop a communication strategy to enhance Conga Kids as the “go to” expert on nonprofit issues and to insure a presence in the general medial as a leader of the nonprofit sector
  • Serve as lead spokesman and speaker for Conga Kids and assure that the organizations mission is properly presented to various publics.
  • Develop the capacity to convene stakeholders around statewide issues effecting nonprofits
  • Develop effective and ongoing relationships with media
  • Develop relationships with other associations, organizations, and persons pertinent to the nonprofit sector, coordinate activities and co-sponsor events



  • Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, Public Policy or equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Media, or related field
  • Minimum of 3-year experience in grant writing, prospect research, general fundraising, or a minimum of 3 years comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting
  • Six years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Understanding of and experience with capacity building programs
  • Fundraising, legislative and communication skills
  • Supervisory and personnel experience
  • Financial management background
  • Experience working with board of directors
  • Evidence of commitment to missions of the nonprofit sector

How To Apply

To apply please email: gil@congakids.org.