Director of Programs

Baltimore Corps, a leading organization with programs that exist to promote the success of individuals and communities in Baltimore, seeks an experienced professional to serve as its next Director of Programs. This position offers the opportunity to build upon the organization's history of connecting talent to opportunity in one of America's greatest cities. The incoming Director of Programs will be a vital team member on the senior leadership team, and will report to the President and CEO.


Founded in 2013, Baltimore Corps' mission is to enlist talent in advancing Baltimore's most promising models of social impact, and to mobilize a movement dedicated to achieving equity in our communities.

Baltimore Corps believes that the Baltimore community will be more successful if the city's social impact sector – the public, private and social organizations explicitly working to advance equity and social impact in Baltimore – is more effective, and the leaders and individuals driving those advances are retained in the city. Baltimore Corps envisions a more effective, rational and equitable social impact sector capable of solving the city's most difficult problems, and mobilizing a movement dedicated to the long-term proposition that our cities must be epicenters of racial equity and social justice.

To this end, Baltimore Corps invests in 5 major leverage points to drive systemic change in our cities:

  • Talent: Baltimore Corps recruits and deploys professional level talent to build the capacity of, and advance the most impactful models of social change. Baltimore Corps is invested in the careers of next generation change makers and dedicates major resources to develop and retain them in Baltimore.

  • Leadership: Baltimore Corps supports, connects and elevates next generation and visionary cause leaders to breakdown silos, advance important models of social innovation, and build the will necessary for long-term institutional change. Through a common agenda, coordinated strategies and mission-aligned human capital, Baltimore Corps works to activate sector-level impact.

  • Tools: Through tools and support, Baltimore Corps reduces barriers to change and strengthens the capacity of individual leaders and organizations to achieve results and advance equity.

  • Incentives: Baltimore Corps leverages incentives to accelerate the adoption of impactful strategies and practices. From financial resources to prestige and press to access, Baltimore Corps incents leaders and organizations to default to its platform and best practices.

  • Data and Thought Leadership: Baltimore Corps is continually demonstrating the ROI on talent and effective leadership, and illuminating the practices and policies essential to advancing equity.

Baltimore Corps' signature program is its Fellowship Program. Baltimore Corps Fellows tackle the most pressing challenges and capitalize on the biggest opportunities facing Baltimore's visionary cause leaders: the social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and public sector innovators working to strengthen Baltimore. Fellows are diverse and gifted individuals who are recruited from around the country.

Baltimore Corps also invests extensively in the professional development of Fellows by offering intensive year-round programming. The program also cultivates a collaborative and supportive culture for Fellows.

Baltimore Corps' work is guided by three key values:

  • Advancing equity citywide by building equitable pipelines into city leadership; applying an equity lens to current policies and practices across the social impact sector;driving resources to historically disinvested leaders and organizations to evolve the profile of institutional leadership; achieving meaningful results and advancing equity in our historically marginalized neighborhoods and communities.
  • Improving the effectiveness of the city's social impact sector by aligning efforts and outcomes; enlisting and leveraging talent and building a movement of leaders dedicated to the long-term health of the city;sharing data and measurement among and between practitioners to ensure continuous feedback and improvement; and recruiting and retaining the strongest possible talent base dedicated to securing the city's long-term health.
  • Building and sustaining a network that puts the city's interests first, rather than those of a single organization by promoting an equity agenda and influencing the practices and policies of social impact organizations, and mobilizing a movement of leaders dedicated to that agenda; and facilitating collaboration and effective partnership through technology.


The Position

The Director of Programs is a key member of Baltimore Corps' senior leadership team and will be working collaboratively with the President and CEO, the Director of Operations, Director of Partnerships, and Director of Development and Communications. The Director of Programs will be responsible for developing, strengthening, and implementing the organization's program strategy and managing the program team. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Fine-tuning Baltimore Corps' program goals and related strategies.

  • Developing appropriate matrices to evaluate and document the impact of Baltimore Corps' work.

  • Leading and managing the program staff, including program faculty.

  • Building and strengthening relationships with external partners and consultants to advance programmatic priorities.

  • Working closely with fellow Directors and managers to firmly integrate the organization's values into all programs.

  • Overseeing and administering the program budget.

  • Playing a leadership role in further defining Baltimore Corps' equity lens.

Baltimore Corps is a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment that values initiative, hard work and humility. The organization is building a team that shares the organization's values and work ethic.


Skills and Attributes

The ideal candidate must have a passion for, commitment to, and understanding of Baltimore Corps's values and principles regarding equity and social impact in Baltimore and beyond. Highly qualified applicants will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to Baltimore Corps, including:

  • A strong understanding of issues related to equity and social justice. Prior experience advancing equity and social justice issues in a professional role required.

  • The ability to provide visionary and strategic leadership to a department as part of a larger organization's vision and mission. Strong ability to work collaboratively across departments.

  • Comfort working in a highly autonomous setting. Must be a self-starter with the desire and ability to initiate and execute without step-by-step guidance from a supervisor.

  • A demonstrated ability to make important, timely decisions with limited information; a willingness to make tough decisions; and must exhibit sound and accurate judgment.

  • High flexibility to changes in the work environment; able to manage competing demands and priorities; able to advance a variety of approaches or methods to best fit the situation; and adept at dealing with new ideas, change, delays, or unexpected events.

  • Strong relationship building skills with well-developed written and oral communications skills and style.

  • The ability to exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well; and effectively influence actions and opinions of others.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders.

  • High ethical standards and values.

  • A minimum of 8 years' leadership experience, preferably in a nonprofit environment, with at least 5 years' staff management experience.


How to Apply

Baltimore Corps has hired Raffa P.C. to assist with the executive search and transition. To apply, email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required and will only be accepted at this email address). For other inquiries contact Ginna Goodenow at

Resume review begins immediately. Interviews will begin in early fall, and Baltimore Corps anticipates announcing the selection of the new Director of Programs by the end of October 2016.

Baltimore Corps seeks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability or protected status. Baltimore Corps fully complies with all applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.