SquashBusters (SQB) was founded in 1996 as the country’s first squash and education urban youth development program located in Boston. SquashBusters uses the sport of squash, in combination with academic enrichment, community service, personalized high school placement support, mentoring, post-secondary access and success services, summer engagement opportunities, and career preparation and networking guidance to advance the lives of underserved young people. The program model is intensive and long-term. Students join SquashBusters at the start of middle school and benefit from the SquashBusters community and its comprehensive program services until they are 25 years old. Today, there are 25 urban squash programs in the United States and several international programs replicated upon SQB’s model.
SquashBusters has expanded its footprint significantly since its’ founding in 1996. The program launched with 24 middle school students from the Roxbury and East Cambridge neighborhoods and operated on borrowed squash courts and classrooms donated by the YMCA, Harvard Club and Harvard University. At inception there was one staff member, a van, and an operating budget of just $45,000. Today, SquashBusters serves more than 400 middle-school, high-school and post-secondary students and runs programming in its own dedicated youth centers – facilities SQB raised millions of dollars to develop in partnership with Northeastern University in Boston and the Moses Brown School in Providence. SQB is preparing to break ground in the fall of 2022 on an 8 court, 3 classroom home in Lawrence. In addition, SquashBusters supports and celebrates hundreds more alumni we’re proud to call members of our community. The program operates in Boston, Lawrence, and Providence, employs a diverse and talented staff of 32, benefits from the guidance, investment, and governance capability of a diverse and very dedicated Board of Directors, and successfully raises surplus funding every year to support an almost $4m operating budget. Lastly, one of SQB’s greatest assets is a sizeable reserve fund that is managed by its Investment Committee, comprised of dedicated and seasoned volunteer investment industry professionals. This reserve brings with it organizational stability and the exciting opportunity for SQB, its Board and the new CEO to innovate and grow as we approach our fourth decade of serving urban young people.
The Chief Executive Officer is the leader of the organization, establishing a vision and delivering upon daily program excellence for SquashBusters, achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high performing staff, board members, students, alumni, and volunteers alike. The CEO is directly responsible for fundraising and works as a member of a small but mighty development team to ensure that SQB raises the funding it needs to flourish and grow. The CEO must excel at building honest, effective relationships throughout the community and internally. The CEO supports leadership of a board, oversees the management of a $4m and growing business, inspires all stakeholders, sets the overall vision and is responsible for ensuring that the organization delivers on its stated mission. Importantly, the CEO will have the ability and desire to interact with past and present SQB students. They will be fully committed to stewarding and insisting upon program excellence within the setting of a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace.
Leadership, Strategy and Organizational Management
- Provide thoughtful and visionary leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering in a manner that supports and guides SquashBusters’ mission (www.squashbusters.org).
- Infuse everything that the organization does with a recognition that SquashBusters’ mission has always been and will always be about advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our three home cities and, through the lives of our alumni, the wider world.
- Together with the Chief Program and Strategy Officer, lead senior staff in setting the organizational vision and present strategic options to the Board that define and advance all short and long-term goals. Imagine a future with practical, exciting pathways for growth and innovation; energize Board and Staff to think outside of the box while ensuring budget, staffing, and organizational priorities are all aligned with SQB’s core mission.
- Establish a standard of excellence and motivate staff, board members, donors, alumni, students, and volunteers, through a personal example of hard work, open, honest, and direct communication, dependability, and follow-through.
- Drive implementation of the strategic plan across all areas of SQB’s business.
- Maximize use of all resources, especially our physical facilities, to deliver fullest impact to students and to create additional programming for the broader community.
- Hire, collaborate with, learn from, mentor, and retain senior staff to strategically grow SQB’s program impact and fundraising.
- Promote a culture and systems of cross-site collaboration and communication throughout organization. Apply innovative thinking, consistent data collection and performance measurements to analyze and support strategic decision-making.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong and diverse Board of Directors, serve as ex-officio on each sub- committee, seek and build Board engagement to ensure outstanding financial performance, successful programming, and a clear, mission-aligned strategic direction.
- Maintain regular and ongoing communication to provide leadership and support, build consensus with Board members as needed and track member deliverables.
- Implement Board policies and procedures and build support for Board decisions amongst staff
Development, Fundraising and External Relations
- Build and nurture authentic relationships with major donors that fully engage them with SQB, leading to sustained and significant funding.
- Develop and implement a fundraising plan that ensures SQB’s financial stability and sustainability by maintaining healthy cash flow and adequate Maintain SQB’s tradition of annual revenues keeping pace with or exceeding annual expenses.
- Play leadership role in all aspects of SQB’s three major fundraisers – the MashUp, Rumble and and Derby.
- Represent the organization and serve as chief spokesperson. Present the organization and its mission, programs, partners, and other community members in a consistently positive manner.
Financial Management, Operations and Administration
- Provide strategic leadership for all administrative and operational functions of the organization in accordance with its mission, objectives, and policies.
- Support the CFO in building the annual budget and securing approval from the Finance Committee and Board.
- Assume responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the Meet periodically with Senior Staff to review budget versus actual spending and revenues to ensure maximum utilization of resources and optimum financial positioning for the organization.
- Work with the CFO and Operations Team to ensure the Organization appropriately manages business risk and remains in compliance with all laws, regulations, and safety standards.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a non-profit or similar organization and execute on a values-based and impact-driven mission.
- Strong business acumen and a history of providing visionary leadership at the executive level
- Unwavering commitment to quality youth programs and services.
- 10 or more years of experience and success in motivating, recruiting, developing, mentoring, and retaining high performing, results-oriented teams.
- Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members.
- Bachelor’s or other advanced degree.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative in approach to business planning.
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
- Enthusiasm and knowledge of the game of squash and/or the squash-playing community in one or more of the cities we serve is a major plus.