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Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Published: May 29, 2017
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The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is seeking an Executive Director (E.D.) with the leadership skills, development experience and operating ability to take its thriving program to the next level.


The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Since 2007, the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance has provided competitive policy debate programming for DISD high school and middle school students, including at least ten weekend tournaments and summer debate camp opportunities for deserving students. Having grown every year in participation numbers, the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance currently serves more than 1000 students from about 50 high schools and middle schools.

Additional participation requires additional funding and infrastructure. As a result, the position requires a successful background in development for a non-profit entity. The E.D. will manage foundation and grant proposals, an annual fund, and other activities related to funding and expenditures of the organization.

The E.D. must work effectively with representatives from different organizational cultures, including private sector corporations, the not-for-profit community, foundations, public education and government agencies. Internally, the E.D. is responsible for organizational strategy and program oversight, as well as staff management. The E.D., in conjunction with the Board of Directors, is responsible for maintaining appropriate financial records for the organization. The E.D. is responsible for creating appropriate organization evaluation documents for effective stewardship of donor relationships. The E.D. is also the principal spokesperson for the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, and as such, is responsible for negotiating contract terms with DISD administrators and for communicating a value proposition that excites new and existing funders as well as program participants.

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from a recognized university and 5 or more years of relevant experience in a not-for-profit organization. Participation in fundraising initiatives, strong communication skills and management experience are critical, as is the ability to effectively interact with a board of directors. Experience in urban education and competitive debate, as well bilingual language skills, are a plus.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and performance. Candidates must currently live in, or be willing to relocate to, the Dallas area. Candidates who pass an initial screening process will be interviewed in person by members of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Board of Directors.

Interested candidates should submit supporting materials to David Baker at baker@smtexas.org on or before June 12, 2017.

The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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