Executive Director - Remote (CA applicants only)

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Executive Director
  • Non-profit
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Online Tutoring


Step Up Tutoring’s mission is to improve student success through academic support and mentorship in under-resourced communities. Our goal is also to promote understanding, empathy, and trust among people from diverse backgrounds.

Step Up Tutoring is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains, matches and supports volunteer tutors with K-8 students for twice per week tutoring and mentoring. Step Up Tutoring has a 5 year Memo of Understanding with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and has recently completed a successful pilot program serving 3rd-6th grade students. Step Up Tutoring is now scaling the program and expanding to other school districts with a goal to serve more than 25,000 students and their families in the next 3 years. We have a staff of 10 FTE and are hiring a permanent Executive Director to lead the organization.

Our website is www.stepuptutoring.org


The Executive Director of Step Up Tutoring will be an entrepreneurial leader who is inspired to combat learning loss from the covid crisis and increase educational equity for under-resourced families who want to take advantage of free online tutoring to improve their children’s education. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the administration, fundraising, programming and strategic planning of the organization. Key duties include leading: team staffing, fundraising with top tier educational foundations and corporations, strategic planning and interacting with LA Unified and other PS senior executives including School Superintendents. In addition, responsibilities include supervising direct reports including: Program Director (PD), CTO and COO to innovate on volunteer tutor marketing/recruiting, education related technology, training programs, program impact assessment, liasoning with top research universities to test and measure new individualized online learning systems, creation of tutor and family outreach/incentive programs and customary non-profit reporting and administration. Supported by an experienced and committed Board, the Executive Director will innovate and implement the expansion plans developed thus far in collaboration with LAUSD and eventually other districts.

We are also recruiting mid-career executives from for profit, tech and tutoring companies (online and traditional) companies in addition to Executive Directors, Chief Development Officers and other senior executives, with budget responsibility and fundraising experience from existing non-profits.


  • Report to and work closely with the Chairman and Board to recommend and implement strategic decisions
  • Lead strategic planning including use of outside consultants when relevant
  • Be the senior day to day executive, with significant responsibility and authority
  • Act as the senior development officer and senior contact with funders
  • Work closely with and supervise a senior team including: senior program executive with expertise and experience in K-12 tutoring, CTO and COO
  • Serve as a Step Up Tutoring primary spokesperson
  • Evolve and improve online tutoring pedagogy and delivery methods, with tech and ed experts and research university faculty with CTO and PD
  • Create next generation of virtual learning, with ed tech corporate executives
  • Work closely with LAUSD senior administrators and other districts on programming strategy with Program Director
  • Develop plans to rapidly scale the programs from growth to scale
  • Hire, direct, supervise and evaluate a growing staff of 10 FTE and more 40+ part-time administrative volunteers (current number, not including tutors)
  • Recruit, train and inspire a mostly all-volunteer force of thousands of citizen tutors (including university students, junior and mid-career professionals and seniors)
  • Create partnerships with public and private organizations for tutors and technology
  • Plan and operation of budget with COO
  • Staff supervise, set goals and measure effective day-to-day operations and metrics
  • Plan and execute a development effort, working closely with the Board
  • Build a high performing, high morale team and organization
  • Strengthen and deepen engagement with teachers and parents 
  • Enhance Step Up Tutoring’s image by being active in the Los Angeles education and service community and by working closely with partner organizations
  • Other duties as required to successfully carry out the Step Up Tutoring mission


  • BA or BS in education or related fields. Graduate degree is a plus.
  • Experience in K-12 public education, EdTech, or tutoring service
  • 10 years of relevant experience, including as company or non profit leader
  • Development for a non-profit organization or fundraising for a for profit company
  • Strong communication skills; experience as public spokesperson a plus
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills, comfortable working with business board
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, experience with business and tech planning and measurement 
  • High cultural competence with experience serving diverse populations and students from under-resourced communities
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus


  • 40-50 hours per week
  • Full-time, remote for now; LA based office 
  • $120-170k DOE plus benefits (healthcare & retirement benefits, PTO)


  • Help shape and scale a support system for LAUSD, and soon other districts, that will improve the academic performance of children in low-income communities
  • Change the trajectory and life outcomes for K-8 students in Los Angeles through Step Up Tutoring’s family/student mentoring 
  • Interface with CEOs and other senior business executives and university administrators, who are our partners and supporters of Step Up Tutoring
  • Showcase your leadership skills and experiences by guiding Step Up Tutoring staff and broader team and community
  • Innovate online pedagogy with world-class universities and EdTech companies
  • Work with the best and brightest people in EdTech, large public school systems, and world-class research universities  
  • High profile/public engagement (if desired)
  • Pilot program fully funded and fundraising for future needs is underway

How to Apply

Please forward Cover Letter and Resume to:

Iliana Parra careers@stepuptutoring.org