The CSA is Searching for our next Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the CSA is a special opportunity for a talented and focused individual to run an organization, be a community leader, and make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth. The Executive Director will assume leadership of a strong, financially stable, youth development non-profit (known as an urban squash program) that serves 40+ children, and employs a full-time staff of four. The Executive Director will report to the Cincinnati Squash Academy’s Board of Directors and her or his responsibilities will include maximizing student enrollment to meet capacity, running the non-profit’s infrastructure, managing and developing the organization’s able staff, strengthening partnerships with the local community, businesses, and nonprofits, raising money, and other duties as need be. 

The Cincinnati Squash Academy seeks candidates who are organized, hardworking and determined leaders and team players and are comfortable and capable fund raisers. Candidates must enjoy coaching, tutoring and mentoring young people from underserved communities and cultivating relationships with their families. The Executive Director will be in control of her or his daily schedule, but the position demands more than a typical full-time job. For at least the first year the Executive Director will need to be present during a significant portion of the program’s weekday and weekend practices & events. 

Background 

The CSA launched in 2014 as a member of the Squash and Education Alliance, a network of after-school programs across the United States focused on under-resourced communities. With the exciting and challenging game of squash as the hook we teach discipline, determination, sportsmanship and selflessness; train for social and physical fitness; tutor for school; mentor for life; and expose our kids to that which might make all the difference. CSA scholars attend academic and squash sessions three times a week throughout the school year from the time they join the program in elementary or middle school until they graduate from high school. While the CSA is too young to have produced any high school graduates, 97% of SEA graduates attend college with 20% playing varsity squash. 

Location 

An affordable and friendly place to live, Cincinnati enjoys two major league sports teams, eight Fortune 500 Companies and a metro population of two million. The CSA is housed within the Emanuel Center, a 40,000 square foot building in the heart of the city that functioned as a community center for over a century until it was converted in 2014 into commercial office space with an urban squash center. Across the street from historic Music Hall and Washington Park, the CSA is surrounded by cultural and economic renewal and the city’s most active entertainment and entrepreneurial district.  

Qualifications  

  • A bachelor’s degree from a selective university. 
  • High quality English skills as a writer and speaker. 
  • Experience as a squash player or squash coach. 
  • Experience working with at-risk youth or in the non-profit world. 
  • Affinity toward and experience with an urban squash program. 

Leadership Requirements 

  • The entrepreneurial drive and ability to take the organization to the next level. 
  • The ability to manage, develop, and lead a team. 
  • The ability to lead projects and events. 
  • The ability to design, implement and maintain systems and processes. 
  • The ability to keep oneself and one’s team organized while overseeing growth and change.  
  • The ability and willingness to work effectively in all areas of the organization when needed, as a squash coach, tutor, chaperon and more. 
  • The maturity to be in charge. 

Communication  

  • Interpersonal skills required to network and fundraise with accomplished professionals, keep scholars and staff encouraged and accountable, and gain the trust of our students’ families. 
  • Presentation and persuasion skills needed to rally groups to achieve a goal. 

Start Date: August 1, 2018 (or earlier)

Commitment: 3 years minimum

Compensation & Vacation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary range: $65,000-$80,000, with the prospect for future increases based on performance. Health-insurance. 5 weeks of vacation per year: 1 in December, 1 in the spring, and 3 in the summer. 

Application Process: Interested candidates should send an email with a resume to the CSA’s Board Chair, Tom Shepherd (tshepherd@shepchem.com). 

Board of Directors: Tom Shepherd • Jody Brant • Kevin Dehner • Nathan Dugan • Dan Good • Tricia Headley • Eric Kearney • Cammie Montgomery • Harrison Mullin • Kate Nelson • Johnmark Oudersluys • F.D. Wilder Jr. • Peg Wyant • Tim Wyant