Jobs: Executive Search

Executive Director, Ada Developers Academy

Seattle, Wash.
Jul / 24 / 2017

Organizational Description

Ada Developers Academy (Ada) is Seattle-based nonprofit training program for women and gender diverse people. Our mission is to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry by training our students for careers in software development. We offer an 11-month tuition-free program that combines intensive in-class learning with an internship in a local sponsoring technology company.

Our outcomes are awesome. As of February 2017, we’ve trained 157 students. In recent cohorts, 50% of our students are women of color and roughly one third are under-represented minorities.

Founded in 2013, Ada became a fiscally-sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks in 2015 to continue efficient growth. Over the last 2 years, Ada has doubled in size to train 96 students per year with a staff of 12 and a total budget for the upcoming fiscal year of $3.2M. Roughly 95% of our funding comes from “fee for service” from the 50+ software companies we place interns with in the Seattle area.

Job Summary

Accountable to Ada’s Advisory Board (as a fiscally-sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, Ada’s board is considered an advisory board), the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Ada’s staff, programs, finances, and execution of its mission.

Essential Job Functions

Leadership & Management

  • Ensure program excellence through creation and maintenance of rigorous program evaluation and continuous operational improvement of Ada’s admission, classroom and internship components. Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Oversee consistent quality of program finance, administration and fundraising.
  • Actively engage with Ada Board members, alumnae, partnering organizations and funders.
  • Recruit, lead, coach, develop and retain Ada staff.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders and other constituents.

Fundraising & Communications

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and programmatic expansion.
  • Deepen and refine Ada communications, from web presence to external relations, with the goal of broadening audience and strengthening Ada brand, both in the Seattle area and nationally.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Lead staff and board in annual strategic planning process to evolve our mission and continually expand our impact. Over the next 3-5 years, this could include:
    • Building out other programs beyond the core 11-month Academy program (examples: continuing education for grads, ally training for tech companies).
    • Expanding operations to other geographies outside of Seattle.
    • Diversifying funding sources to reduce risk and enable expansion.
    • Evaluating different options for operating structure (stand-alone 501c3, merging with a larger mission-aligned non-profit, etc.).
    • Recruiting an expanded board that best aligns with revised strategic plans.

Fiscal & Program Management

  • Manage fiscal sponsorship relationship with TSNE MissionWorks.  Ensure terms of the contract are being met; evaluate contract as initiative progresses.


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Ada’s mission of furthering women and gender diverse people in technology careers. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • At least 5 years of experience leading a well-functioning non-profit organization with a $3-5M+ annual budget and staff of 15-25+.
  • Leadership experience within the software industry that establishes credibility with our students, alumnae and companies is highly desired.
  • Experience managing teams and managers. Recognized as a great and empowering manager.
  • A track record of effectively leading strategic planning and growth process. You’ve doubled an organization’s scale before and understand how to lead staff, board and other constituents through that process.
  • Takes accountability; owns your mistakes and learns from them.
  • Able to set and to manage to an organization’s budget. You (heart) the financials.
  • A strong and confident public speaker – maybe a great one when you’re talking about a mission that you strongly believe in. Strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Experience and commitment in living, learning and addressing the difficult issues around inclusivity, bias, and diversity. You recognize this is a journey and you’re somewhere along it.

For More Information

Contact Ada Board Members: Scott Case ( or Jill Domanico (

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. A cover letter is required.

Click here to apply online.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: TSNE MissionWorks, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA  02111; or send by fax to: 617.523.2070.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and Ada Developers Academy will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and/or veteran or disability status.