SQB Providence – Executive Director for Development and Partnerships

SquashBusters Providence Executive Director for Development and Partnerships

About SquashBusters:

SquashBusters is a 25-year-old sports-based youth development program that uses a combination of squash, fitness, academic support and enrichment, community service, and mentoring to improve the lives of youth in Boston, Lawrence, and Providence. SquashBusters’ mission is to challenge and nurture youth with need in these cities – as students, athletes, and citizens – so that they can recognize and fulfill their greatest potential in life. SquashBusters currently serves 400 middle school, high school and post-secondary students. Middle and High School Students practice at least three days a week throughout the school year and participate in weekend practices, tournaments, and summer opportunities. After high school graduation, students join the Post-Secondary Services Program, and a dedicated staff team supports them in their chosen post-secondary path, and provides career development, internship placement, and employment opportunities. In Boston, programming takes place at the Badger-Rosen SquashBusters Center located on Northeastern University’s main campus. In Providence, we work and play out of the Gorgi SquashBusters Center on the campus of Moses Brown School.  In Lawrence, we are in the process of designing a facility, in partnership with the City of Lawrence and others, that will literally break new ground for the urban squash movement by placing SquashBusters directly inside a beautiful, new, 80-unit affordable housing complex on the banks of the Merrimack River in downtown Lawrence.  Our core values are: Love, Honesty, Attention, Teamwork and High Standards.  Do these match yours?


Position Summary:

The Executive Director for Development and Partnerships (ED/DP) partners with the Providence Program Director (PD), to jointly manage SquashBusters’ Providence operation.  The ED/DP is principally responsible for raising funds and securing the overall fiscal health of SQB Providence, while the PD is responsible for delivering excellent programming for our students. The ED/DP role has direct responsibility for building a replicable and sustainable annual fundraising plan that enables SQB Providence to serve 150-200 students. Additionally, the ED/DP is the point-person for identifying and building external partnerships that contribute to improved fundraising and strengthened programming.


Reports to: Director of Institutional Advancement

Supervisory Responsibility: no direct reports, but strong partnership with PD in overseeing program staff

Overall PVD Budget:  $450,000-$600,000 (out of total $3.5m SQB budget)



  • Develop and lead overall fundraising efforts for SQB Providence, which lead to the organization raising revenues that exceed expenses on an annual basis
  • Broaden major gifts program that increases the number of annual contributors in the $5,000-$50,000 range
  • Oversee, with support of the SQB Development Team, every aspect of the SQB Rumble, including player recruitment, sponsorship, event logistics, with the goal of the Rumble increasing net-proceeds by $100,000 within 3-5 years
  • Manage a portfolio of institutional funders, executing the grant process from prospect identification to proposal writing and reporting
  • Establish excellent stewardship and communication plan that keeps all funders well-informed and personally connected to SQB Providence



  • Strategically grow and manage SQB Leadership Council with the goal of growing partnerships, improving programming and increasing fundraising
  • Work with Leadership Council and all other SQB stakeholders to expand the number of annual foundation partners
  • Collaborate with the PD to ensure that program-related partnerships (PPS, Moses Brown, PVD Squash and area squash orgs) maximize impact in the city of Providence
  • Facilitate engagement of volunteers from within the ranks of the SQB PVD donor base



  • Work with SQB’s CEO, Director of Institutional Advancement, Chief Program and Strategy Officer, and Providence Program Director to develop and implement SQB Providence’s overall strategy and growth plan
  • Serve as thought partner to the PD to identify and implement meaningful professional development opportunities for Providence staff.  The ED/DP also provides direct mentorship of program staff as needed
  • Create and contribute daily to a culture that values initiative, rigor, innovation, compassion and self-reflection


Success Metrics:

  • Year-end operating surpluses of 10%+
  • Expanded number of major donors ($5,000-50,000) every year
  • Rumble revenue growth every year – Rumble raises $350,000 in 3-5 years
  • Strong and productive partnership with PD to ensure overall organizational excellence
  • Continued strong partnership with Moses Brown and PVD Squash
  • More extensive, supportive partnership with Brown squash and other Brown community service entities
  • Corps of excellent volunteers to support daily squash and academic programming and college application process


Core Competencies:

  • Fundraising leadership and tenacity with the ability to grow donor base at all levels of giving
  • Demonstrated high energy and proactive style with a track record of success with community engagement
  • Ability to share management responsibilities with a peer leader and collaborate to ensure overall organizational success
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with people at all levels of the organization, including management, program staff, administrative support staff, leadership council, board members, donors, contractors, and outside vendors
  • Demonstrated commitment to SQB’s core values

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate level degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of management experience and program leadership
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas strongly desired: sports-based or other youth development, nonprofit management; and/or leadership development
  • A proven fundraising track record and demonstrated history of securing major gifts while working with a growing organization preferred


Compensation & Benefits:

  • Annual salary commensurate with experience
  • Retirement plan with employer matching
  • 5 paid company holidays and days off plus an additional 20 vacation days (with some restrictions)
  • Subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance available
  • Free Employee Assistance Program, life insurance benefit, cell phone subsidy, and public transportation subsidy available


To Apply:

Please email a resume and letter of interest to recruiting@squashbusters.org with the subject line: Providence ED/DP.


SquashBusters is an equal opportunity employer and strives to reflect the diverse community it serves. SquashBusters is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and looks to all its staff members to foster and promote its values. ​We believe in an intersectional approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where all of the various forms of oppression are addressed, challenged, and dismantled.  Our primary focus is on racism because we live in a society that is so resistant to, and uncomfortable with, discussions of racism.