Chief Executive Officer

San Antonio, TX

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Website: AVANCE


AVANCE is a nationally recognized non-profit committed to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty and transforming lives through innovative two-generation education and support for underserved, under- resourced families with young children. Empowering parents to achieve their own educational and professional goals, AVANCE’s powerful learning platform addresses disparities faced by low-income families and engages children and parents in their communities, meeting them where they live. Looking to grow its impact on families significantly, leverage its unique assets, and plan for a sustainable expansion in the future, AVANCE seeks a seasoned leader, strategist, and organization builder to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

 Building on an over 40-year history of high quality, culturally responsive programs serving families across Texas, AVANCE now serves approximately 14,500 children and parents per year. The AVANCE network includes 4 chapters, two regional locations in Texas, and a licensee in California. AVANCE employs over 900 staff in total. The National Office, based in San Antonio, drives program and services innovation; identifies expansion opportunities; builds national funder relationships; provides programmatic, administrative, and operational support and standard setting to the chapters; and works with research partners to strengthen AVANCE’s evidence base and impact measurement.

To lead this dynamic, family-centric, and values-driven organization with a history of changing life trajectories, the new CEO will build upon AVANCE’s proud legacy and national brand as it seeks to serve more families and plan for sustainable growth. This moment of opportunity calls for an inspirational leader with an exceptional combination of qualities, skills, and experiences, including: a sophisticated understanding of program innovation and development, integration, and quality service delivery; expertise and experience with program branding and positioning in a competitive market; a bold and effective approach to fundraising; proven partnership building skills and creative thinking around how to tap into opportunities and funding streams; a track record of supporting the use of data and evaluation to prove impact and improve programming; and a demonstrated commitment to strengthening a culture of equity and inclusion internally and externally.

 The ideal candidate will lead AVANCE with a deep and authentic passion for marginalized families, overseeing program innovation and integration, expansion planning and execution, fund development, policy and advocacy, learning and evaluation, fiscal management, and the continued growth, development and retention of high-performing staff. S/he/they will be a proven leader with the capacity to inspire broad audiences, bringing deep and diverse networks together to build a movement to end disparities and empower families to reach their full potential.


This search is being conducted by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Hallie Dietsch of the national search firm NPAG. Nominations and applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to: AVANCE-CEO@nonprofitprofessionals.com.

Our Lead


Allison Kupfer Poteet

Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.

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