Employment Opportunities

Executive Director, Breakthrough at Kent Denver 

Primary Location Breakthrough at Kent Denver
Salary Range $80,000.00 – $90,000.00 / *
Shift Type Full-Time

Mission: The mission of Breakthrough at Kent Denver is two-fold: first to increase the educational and social opportunities of motivated, under-resourced, middle and high school students through a quality year- round program, and second, to motivate and train talented college students for careers in education.

Organizational Summary: The Breakthrough model has two key pieces that work in tandem to close the opportunity gap for under-resourced students and address the teacher shortage. 1) Recruiting motivated, under-resourced sixth grade students from Denver and Englewood Public Schools and engaging them with rigorous academic support, mentoring, and college counseling through summer and out-of-school programming from middle school through college matriculation, free of charge to their families; and 2) Providing a highly diverse, intentionally recruited pool of talented undergraduates with the opportunity to gain more than 100 hours of firsthand classroom teaching experience through a 9-week pre-service Teaching Fellow residency, supported by Instructional Coaches throughout the course of the summer.

Breakthrough Kent Denver currently serves 343 students, including 96% who qualify for free and reduced lunch and 92% who identify as students of color. In the Class of 2021, 95% of Breakthrough seniors graduated high school and 88% are pursuing a college degree. This year, we trained 31 college-aged Teaching Fellows and engaged 167 volunteers. Please see Our Impact page for more information.

Kent Denver Relationship:

  • Kent Denver is an independent 6th-12th grade school located in Englewood, Colorado.
  • Breakthrough at Kent Denver is a local site of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, operates under Kent Denver’s 501c3, and is governed by the Kent Denver School Board of Trustees.

Job Summary:

  • The Executive Director is responsible for the overall success of Breakthrough at Kent Denver and oversees all program operations including strategic planning, fundraising, faculty/staff hiring, student/family support, public relations, and communication with constituencies and partner organizations. This position reports to the Kent Denver Head of School.


  • Exceptional strategic and tactical ability combined with expert relationship management skills across students, parents, teachers, donors, and partner school representatives
  • Passion for education equity, student achievement, connection to community and teacher training
  • Philanthropic spirit and experience in non-profit fundraising
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of non-profit professionals
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to coordinate deliverables among multiple constituencies under simultaneous deadlines, on time and within budget
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills to multiple audiences: students, parents, teachers, donors, volunteers and partner school representatives
  • Professional demeanor, positive spirit, growth mindset, diplomacy, empathy, strong interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee program development and execution
  • Raise $650,000 + per fiscal year from foundations, events, corporations, and individuals
  • Manage the annual budget in conjunction with the Kent Denver Business Office
  • Hire, supervise, coach and develop the following paid positions: Program Director, College Bound Coordinator, and Communications and Program Coordinator
  • Coordinate, motivate and communicate with the Breakthrough at Kent Denver Advisory Board
  • Perform a variety of administrative tasks such as coordinating mailings, filing, copying, record-keeping, and general office upkeep
  • Plan and execute an annual Gala with a fundraising goal of $250,000
  • Manage the grant portfolio of 20-30 grant applications and reports annually
  • Maintain communication with contacts in Denver and Englewood Public Schools and the larger community
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Hours and Expectations: This position is a full-time, year-round position. This position also receives benefit, sick-days, and vacation commensurate with other Breakthrough and Kent Denver School staff. 

All Kent Denver School and Breakthrough employees are expected to follow the guidelines as set forth in the Personnel Handbook Guide.  In summary, this means demonstrating commitment to the mission of Kent Denver School and Breakthrough at Kent Denver, to self-assessment and continuous improvement, and to a positive team approach in working with Kent Denver families, co-workers, and administration.