It's SLI's 10th year!

SLI invites applicants for new managing director position

The Managing Director (MD) is the primary administrative leader of the Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Virginia. Originally founded in 2001 and officially incorporated as a Virginia nonprofit in 2012, the inaugural MD will join an organization that has had consistent growth in student membership and funding in past years, including more than tripling donor financial contributions in the last 5 years, more than doubling investment reserves in the last 2 years, and increasing annual budgeted direct student financial support each year for the past 5 years.

SLI supports Latino/a/x high school students with college access through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, scholarships, and supportive mentorships. We envision SLI to be a community-based, not-for-profit organization built on partnerships with high schools, universities, communities, students, and parents, and dedicated to advancing Latino/a/x students’ post-high school educational opportunities. SLI advocates for Latino/a/x opportunities and strives for social justice and equity. Scholars are mentored to be leaders that positively contribute to their communities.

Appointed by and accountable to the SLI Board of Directors, and in service to SLI scholars, the position of MD is charged with promoting and executing the mission and vision of the organization. Many of the primary responsibilities of the MD can be performed remotely, with expectations for in-person participation in SLI programming, development events and meetings, and Board of Directors responsibilities. Ideal candidates will reside within one of SLI’s current regions of operation, which include Winchester, Harrisonburg, and Richmond, Virginia. The MD is a 0.75 FTE position with a flexible schedule and a salary of $60,000 annually. This position does not carry benefits. Candidates preferring a 0.5 FTE position will be considered.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES involved with this role are:

  • Organizational Strategy and Direction
    • Provide proactive organizational direction
    • Lead the execution of the strategic plan with responsibility for specific organizational goals and outcomes
    • Serve as a collaborating partner with the Director of Development, Program Directors, and other SLI personnel
    • Lead, guide and plan for operationalizing and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization
    • Integrate Latino/a/x culture as central to the culture and mission of the organization
  • Business Plan
    • Collaborate with the Board of Directors’ Finance Committee to manage the organization’s finances
    • Develop and implement an organizational business plan that solidifies long-term growth and stability, potentially into new market areas.
  • Organizational Operations
    • In coordination with the Director of Development, execute organizational processes needed for website management, event organization, and external communications
    • Manage language translations of external communications with the public and internal materials for SLI scholars and families
    • In coordination with the SLI Program Directors, support the scholar application and selection process and the scholarship application and selection process
    • In coordination with the Financial Manager, oversee distribution of student scholarship awards, financial reimbursements, and payments
    • In coordination with the Director of Development and SLI Program Directors, establish and facilitate a SLI Alumni Society

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES involved with this role include:

  • Provide coordinating support to Program Directors and other paid SLI personnel 
  • Partner with the Director of Development on the development and execution of the development and marketing plan
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with schools, businesses, foundations and other important organizational relationships
  • Serve as a representative for the organization with donors, alumni, scholars, and organizational partners
  • Collaborate with the board and staff in understanding and representing the complexity of SLI scholars’ lives, championing their success, and creating an environment where their experiences are not seen from a deficit perspective 
  • Cultivate an organizational environment that champions the mission and vision of the organization
  • Promote a welcoming and inclusive organizational culture that values diversity of all types and works towards equity
  • Champion Latino/a/x experiences
  • Bring inspired leadership to various constituent groups involved with SLI


  • To be considered for this position please email a cover letter and your resume to
  • For priority consideration, please submit your materials by June 1, 2022.

It's SLI's 10th year!