Executive Director

FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
December 20, 2021
FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy; 3030 Stag Road: Dallas, TX 75241, Texas
Job Type


Executive Director of FRIENDS of BOMLA 

Position Description 


In September 2011, the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) opened its newest magnet school at 4730  South Lancaster Road in Dallas. The Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA) serves middle and high  school students.

Under the direction of Dallas ISD Trustee Lew Blackburn, BOMLA relocated to the A. Maceo Smith High School  building at the close of the 2017-2018 school year. An extensive remodel of the building was completed in 2019.

The mission of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy is to develop young men into impactful leaders for  the world of tomorrow through the development of their intellectual, moral, physical, social and emotional  skills. The small, focused learning environment is specifically designed to prepare young men to take on leadership roles in school, the community, and society at large.

Due to public education’s financial realities, it is imperative for the entire community to be involved in  supporting public schools. In August 2011, a group of community leaders met with Principal Nakia Douglas to  begin working on “friendraising” and fundraising for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. The      FRIENDS of BOMLA organization is structured as a 501c3 with an independent board of directors. Our goal is to close the funding gap between available school district funding and the ambitious and creative opportunities that students need and deserve.

The mission of the FRIENDS of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy is to invest in and empower endangered young men, in order to develop leaders and role models for our community. We support an academically rigorous, character-based, single gender education that includes rich experiences outside of school. In doing so, we champion a replicable model for Dallas ISD and other school systems to benefit  increasing numbers of students. 

FRIENDS of BOMLA is seeking an Executive Director to support their fundraising and ‘friendraising’ work.

Position Description 

The Executive Director is a full-time, salaried position responsible for developing and implementing the  fundraising strategy for the FRIENDS of BOMLA. The Executive Director’s office is located at the Barack Obama  Male Leadership Academy, 3030 Stag Road, Dallas, TX  75241.

Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for achieving the fundraising goals. They will engage corporate contributors, foundations and individual donors to fund three enrichment priorities:

Student Enrichment

FRIENDS support individual student achievement. Opportunities to participate in local and national programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), college tours, cultural immersion, and leadership development.

Professional Enrichment

FRIENDS encourage excellence at all levels by enhancing the leadership skills, qualifications and credentials of  BOMLA faculty and staff. This also includes participation in conferences focused on curriculum and  programming for single gender schools.

Program Enrichment

FRIENDS believe in innovation and thought leadership. Sustaining and expanding school programs is essential.  We must provide access to state of the art tools, software, equipment and materials such as Netbooks, iPads, cameras, robotics equipment and uniforms.


  • In coordination with the Development Committee of the Board, create and implement fundraising strategy and implementation plan
  • Manage and maintain an online fundraising and donor management solution using eTapestry
  • Create and manage a system to integrate leads from the Principal and the board into donor pipeline
  • Personally lead and manage the development efforts to raise $500,000 annually
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate, foundation and individual  donors
  • Liaison with Principal to facilitate the grant process, interaction with donors and development of the campus needs assessment
  • Manage and promote participation in campaigns, including North Texas Giving Day
  • Research and write grant proposals and reports to corporations, foundations and other funders
  • Develop and grow the individual donor base; increase number of monthly donors; cultivate major gifts and planned gifts
  • Work in conjunction with the Board Chair to continue and expand Board engagement
  • Manage the Introductory Meetings/Campus Tours and other communication programs to expand the  donor base and build awareness
  • Create monthly fundraising and stewardship reports and present the reports to the Board
  • Coordinate with College Bound Advisor on updates, campus tours and student needs
  • Hire and manage an administrative assistant


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree preferred


  • 4+ years of development experience within nonprofit organizations
  • Proven track record of success in grant writing
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and/or a quota of over $1M annually
  • Proven relational and leadership capabilities
  • Current donor network
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new donors/foundations
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, high teamwork capacity, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Experience with social media campaigns and reporting
  • Strong partnership-building and collaborative skills
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of online development/fundraising management tools
  • Understanding of public school environment/culture is a plus
  • Adherence to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Donor Bill of Rights



Annual salary range based on qualifications: $83,000 to $95,000, includes benefits stipend.

Application Instructions

Please read carefully. 

Interested candidates should submit PDF’s of their cover letter and resume by January 31, 2022 to:  employment@bomlafriends.org

Please give file names to your PDF’s as follows:

Your Name Cover Letter and Your Name Resume

You will receive a confirmation email when your PDF documents are received.

No calls, please.

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