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Chief Executive Officer
First Tee in Detroit, Michigan
Date Posted 04/09/2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

First Tee – Greater Detroit creates experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and continuous personal growth. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee - Greater Detroit creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. These character education programs are offered at 5 golf courses, 43 schools, and 4 youth centers in the community.

Operated by the Children’s Foundation, First Tee - Greater Detroit, a chapter of the national First Tee network, is well positioned to grow its impact significantly in the coming years. In its next phase, First Tee – Greater Detroit is focused on reinforcing the organization’s reputation as a leading youth development organization throughout the Greater Detroit region.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will provide leadership and direction to fulfill the organization’s mission. Inspired by a genuine passion for empowering and helping youth succeed in life, s/he will work diligently to promote and expand the efforts of the organization.

Reporting to and partnering with the Board of Directors, the CEO will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for First Tee –Greater Detroit staff, programs, expansion and execution of the strategic plan.

The CEO will be a highly visible member of the community, representing First Tee - Greater Detroit throughout the region. S/he will embody the First Tee’s strong commitment to its youth and will promote the organization throughout the community, accelerating its impact, resource development and brand recognition.

The CEO will be instrumental in helping First Tee - Greater Detroit achieve its full potential.

Key Criteria for success of the role include:

  • Achieving strong fundraising success through a robust development program, including expanded engagement with individuals, corporations and foundations;
  • Embodying a clear, inspiring, entrepreneurial vision and guiding the experienced team to translate those strategies into effectively executed plans;
  • Partnering effectively with the Board of Directors and staff to build on the success of the program to continually innovate and improve outcomes for youth;
  • Ensuring program effectiveness through evaluation of quantitative and qualitative program analytics to articulate a comprehensive impact story;
  • Expand and scale First Tee’s programming in additional high priority, at risk neighborhoods, with intentional focus on the underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with the Board of Directors to develop strong board governance and fundraising practices.


Strategy: CEO will lead, along with the board, to develop strategies and goals to align and coordinate efforts to grow agency operations, programs, and resources. CEO will create an annual development plan supporting the chapter strategic plan. CEO will have fiscal responsibility of the organization along with responsibility to budget /forecast to align with strategic plan.

Fundraising: CEO, along with the Board and with the direction of the Fundraising Committee, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward contributed revenues to support the agency while also activating key partners and volunteers to provide meaningful assistance. CEO will establish revenue goals tied to strategic priorities and share quantitative progress assessments. Creative, donor-centric stewardship is to be complemented by relationship and mission-based acquisition of new donors of all levels, including major donors with the capacity to retain major gifts.

Governance: The CEO and the board will work together, collaboratively, to determine how the organization can best achieve its mission. The CEO will support each committee in their roles and responsibilities and work to facilitate a strong recruitment and development process.

Marketing: The CEO will leverage national collateral with recently created brand insight work for First Tee - Greater Detroit to promote local approach to youth development through the game of golf. CEO will be the local storyteller-in-residence and communicate the donor-centric stories of impact and opportunities to empower kids by putting them on course for life.

Management & Compliance: CEO will provide energetic leadership, support, and recruitment assistance to the Board of Directors; delegate and oversee staff, and plan and oversee growth of office infrastructure. CEO will ensure chapter is striving for benchmarked excellence with the national organization.


  • Executive, non-profit philanthropic experience, with demonstrated history of success in coordinating and implementing integrated fundraising strategies, grant / proposal writing, fundraising events, major gifts, campaigns, donor relationship building, and planned giving;
  • Executive experience with profit and loss, budgeting, fiscal management. Management of staff and volunteers (including developing a governing Board), partner alliances, and procurement of resources for direct-service programs;
  • Passionate youth development ambassador with experience promoting access to and involvement in programs by youth participants, their families, volunteers, donors, donor prospects, and allied partners;
  • General knowledge of sports and enthusiasm for golf and prior direct experience with youth development programming preferred;
  • Confident strategic thinker, driven by conviction and knowledge, reliant on data analytics and context to inform decision-making, with the fortitude to guide others in these practices;
  • Excellent, transparent, and inclusive communicator who follows through and follows up; ability to share thoughts and observations; and who consistently treats others equitably and with respect;
  • Well-organized and energetic, lead-by-example doer, committed to personal excellence in leadership and execution who will uphold ethical standards and values of the nonprofit profession and the agency;
  • Knowledgeable professional but also an avid and enthusiastic learner willing to ask questions and pursue professional development for self as well as staff and volunteers, fostering an active culture of philanthropic service and teamwork;
  • Relationships and knowledge throughout Greater Detroit is a strong plus


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including base salary, bonus opportunity, and competitive benefits package. Full Time, Exempt

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
First Tee – Greater Detroit is an equal opportunity employer, valuing diversity and inclusion. Our policy is to comply with all federal and/or state laws regarding equal employment opportunity as they relate to employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, personnel decisions are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual preference or veteran status.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $80,000.00 - $120,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Fundraising: 1 year (Required)
  • Leadership: 2 years (Required)
  • Business development: 2 years (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 2 years (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Company's website:

  • www.firsttee.org

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
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