Executive Director


CHOOSE 180 transforms systems of injustice & supports the young people who are too often impacted by those systems. We envision a future where systems are community-led, having those who are most impacted by the system, at the center of solution ideation.


CHOOSE 180, a historically black-led organization, began in 2011 as a community-centered effort in partnership with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to impact racial disproportionality. The primary goal was to keep youth out of the juvenile criminal legal system and break the school-to-prison pipeline. Recognizing that the criminal legal system was not the most effective tool in addressing complex social issues, then King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg reached out to community leader Doug Wheeler Jr. to partner in creating an alternative to traditional prosecution.

Fast forward to 2023, CHOOSE 180 has expanded, and currently offers nine programs to support young people, dismantle oppressive systems, and provide access to resources and opportunities in King County.




CHOOSE 180 is seeking a strategic and multi-faceted leader to join the organization as the next executive director. The person in this role will work collaboratively with staff, board, and community members. The executive director must be able to convey the mission and program offerings clearly to community members in an engaging way. Additionally, the executive director will directly oversee and contribute to operational management of the organization, including budget creation / management, human resources, and fund development.  

Other critical responsibilities for this role include evaluating the ever-changing landscape of the juvenile legal system with an intersectional equity analysis, strategic direction, galvanizing the organization’s vision internally and externally, and ensuring a strong financial position for the organization. The person in this role will report to a team of 13 board of directors and has 7 direct reports.


Specific responsibilities of the executive director include, but are not limited to the following:


Strategic Leadership

    • Provides a future-oriented mindset for the organization that emphasizes increased impact.
    • Leads collaborative processes to develop and operationalize strategic plans.
    • Assesses the changing environment of the systems serving youth and ensures advancement and relevancy of the organization.
    • Builds strong and trusted relationships with all stakeholders to advance CHOOSE180’s standing and ability to influence.
    • Leads and oversees the development of short-and-long term revenue growth plans.
    • Identifies and pursues opportunities that will support sustainability and increased community impact.
    • Leads and supports efforts focused on strategic prospect development and cultivates relationships with private foundations, individual donors as well as public funding opportunities.
    • Expertly brokers and negotiates new partnerships or makes changes to existing partnerships which tap into the power of the organization.
    • Ensures open communication regarding the measurement of financial and programmatic performance against stated milestones and goals with the Board.
    • Cultivates strong and transparent working relationships with the Board.

Operational Leadership (Fiscal, Administrative, and Programmatic)

  • Oversees the financial status of the organization including the revenue forecasts and biennial and supplemental budget development and monitoring.
  • In conjunction with the finance manager, ensures that financial controls and sound accounting practices are established and are being followed.
  • Negotiates fiscal contracts (annually), overseeing deliverables, invoicing, and reporting (monthly and quarterly).
  • Ensures the flow of funds permits CHOOSE180 to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.
  • Acumen for strategic staff professional development.
  • In collaboration with the contracts and reporting manager, ensures that performance reports and grant reporting occur on time and is accurate, positioning CHOOSE180 to receive future funding and consideration.
  • Leads efforts to create and execute comprehensive marketing, branding, and fundraising plan to ensure brand integrity.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Advocacy provides leadership oversight of policy initiatives.
  • Creates, reviews, and galvanizes KPI’s for programmatic outcomes.
  • Is a champion for an organizational culture that balances qualitative and quantitative data review.


CHOOSE 180 is a unique organization that is boldly committed to a creating and maintaining a work environment that supports collaboration, inclusion, shared accountability, and shared power. At its core, CHOOSE180 values the voices of people with lived experience and those who have experience dismantling systems of oppression.  Individuals who work for CHOOSE180 are naturally aligned with the following:

  • a commitment to anti-racism and system transformation.
  • an ability to listen with an open mind and a deep commitment to including and respecting diverse viewpoints.
  • values inclusive relationship building.
  • exhibits a proactive and collaborative attitude.
  • has a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.

Skills & Competencies

An effective executive director for CHOOSE180 will be an individual who can provide strategic leadership to the organization, ensuring sustainability and relevancy in an ever-changing and unprecedented time. The executive director will be a champion for innovation, shared decision making and productive disruption. A successful executive director will also have:


  • the ability to be compelling and persuasive in their communication of CHOOSE180’s vision and work.
  • a commitment to amplify the voices of marginalized youth and families with the purpose of transforming systems that impact those most marginalized.
  • strong understanding of systemic oppression and intersectional analysis, with a desire to reimagine and rebuild a less oppressive system.
  • the ability to build agency and advocacy skills amongst all members of the organization.
  • looks for opportunities to create new partnerships and allows others to leverage existing partnerships.
  • understanding of non-profit fundraising and philanthropy (i.e., cultivation, stewardship, etc.).
  • a commitment to building, developing, and supporting diverse teams.
  • a commitment to learning, accountability, and growth for themselves and their team.
  • communicates in clear and compelling ways (written/verbal) and adapts appropriately for the environment.


Successful executive director candidates will likely possess the following:

  • Lived experience being directly impacted by systems of oppression.
  • Strong connections to communities we serve.
  • Senior leadership experience – nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Fiscal stewardship, management, budgeting, or P/L responsibility of an organization. with an annual budget of $5m+ (nonprofit finance experience preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and communicate with a broad range of stakeholders, including community members, policy makers, and funders.
  • Solid understanding and strong racial equity analysis of child and youth serving public systems and court processes.
  • Board relations experience.
  • Track record of public speaking and strong writing abilities.
  • Experience and/or commitment to a shared leadership and decision-making model
  • Proven track record of mentoring and coaching team members; fueling the professional / personal growth in others.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience (i.e., private donors, foundations, and public funding)
  • Contract negotiation experience.
  • Lobbying and / legislative experience is helpful but not required.


CHOOSE 180 is committed to providing employees with a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $145,000, DOE. CHOOSE 180 offers full benefits including 100% employer paid HMO plan, or partially paid PPO plan, dental insurance, voluntary benefits, access to policies for life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, monthly wellness stipend, continuing education or tuition assistance, and paid leave (15 vacation days, 10 paid holidays, and 2-week office closure at year end. 



For more information about this position, please contact Nicole Leckband at Otherwise, please complete the form below:


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CHOOSE 180 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CHOOSE 180 is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, Board, and staff. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply by providing a current resume via email to



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