Career Opportunities

Do you love working on behalf of children, fostering their growth and development? Do you want a job that is challenging, gratifying, and allows you the opportunity to impact tens of thousands of youth each year? Focusing on our three Pillars of Student Success: Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy, JA staff enjoy a culture of mutual respect and co-worker camaraderie.

President & CEO

The President reports to the Board of Directors and serves as the Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc. “Chief Development Officer” leading the establishment and implementation of strategies to secure financial and related resources that support the achievement of the organization’s strategic and operational objectives.

Title: President & CEO
Area: Central Florida (Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties)
Reports to: Board of Directors
Status: Full-Time, Salaried


Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement delivers against its purpose by bringing together business and education to work with students in kindergarten through high school so they are empowered to own their economic success.
JACF’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed by helping today’s students pave the way for a bright future. JACF reaches more than 30,000 students annually with relevant, hands-on learning experiences that teach young people to manage their money, plan for their economic future, own their own businesses and develop readiness for careers or college. This is done through in-school, after school and online learning experiences working with a variety of corporate and community volunteers. JA programs empower young people to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world. JA of Central Florida also has two 3DE by Junior Achievement schools and was the first in the country to introduce this “school-within-a-school” model.
Located in Orlando, FL, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by corporate and individual contributors. The organization is governed by a board of directors comprised of high-ranking executives who represent a wide range of businesses and other institutions. For more information about Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc., please visit the website at

• Annual Revenue: $1,600,000
• Office and School Staff includes 10 FT and 2 PT employees

Primary Responsibilities:

Secures funding from corporate and foundation donors to support operational and strategic objectives.
• Develops, refines and implements an individual giving strategy to secure revenue and build a long-term funding pipeline.
• Develops and implements a strategy for alumni-giving; coordinates with the Junior Achievement USA Brand group in the development of a general alumni strategy.
• Directs and manages the funding campaigns to accomplish the Strategic Objectives of the organization.
• Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards both annual and major gifts developing a comprehensive donor engagement tool.
• Collaborates with staff to leverage donor relationships in the community to raise funds for Junior Achievement while preserving or enhancing the donor’s support of the local JA Area.
• Creates innovative, relevant, and effective impactful programs that support the mission of JACF.
• Assures outstanding stewardship and maintains a culture of customer delight in all interactions with Junior Achievement donors.
• Works with the Junior Achievement Board of Directors to assure a high level of engagement and Board giving.
• Works with Advisory Boards and constituents throughout the Central Florida region including our 3DE Advisory Board.
• Provides leadership, insights, and support to address broad organizational issues.
• Assures achievement of business objectives, anticipates skill requirements and develops staff to meet current and long-term needs of the organization.
• Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Qualifications (required)

The preferred candidate will have a successful history of corporate, foundation, and individual giving fundraising with experience in a federated organizational structure.
Previous experience and qualifications should include:
• At least four years of successful fundraising work.
• Demonstrated success in raising funds from corporations or foundations and through individual giving.
• Ability to work collaboratively, building trust with Board members, staff and internal leaders to influence others to open doors to potential donors and engage in other fundraising efforts.
• Ability to establish fundraising business processes that enable a team to secure successful fund-raising goals.
• Business acumen to assess the business landscape, identify resource requirements and adapt fundraising approaches to reflect any changes or new circumstances.
• Ability to pursue innovative avenues of fundraising based on the current environment.
• Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs to the highest level of business and individuals.
• Ability to foster an environment of customer focus and “delight” that leads to donor acquisition and retention.
• Ability to effectively manage a change agenda.
• Experience in selecting, leading, building and retaining a high performance-driven team, delivering excellence in a results-oriented environment.

Bachelor’s degree in business or related field and Advanced Degree, preferred.

Qualifications (desired)

• Passion for Junior Achievement’s mission.
• An inspirational leader able to motivate staff, Board of Directors, donors and others at all levels to embrace JA’s purpose and brand.
• Success in operating in a federated organization, working with diverse constituents and helping the organization execute its strategic and operational plans.
• A strong individual communicator able to frame a message to resonate with a variety of audiences and constituencies using a variety of communication techniques.
• A strong service focus and ability to work with donors and other stakeholders to deliver on the mission of the organization.
• Demonstrated ability to achieve results through influence and diplomacy to reach common ground and build alliances without compromising the organization’s interests.
• Flexibility to adapt to a dynamic, changing landscape and customers.
• Strong intellectual curiosity and a track record of thinking “outside the box” to explore and implement new innovations that achieve desired outcomes.
• Strong sensitivity, appreciation and understanding of diverse cultures.
• A record of complete integrity and strong personal character.
• Ability to resolve conflict in a positive and productive manner.
• Organizational awareness and business savvy.
• An exemplary performance record.

A competitive compensation package will be provided.

Application Process

To Apply:
Interested applicants should promptly send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Please note “JA of Central Florida” in the subject line.
Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc. intends for the hired candidate to begin the position on July 1, 2021.

Please do not submit this position specification to any website without the express permission of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc.

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