Executive Assistant to the CEO


Who We Are

Think of Us (TOU) operates as an R+D lab for child welfare. We take on strategic - and opportunistic -  projects with the goal of causing “good trouble” and ultimately, driving concrete, structural changes in policy, practice, resource flows, power dynamics, relationships and mental models.

Our ultimate goal is to build proximity so that those with Lived Experience in child welfare (former foster youth and those surrounding them) are fully integrated into every level and every decision of the system, ensuring everyone touched by child welfare has the conditions they need to Heal, Develop and Thrive.

We work across the ecosystem of current and former foster youth, child welfare workers, philanthropists and policymakers to Spark, Support and Drive to change the power dynamics to systematically center those with lived experience in child welfare.

    The Role

    Think of Us is looking for a DC-based C-Level Executive Assistant to support Sixto Cancel, our CEO. This person should love being a part of the “building stage” of organizations and get excited by navigating chaos, identifying when to create structure, and when to stay scrappy and roll with the punches.

    This person will partner closely with the CEOand be fully trusted to manage his calendar, email and contacts, as well as coordinating aspects of both his professional and personal life.

    We’re looking for someone that is committed to figuring out the many moving pieces the CEO navigates every day so they can be a strategic supporter of and contributor to his work. Learning these ropes will require them to be a curious, proactive learner, and they should be comfortable picking things up as they go along and independently navigating ambiguity. They should also know how to advocate for themselves when they need support to get things done – we’re a team and care about setting each other up for success!

    A strong candidate should also have an obsession with knocking through their to-do list and a knack for prioritizing last-minute asks, even if they derail original plans. No two days are the same, but this person should show up every day prepared to unblock Sixto and think critically about how to make him the most effective leader he can be!  


    This role is dynamic in scope, with responsibilities including but not limited to:

    • Managing the CEO’s daily to do list as a gatekeeper against any waste of time
    • Reviewing all incoming email correspondence; responding, delegating, and prioritizing as needed
    • Managing his calendar strategically, helping him meet deadlines and prioritize activities
    • Logging a list of key decisions needed each day including signatures, documents needing review, emails needing urgent responses, etc.
    • Attending meetings and owning notetaking + follow-up; drafting communications and emails on his behalf
    • Tracking and submitting Sixto’s expenses
    • Coordinating events, both internal or external
    • Taking on ad hoc tasks that are important to the CEO but difficult to complete in between a day fully booked with meetings
    • Complete ad hoc projects as assigned – such as personal events and appointments


    • Based in DC; available to be in the office daily and work a flexible schedule (e.g. be available when Sixto is!)
    • 4+ or more years of work experience, ideally in organizational operations and/or as an Executive Assistant at a fast-paced organization
    • Flexible + hands-on working style
    • Proactive approach to problem-solving – strong critical-thinking skills and superior judgement are a must
    • Organizational Wizard – to-do lists are holistic and checked off daily, nothing falls through the cracks and you have systems that work
    • Excellent communication skills, written + verbal (especially written!)
    • Fluency in GSuite + other tech tools like Asana + Slack
    • Commitment to our mission and nuanced understanding of systemic, structural racism and inequity
    • Commitment to centering the lived experience of those touched by child welfare in EVERY aspect of your work
    • Lived experience and/or proximity to Child Welfare is a plus

    Perks / Timings / Salary

    The Perks

    • We provide generous health, dental, & vision coverage as well as a 401k plan for your pre-tax retirement contributions
    • We have a flexible vacation policy
    • We hold biweekly team-wide learning sessions to deepen our understanding of the lived experience of foster youth
    • We put you at the cutting edge of change in the Child Welfare system
    • We provide the opportunity for you to interact with leading voices in government, foundations, entertainment, and the nonprofit world  working to reform child welfare.

    Role Details + Next Steps

    • This role has a salary range of $70,000 - $80,000, with specific offering based on experience. We are looking to fill this position immediately.