Vice President, Executive Director

  • New York, NY, US

The Vice President, Executive Director (VP&ED) is responsible for ensuring the New York City site meets their annual, operating, and long-term goals. This innovative, entrepreneurial, and seasoned executive serves as the primary leader, strategist, and external champion of the site. The VP&ED works with the Regional Vice President for the Northeast Region and supports City Year New York City's senior leadership team. This dynamic, visionary change agent leads and provides support to 57 site staff members and more than 250 AmeriCorps members serving in 24 schools, impacting more than 13,000 students every day. Additionally, the VP&ED works closely with City Year New York City's 17-member board, comprised of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of New York City. This individual is accountable for a budget of approximately $12M. With these supports and resources, the VP&ED will manage an aggressive long-term impact strategy to lead the New York City site to reach their potential in sustainability, growth, and scale. Also, as a Vice President for City Year Inc.'s national organization, the VP&ED also strengthens the connection between strategy and implementation at various levels within the larger network.

Serving as the primary champion of City Year's impact locally, the VP&ED leads efforts to keep students in school and on track, while also ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the site. This experienced executive represents the organization within the local community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders. These constituencies include service partners; the New York City (NYCDOE) and New York State Department of Education (NYSDOE), and the New York State Commission on National and Community Service; alumni; and private sector funders and sponsors. In New York City, the top priorities moving forward will likely include:

• Developing strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
• Implementing strategies to continuously improve the quality and impact of the program model.
• Increasing fundraising results, including a focus on high-net-worth individual giving.
• Growing the brand recognition of City Year New York City through local and national exposure.
• Creating and executing effective strategies to develop and retain staff and AmeriCorps members.

Job Description

The VP&ED is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local New York City market, the City Year Northeast Region, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of: revenue, service impact and school partnerships, development, management and retention of corps and staff, and site board development and relations.

  • Service Performance, Implementation, and Delivery:In partnership with senior program staff, the VP&ED will ensure high quality, full fidelity, and high impact program implementation of the nationally-developed Whole School Whole Child service delivery model by AmeriCorps members across 24 NYC public elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Staff Management: Support the growth and professional development of six management team members (senior leadership team) and 57 indirect reports as they manage 257 AmeriCorps members in service implementation and secure needed resources. Establish effective succession plan for key roles to ensure ready candidates and smooth transitions.
  • Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Lead site development staff (7 full time employees) and 17 board members to raise the funds necessary to meet annual revenue goals ($7M+ in public sector/$4M+ in private sector support). Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with funders; build a sustainable revenue model based on philanthropic, government, and earned income sources.
  • Board Member Engagement: Recruit, develop, and manage a dynamic, engaged, and productive site board executing a multi-year site strategic plan that contributes to the success of the local site.
  • Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials - Mayor, City Council, Governor, NYCDOE, NYSDOE, and members of U.S. Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement. Maintain relationship with AmeriCorps state commission; prepare effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet performance and compliance requirements associated therein.
  • AmeriCorps Recruitment: Collaborate with City Year's national recruitment and admissions team to ensure site recruits, selects, and admits corps members within the regional framework, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals.
  • Financial Management: Manage fiscally-sound budgeting, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a site budget of upwards of $12 million.
  • Alumni Engagement: Collaborate with alumni board to leverage alumni to support AmeriCorps members in service and to advance City Year goals and continue their lifetime of service.
  • Civic Engagement: Ensure site delivers transformative civic leadership development that engages external volunteers and develops AmeriCorps members' skills and expertise.
  • Communications: Lead the site in increasing visibility and brand awareness of City Year's work in local and national media and marketing channels.

Additionally, the VP&ED integrates the site's strategy and priorities with those of City Year, Inc. The VP&ED also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year's national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree with an advanced degree (e.g. M.B.A, M.P.A, etc.) in a related field.
  • A minimum of 8 –10 years of professional experience with a solid track record of building a sustainable organization.
  • Skill and experience working in an entrepreneurial and dynamic organization.
  • Experience leveraging outstanding leadership and management skills to oversee a complex enterprise at a high level of responsibility.
  • A background that includes contributing at a senior level to the change and growth – as measured by both scale and impact – of an organization.
  • Proven skills and experience in fundraising and/or sales; a "closer" with a track record of success in fundraising and leading board members and staff to engage in a development strategy.
  • Proven ability to develop and/or manage high-quality and innovative programs and events resulting in high impact for targeted populations.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills; proven ability to build and sustain relationships with senior-level stakeholders.
  • Ability to and interest in leading a site within a larger global network; familiar with the challenges of coordinating local organizational priorities with global/national strategic initiatives and goals.
  • High level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships.
  • Ability to relate to and inspire 18 – 25 year olds and mobilize large or small groups to action.
  • Confidence, poise, and a determined leadership style which will enable the VP&ED to articulate City Year's mission and work effectively to both internal and external audiences as well as inspire staff, AmeriCorps members, and community members.
  • All of the following skills and/or competencies are extremely helpful:
    • City Year knowledge/exposure
    • Strong knowledge of New York City and New York State philanthropic, education, and policy landscape.
    • Significant non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience and an established local network.
    • Content knowledge of youth development and/or community or national service.

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

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