• Job posted by Community Access

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Community Access was founded in 1974 as a bold response to the mass release of patients from New York's psychiatric hospitals. Our founders pooled their energy and money to rent apartments in tenant-run “homestead” buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. These early efforts became the prototype for one of the nation’s first supportive housing programs. This activist tradition has grown to include award-winning programs that integrate affordable housing for families with special needs units, pet adoption services, urban farming, the nation’s leading peer training academy, and a high-profile policy and advocacy unit.   


Today our programs are spread across 20 locations, employ 400 employees, and include over 1,000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, Blueprint Supported Education, East Village Access—a PROS program, a peer-driven Crisis Respite Center, an Artist Collective, and more. Since 1993, to ensure a true partnership with our customers, the agency has had a policy of affirmatively hiring people who have had direct experience using mental health services. 


Position Overview

The Chief Executive Officer of Community Access is responsible for building on past success to develop new housing and program solutions for its participants, growing business relationships and funding opportunities beyond its traditional government contract relationships, promoting a social justice agenda in collaboration with colleague organizations. Working with the Board, executive team, and key partners, he/she will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision that is consistent with the organization’s values and responds to the core needs of its constituency.


Strategic Opportunities

The changing health care landscape presents several opportunities and challenges for Community Access, including the transition of behavioral health services to managed care, partnering with private developers and colleagues to create even more ambitious housing opportunities, and the expansion of peer-informed practice and peer employment. Capitalizing on these opportunities and challenges will require partnerships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as engaging the agency’s workforce in a process to transform and create new service models. 



The successful applicant must have a commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; Master’s Degree in Public Administration or related field, or equivalent experience in a similar role may be substituted for degree; experience with developing and monitoring supportive services for people with psychiatric disabilities, individuals who have been homeless and/or incarcerated, as well as those who are dually diagnosed; experience with the city housing development process, government funding sources, and subsidy programs; minimum of ten (10) years supervisory and leadership experience; prior public policy or advocacy experience; extensive fundraising and marketing experience; prior experience in setting and maintaining a strong entrepreneurial and mission driven culture.


Interested candidates may apply via email at:


Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.


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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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