New York Director

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Emma's Torch
Brooklyn, NY
Published 5 days ago


Emma’s Torch is a non-profit social enterprise. Our mission is to train refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in the culinary arts and to empower them to build meaningful careers in the culinary industry. Our students participate in a full-time, paid, culinary training program in preparation for job placement. We celebrate what they have to offer, and we affirm their innate value and power. Emma’s Torch honors Emma Lazarus, a staunch advocate for refugee rights whose poem, “The New Colossus,” adorns the Statue of Liberty.  

Founded in 2016, Emma’s Torch piloted our signature classroom café  program in 2017. In May 2018, we opened our first full-service restaurant in Brooklyn, receiving recognition from outlets such as the New Yorker, the Today Show, Bloomberg, CNN, and the Guardian, among many others. The restaurant, which houses our Culinary Training Program, has cemented Emma’s Torch as a community institution. In response to increased demand for our services, we opened another program site at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in April 2019, enabling us to amplify our impact and to engage the community at large in supporting our mission. Prior to COVID-19, the earned revenue from our restaurant, café, and catering businesses offset 50% of our budget, providing a steady and sustainable model for growth. This allowed us to do more with every dollar donated.  More information can be found at


As Emma’s Torch is poised to embark on a chapter of growth, Emma’s Torch is seeking an ambitious, dedicated, and creative leader to chart the course for our New York operations. Reporting to the Executive Director, the New York Director will be responsible for managing both the operational and social missions of the organization within New York.  The New York Director will be responsible for maintaining and growing the organization’s presence in New York, working creatively to chart the next chapter of Emma’s Torch in New York. 



  • Operational Management & Financial Performance 
  • Manage the New York City staff in upholding excellence and efficiency of all operational areas of the organization
  • Support staff to achieve organizational mission
  • Work with bookkeepers to monitor and advise on financial health of the organization’s New York based operations 
  • Support Executive Director and Board Treasurer with annual nonprofit Audit and other related reports 
  • Achieving Our Mission
  • Support program team in problem-solving, refining, evaluating, and iterating program objectives 
  • Report on key performance metrics and indicators, adjust program to reflect needs of participants 
  • Fundraising 
  • Collaborate with Executive Director on fundraising initiatives
  • Ensure compliance with all donor-related reporting, including State and City grants
  • People Operations
  • Contribute and develop a team culture where people actively want to come to work through collaboration, collective vision setting, and strategic support
  • Drive employee engagement and retention efforts
  • Direct and supervise HR strategies and key DEI initiatives in line with best practices that align with Emma’s Torch values and aspirational culture
  • Drive employee compliance and required government reporting 
  • Oversee payroll operations in conjunction with payroll provider
  • Address and resolve employee relations issues
  • Maintain annual performance review process for all New York based staff 
  • Social Ventures
  • Support Food & Beverage team in managing the social ventures of Emma’s Torch to provide an educational experience for our students, and revenue to support the program
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements for these ventures
  • Ensure that the social ventures are achieving their impact and financial goals  


  • 6+ years of relevant nonprofit or business leadership experience 
  • Passion and enthusiasm for our mission and the population we serve
  • Entrepreneurial and creative problem solver  
  • Experience with fundraising and stakeholder management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; email and phone professionalism
  • Team player with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Detail-oriented, strong critical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • Understanding of culturally conscious conflict resolution skills


Emma’s Torch is a non-profit social enterprise. Our mission is to train refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in the culinary arts and to empower them to build meaningful careers in the culinary industry. Our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$75,000 - $85,000


Brooklyn, NY, USA

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