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Managing Director, School-Age Children

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The Robin Hood Foundation | New York, NY
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The Robin Hood Foundation


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About Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. In addition to funding 200 of the most effective nonprofits serving New Yorkers experiencing poverty, we amplify financial support with a range of management assistance.


Building on our 30 years of experience, Robin Hood is expanding our impact with an explicit focus on lifting families sustainably and measurably out of poverty through influencing policy, raising our thought leadership profile, importing and exporting effective ideas and strategies nationally, and building new collaborations with strategic partners.


Position Overview

The Managing Director, School-Age Children provides overall strategic direction and accountability for Robin Hood’s grant making activities focused on children ages 5 to 18 in New York City. Robin Hood recognizes that childhood is a critical life stage to help build the foundation for future economic success by providing strong academic and social-emotional learning opportunities and investing in children’s health, stability and well-being. Currently, this portfolio is about $25 million annually and includes investments in individual schools, support services, mental health programs, college access programs, human capital interventions, and large-scale public-private partnerships like Computer Science for All (CS4All).


The Managing Director is responsible for the articulation and implementation of the portfolio’s goals and priorities that contribute to Robin Hood’s strategic vision for sustainably moving households out of poverty. In this role, the Managing Director promotes efficiency, growth, and clear thinking on program development for community partners by reviewing and advising on program design, understanding fiscal information and evaluation data, and helping implement partnerships with other community-based groups and philanthropic donors. The Managing Director works in partnership with the other programmatic areas including the organization’s Policy, Partnerships, and Development teams, and provides counsel, support, guidance, oversight, mentoring, and general direction to program staff.


Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·        Direct grantmaking activities within subject matter areas of the portfolio.

·        Identify, research, and pursue new models for poverty-fighting strategies and develop innovative program ideas into grants.

·        Direct or conduct due diligence including investigation of the financial stability of organizations and the development of metrics rationale; communicate to proposal candidates the expectations, policies, and application practices of Robin Hood.

·        Direct critical review of docket on a quarterly basis, formulating assessment of program delivery and organizational technical assistance.

·        Communicate with board of directors through written overviews, grant recommendation reports, and oral presentations at meetings; provide information on general direction and trends of individual community partners and the non-profit sector in general. Prepare in-depth analysis of grants.

·        Manage relationships with Robin Hood partners; monitor performance of existing community partners through analysis of outcome data, partner reports, and site visits; develop recommendations for renewal program funding based on analysis of performance, social return on Robin Hood’s investment, and continued alignment with Robin Hood’s mission and approach to grant making.

·        Lead and manage a team of program officers overseeing research, site visits, and proposal development. Edit grant recommendations.

·        Work in partnership with other Managing Directors and Chief Strategy Officer to help lead the program team and the organization as a whole.

·        Work in partnership with the Policy team to develop organizational policy priorities as it relates to school-age children; work with the Partnerships team to build large-scale partnerships and to export successful programs across New York City and to other regions.

·        Liaise with Development team and other non-grant-making functions at Robin Hood to inform their work with donors, volunteers, and other interested parties; assist with the solicitation of funds for priority projects through donor meetings, events and project proposals.

·        Build relationships with relevant government and philanthropic partners.

·        Represent Robin Hood in external forums to advance the field and share learnings about economic mobility and the role of education in achieving sustainable mobility from poverty.

·        Develop contracts and negotiate annual objectives and goals for partners.

·        Perform administrative duties as necessary so that internal data systems are accurately updated.


The Managing Director, School-Age Children will report to the will report to the Chief of Grant Strategy.


Qualifications

·        Extensive experience with the education landscape and other social services service programs serving children in New York City. Knowledge of players and issues, direct service experience, and a view of education as a poverty-fighting tool

·        Strong research, analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills

·        Extensive management experience and insight about non-profit performance and operations

-       Broad knowledge about urban social services models and delivery

-       Broad, seasoned perspective on philanthropic field and its constituencies; knowledge of grant making preferred

-       Broad knowledge of social problems, programs and policies, government programs, funding streams, and cost structuring

·        10-15 years of relevant, full-time working experience; senior operational responsibility in a non-profit preferred

·        Master’s or professional degree required along with minimum of 10 years post-graduate professional experience

·        Commitment to poverty issues and to Robin Hood’s model of engaged grant making

·        Ability to be both a long-term strategic visionary and to understand current on-the-ground realities

·        Familiarity with the management challenges of social service non-profits and a basic understanding of statistics and not-for-profit accounting

·        Experience managing a team of seasoned, professional staff

·        Highly effective interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at multiple levels

·        A good blend of entrepreneurial spirit and the capacity to work within a team

·        Embraces ambiguity and has a willingness to “roll up their sleeves” 

·        High degree of self-awareness, humility, and diplomacy

·        Sense of humor and skillful listener 


Robin Hood Values

Our core values ground the work that we do in all areas of our organization. If these principles appeal to you, we invite you to apply.

·        Robin Hood puts people first. Always.

·        Robin Hood is unafraid to take action and create solutions.

·        Robin Hood is data driven and heart led.

·        Robin Hood works the coat check. 

About Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. In addition to funding 200 of the most effective nonprofits serving New Yorkers experiencing poverty, we amplify financial support with a range of…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.


How to Apply

Please visit our website to complete our online application.

Please visit our website to complete our online application.

Location

826 Broadway, 9th floor, New York, NY 10003

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