New York Executive Director

Posted by
Harlem Lacrosse
New York, NY

Harlem Lacrosse

Published 12 days ago

January 4, 2021
December 21, 2020
$80,000 - $110,000

Organization Description: Founded in 2011, Harlem Lacrosse is an innovative, school-based youth services organization that provides wrap-around support and advocacy to change the educational trajectories of underserved urban youth. A nationally recognized non-profit currently serving nearly 1200 boys and girls, Harlem Lacrosse places a full-time staff member at our school sites for each of our programs. More information about Harlem Lacrosse is available on our website,

Position Summary: Harlem Lacrosse seeks a full-time NYC Executive Director to manage the organization’s presence and impact in New York City. This position is an ideal opportunity for self-motivated, social entrepreneurs with general management experience, fundraising experience and a commitment to sports-based and academic youth programs.

Harlem Lacrosse – New York serves approximately 350 students in eleven school-based programs in Harlem and the Bronx. The Executive Director role requires an experienced and dynamic approach to leadership. They will be responsible for driving and managing all aspects of the local Harlem Lacrosse programs, including staff management, program oversight, local collaborations and partnerships, and local fundraising of the roughly $1.4 million annual budget. Reporting to the CEO and serving on the organization’s National Leadership Team, the Executive Director will play an important role in this next phase of Harlem Lacrosse’s growth by reliably leading and managing within one of Harlem Lacrosse’s national geographies.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced manager and leader who is motivated by aggressive individual goals while also energized by a collaborative approach to national programming.


Fundraising and Advisory Board Management – 50%

  • Sustain the local program by raising the funds necessary to execute and deliver the programs in New York City.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan for the local geography, maximizing local opportunities around foundation, corporate and individual giving.
  • Leverage and balance the time spent by the CEO and other organizational leaders on high-impact fundraising activities for the local market.
  • Solicit individual, corporate, and foundation gifts, and manage large fundraising events.
  • Manage and grow a portfolio of donor relationships by building and maintaining strong, positive relationships with existing and prospective donors in the local geography
  • Lead the local Advisory Board, leveraging their support for fundraising activities, partnership development and for programming support.

Staff and Program Management – 30%

  • Set, communicate, and manage to a clear vision and goals for the New York region
  • Oversee the work of the Managing Director of Programs to ensure that all programs are consistently aligned to Harlem Lacrosse’s vision and model, and performing at a high level
  • Manage a $1.4m budget, ensuring that spending decisions are aligned with priorities and goals
  • Support the New York team to develop individually and organizationally as antiracist leaders
  • Conduct regular observations and attend programming events so that you can provide regular feedback to local staff, ensure they are performing at their full potential, and continuously learning and improving
  • Support the collection of programmatic data to allow for rigorous measurement and evaluation of program outcomes
  • Maintain effective, collaborative relationships with school partners, including creating MOUs, setting expectations with school leadership, and managing issues and conflicts as they arise

Organizational Leadership – 10%

  • Contribute to the National Leadership Team on issues of organizational strategy and direction
  • Serve as a nexus point between the New York region and the National organization, contributing perspectives from your region to national strategy, and communicating the impact and import of national initiatives and decisions on the local context
  • Support the learning and development of staff across the organization by delivering professional development sessions and helping to develop structures to improve our work nation-wide

General Management – 10%

  • Manage, oversee and be accountable for administrative records and reporting, such as timely use of data management systems, program management systems and other needs related to the successful management of a local program within a national infrastructure.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the CEO as to the general health and wellbeing of the local program, including honest and realistic assessments of what’s working and where additional support could be helpful.
  • Lead local risk management, ensuring that regional operations and programming are in line with laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Maintain connection with Executive Directors and Regional Directors in other cities with a constant eye toward collaboration and connection. At Harlem Lacrosse, our cities operate as parts of a whole rather than as individual entities, and so a role of the leadership in each city is to ensure positive connection to others.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate is an action-oriented professional who thrives in a hands-on work environment. They are a manager and leader, but also roll up their sleeves to get the job done, regardless of the task. As a manager, they leverage the skills and experience of the entire team and actively participate in delivering necessary outcomes rather than only delegating. They think creatively and collaboratively within the context of both the local market and the national program and are able to get people excited about a common goal. As a leader in an organization serving primarily youth of color, they are eager to help the organization hone its racial equity lens, and bring an understanding of culturally responsive programming, antiracist education, and personal identity development to this role. The ideal Executive Director candidate excels at building and sustaining relationships, setting and communicating a vision, and holding themselves and others to high expectations in service of enabling life-changing experiences for youth.


  • 5+ years of demonstrated success building and leading a small organization or team in a fast-paced, direct-service, nonprofit organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to target a message to a variety of diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify donors and cultivate relationships leading to substantial commitments from those donors.
  • Track record in successfully and positively managing other people.
  • Experience and expertise supporting underserved youth and youth programming, preferably in the field of mentoring, education, and/or sports-based youth development.
  • Commitment to racial equity and excitement about demonstrating that commitment in the execution of this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree preferred.

This job will require some travel and is located in New York City.

Compensation: The hiring range for this position is between $80,000-110,000 depending on qualifications and prior experience.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and answers to a few brief application questions, on our website here:

Harlem Lacrosse is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds

Organization Description: Founded in 2011, Harlem Lacrosse is an innovative, school-based youth services organization that provides wrap-around support and advocacy to change the educational trajectories of underserved urban youth…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial


8 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027

How to Apply

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and answers to a few brief application questions, on our website here:

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and answers to a few brief application questions, on our website here:

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.