Executive Director in New York, NY

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11 - 15 years

Posted 7 weeks ago

The Position and the Person:

We are seeking a visionary, engaging, and results-oriented executive director who wants to lead the continued transformation of the Y into a destination for downtown Jewish culture, community, and education. This is a critical transitional period and exciting opportunity for the 14th Street Y, as the new executive director will lead the organization through planning and implementation of a capital campaign to create a cutting-edge new building with a mix of existing and new programming. The right leader will be able to successfully manage both the current state of the Y as well as its future-state growth and development.

The Person: We are looking for an inspiring leader whose professional mission is rooted in Jewish values and whose leadership style reflects downtown New York City at its best: dynamic, inclusive, and innovative. Given the next phase of development, it is critical that our next executive director be eager to dive into a complex real estate and construction project that requires a mix of high-level vision and fundraising as well as attention to the details of capital campaign management and execution. To achieve this, we seek a leader who can form trusting relationships, delegate and manage appropriately, and enlist diverse communities of donors, staff, Y members, community partners, and local residents to achieve ambitious goals.

The Position: In coordination with Educational Alliance leadership and support services, this position will be responsible for all aspects of the Y, including program design, implementation, and evaluation; finances and daily operations; staff development; partnership development; and external engagement.

Leadership: This role will require the executive director to develop and communicate an inspirational vision for a new downtown cultural hub grounded in Jewish values, and then inspire staff and stakeholders, including the 14th Street Y Board and funders, to achieve that vision. Successful leadership requires an ethical leader committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as someone who can set clear, ambitious goals while holding staff responsible for achieving these goals in ways that are sustainable, ethical, safe, and efficient. The executive director also serves as a critical leader within Educational Alliance at large, and must model executive-level leadership and collaboration in interactions with all internal partners.

External Engagement: The executive director will work to develop partnerships with funders, Educational Alliance staff outside the Y, Y and Educational Alliance Board members, local elected officials, community organizations and residents, and other groups and individuals in order to further the mission of the Y. In particular for this next phase, the ability to raise funds, particularly individual major gifts, is an important component of this role. The executive director also serves as the chief spokesperson for the Y and will work with the marketing team to ensure that the Y's core messages and value proposition are effectively communicated to external groups and individuals.

Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation: The executive director will be responsible for managing a varied portfolio of programs and ensuring that programs continue to improve, innovate, and meet annual efficacy and fiscal targets. The ideal candidate will be able to drive teams to set ambitious goals, take appropriate risks, and develop metrics to track and measure progress so that the organization can learn and improve over time.

Operational and Fiscal Management: In coordination with the Y leadership team and support from Educational Alliance's finance department, the executive director will be responsible for developing and managing a $10M+ annual budget as well as the Y's facilities, purchasing, compliance, and health and safety.

Talent Development: The executive director will manage and improve structures and processes to ensure that we are recruiting, retaining, and developing high-quality staff at all levels of the Y in order to ensure world-class customer service; innovative, inclusive, and impactful program design; and efficient and effective program implementation. In particular, the executive director will manage a high-performing leadership team in areas such as operations, programs, and marketing.


· 10+ years of successful leadership experience in a complex organization. Experience working in an urban setting, particularly in New York City, is preferred but not required

· Strong commitment to Jewish culture, education, and community building

· Experience in fundraising and/or funder engagement is required, and experience fundraising for a capital campaign or similar project is a plus

· Experience managing a capital campaign, major construction project, or similarly significant organizational change management process is a plus but not required

· Strong understanding of running a mission-driven organization, including the ability to integrate the use of business models and business sensibility with the core values of a non-profit, mission-based agency

· Master's degree in a relevant field (business, non-profit management, government, education, social services, etc.) is strongly preferred

· Deep commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable workplace where everyone is welcome and leadership works to understand their important role in creating fairer systems for all communities

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking

· Passion for the work and legacy of the 14th Street Y and Educational Alliance

Humor, patience, persistence and tenacity to see projects through to completion

Educational Alliance "Perks"

ü Competitive salary

ü Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

ü Comprehensive health insurance

ü Free gym membership at the Manny Cantor Fitness Center and free family membership at the 14th Street Y

ü Generous paid time off throughout the year

ü Company-funded cash benefit pension plan and other retirement planning opportunities