The Network seeks a new Executive Director.
The Supportive Housing Network of New York seeks a dynamic executive director. The executive director leads a staff of eleven fulltime professionals and has the support of talented and engaged board of directors.
About the Network:
The Network, which represents more than 200 nonprofits statewide, was established in 1988 as a membership organization of agencies that provide housing and services to vulnerable at-risk individuals and families. The Network supports the work of its membership through public education, research and policy analysis, advocacy, and training and technical assistance. The Network is a leading education and advocacy organization in New York State around issues of homelessness and vulnerable at-risk individuals and families, the impacts and benefits of supportive housing, and the need to expand access to supportive housing.
The Job of the Executive Director:
The executive director (i) provides the organization with executive leadership and strategic vision, (ii) oversees the organization’s financial management and fundraising activities, (iii) organizes and implements the organization’s policy, advocacy and programs, and, (iv) manages the organization’s administration and personnel.
Specific Job Responsibilities:
Executive Leadership & Strategic Vision
- Articulate and adhere to a clear mission statement developed with the Board of Directors and Network’s membership;
- Respond with creativity and initiative to emerging trends;
- Establish strong and effective working relationships with external partners, including City and State officials;
- Be the Network’s principal spokesperson with government and media; and
- Shape relevant government policies and align these with the activities of the Network’s members.
Financial Management and Fundraising
- Establish strong, positive relationships with foundation and corporate supporters;
- Expand and diversify the Network’s donor base;
- Ensure adequate financial controls and maintain sound financial practices; and,
- Operate within approved budgets to ensure that the Network is on sound financial footing with adequate cash flow and reserves.
Policy, Advocacy and Programs
- Work with the Board and staff to indentify and implement policy priorities and strategies to advance supportive housing in New York State.
- Develop and oversee the Network’s core response to emerging policy issues that present strategic challenges and opportunities for the membership;
- Be the respected voice for the Network and its members within policy and advocacy discussions and negotiations and encourage and cultivate senior policy staff to also represent the Network;
- Effectively advance the Network’s policy and advocacy agenda with state, federal and local officials; and,
- Demonstrate high quality analysis and good judgment in formulating and implementing the Network’s policy and advocacy positions.
Administration and Personnel
- Effectively delegate work to staff with appropriate levels of freedom, authority and responsibility;
- Encourage a work environment that fosters collaboration and professional growth;
- Ensure understanding and transparency around the organization’s benefits and policies and procedures; and
- Work effectively with Board of Directors and its executive, finance and audit committees.
- Five to ten years progressively responsible experience within an advocacy or membership organization;
- Five to ten years experience in a policy or management position;
- Demonstrated leadership, strong inter-personal and exceptional organizational skills;
- A proven track record in corporate and institutional fundraising;
- A broad network of relevant professional relationships;
- Experience working with or in state and local government;
- Experience working within broad-based coalitions;
- Excellent public speaking and oral communications skills as well as strong written communication skills;
- A demonstrated ability to work independently and collegially in a campaign-style environment; and,
- Strong aptitude in managing organizations.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package.
To apply, send resume, cover letter and list of at least three relevant professional references to Domenica Meehan at by September 30, 2014. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
The Network is an equal opportunity employer.