To develop and promote an effective and vibrant charitable
nonprofit community throughout New York State by strengthening
organizational capacity, being an advocate and unifying voice,
informing philanthropic giving, conducting research, and planning
to demonstrate relevance and impact.
Do you believe in the nonprofit sector’s power and impact to
improve the lives of New Yorkers and change the world? Are you a
champion for a stronger sector and a better future for New
Are you inspired by building? Building the membership? Building
the brand? Building services to build the capacity of nonprofit
Do you have the entrepreneurial zest to help grow a family of
nonprofits, including a social enterprise to meet the evolving
needs of the nonprofit sector? Can you lead an effective
customer-service model, ensuring a clear value-added
Are you a natural learner and teacher? Are you committed to
ensure nonprofits develop the knowledge and tools to maximize
community impact with measurable outcomes? Can you nurture an
effective learning organization?
Do you operate with a firm conviction that the intentional
inclusion of diverse perspectives leads to better decision making
and greater outcomes?
If so, we invite you to keep reading to explore the enormous
potential for you to make a lasting difference for a strong,
vibrant, and equitable New York.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK COUNCIL OF
NYCON is a dynamic 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with three
affiliate corporations dedicated to helping New York State’s
nonprofits succeed by building their capacity for growth and
community impact. NYCON has a voting membership body of 3,000
nonprofits comprised mostly of small- to moderate-sized,
community-based organizations from all corners of the state. Our
affiliate family of services is a one-stop resource, providing a
full range of business and capacity-building information and
services to NYCON members and non-members alike. Our seasoned team
of nonprofit specialists provides accessible and affordable expert
consulting, legal assistance, and customized training to meet the
diverse needs of the nonprofit community. Additional offerings
include free member webinars, exclusive access to discounted tools
and programs, and a range of members-only insurance offerings. The
NYCON family of services provides affordable innovative assistance
in almost every area of operations and governance to help
nonprofits develop desired sustainability and growth, fulfill their
fiduciary obligations, and resolve the practical problems and
The three affiliates in the NYCON Family, each with their own
Board of Directors, are:
- Council Services Plus (CS Plus): a
for-profit social enterprise providing state-licensed, full-service
insurance brokerage specializing in the small- to mid-sized
nonprofit market. CS Plus is licensed in 11 states in addition to
- BoardStrong (formerly Governance
Matters): an innovative and comprehensive online board-building
nonprofit, complemented by customized direct services, that
provides board recruitment and matching, board development
consulting, and governance education. Currently focused on New York
State, the BoardStrong.org site has the potential to provide these
services to other states or nationally.
- Good Causes (formerly Innovative
Charitable Initiatives): a nonprofit offering fiscal sponsorship,
employee administration, and a temporary home for programs in
transition to emerging charitable groups
There are 40 individual directors, including non-voting
ex-officio directors, serving in total on NYCON and its affiliate
Boards, with some individuals serving on more than one Board.
NYCON’s Board, which is elected by the membership body, currently
has 22 directors. BoardStrong has 18 directors, CS Plus has eight,
and Good Causes has four. The CEO is an ex-officio, non-voting
director on the BoardStrong and CS Plus Boards, but not on Good
Causes for risk management purposes.
For 2021, the consolidated budgeted revenue for NYCON and its
affiliates totals $4,735,470. Of this, the annual budget for NYCON
itself is $2,840,690, including about $595,000 in recognized
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funding. NYCON is diversified in
revenue sources receiving 16 percent of its funds from government
contracts, the vast majority of which are from a long-term
partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts; 15 percent
in direct fee-for-service from client nonprofits, most of which a
third-party philanthropic funder is the original source of the
funds; 14 percent in foundation and United Way grants; 13 percent
from events, sponsorship, and fundraising; 13 percent from dues and
related membership service fees; and eight percent from
intercompany transactions with affiliates. Of note, is that all of
the government contracts and philanthropic grants (with the
exception of one general operating grant) are largely based on
NYCON’s fee-for-service business model. Also to note, NYCON is not
as financially reliant on membership dues income and events as are
typical state associations.
NYCON has 20 full-time employees and one part-time employee,
operating from four locations (Albany, Oneonta, Poughkeepsie, and
New York City) with the vast majority of employees, including the
CEO, in the Albany corporate office. CS Plus has 11 employees, all
of whom report directly to CS Plus’s President/CEO, who in turn is
directly accountable to its volunteer-led Board of Directors.
Through a shared staffing arrangement, NYCON provides the
administrative and program staffing support for BoardStrong and
Good Causes, with these staff members accountable to the NYCON CEO
as well as to their respective Boards.
Due to extensive travel during pre-pandemic times, several staff
were accustomed to working remotely prior to the pandemic.
Currently, most NYCON staff have returned to a physical presence in
the office similar to pre-pandemic times in accordance with
reopening planning by an employee workgroup and with consideration
to individual employee circumstances.
The CEO provides the strategic, ethical, inspirational, and
practical leadership to NYCON’s Board of Directors, family of
organizations, and multidisciplinary management and staff teams
with the goal of ensuring mission success and financial
sustainability of the individual entities and NYCON’s overall
service delivery system. The CEO directly supervises a management
team of eight NYCON employees, of which four positions are
considered senior management. For planning, coordination, and
integration purposes, the President/CEO of CS Plus participates on
the senior management team of NYCON.
The CEO will be responsible for:
- Leadership – Lead with a mission-driven
commitment to strengthen the sector and service delivery. Inspire
with a strategic vision while attending to day-to-day operations,
new member and business development, services, and programs.
Supervise, motivate, and evaluate a dedicated staff with a shared
sense of purpose, creating ongoing opportunities for learning,
growth, and creativity, and fostering an inclusive culture where
all staff and members can thrive. Develop organizational structure
to facilitate and ensure alignment with the organization’s strategy
and business plan. Serve as a respected thought leader in the
sector staying abreast of new developments and ahead of the curve.
Represent the voice of the sector throughout New York and
- General Management, Administration, Finance, and
Planning – With the COO, CFO, and other staff, ensure
fiscal sustainability and health, attending to both longer-term
financial forecasting and the efficient administration of
day-to-day operations. Hold the organization to the highest levels
of accountability and consistency with respect to all management
systems, accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, funding, cash
flow, and cost reporting. Advise and assist the Board in
preparation of the annual budget. Work closely with Board
committees and keep the Board abreast of the organization’s current
fiscal health and foreseeable conditions.
- Governance Board Relations – Establish a
strong working partnership with the Board of Directors built on
trust that enriches their experience and brings forth their best
ideas and efforts in governance and inspires their maximum
financial support. Recommend best practices and ensure proper
implementation of Board policies consistent with applicable laws,
regulations, and contractual obligations. Advise the Board and lead
the staff in developing and implementing organizational strategic
directions. Help strengthen the Board through the recruitment of
new members as needed.
- Resource and Fund Development – Develop and
execute earned revenue resource development strategies to ensure
business continuity, financial success, and sustainability. Lead
resource development with senior staff and Board members to
sustain, diversify, and strengthen support, building upon existing
funding relationships and identifying and securing new sources.
Further the establishment of a strong culture of philanthropy
within the organization in which the Board and staff serve as
ambassadors and engage in relationship building. Facilitate Board
giving and encourage Board members to work with the CEO to secure
additional outside funding.
- Services, TA/Consulting and Training – Develop
and implement mission-based programs and services. Oversee and
bolster direct fee-generating proposal development and direct
expert consultation, training, and support to nonprofits,
philanthropic funders, and state funders. Stay connected with the
issues, capacity needs, and trends of nonprofits. Foster a
customer-centric enterprise that builds member engagement, loyalty,
and investment based on high-service satisfaction.
- Affiliate Responsibilities/Related Entities and
Activities – Assist in the development of, and provide the
appropriate guidance and support to, the Boards and staff of the
distinctively unique related entities as appropriate to their
- Communication – Oversee communication of
NYCON’s role in support of a strong nonprofit sector for New York.
Serve as a visible spokesperson for attracting new business and
resources. Build upon NYCON’s reputation as a recognized leader and
partner in the sector. Reach media, policymakers, members, and
other important constituencies about membership services, programs,
and activities. Represent NYCON as a thought and practice leader
through committees, conversations, convenings, and conferences.
With staff, monitor key trends and issues throughout New York and
communicate their implications to staff and Board with recommended
- Advocacy, and Representation – Keep the Board
and membership informed of pertinent public policy matters.
Exercise advocacy and lobbying influence in accordance with Board
direction. Serve as a spokesperson for NYCON and as a
representative to the National Council of Nonprofits as well as
with appropriate regional, statewide, or national organizations
with which NYCON is formally affiliated.
- Alliances and Program Development – Serve as a
driver of innovation by continuously scanning for new opportunities
and new potential partnerships/strategic alliances/mergers to
strengthen nonprofit effectiveness. Promote a responsive
customer-service culture. Align staff functions and
responsibilities based on programmatic goals. Evaluate and ensure
that member services and programs are coordinated and meeting
targets. Ensure high-quality member services with demonstrable
impact. Expand array of products and partnerships.
- Learning for Improvement – Regularly assess
alignment of organizational structure, staff, and functions with
strategic direction. Be accountable for the organization achieving
intended outcomes with solid metrics for continuous improvement and
accountability. Ensure production of practical tools for members
and other nonprofits to bring impactful change to their
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS
The CEO will:
- Be an unwavering champion advancing New York State’s charitable
sectors and diverse regions.
- Be a knowledgeable and experienced leader with the credibility
to engage and inspire a diverse set of constituencies around
NYCON’s work and services, including members, funders, potential
customers, and the media. Be able to influence change in the state
and the sector.
- Have a deep experience-based understanding of the nonprofit
sector with respect to capacity building, evaluation, change
management, governance, and organizational learning. Possess a firm
understanding of New York State regions and the nonprofit sector –
its policies, leaders, trends, new business opportunities, and
- Have proven managerial, problem-solving, and strategic-planning
skills in a complex association/membership organization as a
results-oriented executive in a growth-oriented environment.
- Have demonstrated ability as a catalyst for transformative
change to balance long-term strategic vision with daily operational
responsibilities. Have the ability to attract and retain top people
to work for the organization and to nurture high-performing teams.
Have the ability to share responsibility for leadership of the
organization and partner with the Board and staff to set goals,
track progress, and assess effectiveness of the organization.
- Be a leader with demonstrated experience putting equity into
practice who listens with understanding and treats everyone with
respect, with a consultative and inclusive internal and external
management style. Have a high level of emotional intelligence.
- Inspire trust through integrity, competence, and
follow-through. Operate with the highest level of ethical
- Be nimble and curious, with an openness to learning new things.
Exercise true entrepreneurship with the creativity to try new
structures and approaches to pursue opportunities and solve
problems while appropriately balancing fiduciary obligations and
risk management practices. Have a positive can-do attitude. Believe
that anything is possible and be able to responsibly get it
- Be a practice leader and supervisor by deploying highly
qualified individuals to provide direct training and consulting
assistance and service as appropriate to nonprofits and offer
project and case advice, guidance, and support to these
- Have the sophistication to develop new business, memberships,
and clients, as well as to cultivate and seize new opportunities
for revenue generation. Be a leader who can ensure enduring and
impactful services and programs and who enjoys the opportunity to
secure the financial means needed to sustain them.
- Be discerning with how best to use all forms of technology to
strengthen the business.
- Have excellent oral, facilitation, and written communication
skills. Have a comfort level and the ability to communicate with
widely differing audiences.
- Enjoy collaborating with others to develop creative ideas and
approaches. Possess a sense of optimism, adventure, and humor.
Effectively bring out the best in others. Have demonstrated
experience navigating partnerships, building and working in
coalitions, and putting mission first ahead of individual
needs/interests. Prioritize listening and learning from
Learn more about the New York Council of Nonprofits at
The New York Council of Nonprofits is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals,
veterans, people experiencing disabilities, and members of other
minority or marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to
NYCON believes in a healthy workplace and offers
excellent benefits including: health, dental, vision, life,
long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance;
participation in 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans with employer
contribution; travel-related reimbursements and cell phone
provision or reimbursement; and generous paid leave policies and
holiday schedule. Note that the NYCON team has an active
reopening plan that is continually reviewed and updated by an
employee work team. Currently, most employees are physically
present in the office.
There are physical requirements for the job which include
the ability to work at a computer station for extended periods of
time. Travel will be required in accordance with reopening plans of
both NYCON and those we serve and may be extensive.
Please send nominations or applications including cover
letters, resumes, and all contact information to Paul Spivey