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 more than 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.
Robin Hood funds more than 200 of the most effective
poverty-fighting programs in the five boroughs of New York City. In
addition to our core grant making, Robin Hood provides management
and technical assistance to help groups build capacity, and our
Governance and Board Placement Program is a key piece of this work.
Through this service, we connect talented individuals who are
interested in dedicating their time and skills to the boards of
organizations funded by Robin Hood. We work closely with
these partners to assess and prioritize their strategic board needs
and develop initiatives to strengthen the performance of their
boards through trainings, events and access to consulting
The Director, Governance and Board Placement will develop and
manage overall strategy for all governance related activities
including board candidate recruitment, customized governance
trainings, advice on committee structure and governance processes,
cultivation with corporate partners and/or affinity groups, and
development of resources/tools for Robin Hood funded community
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Design and develop an overall strategy for Robin Hood’s
governance work with an emphasis on expanding board recruitment
- Collaborate with the Senior Manager, Governance and Board
Placement, in identifying and connecting appropriate board
candidates with Robin Hood Development activities, including Family
Philanthropy, and relevant event invitations.
- Collaborate with Senior Manager of Corporate in the cultivation
of corporate partnerships for identification of potential board
- Design and implement a board candidate evaluation tool to
formally assess board recruitment needs for community
- Recruit prospective board candidates for community partners and
manage them through the interview, screening, and matching
- Organize and present recruitment pitches at corporations and
- Develop formal recruitment plan to expand pipeline of qualified
- Partner with Robin Hood’s senior staff, development team, board
of directors and leadership council members as appropriate to
develop outreach strategies and solicit potential candidates for
community partners’ boards.
- Contribute and ensure accuracy of relevant board recruitment
data for inclusion in internal and external
- Lead efforts to define metrics for board recruitment and assess
the impact of candidates placed on community partners’ boards.
- Monitor innovations and best practices in non-profit board
recruitment and governance; share learnings with program team.
- Work with other philanthropies and funders to promote Robin
Hood’s model of engaged grant making supported by capacity building
services; identify partnership opportunities.
- Participate in other general functions and duties of the Robin
Hood, incorporating our guiding principles of humanity/proximity,
Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and innovation and risk.
The Director, Governance and Board Placement is on the
Management Assistance team and will report to the Managing
Director, Management Assistance.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- 10-15 years of professional experience, with a demonstrated
passion for poverty-fighting work in NYC.
- Excellent written and verbal communications.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Tact, good judgment and the ability to work well both
independently and as part of a team.
- Self-driven and well-organized, with high standards for self
- Strong project management skills.
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking abilities.
- Ability to meaningfully engage a variety of stakeholders, both
internal and external.
- Flexible and adaptable, with an ability to manage multiple
priorities and deadlines.
- Friendly, collaborative, and dependable with a good sense of
Robin Hood Guiding Principles
As an organization committed to economic mobility, our work is
grounded in the following Guiding Principles:
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Proximity and humanity
- Risk-taking and innovation
Our professional community reflects myriad demographic
characteristics, perspectives, and backgrounds, which includes
various identities that reflect diversity in gender identity and
expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability,
and socioeconomic status. Our colleagues have access to
opportunity and advancement, as we promote fair and equitable
treatment and have encouraged participation by underrepresented
groups. As a team, we promote a sense of belonging, high levels of
engagement, and shared respect.
- Robin Hood puts people first.
- Robin Hood is unafraid to take action and create
- Robin Hood is data driven and heart led.
- Robin Hood works the coat check.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin
Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life
Please visit our website to complete our online application.
Robin Hood is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from
diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.