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Director, Governance and Board Placement

Robin Hood Foundation
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Membership, Prospect Research, Programs, Community Outreach, Government Relations and Advocacy, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Human Resources
Advocacy, Community Development, Community Foundations, Legal Services, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors, Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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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.


Position Overview

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 support. 

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 partners.



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 sources.
  • 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 candidates.
  • Design and implement a board candidate evaluation tool to formally assess board recruitment needs for community partners.
  • Recruit prospective board candidates for community partners and manage them through the interview, screening, and matching process.
  • Organize and present recruitment pitches at corporations and professional associations.
  • Develop formal recruitment plan to expand pipeline of qualified board candidates.
  • 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 communications. 
  • 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 and others.
  • 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 humor.


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 solutions.
  • 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 balance.


To Apply

Please visit our website to complete our online application.


Robin Hood is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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