To strengthen the emotional, social, and cognitive skills of
children in New York City so they can succeed in school, society,
ABOUT PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN
Partnership with Children (PWC) is an innovative provider of
school-based mental health services and community school programs
in New York City. Building upon its history of over 100 years of
service, PWC currently serves over 30,000 students in communities
hardest hit by systemic racism and economic instability across all
five boroughs. PWC’s programs are rooted in a trauma-informed
approach, a steadfast commitment to antiracism, and expertise in
children’s social-emotional wellbeing.
Partnership with Children recruits, retains, and provides
clinical supervision and professional development for social
workers and community school staff who work full time in public
schools (including several charters). Its social workers provide
social-emotional learning programs and counseling/mental health
services in over 30 schools, equipping children growing up in
low-income households to develop coping skills and healthy stress
response systems. PWC is one of the biggest providers in the city’s
community school initiative, providing specialized teams to
integrate academics, health, social services, youth development,
and community engagement in 13 community schools throughout the
city. Partnership with Children’s programs are built on the
conviction that children need social-emotional skills to learn and
thrive. Its programs result in safe and nurturing schools that are
conducive to learning and working to be antiracist.
In 2019, The Center for Arts Education (CAE) became an affiliate
of PWC, and the full merger of the two organizations was completed
in 2021. The expanded portfolio of services has increased PWC’s
footprint in New York City schools by using the arts as a vehicle
to enhance social-emotional learning, improve academic performance,
increase student engagement in school, and provide a voice for
social justice. PWC recently won a significant, three-year federal
grant to use the arts for racial justice and social-emotional
learning initiatives in its partner schools.
With a main office in Lower Manhattan, PWC has approximately 150
employees, including its corps of social workers in the field. The
organization has an operating budget of approximately $16 million,
with additional growth in New York City community school contracts
expected in 2021-22. Seventy-five percent of the funding comes from
public sources and 25 percent from private sources.
This is an opportunity for an experienced, dynamic, and
strategic leader to take the helm of a strong organization. PWC has
grown its budget from $6 million to $16 million over the last 10
years while maintaining a robust commitment to quality; has
invested with intention in antiracism and equity initiatives for
the last seven years; and has clearly articulated that its staff is
its most important asset. Partnership with Children already works
at the nexus of the city’s most pressing challenges for young
people in the wake of the pandemic: ensuring that schools are safe
and supportive and addressing the mental health of the students.
PWC has excellent financial management in place, healthy financial
reserves, an impressive executive team, and a strong Board
committed to governance and fundraising. Its new leader will build
upon these strengths to create the organization’s strategy to
address the challenges created by the pandemic; build upon its
unique integrated student support and community school models; and
foster thought leadership in social-emotional learning, equity in
education, supportive schools, and direct service provision.
- Serve as a guiding force and ambassador for PWC’s vision of
ensuring that all children are equipped with the SEL tools and
resilience they need to thrive.
- Serve as a mission-driven leader with strategic vision while
attending to day-to-day operations, donor engagement and services,
government relations, and program oversight.
- Lead and support a dedicated staff with a shared vision and
sense of purpose, creating ongoing opportunities for learning,
growth, innovation, and creativity for administrative and the
social work field staff. Facilitate an effective and collaborative
environment, ensuring and strengthening alignment with
organizational values, strategy, and a business plan.
- Harness staff potential across all levels by delegating with
accountability and supporting a talent ladder to promote
internally. Foster an inclusive antiracist culture where all staff
and clients can thrive.
- Foster a strong service orientation, with children and families
at the center.
- Guide strategic planning initiatives and shared decision making
to build on PWC’s strengths and opportunities for long-term
- Serve as a respected thought leader in the field, staying
abreast of new developments and ahead of the curve.
- Ensure that PWC serves as an effective partner and resource
throughout the city and beyond.
- Partner with executive team to oversee reimbursable government
contracts, ensuring program compliance for public funders and
- In partnership with the executive team, initiate new and
expanded programs, including program design, budgets, funding
proposals, and evaluation methodology.
- Drive an open culture of collaboration, integration, quality,
innovation, data-driven decision making, and efficient use of
- Manage and provide oversight of the operating budget. In
partnership with the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer,
optimize administrative functions to ensure that financial systems,
budgets, and planning strategies accurately reflect the financial
- Implement best practices in risk management, including
determining organizational risk appetite and developing supporting
plans and processes.
- Build on a strategy to integrate The Center for Arts and
Education fully into the programs of PWC, using art as a tool for
social justice and expression.
- Partner with the Chief Equity Officer building on deep
commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across all
programmatic, staffing, and operational levels.
- Ensure the organization is well positioned to identify and
implement new programs that address critical needs or gaps and
diversify and leverage services efficiently. Conduct and oversee
environmental scans to determine new opportunities for business
development and greater impact.
- Support all modes of communication and data collection. Ensure
that programs undergo regular evaluation, growth, and development.
Support its efforts and capacity to track and disseminate impact
internally and to its funders and partners.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT/PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
FUNDRAISING/REVENUE GENERATION/ BUSINESS
- In partnership with the Board, broaden and maintain active
partnerships with a robust funding base to ensure long-term
- Build upon a strong culture of philanthropy within the
organization in which Board, staff, and alumni serve as ambassadors
and engage in relationship building. Work to ensure maximum giving
from the Board.
- Manage and secure government relationships and oversee all
government contacts ensuring compliance, execution, and
- Grow a diversified fund development strategy of identifying,
cultivating, and soliciting new and existing private funding from
individuals, foundations, and corporations.
- Oversee revenue-generating galas, events, and giving
BOARD MANAGEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT
- Establish a strong working partnership with the Board built on
trust, transparency, and respect.
- Partner with the Board on setting and reviewing strategy.
- Elicit best ideas and efforts from each Board member in support
of programs and fundraising activities.
- Inform the Board regularly about the health of the
organization, including its financial position, program, and
administrative activities and outcomes.
- Continue to strengthen the Board through the effective
recruitment of diverse candidates, orientation of new members, and
the training of existing members.
- Build a pipeline of new Board members in line with PWC’s
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. Manage Board
- Serve as the primary voice for PWC staff with the Board.
COMMUNITY AND EXTERNAL
RELATIONS/ADVOCACY AND FIELD
- Serve as an effective spokesperson strengthening PWC’s position
as a leader in the education and mental health fields.
- Promote and steward PWC’s organizational and community
- Serve as a visible advocate and thought leader for school-based
mental health, including strategically engaging on commissions,
task forces, and committees.
- Position PWC as a program pacesetter relied on by media outlets
for coverage on relevant issues facing PWC’s population.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- A commitment to PWC’s mission and values of
Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Going to
Solution, Equity & Inclusion, and
Passion, sharing a deep empathy with and compassion for
the unique circumstances of the individuals being served.
- A deep commitment to equity and expertise implementing DEI
values and practices.
- Leadership experience in the nonprofit, public or private
sector, and/or board service addressing the social, mental health,
and academic development needs of a diverse population of
- Demonstrated ability to balance long-term strategic vision with
daily operational issues. A collaborative management style with the
ability to attract and nurture high-performing talent and diverse
- Proven track record of success in fundraising and business
development. Familiarity with New York City government and private
- Demonstrated ability to capitalize on public relations
opportunities as they arise to build the visibility of the
organization and its mission.
- Experience working effectively with a board of directors.
- Ability to build consensus with an inclusive style. Ability to
create trusted relationships with staff, partners, and advocacy
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Inspiring
public speaking ability to represent the organization’s work with
conviction to enhance visibility. Adeptness at addressing a variety
of diverse audiences.
- Experience overseeing the development, operation, and
evaluation of programs. Commitment to using best practices and data
feedback to shape innovative program models.
- A self-reflective nature, with the ability to listen
- Commitment to being a lifelong learner and a grounded
- A sense of humor and an ability to maintain balance and
For more information on Partnership with Children, please
Partnership with Children is committed to building a diverse
and inclusive organization, and addressing issues of equity within
our own organization as well as in the other systems we interact
with. Partnership with Children welcomes diversity in all its forms
and believes that its mission can only be achieved when diversity
is leveraged across all areas, including race, gender, gender
expression, age, nationality, and life experience. Partnership with
Children is building a diverse and inclusive team and strongly
encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds.
Partnership with Children provides equal opportunity for all
applicants and employees.
Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and
nominations should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey and
Susan Meade at PWC@PhillipsOppenheim.com.