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Executive Director & CEO

Partnership with Children
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 30, 2021

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Position Type
Advocacy, Education, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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To strengthen the emotional, social, and cognitive skills of children in New York City so they can succeed in school, society, and life.



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 growth.
  • 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 regulatory bodies.
  • 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 resources.
  • 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 realities.
  • 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.



  • In partnership with the Board, broaden and maintain active partnerships with a robust funding base to ensure long-term sustainability.
  • 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 evaluation.
  • 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 campaigns.



  • 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 committees.
  • Serve as the primary voice for PWC staff with the Board.



  • 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 models.
  • 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.



  • 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 children.
  • 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 staff.
  • Proven track record of success in fundraising and business development. Familiarity with New York City government and private funding.
  • 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 organizations.
  • 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 effectively.
  • Commitment to being a lifelong learner and a grounded visionary.
  • A sense of humor and an ability to maintain balance and perspective.


For more information on Partnership with Children, please visit


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


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