Are you committed to equipping communities with the necessary
supports to eradicate systemic poverty, transform lives, and ensure
a better future?
Do you feel a charge to connect people, resources, and ideas for
impactful change for something bigger and better?
Are you relentless in your focus on results and efficiency? To
expand place-based models and share best practices? To participate
in reform efforts to address systemic barriers of poverty?
If so, then we invite you to keep reading and think about the
untapped opportunities for you to make a lasting difference in the
lives of countless others throughout the country.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is a world-renowned nonprofit that
breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty by building up
opportunities so children, families, and communities can thrive. At
HCZ, you’ll join a team of tenacious educators, administrators,
counselors, researchers, wellness specialists, and more who are
HCZ provides its staff with the unique opportunity to foster the
growth of young people — from the time they’re born to the time
they walk across the graduation stage. From its Education and Youth
programs that empower children at every stage of life to Health and
Community services and National Leadership initiatives, HCZ opens
pathways to prosperity for thousands of people in Harlem and
Launched in 2020, the William Julius Wilson Institute (WJWI) at
HCZ was founded as part of an organizational strategy to scale
impact nationally. Led by Geoffrey Canada – Founder and President
of HCZ – and housed within HCZ, WJWI acts as a central hub for
place-based services and programs and for backbone organizations
across the nation to access the support they need to be successful.
The Institute’s mission is to connect young people to opportunities
that place them on a pathway to social and economic mobility and
racial equity from “Cradle to Career.”
Conceived from the success of HCZ’s place-based,
Cradle-to-Career model, and named for one of the nation’s most
prolific African American scholars on race and poverty, WJWI works
together with on-the-ground grantees and regional and national
partners to deliver comprehensive strategies, support services, and
tools that systematically root out poverty and close opportunity
gaps in neighborhoods across America.
Building on the strong reputation, talent, and expertise of
HCZ’s work in Harlem, WJWI is developing support for and engagement
in field-building activities to accelerate the place-based theory
of change to promote social and economic mobility.
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Reporting directly to WJWI leader Geoffrey Canada, the Managing
Director will serve as a relationship manager and ongoing
touchpoint for leaders of neighborhood and regional organizations.
They will advance a shared understanding of and commitment to what
it takes to drive sustainable, place-based change, including the
centrality of the neighborhood-based Cradle-to-Career model. The
Managing Director will build an effective capacity for place-based
work, including groups with a shared orientation. They will provide
best-in-class expertise to strengthen systems and skills of
community collaborators so teams can lead, achieve, and sustain
PRIORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
It is expected that the Managing Director will:
- Establish a strong relationship with Geoffrey Canada and senior
leadership of HCZ built on trust and a shared vision.
- Serve as senior relationship manager and ongoing touchpoint for
leaders of neighborhood organizations and regional backbone
- Provide advice, coaching, and guidance to neighborhood and
regional leaders of place-based organizations.
- Grow existing client relationships and cultivate new ones to
expand WJWI’s work over time; build effective capacity for
place-based work by identifying high-potential clients for WJWI to
support in the future; lead the pipeline identification
- Lead and/or lend expertise for extensive workshops and
individualized support engagements.
- Continually measure and assess progress on how WJWI is reaching
its targeted goals.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Managing Director will be an experienced professional with
the following skills, qualities, and experience.
- A commitment to HCZ’s mission and values, sharing a deep
empathy with and compassion for the children and families of people
- Leadership experience in the nonprofit, public, or private
sector focusing on youth and families in underserved communities. A
commitment to excellence and to building programs with national
- Deep knowledge of place-based Cradle-to-Career programs.
- Ability to balance long-term strategic vision with daily
- A collaborative management style with the ability to attract
and nurture local and regional relationships.
- Ability to build consensus with an inclusive style.
- Skilled at creating trusted relationships with staff, partners,
and community and regional organizations supporting children and
- Enthusiasm, with high energy; strong communicator and problem
solver, with the skill to listen, learn, and share information with
a focus on customer service; comfortable working with a
- Experience overseeing the development, operation, and
evaluation of programs; skilled at using best practices and data
feedback to support innovative program models.
- Gravitas, with the confidence to ask for help when needed.
- Sense of humor and an ability to maintain balance and
- High emotional intelligence.
HCZ values inclusion and
diversity in every sense of the word – from background and
birthplace to experience and ideas.
Please send applications (cover
letters and CVs) and nominations to Susan Meade and Paul Spivey