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President & CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Harlem Educational Activities Fund
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
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Feb 24, 2022

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Purpose: HEAF changes the lives of young people in underserved communities beginning in middle school and continuing in college and beyond through a youth development approach that includes rigorous year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure, and constant individual attention.




Are you inspired to address the educational inequity in underserved communities that all too often strips deserving youth of their ability to realize their potential and contribute to their communities and society at large?


Will you lead with a sense of urgency to create educational pathways to transform the lives of children and enhance their life chances?


Do you have the determination, tenacity, ambition, and entrepreneurial spirit to grow an organization, scaling programs, outreach, and strengthening impact? Are you a builder of teams and strategic partnerships? 


Are you driven to apply your experience to grow with energy and creativity a comprehensive and diversified fundraising strategy of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts for the organization?


Are you focused on results and organizational efficiency? To expand HEAF’s model and share best practices?


If so, we invite you to keep reading and think about the untapped opportunities for you to make a lasting difference in the lives of young people.





Founded in 1989 by Daniel and Joanna S. Rose, the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, or HEAF, is a comprehensive, nonprofit supplemental education and youth development organization that helps motivated students develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resiliency they need to ensure success in school, career, and life. HEAF identifies students in middle school and supports them until they have successfully graduated from four-year colleges through a variety of after-school, Saturday, and summer educational and youth development programs. As a college preparatory and completion program for high potential New York City public school students, HEAF has helped motivated students realize their college dreams and develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to be tomorrow’s leaders.


HEAF serves over 500 students annually. The majority of HEAF’s eighth grade students are admitted to highly competitive and selective admissions high schools in New York City and go on to graduate from high school in four years. All HEAF students are, in turn, accepted to four-year colleges and universities. Over 80 percent of HEAF college students earn a BA and 30 percent earn graduate degrees.


Over the past 20 months, HEAF continued to offer academic classes, tutoring, mentoring, youth development, and cultural enrichment activities initially virtually, then pivoted to a hybrid program.   


With its headquarters on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem, and two additional locations in Brooklyn and Queens, HEAF serves students throughout New York City. HEAF has a staff of 30 and an annual operating budget of approximately $5 million.   





  • Leadership – Lead with an inspirational strategic vision that fully embraces the mission while keeping a finger on the pulse internally of day-to-day operations, services, and activities; create and support a caring and responsive culture and community of learners where staff are encouraged to continue learning and developing as professionals.


  • Resource Development – Grow and broaden a sound and diversified funding base from individual donors, foundations, and corporations; work with the Chief Development Officer and the Board to identify, plan, and execute new and innovative ways to raise money; cultivate and seize opportunities from new funders so that development activities meet the requirements of an expanding organization; most importantly, ensure fiscal sustainability and create a plan for the development of an annual campaign.


  • Staff – Attract, build, and lead a highly motivated, competent, and responsible team with a common vision, sense of purpose, and shared objectives; with cultural sensitivity and dedication to collaboration, caring, equity, and diversity; evaluate the talent structure of the organization; manage and support staff and the overall team; work closely with the top executive team to foster cohesiveness; set benchmarks and expectations with staff and hold them accountable; develop appropriate professional development opportunities for staff.


  • Board Relations – Establish a strong working partnership with the Board of Directors, gain their trust and confidence as a strong peer, and forge relationships that will bring forth their best ideas and efforts in support of HEAF’s programs and fundraising activities; coordinate and support efforts of various Board committees; maintain a regular communications system for informing Board members of the organization’s activities and programs; help attract new Board members.


  • Growth – Build upon HEAF’s history of success and its strong foundation as the gold standard for youth development and academic enrichment; work closely with the Chief Program Officer to develop a vision for excellence and growth; bring the program to scale through its local offices; enhance visibility and recognition;


  • Evaluation – Assess and evaluate the organizational structure, staff and functions; make changes where necessary to ensure that programs and operations are effective and that collaboration, communication, and accountability are the norm; measure efficacy of service delivery with a clear sense of metrics.


  • General Management, Administration, and Finance – Review HEAF’s administrative and management systems, internal policies, and procedures; work closely with the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer and the Chief Human Resources Officer to make and implement recommendations for their continued enhancement; supervise the development of HEAF’s budgets; ensure that sound financial controls are in place and that funds are spent wisely.


  • Relationship Building – Engage stakeholders around HEAF’s activities; build upon existing partnerships and seek new strategic alliances to promote HEAF’s mission and work.


  • Public Role – Represent HEAF to the outside world; serve as a spokesperson; make effective presentations, both orally and in writing, to the external community, staff, Board, donors, and media on the effectiveness of HEAF’s model and programs; attract additional attention and resources; build the brand.


  • Strategic Planning – Support, manage, implement, and assess the strategic plan; incorporate the strategic plan into the organization’s operating and business plans and ensure that the strategic plan is implemented in a timely and cost-effective manner.





The President and CEO will have:


  • A passionate commitment to youth, their holistic well-being and their development as confident critical thinkers to realize their full potential to make a positive impact on society; proven record as a superb role model for kids.


  • A strong, caring leader and catalyst able to articulate a vision and motivate and engage others; an individual with a naturally consultative and inclusive management style experienced in working with a wide range of culturally diverse groups and a deep commitment to equity at all levels.


  • A positive go-getter with impeccable ethics and a demonstrated ability to respect, listen, and work well with internal and external constituencies.


  • Proven managerial, problem-solving, and strategic-planning skills and commensurate fiscal responsibilities as an executive with a nonprofit organization (preferably an educational or youth development organization) or in the private sector, provided the individual has served as a volunteer or nonprofit board member; demonstrated ability to balance long-term strategic vision with daily operational issues.


  • A fundraising track record and the ability to attract financial resources by building effective relationships and networks with potential donors at all levels.


  • Demonstrable success as a steward for responsible organizational growth and sustainability.


  • Experience working effectively and in partnership with a board of directors.


  • A history of communicating effectively in writing and verbally, including excellent public speaking skills for formal and extemporaneous presentations; demonstrated ability to identify and capitalize on public relations opportunities as they arise.


HEAF seeks a diverse pool of candidates and will offer a competitive salary. Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at


For further information about HEAF, please visit


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