Board of Directors
Are you passionate about the welfare of Children in
New York and want to make an impact? Are you currently an Executive
Director or Chief Operating Officer or Program Officer at another
human services organization, who is looking for an extraordinary
opportunity? Come join our dynamic team committed to positively
impacting the lives of Children.
About New Yorkers for Children:
New Yorkers for Children (NYFC) improves the well-being of youth
and families in the child welfare system with an emphasis on older
youth aging out of the system. NYFC provides direct
educational, financial and emotional support and develops programs
to fill gaps in the system in partnership with foster care
agencies, community organizations, and the NYC Administration for
NYFC is a $6.7 million hybrid nonprofit that operates direct
scholarship programs for over 1,000 foster youth annually while
also managing over 30+ grants with promising program practices in
the field of NYC child welfare. Half of its annual budget is
dedicated to subgrants to community partners or expert consultants.
Most recently, NYFC has been highlighted for its trailblazing
efforts in ensuring that youth aging out of foster care have access
to unconditional cash transfers and it is a leading advocate for
Universal Basic Income for all youth aging out of foster care.
New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is seeking a visionary leader to
bring this 25+ year old organization to its next stage of growth
and execute on an ambitious strategic plan.
NYFC seeks a strategic-minded, seasoned, and
passionate individual to serve as its next Executive Director and
lead the organization into its next chapter after several years of
tremendous growth and program expansion.
As a strong advocate for youth in foster care with a keen
understanding and appreciation for the importance of education as a
driver for change, the next Executive Director will be fearless
fundraiser with a deep understanding of programs as well as
demonstrated capacity for overseeing complex budgets.
Serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization, the
Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the
organization, including cultivating longstanding and new external
partnerships fundraising, stakeholder engagement, communications
and external relations, program and fund development and financial
NYFC and the New York City’s Administration for Children’s
Services have shared a rich and 25+ year partnership history and
the next candidate should have experience with an appreciation of
or keen understanding of how the City’s child welfare system
operates to both maintain and build upon that relationship.
An ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history and
passion for child welfare, youth development, family well-being and
Executive Leadership & Management:
- Provide leadership, vision, and strategy in the expansion and
development of program areas in alignment with NYFC’s mission and
- Engage a diverse staff to promote top performance, trust and
- Drive and support internal and external communication.
- Identify opportunities to cultivate existing and develop new
partnerships with government agency, nonprofit, and funder
- Share best practices with child welfare community, participate
in advocacy and policymaking efforts, and build NYFC’s presence as
a thought leader in the child welfare community.
- Grow the infrastructure of the organization while committing to
- Exhibit financial literacy skills and the ability to make
sound, collaborative financial decisions within an
- Position NYFC as a backbone organization to promote collective
impact to improve New York City child welfare with a focus on older
youth in foster care, in collaboration with the Board.
- Report to a 25+ person board; providing regular information and
updates to them via committee and quarterly board meetings.
Program Development and Management:
- Oversee the delivery, expansion, and quality of NYFC existing
signature educational and youth development programs including the
Nick’s Scholar program, Back-to-School Package program, Youth
Advisory Board, and other scholarship programs- along with other
innovative programs (LifeSet, Post-Permanency Support Program and
the NYC Small Grants Program).
- Oversee a robust suite of scholarship programs and direct cash
support programs for youth in foster care.
- Lead the development, incubation and scaling of new pilot
programs and initiatives that include program planning, guidance,
and technical assistance to partners to ensure various stakeholders
are on track with program vision, goals, and milestones.
- Coordinate with cross-sector stakeholders to design and
evaluate new program models, and successfully operationalizing
- Oversee, direct and organize the work of three divisions: 1.
Finance and Administration, 2, Programs, and 3. Grants, Development
- Define and develop strategy for the implementation of NYFC’s
- Plan and coordinate data collection and evaluation plans to
meet programmatic goals and targets.
- Work with Director of Programs to assess programmatic progress
and impact and use data to inform decision-making.
- Partner with ACS, CUNY and other partners on data collection
efforts to track progress of youth in foster care enrolled at CUNY
and other postsecondary institutions.
- Engage people with lived experience, to hear their voices, and
External Relations, Development and Communications:
- Maintain, grow and cultivate existing donor base comprised of
individuals, institutional and government support.
- Oversee program development and expansion and cultivation of
- Work closely with an external Lobbying and Communications firm
to elevate the work of NYFC and share best practices.
- Work closely with ACS, City Council and City Hall to drive
positive results for New York City youth in foster care.
- Actively diversify fundraising efforts, in addition to events,
and engage a diverse donor base.
- Oversee one or more fundraising events and work with an
external event planning firm to raise funding to support NYFC.
- Define and develop strategy for the implementation of NYFC’s
- Assess programmatic progress and impact and use data to inform
- Partner with ACS, CUNY and other external partners and funders
on data collection efforts to track progress of youth in foster
care enrolled at CUNY and other postsecondary institutions.
- Exhibit a level of comfortability in speaking publicly on
behalf of the organization while serving, at times, as the face of
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
- Minimum of 10+ years professional work experience in program
management, youth development, foster care and/or higher
- Current CEO/ED/CPO or COO a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to interact and work collaboratively with
diverse populations internally and externally including team
members, NYFC Board and Friends Committee members, youth,
government and agency partners, and funders.
- Possess superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills
across sector lines and proven experience navigating and
negotiating within complex systems.
- Financial and operational knowledge of various industries.
- Innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, motivational abilities,
and the ability to find and retain employees.
- Strong project management skills managing complex,
multi-faceted projects resulting in measurable successes and
- Self-starter with the ability to be a proactive, flexible, and
creative problem solver in a fast-paced work environment.
- Strength in managing, developing, coaching and empowering
individuals and teams.
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
combined with the ability to maintain big-picture view.
- Excellent leadership, interpersonal as well as written and
verbal communication skills.
- Personal qualities of integrity and commitment to and passion
for NYFC’s mission.
Competitive salary commensurate with
experience. Comprehensive benefits include medical,
dental, and ancillary benefits; vacations and holidays; life
insurance; flexible spending pre-tax plans and commuter pre-tax
The position is based in office in New York City. The Executive
Director may be expected to travel in the New York City Area up to
10% of the time annually.
More about the Team:
The Executive Director will directly supervise three team
leaders and a staff of ten along with three AmeriCorps VISTAs. This
position reports to a very passionate, dedicated and engaged Board
COVID Mandate for All Staff:
All staff are required to be fully vaccinated upon hire, in
accordance with CDC regulations, as of their first day of
employment with NYFC. Upon hire, all are expected to provide
verification of their vaccination during the onboarding
Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be
reviewed. No phone calls, please.
Deadline: Apply by November 30th, 2022
NYFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate
on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion,
national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender
(including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions),
gender identity or expression (including transgender status),
sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran
status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any
other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or
local laws and ordinances. NYFC’s management team is dedicated to
this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement,
promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee
activities, access to facilities and programs and general treatment