Are you committed to equipping communities with the necessary
support 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 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, 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 will 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 are 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 one million 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 powerful 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.
For more information, please
A senior leadership position at HCZ on the WWJI team, the
Managing Director, Place-Based Portfolio reports to the WJWI Deputy
Executive Director and will be a relationship manager and ongoing
touchpoint for leaders of neighborhood and regional organizations
in a dedicated national portfolio. 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 measurable
PRIORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
It is expected that the Managing Director will:
- Establish a strong relationship with senior leadership of HCZ
including HCZ founder and WWJI Executive Director Geoffrey
- 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 national work to 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
- Ability to work collaboratively on a small, tightly knit team
of experienced and dedicated senior leaders within a matrixed
- 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.
- Data driven or ability to track outcomes and milestones.
- Strong project management skills.
- Ability to build consensus with an inclusive style.
- Skilled at creating trusted relationships with staff, partners,
community, and regional organizations supporting children with high
energy and enthusiasm; strong communicator and problem solver with
the skill to listen, learn, and share information with a focus on
- Experience overseeing the development, operation, and
evaluation of programs; skilled at using best practices and data
feedback to support innovative program models.
- High emotional intelligence.
- Willing to travel significantly.
COVID VACCINATION (currently required of all HCZ
Harlem Children’s Zone requires all employees to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement
The salary range for this position is $165,000 to $175,000.
Additionally, the position is eligible for annual performance
bonuses and participation in the Senior Management Growth Fund
Plan, a deferred bonus program for senior staff.
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