Mission: The HOPE
Program empowers New Yorkers to build sustainable futures through
comprehensive training, jobs, advancement, and lifelong career
Do you firmly believe in the dignity of work and that everyone
fully deserves the opportunity to thrive in the workforce,
including those who need a second chance?
Are you motivated to address pervasive poverty and racial
injustice that all too often strip people of fundamental
opportunities for employment, economic stability, and the ability
to contribute to their communities?
Are you ready to take a successful workforce development
organization to the next level with an optimistic spirit, building
upon existing strengths while setting your own path for the
Will you lead with a sense of urgency to create pathways to
employment for participants to build upon their assets and drive
Are you driven to promote sustainability on all levels,
including investing in long-term employment and emerging economies,
that provide financial stability and green job opportunities?
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 others.
ABOUT THE HOPE PROGRAM
The HOPE Program is a leader among New York City job-training
providers, upskilling adult jobseekers (ages 18 to 70) for a broad
range of sectors, including a focus on green infrastructure and
maintenance, construction, and related careers. HOPE works with
individuals facing deep structural barriers to employment,
including histories with the criminal legal system, current and/or
past homelessness, substance abuse, low educational attainment, and
more. Our comprehensive approach includes classroom training,
industry-recognized certifications, digital literacy and access,
financial literacy and access, mental health support, case
management, paid job training, and our signature “HOPE for Life”
approach, which provides a vital community of support throughout
the lives of HOPE graduates’ careers. With measurable outcomes
among the strongest in the industry, HOPE addresses racial
injustice and builds a more equitable future for New York City.
HOPE is a 39-year-old organization with a budget of over $8
million. It employs more than 60 full-time staff and serves
hundreds of clients per year across six programs based out of
downtown Brooklyn and the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. HOPE
has a diverse funding base including foundation, corporate,
government at all levels, individuals, and earned revenue.
The Executive Director position is a leadership opportunity for
an individual with management and fundraising expertise,
initiative, and an entrepreneurial spirit to oversee one of New
York’s premiere workforce development nonprofits. As HOPE’s chief
advocate, spokesperson, and fundraiser, the Executive Director will
capitalize on HOPE’s unique platform of direct service delivery and
seek to expand both the organization’s constituency and financial
The Executive Director will manage and direct the overall
organization and its programs, operations, and staff. Reporting to
the Board and overseeing a strong executive team, they will ensure
that the organization is fiscally and administratively sound and
that its operations, communications, information systems, plans,
and fund development efforts are coordinated and support the
strategies and policies agreed upon by the Board.
The new leader will be expected to maintain HOPE’s reputation
and leverage HOPE’s brand as one of the most effective workforce
development programs serving high-needs populations in New York
City. Fundamentally, they will help move the institution forward in
meeting the needs of some of New York City’s most vulnerable
- The supply side of the workforce development equation – by
identifying ways to attract and prepare student populations for
- The demand side of the workforce development equation – by
partnering with employer stakeholders to identify new placement
opportunities and employment sectors, with a particular focus on
the green economy.
HOPE is diligent about developing and executing five-year
strategic plans. It is HOPE’s proactive way of envisioning and
enacting growth that evolves the organization. This forward-focused
visionary exercise empowers the organization, staff, and Board to
work together to achieve growth targets. The Executive Director is
key to this process and to the implementation of the plan as it
drives HOPE’s organizational growth.
- Thoroughly understand, embrace, and exemplify HOPE’s model,
mission, policies, culture, values, history, students, key
stakeholders, programs, finances, fundraising efforts, and
- Engage with the Board Chair, Board members, and other
stakeholders to continually develop, refine, and communicate a
clear vision, mission, and strategy for HOPE.
- Develop a strong working relationship with the Chair of the
Board and the Executive Committee. Coordinate the efforts of
various Board committees to ensure maximum use of HOPE’s talented
- Continually seek improvement of HOPE’s program outcomes. Ensure
that program and services are properly resourced, relevant, and
sustainable, and that delivery and evaluation processes are
coherent and well integrated.
- Facilitate the ongoing development and management of staff.
Identify strategies to maintain high morale and facilitate unity
around a common purpose. Create an atmosphere that rewards
initiative as well as cross-departmental collaboration.
- Support both DEIA and Staff Wellness initiatives.
- Assume leadership of HOPE’s fundraising from the Board,
individuals, corporations, foundations, and government. Work
closely with the Chief Development Officer, the development team,
and the Board’s development committee to create, execute, and
regularly monitor an aggressive fundraising plan.
- Establish personal relationships with key donors to encourage
ongoing support. Continue building a funding constituency that
extends beyond HOPE’s current donor base.
- Identify and capitalize on employment trends. Pursue
relationships with employer stakeholders to develop employment
opportunities and to tailor HOPE’s program to focus on employer
- Raise the organization’s profile and visibility. Present HOPE’s
model at key conferences and other relevant government, nonprofit,
and private-sector events. Serve on boards of community partners
and work closely with thought leaders in workforce
- Provide oversight of all financial aspects of the organization
including budgetary processes, audits, cash flow management, and
financial analysis to ensure that sound and efficient financial
structures are in place and that reporting systems are
- Lead and manage the implementation of HOPE’s five-year
strategic plans including but not limited to engaging with staff to
set the strategic growth vision and partnering with the Board to
ensure support and goals within the plan.
- Critical interest in HOPE’s mission and programs and
demonstrated commitment to serving marginalized and underserved
- Leadership, management expertise, and strategic capability to
run a dynamic, service-oriented institution.
- Fifteen or more years of professional experience including
successfully managing professionals, operations, and the fiscal
affairs of a significant nonprofit, private, or governmental
organization. Proven effectiveness in empowering staff and
collaborating with a board of directors/trustees.
- Experience with direct service delivery in a social service
organization or comparable scenario.
- Senior fundraising experience in major gifts from both
individual and institutional donors. A track record of raising
resources from government agencies is a plus.
- An understanding of the need for rigor and multiple metrics in
evaluating and improving programs and outcomes and an orientation
toward demonstrating and increasing impact.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; an adept listener who also can
communicate clearly and passionately both in writing and verbally.
Comfortable with both formal and extemporaneous presentations.
- Expertise in serving as a leader, team builder, collaborator,
consensus builder, and change agent.
- An inspiring, persuasive, energetic, and dedicated leader and
spokesperson who is optimistic about affecting change.
- A strong manager who is able to successfully manage HOPE today
while providing a vision for the future. Able to conceptualize and
express ideas and anticipate and act on events which may create
opportunities for HOPE tomorrow.
- Skills to maintain and expand a sense of team spirit and common
purpose in an environment where mutual respect, informality,
collegiality, and diversity are valued.
- An ethical individual with outstanding human qualities, able to
relate to and show respect for diverse audiences.
- New York City savvy, with the ability to translate knowledge
and connections into action.
- A decision maker who is firm and confident yet flexible, able
to develop credibility with a seasoned workforce and external
- An undergraduate degree; a relevant graduate degree is a
- Strong comfort level and proficiency with technology.
- Experience managing dual sites with a strong and flexible work
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The estimated annual salary for the position of Executive
Director is $220,000. HOPE offers a comprehensive and competitive
HOPE is an equal opportunity
employer. HOPE does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
gender, socioeconomic status, marital status, national or ethnic
origin, age, religion or creed, disability, or political or sexual
orientation. HOPE seeks a diverse pool of candidates
as diversity is a celebrated value and strength at the
Applications including cover
letters and resumes and nominations should be sent to the attention
of Paul Spivey at HOPE@PhillipsOppenheim.com.