Vice President of External Relations - Nontraditional Employment for Women

Position Specification

Vice President of External Relations

Nontraditional Employment for Women

New York City (in-person)



Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) is a workforce development organization dedicated to preparing, training, and placing women in skilled construction trades, utility, and building & systems maintenance industries in the New York City metropolitan area. Through comprehensive training, education, and job placement initiatives, NEW has successfully transformed the lives of countless women while advocating for policy changes that support gender diversity in the workplace. As they continue to expand and grow, NEW is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to join the team as the Vice President of External Relations.



The Vice President of External Relations (VP) at Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) is a dynamic leadership role encompassing internal and external responsibilities. Reporting directly to the President, Leah Rambo, the VP is tasked with internal team leadership, resource development, and communications. Collaborating closely with the President, this role plays a pivotal part in shaping NEW's growth trajectory and responding to the increasing demand for its services. Core responsibilities include identifying and cultivating donor relationships, representing NEW in public forums, and fostering effective communication within the organization and with key stakeholders. The VP is instrumental in steering NEW's future, driving fundraising strategies, cultivating funding sources, leading a strategic communications plan, and ensuring the organization's continued success in empowering women in skilled trades. The ideal candidate will bring innovative thinking, extensive fundraising and communications experience, and a steadfast commitment to advancing NEW's mission of fostering economic independence for women in construction trades, utility, and building & systems maintenance careers.


Key Responsibilities


Resource Development and Fundraising:

  • Collaborate with the President to develop an annual strategy for resource development activities to meet NEW’s fundraising goals of approximately $4.5MM. This includes strategically managing diverse funding streams, consisting of institutional funding, government grants and contracts, corporate support, individual giving, and event revenue.
  • Build relationships with donors, philanthropists, employment partners, board members, and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with members of the Board and staff in planning and executing the annual NEW Equity Leadership Awards Luncheon, a key fundraising event with a target goal of $1MM.
  • Work closely and openly with the Board and its committees, ensuring ongoing communication of risks, issues, and successes.
  • Identify, explore, and pursue untapped areas of funding, particularly in corporate giving, legacy giving, individual donations, and earned income.
  • Implement and manage CRM, utilizing Salesforce to streamline processes and tracking.
  • Oversee Ambassador Council activities, collaborating with the VP of Programs, VP of Finance & Operations, and ensuring coordination with fundraising initiatives.


Communication and Community Engagement:

  • Drive communication and fundraising strategies, aligning them with NEW's long-term and short-term strategy.
  • Ensure effective and clear channels of communication throughout the organization and with all stakeholders.
  • Encourage bold and innovative ideas, leveraging community input and advancing goals sustainably.


Leadership and Management:  

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for external relations, encompassing fundraising and communications initiatives, to enhance organizational visibility, strengthen stakeholder relationships, and achieve financial goals.
  • Lead the design, implementation, and maintenance of a new CRM system (Salesforce) to streamline processes which will serve as a central hub for tracking fundraising initiatives, including timelines, donor information, donations, and other critical components.
  • Supervise a team of 2-4 staff members and external consultants (media & government relations).
  • Leverage collective talents of the staff as an effective leader of leaders, providing advice, guidance, direction, and decision-making to make progress.
  • Further build out and implement a high-functioning team that effectively supports staff and aligns with strategic goals.



The successful VP candidate will be a passionate advocate for women’s economic independence, and a dynamic, organized, and ambitious fundraiser and communicator. The ideal candidate will excel in maintaining institutional funders, while also cultivating a cohesive communications strategy, and expanding a funding base to match NEW’s growth. Specifically, the VP will bring:

  • Minimum of eight years’ leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, with a strong emphasis on successful fundraising initiatives.
  • Proven track record in securing and managing government funding, corporate and foundation grants, individual gifts, and driving fundraising events.
  • Experience in developing and implementing comprehensive fundraising strategies and communications plans & digital media strategies.
  • Proven experience in establishing and managing fundraising systems and databases, demonstrating a strategic understanding of the significance of leveraging data for optimal development practices.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with a proven track record in motivating, recruiting, developing, retaining, and mentoring high-performance teams, showcasing the ability to build and lead collaborative teams effectively.
  • Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of the labor market and funding streams that affect it.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences including board members, donors, participants, community members, staff, and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to workforce and/or economic development initiatives.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


LOCATION: 243 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011



Commensurate with experience. We anticipate that the salary range for this position will be $150,000- $175,000 annually. In addition, NEW offers a generous benefits package including comprehensive medical, dental, & vision insurance, generous PTO, 403b, life insurance and much more.


APPLY: To be considered for the Vice President of External Relations role, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter highlighting your commitment to the mission, industry knowledge, and role-aligned experience as an executive leader using this link:

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