African Services Committee is a New York City-based service organization whose mission is to improve the health and self-sufficiency of the African community through provision of direct health, housing, social and legal services, health equity and immigration advocacy, and policy work benefiting African refugees and immigrants in New York City. African Services Committee's Harlem headquarters offers a meeting space for community organizing and performance/gallery space for the arts. And the space serves as the U.S. anchor for ASC's three locally-run Health and Community Development Centers in three regions of Ethiopia, which provide free HIV and TB testing and treatment, nutrition, reproductive health, and self- help services to the country's poorest communities.
The Board of Directors for African Services Committee is seeking an Executive Director to replace a retiring founding Executive Director. The position provides an opportunity for you to lead the organization into its next phase, setting strategic priorities and initiatives that reflect current and developing needs of the African Diaspora in New York and the most vulnerable populations in our Health and Community Development Centers in Ethiopia. We are looking for an individual to add their innovative and unique imprint to the organization while bringing a solid foundation in both program management and fundraising.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Set agency policy and programmatic directions, and steer agency along a course to achieve its stated mission, consistent with current board-approved policy and programming
• Incubate strategic projects for revenue generation or service delivery.
• Identify and cultivate prospective donors as well as develop and maintaining existing relationships with foundation and individual supporters
• Identify and apply for grant opportunities for both New York and Ethiopia programs
• Participate in funder site visits
Program Management and Operations
• Oversee health, legal, housing and supportive services programs and advocacy campaigns
• Provide overall supervision of all agency staff in all programs
• Work with Administrator to oversee and update human resources and fiscal policies and procedures
• Monitor fiscal affairs, human resources, grants management, program service delivery, staff and consultant hiring and termination
• Some national and international travel is required
• Lead regular staff and management meetings and track deliverables/program goals
• Track and generate performance and budgets for ongoing grant activities
• Meeting and developing relationships with funders and contracting agencies
• Hosting funder site visits
• Work with Fiscal Manager and Auditor to ensure proper recordkeeping, reporting, vouchering, budget modifications, and auditing
• Review and approve all requests for grant funding
• Review and approve financial statements, budgets and audits
Real Estate and Facilities Management
• Provide direction for development and sustainability of the physical space, property, and other capital assets
• Oversee any future construction/renovation, work with lenders, funders, architects, and contractors
• Along with outside counsel, negotiate lease renewals or alternatively, conduct real estate search for officespace
Board Relations and Development
• Work with Board to monitor direction of programming, agency policies, develop annual budgets, and manage fundraising campaigns for the agency
• Activate the Board on key initiatives by keeping them apprised of organizational needs and strategicdirection
• Serve as primary liaison between Board and staff
• Report quarterly to Board of Directors meetings
Partnerships and Linkages
• Develop linkages and collaboration with other service providers in order to best serve clients
• Create and support partnerships not only on the provision of services for clients, but for the provision of in kind and financial resources
Thought and Community Leadership
• Represent organization at public hearings, forums, meetings with elected officials, funders, international organizations/UN agencies and other policymakers
• Participate in policy workgroups which address ASC organizational and client issues
• Oversee direction of all publicity and media development
• Ensure the culture is inclusive and a diverse staff is motivated and capable of carrying out the mission of the organization effectively
• Conduct interviews and oversee hiring process
• Oversee annual staff performance evaluations
• Cultivate and maintain an environment of trust and openness
• Inspire and motivate African Services employees with a visible, high energy, and accessible leadership presence
• Help coach the team to success and manage performance as required
• Model behaviors supporting and promulgating the organization’s culture
• Director of Program Operations
• Ethiopia Program Associate Director/Liaison
• Fiscal Manager
• Communications Director
• Director of Advocacy
• Grant-Writing Consultant
• Other consultants as may be contracted for agency projects
The ideal candidate is an accomplished organizational manager who can combine day-to-day operations with overarching strategic goals. They have a demonstrable passion for the organization’s mission, with education and meaningful work experience in the areas of human and civil rights, public health, immigration, public policy or a related field. They will have a strong appetite for setting and reaching fundraising goals both on an institutional and private philanthropy level, and an ease with financial statements and budgets. They must be an advocate – for the organization, the clients it serves and the community it fosters.
The successful candidate will be able to relate, speak and lead across cultures, hierarchies and individual needs. They will feel as comfortable in all of these situations: speaking on stage at a U.N. event, developing partnerships with high net worth individuals, and assisting a client who arrives on our doorstep with nowhere else to turn. They will have a special combination of confidence and compassion that inspires what we do on both an advocacy/policy level and directly for people in need.
This individual will be a high-integrity leader whose values align with those of African Services Committee. This executive will be able to communicate a strong vision and strategy, manage deadlines and execute a realistic action plan. The next Executive Director will be a purpose driven hard-working leader who is excited to innovate the next generation of an established and critical organization in the landscape of New York and Africa’s service providers.
• Master’s degree or a strong record of leading an organization or department with similar budget and staffnumbers.
Prior Work Experience
• Possess at least 7 years of professional work experience in progressively responsible leadership rolesincluding but not limited to leadership roles in the following areas: legal, non-profit, public health, real estate, direct client services.
• Possess demonstrated success in fundraising strategies across major donors, grant applications, special events, etc.
• Board development, personnel policies and procedures, meeting facilitation skills, improving supervisory and management skills
• Be able to relate and/or serve the client base and other local, national and international stakeholders.
African Services Committee is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter. References will not be contacted without consent from the applicant. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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