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Executive Director

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"I Have A Dream" Foundation - New York

New York City, NY

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The Executive Director

is responsible for providing leadership, vision and day to day management of operations and fundraising for “I Have A Dream” Foundation - New York (IHDF-NY). Within this context she or he will provide supervision and mentoring of staff, act as the chief fundraiser and ambassador for IHDF-NY, raise community awareness of IHDF-NY's mission, goals and accomplishments, and act as the spokesperson for the organization in its efforts to attract and retain donors, funders, and partners.

Specific responsibilities include:

Fundraising and Partnership Development

Collaborate with the Board of Directors to:

Design and implement a comprehensive fundraising and external communications program that increases visibility, impact and financial resources to support IHDF-NY's short and long-term strategic goals

Supervise and provide guidance to the Director of Development

Identify and personally cultivate new funding streams and new Sponsors (individuals, corporate, foundations and grants)

Develop and oversee all major grant proposals; coordinate grant reporting requirements

Plan, market, coordinate and execute all fundraisers and special events

Represent IHDF-NY effectively with donors, partners and other stakeholders across a wide variety of settings

Management and Operations

Create and implement the organization’s vision, strategic plan and fundraising efforts

Build and maintain a strong partnership with the board by clearly communicating organization initiatives, successes and opportunities. Achieve consensus; build and cultivate the board including recommendations for new directors

Supervise operations, budget, education and professional development, performance metrics for staff and programs, data management, and personnel

Establish and maintain partnerships with local community-based organizations, corporations, foundations and individual funders

Continue developing partnership with National IHDF, so that IHDF-NY serves as a showcase affiliate model for the organization

Marketing and Communications

Advocate for and represent the organization at various speaking engagements, graduate schools, philanthropic and educational conferences and in the media

Facilitate the development and distribution of promotional materials (bi-annual newsletter, Impact Report, etc.)

Ensure the efficient management of the IHDF-NY website

Program Support

Collaborate with Director of Program Management (currently vacant position) to provide oversight to all programs

Attract, retain and develop a high performing team of Program Directors

Research and develop partnerships with other youth serving and education organizations and non-profits in the NYC Metro Area to maximize resources for Dreamers and assist Program Directors in accessing these services

Create program-wide goals with well-defined objectives and meet them through strong leadership and management

Develop, implement and refine programming that addresses students’ individual and collective needs

Evaluate effectiveness and best practices of programs


Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred

Minimum of 8-10 years of proven leadership, fundraising and management experience

Demonstrated organizational leadership ability, which includes effectively managing and motivating a team to achieve program goals

Outstanding organizational skills; capacity to prioritize multiple, varied responsibilities

Able to work both independently with minimal supervision as well as in collaboration with staff and board

Strong strategic thinking, problem solving and implementation skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal, relationship-building and networking skills.

Ability to source, attract and retain institutional and individual donors

Thrives in an achievement-oriented, entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment.

Commitment to IHDF NY’s mission and vision


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Commensurate with Experience

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