Chief Executive Officer – Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center seeks a strong and empathetic leader who is passionate for and committed to Kingsbridge Heights Community Centers’ mission and values as its next Chief Executive Officer.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) was founded in 1974 by a group of passionate community organizers. The group was led by three neighborhood women: Mary McLoughlin, Patricia Burns, and Janet Athanasidy.
Upon hearing in 1972 that the 50th Precinct was moving out of its turn-of-the-century building on Kingsbridge Terrace, the three women jumped at the opportunity to realize their vision for a community center. As the revitalized precinct building came together, the vision for the organization expanded: it would be modeled after the great New York settlement houses, providing educational and cultural activities for all community residents.
Today, KHCC offers programs and services for all ages and is an active member of United Neighborhood Houses of New York City and United Neighborhood Centers of America. From the adaptive reuse of our historic building to our responsive programs, the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center represents a crucial piece of the fabric of New York City.
KHCC provides resources to empower Bronx residents from cradle to career to advance education and well-being for a vibrant community. We achieve this in an environment that fosters academic milestones, literacy, mental health support, nutrition, technology, and the arts.
KHCC uses a strengths-based approach that empowers people to lead independent, self-sufficient lives. Our comprehensive community programming provides individuals, from birth through adulthood, with services across five divisions:
- Early Childhood Services: includes Early Head Start, Early Learn, Head Start and Family Childcare Network.
- Youth Services: includes after school, summer day camp, Teen Center for high school aged youth to develop leadership skills, College Directions and a Respite program for you people, up to age 25, with special needs.
- Adult and Family Services: includes ESOL and a range of therapeutic services and support to adults and families to help break generational cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty.
- Nutrition and Food Access Services: includes a food pantry, community gardening, nutrition education, culinary arts and horticultural therapy programs
- KHCConnect: includes case management providing services for unaddressed needs.
KHCC has an engaged Board of Directors and a committed staff. The organization is governed by a 17- member Board of Directors with an annual budget of $ 12M. Three positions report directly to the CEO: the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Officer of Youth and Family and Chief Officer of Early Childhood. The current CEO, Margaret Della, is stepping down after 7 years of successfully strengthening and growing the organization. She and the Board are working together to assure a smooth transition to new leadership. For more information, please visit https://www.khcc-nyc.org.
Reporting to and working with the Board of Directors, the CEO helps set and implement the strategic direction and provides internal and external leadership to continually increase KHCC’s impact. The CEO is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, program goals and financial objectives and ensures the organization’s overall operations are working effectively and efficiently.
Board and Strategic Direction
- Provide vision and leadership to create, update and implement KHCC’s strategic plan
- Keep the Board fully informed on the state of the organization and influencing factors
- Carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board
Program Development and Administration
- Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field
- Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work
- Advocate for and publicize the activities of the organization, its programs, and goals
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with agencies, community groups and organizations
- Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations and the general public
- Establish or maintain relationships with elected officials
- Grow and maintain a robust fundraising/development program and partnership relationships
- Develop a plan around current financial staff development and evolution of the use of outside financial services
- Work with Board, staff and the Finance Committee to ensure continued strong financial controls
- Ensure that the organization is fully compliant and operates within budget guidelines
- Proactively ensure maintenance of the relationship with the lender
- Responsible for all personnel decisions
- Attract and retain qualified employees and ensure their continued professional development and growth
- Provide leadership and direction to staff
- Ensure an effective leadership team with appropriate provision for succession
- Maintain a culture that attracts, retains and motivates a top-quality diverse staff
Initial Priorities for the Chief Executive Officer
- Develop an understanding of the organization’s business model and the needs of the client population KHCC serves
- Develop relationships with Board, staff, and community partners, including funders and elected officials
- Diversify funding streams and grow donor base
- Identify new and exciting ways to tell the story of KHCC’s impact and success
- Assess programs and staff to identify and address any capacity and space issues
- Oversee the initiation of the new data system
Skills and Attributes
Successful candidates will be passionate about the programs and the people KHCC serves and will bring a variety of skills, experiences and attributes to the organization, including:
- Visionary and inspirational leadership that energizes stakeholders
- Five to seven years of executive-level experience in a like sized organization
- Experience working with federal contracts, government agencies and elected officials
- Resourceful, opportunistic, nimble, humble, and creative
- Demonstrated knowledge of strategic, operational, financial and program planning and evaluation
- Proven business and financial acumen, with experience developing and managing budgets of at least $10M, as well as demonstrated success in maintaining fiscal stability
- Demonstrated success at raising funds and developing partnerships
- Excellent interpersonal and team building skills, including respect and compassion for others, approachability, gravitas, and comfort in leading difficult conversations when necessary
- Open-minded, empathetic, and willing to collaborate with staff around new initiatives
- Willing to roll up their sleeves and participate in organizational activities at all levels
- Experience advocating on behalf of an organization
- Desire to experience the organization and its programs first-hand
- Some connection to the Bronx community and/or political connections in NYC preferred
- Bilingual Spanish and English preferred
- Head Start Training helpful
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
The salary range is $180,000 – $220,000, and KHCC offers a benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, a 403(b) plan, and other benefits.
Equal Opportunity Employer
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at KHCC will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. KHCC does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), sex stereotyping (including assumptions about a person’s appearance or behavior, gender roles, gender expression, or gender identity), national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sexual preference or orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or familial status, caregiver status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual offense victim status, citizenship status, unemployment status, natural hairstyles, sexual and reproductive health decision making (including but not limited to, a decision to use or access a particular drug, device or medical service), sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law (referred to as “protected status”). This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as well as the use of all Agency facilities, participation in all Agency-sponsored activities, and all employment actions such as promotions, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.
To apply, upload resume and compelling cover letter here. No other documents will be collected and reviewed at this time. For inquiries, contact Adrienne O’Rourke. Resume review begins immediately and will continue until a candidate is hired by the organization.