Executive Director, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Deadline: Until filled
Location: New York, NY, USA
Organization: New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (the Alliance) strives to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes. Nearly 1 in 5 women, 1 in 71 men and an estimated 50% of transgender individuals in the United States have been sexually assaulted at least once during their lifetime. The Alliance plays a critical role in the effort to bring these numbers down.
Founded in 2000 by rape crisis centers in New York City, the Alliance has grown into a city-wide umbrella organization that represents the needs of survivors of sexual assault and the programs that serve them. Through public education, cutting-edge programming, advocacy for survivors and the pursuit of legal and policy changes, the Alliance continues to expand as a hub for resources and information about sexual violence.
Among other vital services, the Alliance trains emergency department and medical professionals in sexual assault forensic best practices, works with colleges and universities to address sexual violence among students, staff and faculty, and invests in the next generation, cultivating future leadership in the fight against sexual violence.
The Alliance has also undertaken influential research in the field, informed the writing and passage of legislation such as NY State’s Enough is Enough law, and spearheaded innovative initiatives such as the OutSmartNYC Collective, a group of bartenders, waitstaff, club promoters, and other nightlife professionals trained to spot and prevent sexual assault.
For more information on the Alliance, please visit their website: www.svfreenyc.org.
The Alliance seeks a dynamic leader who possesses visionary leadership and a passion for social change. Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will advance the Alliance’s mission and serve as the primary face and voice of the organization.
The Executive Director is responsible for strategic planning, program development, and oversight in the areas of public policy, advocacy, training, and technical assistance. A collaborative and inspirational management style, a data-driven and strategic fundraising sensibility and a drive to continually innovate, learn and develop, are integral to success.
The Executive Director will be an important conduit of information to the public. As such, this person must have extensive experience in the sexual assault field and/or knowledge of gender-based violence and excellent communication skills including public speaking, written communications, and knowledge of public relations, social and traditional media skills.
The Executive Director must be able to cultivate, build, and maintain strong and authentic relationships with a wide range of partners, including law enforcement, community leaders and funders, and must be able to influence the response of city and state agencies, institutions, and systems to sexual violence.
Unassailable integrity, a deep commitment to the mission and the ability to approach an emotionally complex subject with sensitivity while maintaining a sense of humor are essential.
Strategic Vision and Leadership
Provide leadership to the organization and oversee its day‐to‐day operations
- Work with staff and the Board (through the Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
- Manage the organization’s financial resources
- Administer the funds of the Alliance according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow
- Grow the Alliance’s outreach and programs in both interventions, as well as victim advocacy
- Oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Alliance's programs and services and ensure that they uphold the Alliance's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
- Develop and manage an operational plan that incorporates short and long-term objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the Alliance’s mission
- Work with the Audit Committee to prepare for and manage the audit process
- Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery; ensure appropriate salary and wage structures are maintained
- Recruit, interview, select and mentor exceptional staff; ensure all staff are appropriately onboarded and trained; support staff with ongoing professional growth opportunities
- Implement a performance management process for all staff; monitor performance of staff on an on-going basis; conduct annual performance reviews
- Create a supportive work environment by providing constructive instruction and guidance while emphasizing transparency throughout the reporting structure
- Create systems and conduct regular staff meetings to engage staff in program development and evaluation, encourage staff input
- Prioritize the recruitment of diverse staff and educating staff on working in diverse communities
- Develop and implement a fundraising plan that diversifies the Alliance’s donor base by identifying and cultivating relationships to generate revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations
- Ensure that the flow of funds permits the Alliance to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and strategic goals
- Manage all government and private funding contracts/grants and ensure compliance with all fiscal, programmatic, and reporting requirements
Governance and Board Management
- Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
- Engage the staff and Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the Alliance
- Ensure that major public policy initiatives and statements are discussed with the Board of Directors in a timely fashion
- Draft policies for Board approval; prepare procedures to implement organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board, as appropriate
- Serve as the public face and voice of the Alliance to partners, stakeholders, funders, decision makers, and city officials and act as a spokesperson for the Alliance on issues of concern to the organization
- Manage the Alliance's external communications efforts, ensuring an appropriate level of public visibility of its mission; create and shape the Alliance’s public presence, using both traditional and new media
- Sustain and grow the Alliance as a leading organization in sexual violence intervention and prevention that public and private sectors seek as a partner
- Maintain strong relationships with NYC rape crisis centers and related programs, seeking guidance and input on public policy issues
- Represent the Alliance with city and state officials, coalitions, and networks
- Advocate with NYC and state officials and agencies to positively influence policies and maintain or grow budgetary appropriations that impact survivors of sexual violence and that promote a state free from sexual violence
- Minimum of a BA, ideally with an advanced degree
- At least 10 years of progressive management experience
- Expertise in leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/voluntary alliances
- Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
- Extensive experience in the sexual assault field and/or knowledge of gender-based violence; background with related non-profit organizations or government agency
- A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
- Dedication to using a social justice, anti-oppression framework to carry out work
- General knowledge of federal, state and city legislation applicable to non-profit organizations including employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, health coverage, lobbying and advocacy
- Knowledge of fundraising opportunities in both the public and private sector; proven track record of raising funds from a diverse range of sources including foundations and corporations
- Strong leadership skills in public policy advocacy
- Adept at working independently and as part of a team
- A demonstrated commitment to recruiting, maintaining, and supporting a diverse, multicultural workforce, Board of Directors, and volunteer and advisory groups
- Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Sensitivity to the impact of sexual violence in diverse and marginalized communities
- Strong skills in fiscal management, administration, and program management
- Computer and web proficiency, and experience with database management software
This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, well-respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. The Alliance is prepared to offer a comprehensive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation benefits.
This position description is based upon material provided by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, an equal opportunity employer that strives to hire from diverse racial, ethnic,
and gender identities as well as levels of ability.
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