Interim Managing Director

The Collegiate Churches of New York

Posted: 10/15/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Religious

City: New York

Postal code: 10110

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M


Mission statement:

The Collegiate Churches of New York (Collegiate Church) represent the oldest continuously running religious institution in New York. The Collegiate Church system is comprised of five distinct ministries; four congregational ministries located throughout the city – the Fort Washington, Marble, Middle, and West End Collegiate Churches – and a 12-year-old social justice ministry, Intersections International. The five ministries operate quite autonomously in serving the unique needs of their individual members and congregants, but they are all rooted in progressive theology and united in the mission of serving the spiritual and social needs of their communities. The Collegiate Churches are welcoming congregations, serving people of broadly diverse religious backgrounds, race and ethnicity, social and economic status, sexual orientation, and identity.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Managing Director will assume leadership of the Collegiate Church Central Office and staff with primary responsibility for Church-wide financial, investment, human resource, and facilities management functions. The Central Office team also provide administrative and logistical support to the Consistory and Executive Committee as well as to the Ministries and other standing Committees (as noted above, Financial Planning, Investment & Endowment, Audit, Operations, Outreach/ Benevolence and Human Resources). The Managing Director will also be tasked with implementing policy and strategic direction as determined by the Executive Committee.

The Managing Director will manage a current staff of nine, including human resources, administrative, and accounting teams. The Central Office also engages a CFO consultant on a limited basis and has two part-time employees in property management and archivist roles. The Managing Director will report to the Chair of the Collegiate Church Consistory.

The new Managing Director will be an experienced, mission-driven professional with exceptional emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. This person will be an accomplished leader and administrator with deep expertise in finance, operations, and administrative functions. Successful candidates will bring experience with organizational change, including developing and improving enterprise-wide business processes, policies, and structures. They will also demonstrate an inclusive and transparent management style and be both comfortable and effective operating in a complex system with a distributed leadership model.


Required Skills and Experience:

- Demonstrated senior leadership experience with a successful track record of managing complex/multi-departmental organizations

- Proven ability to work successfully with diverse management teams, including executive leadership who are women, people of color and/or LGBTQ identified

- Significant management experience as the leader of finance, operations, and administration teams and departments

- Successful track record of organizational development, change management, and/or system transformation

- Experience building and managing complex budgets, as well as facilitating sound, financially driven policy and decision making

- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic business, finance, and operations plans that will maintain a financially stable and sustainable organization

- Experience working collaboratively and transparently with a nonprofit Board of Directors (or similar volunteer leadership groups)

- Impeccable organizational skills with the ability think and act strategically as well as tactically

- Exceptional written, oral, and electronic communications skills

Desired Skills and Experience

- Experience in a faith organization or with communities of faith

- Previous interim/transitional leadership experience

- Strong command of investment principles

- Knowledge and oversight of technology systems and tools

Personal Characteristics

- Strong presence with the ability to interact effectively with a variety of groups

- Change agent with diplomacy and tact; neither fears nor foments conflict

- Unimpeachable ethics and integrity

- Active listener who seeks and implements feedback from all constituencies

- Capable multi-tasker who can manage multiple projects and deadlines without losing sight of the big picture

- Willingness to genuinely encourage and facilitate dialogue around challenging issues

- Sense of ownership and ability to motivate and inspire others to action

- Ability to work effectively across lines of faith, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientations, and gender identities/expressions


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Inquiries, nominations, or applications (including a cover letter and resume) should be directed electronically and in confidence, to [email protected]. We are pleased to answer any questions or supply further information. 

Posted By: Kevin Chase Executive Search Group


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