Executive Director, New York Metropolitan Region

Room to Grow

Posted: 12/11/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: Human Services

City: New York

Postal code: 0000

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M



Mission statement:

One day all parents will have the resources they need to unlock their families' potential and become champions for babies and their community.

We offer structured coaching, material goods, and community connections to support parents as they activate their natural strengths and expand their knowledge, so children thrive from the start.

Position Details:

Job Description:


Room to Grow is a nonprofit organization that believes one day all parents will have the resources they need to unlock their families' potential and become champions for babies and their community. Its mission is to offer structured coaching, material goods, and community connections to support parents as they activate their natural strengths and expand their knowledge, so children thrive from the start. Room to Grow was founded in New York in 1998 and has been partnering with families in Boston since 2005, reaching over 1,300 families per year with an annual budget of $5M and a team of 45. The innovative program delivers three highly consequential types of support – parenting education, material goods, and clinical and community referrals. Room to Grow takes a two-generation, preventative, and strengths-based approach to providing comprehensive services for families. Its model ensures that parents receive knowledge, tools, and confidence to raise children who are developmentally and socially ready to learn and to meet their full potential in education, health, work, and citizenship.

As an entrepreneurial and growth-oriented organization, Room to Grow is in the midst of an exciting period of development, as it continues to expand its reach and impact in New York and Boston, and considers markets beyond. In 2020, Room to Grow adapted and digitized parts of its model to continue supporting families during COVID-19, and it will continue to leverage best practices and resources to support low-income communities as circumstances evolve.

For more information, please visit: https://www.roomtogrow.org/


Room to Grow is seeking a passionate and driven individual to lead the fundraising and operations of Room to Grow's growing New York region. Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Director, New York Metropolitan Region (EDNYMR) is a member of Room to Grow's leadership team of six Directors and will act as the region's external advocate and ensure high-quality programming through a collaborative and coordinated approach with the New York team of 18. They will advance Room to Grow's strategic priorities including: social impact, growth and innovation, and sustainability.

Working closely with national leadership and the regional board, the EDNYMR will position Room to Grow for future growth and development in the region by strengthening and expanding the organization's visibility, fundraising, programming, and adoption of best practice management approaches. This is an ideal opportunity for a strategic and results-oriented leader to drive significant impact in a dynamic and growing non-profit setting.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

External Leadership and Revenue Generation

  • Serve as the lead fundraiser for the New York region, cultivating individual, foundation, and corporate donors; support regional external relations staff and board members in expanding the donor base to raise funds and in-kind donations to meet and/or exceed the region's annual budget ($2.2M in 2020, growing to $2.35M in 2021)

  • Serve as the external face, spokesperson, and advocate for Room to Grow New York, ensuring the organization's story, message, program successes, and positions are well articulated to various stakeholders

  • Monitor and participate in the preparation and presentation of major funding proposals and other fundraising initiatives, and provide thought-leadership and support for major fundraising events

  • Collaborate across regions, alongside the National External Relations Director, to share effective practices and identify and undertake joint opportunities for fundraising and development

  • Raise Room to Grow's profile through thought leadership in the field, as well as ongoing networking and cultivation of media contacts, community and business leaders, corporate and foundation representatives, academic leaders, client families, volunteers, and others, as relevant

  • Help to develop and support a strong regional board of diverse members; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction; and ensure regional board activities align to organizational priorities

  • Act as primary liaison to the New York Regional Board, and keep board members apprised of the organization's core activities and strategic work

Regional Leadership

  • Execute Room to Grow's growth strategy as outlined in the current strategic plan within the realities of COVID-19 in collaboration with the team and regional Board

  • Partner with organizational leadership, New York Board, and staff to pilot new initiatives and adapt strategy as needed to meet regional needs

  • Manage and support a team of 18 across the External Relations, Family Support, and Site Operations departments

  • Ensure a high-performance culture by leading regional team members through coaching and targeted development to ensure individuals are highly engaged and continuously growing in their roles and Room to Grow's client families are respected and supported

  • Assume responsibility for the financial health and stability of the local region; manage a regional budget of approximately $2M

  • Lead on regional annual planning process and budget development in conjunction with other organizational leaders, staff, and the New York Board Finance Working Group

  • Ensure programs operate at maximum capacity with high quality and fidelity to Room to Grow's philosophy and model and work to gradually increase Room to Grow's service capacity in accordance with the strategic plan

  • With support from the National Program Strategy Team, maintain Room to Grow aesthetic standards and upkeep of regional Family Centers to ensure a welcoming environment for client families

  • Ensure business systems and standards spanning performance management, budgeting and financial management, tracking and managing inventory, and donor/volunteer relationship management are consistent and operate with excellence across the region


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in senior leadership positions (e.g. Manager and/or Director level) within entrepreneurial organizations or teams

  • Ability to execute and implement a strategic plan

  • Track record of fundraising success in nonprofit or private sector setting preferred

  • Ability to facilitate change management through organizational layers

  • Previous people management experience, with the ability to recruit, develop, and retain a high performing team, set priorities, delegate responsibilities, hold teams accountable for outcomes, and provide thoughtful, learning-oriented feedback

  • Experience with successful partnership development and management

  • Excellent relationship building skills, with a demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds

  • Capacity to lead on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to act as a compelling advocate for the work of Room to Grow

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to achieve goals and align interests through influence and collaboration

  • Previous experience living and/or working in the local area a plus

  • Experience in the fields of public health, social work, early childhood development, and/or poverty alleviation a plus


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Room to Grow 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.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose. We're working with the team at Room to Grow to build a diverse team that represents the communities it partners with. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


Commensurate with Experience

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