Spring Creek Recreational Fund*
About Spring Creek Recreational Fund
Spring Creek Recreational Fund is entering into an exciting new phase and seeks an Executive Director to oversee the start-up of a re-imagined organization. The Spring Creek Recreational Fund (SCRF) was initially formed in 2010 for the purpose of preserving a founding donation of over 50 acres of land located in the Spring Creek Towers section of East New York for community use. The Board is currently seeking to re-vision the organization to provide a wider array of supportive services to residents of Spring Creek Towers and ultimately to the surrounding community. The Board is envisioning a model project of strategically designed programs to significantly improve the health and upward mobility of the 18,000 residents of the largest federally subsidized housing project in the country. Programming will be developed based on community needs with a specific focus on educational, health and wellness, and workforce development opportunities to achieve measurable improvements in income, poverty levels, health, and educational attainment. SCRF’s Board seeks to create a model organization that can subsequently be replicated in partnership with other residential developments/communities around NYC.
Please recognize that the organization is being re-envisioned and will be re-branded under the Executive Director’s leadership.
At this major organizational inflection point, the Board is seeking a founding Executive Director to lead the re-launch of Spring Creek Recreational Fund. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be a dynamic, dedicated individual who can help build the vision for the organization and translate that vision into effective programming. The ideal candidate will be an experienced organizational leader who is energized by the start-up and ideation phase while also being skilled at building the structure and programs to execute on a vision. With a background in nonprofit leadership, the Executive Director will lead with relationships, bring authenticity and passion to their work in the community, and have a deep belief in the potential of every member of the community. At the same time, they will understand the complex dynamics of this context and build connections to ensure that all parties are aligned and bought in to the work and its success.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the following:
- Work with the Board, residents, and local community members to finalize the vision for SCRF, ensuring strong participation from community members and deep buy-in from all stakeholders.
- Create a plan to build and execute on the new vision, including building a team/allocating human resources as appropriate, fine-tuning the evolving business model, and building relationships to increase visibility and support.
- Build the program model, utilizing input from community/resident, external experts, primary and secondary data, and current leadership, with a focus on education, health and wellness, and workforce development
- Work with the Board to understand revenue requirements and develop a fundraising program to support operations.
- Build and lead a fundraising function for the organization, leveraging the initial investment from ownership and diversifying funding sources across individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources to meet self-sustainability goals.
- Hire, inspire, and coach a high-performing team to execute on organizational strategy, with a focus on relationships and community needs.
- Ensure strong organizational management, including finance, operations, IT, and facilities.
- Provide strong partnership, collaboration, and leadership to the Board, ensuring open lines of communication and high levels of engagement.
- Serve as one of the primary external faces for SCRF, ensuring that the organization is well represented and has strong relationships with the community as well as key figures in the NYC governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.
- Effectively advocate for SCRF’s mission and programs as well as the broader community.
You will be a strong candidate if you are a seasoned, collaborative, and communicative leader who enjoys the excitement of building a new organization and understands how to move a diverse range of stakeholders forward through clear communication, inspiration, and motivation. You will bring previous leadership in the nonprofit arena, exceptional organizational and people management skills, demonstrated passion for SCRF’s mission, and a commitment to place-based work.
In addition, you will exhibit many, if not all, of the following experience and competencies:
- Deep knowledge of similar communities and a desire to partner with community members and stakeholders to build an engaged, empowered community that is working to create positive change
- Previous experience building and leading a growing organization, including an understanding of nonprofit finance and relevant public and private funding streams
- An entrepreneurial approach to growth and impact, including a demonstrated ability to forge dynamic partnerships and coalitions
- The ability to provide long-term, inspirational vision while simultaneously creating pragmatic solutions to day-to-day problems
- Excellent leadership and management skills, including the ability to build a diverse and engaged team and manage a strong Board
- Deep social justice values and competencies, including a belief in community-driven change, equity, and inclusion
- Dynamic and effective interpersonal and communications skills; outstanding ability to develop rapport and build collaborative relationships with staff, stakeholders, and funders
- Experience fundraising and growing revenue with private sector donors, including individuals, foundations, and corporations; experience negotiating and managing government contracts desirable
The annual salary for this role will start at $175,000 and will include a comprehensive benefits package that will be developed.
How to Apply
Cassie Scarano of Koya Leadership Partners is partnering with Spring Creek Recreational Fund on this search. To learn more, express interest, or make referrals, please visit here. All inquiries are confidential.
Spring Creek Recreational Fund is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.
About Koya Leadership Partners
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