Executive Director

Friends of the Children | New York, New York


Friends of the Children – New York works to break the cycle of generational poverty by giving the most vulnerable children the ability to create a new story. We provide our children a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, whom we call a Friend, from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12.5 years – no matter what. Founded in 2001, we are committed to long-term impact and aspire to grow the number of children we serve in the next few years.

As part of the national Friends of the Children network, we follow a model that has been proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks, and we are part of an award-winning National scaling plan that will grow our impact to 25 cities by 2025. To learn more, please visit http://friendsnewyork.org/ for information about our chapter and http://friendsofthechildren.org for information about our national network and scaling plan.

Friends of the Children – New York is committed to the communities we serve and to diversity in our workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law.  We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

Job Summary

Friends of the Children – New York is seeking an extraordinary leader to take the helm of our already-successful organization and provide the leadership we will need to continue to fulfill our mission and grow our impact. Externally, the Executive Director will be the public face of Friends of the Children – New York, building relationships with philanthropic and community partners and growing our presence and recognition in the New York community. Internally, the Executive Director will motivate and build the capacity of our dedicated staff team and will ensure that we have the necessary programming and administrative operations in place to achieve our goals. The Executive Director will report to the Friends of the Children – New York Board of Directors and will partner with the National President of Friends of the Children, with support from the National team.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a seasoned nonprofit leader to take an established Friends of the Children chapter to the next level, working within our national network during a time of unprecedented growth. We eager to welcome a collaborative team leader and entrepreneurial thinker who is passionately committed to our mission and the communities we serve. 


  • Provide leadership, inspiration, and vision for the organization, and foster a culture of inclusion, support, and collaboration, ensuring fair, and equitable treatment of all staff and children, and modeling the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Guide long- and short-term planning for Friends of the Children – New York, working with the Board and appropriate staff to develop and implement strategic and operating plans, budgets, and revenue and expense projections
  • Hire, train, and support the management team that Friends of the Children – New York needs to effectively fulfill its program and development goals; ensure the effective supervision and development of all staff and promote a positive, collaborative work environment
  • Act as the lead fundraising champion and public relations face for Friend of the Children – New York, building relationships with current and prospective donors and effectively telling our story in order to inspire support and partnership
  • Partner with Board and staff members to establish and implement an effective fundraising strategy, effectively stewarding our existing donor relationships and identifying opportunities to strengthen and diversify our base of support as we grow our budget (currently $2.1M)
  • Work with program leadership to ensure that children are receiving the highest quality of service, that program staff receive the training and development they need to excel in their roles, and that strong practices are in place for all program operations, including program evaluation activities
  • Collaborate with National leadership to promote and grow Friends of the Children locally and nationally
  • Ensure all financial, operational, and program metrics are tracked and reported on a timely basis


As the incoming Executive Director, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • You come to this role with 10+ years of experience and a pattern of progression in nonprofit management roles, ideally with leadership experience in organizations with budgets at or above $2M. Your past roles have demonstrated your ability to lead teams, collaborate with Board members, and create positive relationships among a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders through exceptional interpersonal skills and a high level of cultural competency.
  • You are deeply committed to the Friends of the Children – New York mission, ideally bringing experience in organizations focused on children’s issues or youth development.
  • You are an experienced and mature staff leader, with experience building teams, supporting staff development, and promoting a positive working environment during times of change or growth. You effectively assess staff members’ needs, position team members for success and delegate appropriately, and ensure collaboration and accountability. You demonstrate excellent professional judgment and strong decision-making skills.
  • You are a successful fundraiser, with experience in developing, implementing, and/or participating in new fundraising initiatives, with specific experience in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual/major gifts donors. A dynamic relationship-builder and storyteller, you can bring our work to new audiences, and you are familiar with the New York philanthropic community.
  • You are a strategic thinker, able to envision opportunities for growth and improvement related to the programmatic and business aspects of an organization, and can move new ideas forward into implementation by identifying achievable objectives, holding participants accountable, and aligning necessary resources.
  • You thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented, and data-driven environment among highly mission-driven professionals.
  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree. 

How to Apply

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to the Friends of the Children – New York Search Committee at http://commongoodcareers.force.com/careers/ts2__Register?jobId=a0K1L00000otSOP&tSource= Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Friends of the Children – New York offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. 


About Commongood Careers:

Friends of the Children – New York has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for an Executive Director. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

Friends of the Children


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