The North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence (The Coalition) is a long-standing community-based nonprofit organization that seeks to address the systemic racism, institutional injustice and barriers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault face by creating a community-based support network, providing a variety of supportive services. The Coalition works hard to engage the communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint through outreach, advocacy, and activism.
As such, we are wholeheartedly committed to providing comprehensive, holistic, client-centered services to survivors and collaboratively engaging Brooklyn residents in ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities. Our doors are open to anyone in the community who is in a violent relationship, those who are unsure if they are in an abusive relationship, individuals trying to support friends and family members in abusive relationships, adult survivors of sexual violence and survivors who are still dealing with traumatic effects years after the abuse has ended. We recognize that domestic and sexual violence affects all of us and we want to be a part of building a community free from violence.
Our core direct services include individual counseling, psychoeducational resource-based support groups, case management, legal services and advocacy, emergency assistance, information and referrals, and in-depth therapeutic services all provided by a bi-lingual (English/Spanish), multi-cultural staff. We recognize that the needs of survivors are continually changing and in response, we are continually developing and piloting new programs to meet these needs.
Our core outreach efforts include extensive community engagement through educational workshops, training, participating in health fairs, attending community events, participating in various community and domestic violence and sexual assault task forces, as well as hosting large annual vigils and awareness events.
For the last four years, the Coalition’s current executive director has overseen the organization's growth and maximized its impact. The current Executive Director will transition to the Coalition’s Director of Clinical Services, serving as a Co-Director for the first 3-6 months of onboarding the new Executive Director, as needed.
The Coalition seeks an excellent Executive Director to continue to lead these efforts; this requires the individual to be an exceptional operations manager and a creative program designer who recognizes the need for comprehensive services to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault reclaim their lives. The role also requires an experienced fundraiser and grant writer who will be able to continue to build the Coalition’s financial growth and ongoing financial stability.
A succession committee comprised of board members and senior staff has been appointed to manage the transition in leadership and lead the search for the Coalition’s next Executive Director.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The Coalition is at a critical stage as it further capitalizes on innovative program growth and fund development yet builds a platform of sustainability. High priorities for the new Executive Director include:
- Sustaining and expanding fundraising so that the Coalition remains well-positioned financially to achieve its mission and to maximize its impact. The Coalition relies, in part, on city, state and federal funds that are vulnerable to shifts in priorities. Existing external relationships must be transitioned well to the new leader so current programming and support are sustained and future expansion is possible.
- Refreshing the Coalition’s strategic direction with the board and staff so the entire organization understands and is aligned as to how and where the Coalition will grow its services and impact over the next three to five years.
- Supporting the board of directors in optimizing its influence and role in fundraising for the organization.
- Managing effectively and empowering a team of dedicated, talented professionals committed the communities the organization serves.
Skills and Experience
Passionate advocate for the mission: To be an effective leader of a mission-driven nonprofit committed to promoting the fundamental right of people to be safe, empowering survivors and utilizing a survivor-centered framework, and understanding the importance of an intersectional feminist approach to the work of empowering communities and supporting survivors, it is vital that candidates have a demonstrated history of engagement in social justice issues in work and life. The next Executive Director must demonstrate a passion for the Coalition’s mission and be able to translate that passion into a clear and compelling story.
Effective fundraiser: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in fund development and the ability to lead the board and staff in executing an ambitious, multi-year comprehensive fundraising campaign including government agencies, foundations, and individuals. The next leader should be skilled at creating personal and intimate connections to the Coalition’s mission, inspiring others to greater personal understanding and to join in supporting this important and life-saving work.
Politically savvy networker, collaborator, and communicator: The next executive director must be a consummate networker on behalf of the Coalition, able to interact equally well with our clients, the community, political, and business leaders as well as donors. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with people of influence in the intimate partner violence field, and in philanthropic, legislative, and government arenas. In addition, the new leader must be a compelling spokesperson, able to promote the Coalition and its work verbally and in writing.
Experienced nonprofit Leader: The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, finances, facilities, and staff, efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to achieve the Coalition’s strategic goals, while utilizing a shared-leadership approach to engage staff throughout program development and goal-execution. The new leader must empower, coach and support a strong and committed team of professionals and sustain a productive team-based, empathetic culture that welcomes inclusion and diversity. S/he/they will be the primary liaison to the board of directors, ensuring that members are well-supported to provide effective governance. Candidates must have a proven track record of nonprofit financial and business acumen.
Innovator and strategist: The ideal candidate will have a proven record of capitalizing on critical trends and new opportunities, resulting in innovative approaches to programming, fundraising, advocacy, and program development. S/he/they must have an understanding of measuring outcomes and impact and experience in turning this data into strategies.
Experience Working with Boards of Directors: The ideal candidate will be skilled in working effectively in partnership with boards of directors to carry out the mission of the organization and in setting strategic direction.
The Executive Director reports directly to the board of directors. Our ideal candidate knows how to drive organizational success, from both a programmatic and fundraising perspective, and who is excited to roll up their sleeves to achieve the Coalition’s mission.
- A minimum of seven years of senior executive leadership, preferably in an organization committed to social justice, violence prevention or survivor empowerment.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver measurable results on organizational and programmatic goals.
- Strong analytical, administrative, organizational and time management skills.
- Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred.
Apply by email. Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match the Coalition’s needs. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget. Completed applications should be sent to [email protected].
The Coalition does not and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or residency status, or veteran status. This policy applies to all areas of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, job assignment, opportunities for training and development, pay, benefits, promotion and demotion, layoff and termination.
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