National Executive Director (YNPN)

Join the movement. Lead our national team.
At YNPN, we dream big. We question assumptions. We take risks. We laugh often. And we are shaping the nonprofit sector to be more diverse and powerful.

Our chapters, chapter leaders, and members are what make YNPN unique and strong. Engaging young professionals at the grassroots level is central to our work and key to our success.

While we are a small team, we are a collaborative team. We function as thought partners, and supportive colleagues, all while taking the time to see the humor in the world.

We seek a leader—a new National Executive Director—with enthusiasm for continuously building and shaping our unique culture throughout the staff and network.

 About YNPN 
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) is a vibrant, grassroots network dedicated to activating emerging leaders to advance a diverse and powerful social sector.

This mission is fulfilled through the complementary efforts of the two key entities that make up YNPN:

  1. The 40+ volunteer-run chapters across the country that provide local professional development opportunities, educational workshops, networking and social programming to more than 50,000 young professionals in the sector nationwide; and
  2. YNPN National, an independent but closely affiliated 501(c)3 which provides support for existing chapters, encourages the growth of the network by providing technical assistance to startup chapters, and advocates nationally on behalf of its members and young professionals in the sector at large.

YNPN’s 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities

  1. Growth Strategy: scale our national network through continuous innovation and reflection in pursuit of our urgent mission.
  2. Financial Sustainability: diversifying revenue, both from new earned income sources as well as from new philanthropic sources, including major donors and new institutional funders.
  3. National Voice: leading and shaping YNPN’s national presence and influence on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, next generation talent development, and nonprofit sector leadership.

Key Responsibilities of the National Executive Director

Network Leadership

  • Serves as chief ambassador of YNPN and, in partnership with the National Board, is responsible for the accomplishment of YNPN’s mission and vision, relevance to the sector, and accountability to its diverse constituents.
  • In collaboration with the Board and staff team, set, execute, and continuously assess progress toward YNPN’s strategic plan, and moving the organization forward on its goals.
  • Ensure that the national network functions as a connector, convener, and a platform among chapters.
  • Represent YNPN – and its mission – at events, conferences, and in the media.
  • Develop and manage strategic relationships with key partners to advance YNPN’s mission.
  • Serve as a thought leader and advocate in the field of nonprofit management and the sector’s role in building more equitable communities.
  •  Share original insights, engage with leading thinkers and contribute to the growth and success of the movement.
  • Support the effectiveness and growth of YNPN National Board.
  • Understand, collaborate around, and act on opportunities for organizational growth.

Financial Sustainability

  • Lead all fundraising for the organization, including stewarding existing donors and cultivating and soliciting new major donors to raise $500,000 in 2016.
  • Develop and implement earned income strategies to generate at least 10% of organizational revenue through earned income.
  • Oversee budgeting and revenue-generating plans to support YNPN’s goals.

Organizational Management

  • Effectively work with diverse groups of geographically dispersed stakeholders, including chapter leaders, board members, staff, and fellows to achieve day-to-day operations.
  • Oversee implementation of the Chapter Operating System, YNPN’s chapter infrastructure and affiliation program.
  • Lead efforts to recruit, retain, and develop a high-performing team of staff and contractors, including managing all aspects of HR and benefits.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state and Federal legislation and regulations, including IRS compliant accounting and bookkeeping.
  • Oversee and lead all aspects of operations management to exemplify best practices and role model leadership accountability and ownership.


  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership development in the nonprofit sector.
  • Strong organization management skills, with capacity to develop and execute a variety of activities ranging from setting strategy to executing on the day-to-day.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizing skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Revenue generation experience, with a track record of innovative and effective fundraising for nonprofits.
  • Collaborative leadership style; proven ability to inspire, coach, and manage board, members, volunteers, staff, and partners to achieve goals.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and interest in both building systems from the ground up and working effectively within established systems, with an eye towards constant improvement and evolution.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

The National Executive Director reports to the National Board of Directors, composed of leaders from across the country.

Culturally, we’re looking for:

  • High level of enthusiasm for YNPN’s mission and constituency.
  • Willingness to live in the NYC area, where YNPN is based.
  • Willingness to travel on behalf of YNPN, meeting chapters and members where they are in the communities they serve.
  • Respect and enthusiasm for the key qualities of our network. We strive to be grassroots, high-impact, smart and strategic, and diverse and inclusive.
  • Comfort with working on and managing remote teams.
  • Excitement for working with a nimble, startup-esque organization that has a developing infrastructure.

Statement on Attracting Candidates from all backgrounds:
YNPN is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its national staff and board and among its membership. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

How to apply

  • To apply, please complete our online application and submit your resume and cover letter by July 24, 2015. Be sure to label both your resume and cover letter with your name and “National Executive Director” position title.
  • In  your one-page cover letter, please answer the following question: 
    Share your observations on the uniqueness or disruptiveness of emerging leadership in the nonprofit sector and how you would mobilize people around this leadership vision.  You may reference an article or blog that reflects these views and comment on them.

This job description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. This is a full-time, FLSA exempt position with a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.

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