Executive Director

2018-09-22T23:25:39+00:00 August 8th, 2018|

Schools That Can NYC

Executive Director
New York, NY
Posted 4 months ago


STC NYC seeks an Executive Director (ED) to be responsible for providing leadership, vision, and day-to-day management of local programs and fundraising. The ED reports to the COO and receives support in fundraising, strategy development, and operations from the national office. S/he also manages the NYC Manager of Maker Programs (MMP).

The ED is responsible for ensuring local programming aligns with STC national’s mission and strategy. Currently, the MMP runs several maker programs at the K-8 level to support teachers running makerspaces in their schools and to bring the larger community practice together to engage in making. The ED will oversee this work, and will also be responsible for leading additional signature programs. S/he will be responsible for facilitating a Professional Learning Group to support educators and leaders as they expand Real-World Learning in their schools, and for designing and for designing, piloting, and growing programs that directly engage high school students and teachers through real-world learning. Additionally, the ED is responsible for administering a budget of roughly $300,000, including securing funds for 75% of the budget in collaboration with the national development team.

This is an ideal opportunity for a visionary leader with a strong passion for advancing innovation in urban education, specifically in New York City. S/he must be entrepreneurial, detail oriented, extremely responsive, knowledgeable about the NYC education landscape as well as innovations like maker education and career and technical education, and able to work both independently and with a wide range of stakeholders/individuals.


Program Oversight, Design, and Execution:

  • Design and execute local vision and strategic plan that works in concert with national goals.
  • Work with national leadership to develop a plan for piloting and expanding STC’s Career Skills program in NYC, which includes:
    • Identifying local opportunities in high school career pathways programs.
    • Liaising with national partners and build partnerships with innovative service providers and vendors to ensure sustainable and effective local execution of signature programs.
    • Fostering relationships with local schools and district members to align efforts with identified needs and structures.
  • Conduct regular visits and conversations with all local schools to strengthen relationships, build trust, and provide ongoing support, in collaboration with MMP.
  • Oversee MMP’s work leading Maker Programs in schools, including planning events to engage the larger community of makers.
  • Manage systems for evaluating progress towards strategic goals. Report progress to national leadership and program supporters.


Fundraising and Partnership Development:


  • In partnership with National Development Team and Regional Advisory Board, raise $225,000 annually.
  • Cultivate, establish, and steward relationships with local institutions to create opportunities for grants and corporate sponsorships.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current advocates with the goal of developing a cadre of individual donors
  • Support national development with crafting, writing, reviewing and reporting on NYC-area grants.
  • Plan and execute special events to cultivate relationships and donors.
  • Track all local donor engagement in Salesforce to ensure effective acknowledgement, stewardship, and accurate record-keeping.


Organizational Leadership:

  • Be the face of STC NYC; represent the organization in-person (networking, speaking engagements) and online (emails, social media).
  • Manage Regional Advisory Board to support local growth and stability.
  • Administer local budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
  • Manage at least one team member to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Contribute to new initiatives that advance STC’s mission, including participation in national working groups and strategic projects.
  • Collaborate with STC staff across the country through regular meetings.



The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Graduate degree preferred (MBA, MPA, JD, M.Ed., etc.).
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in the nonprofit and/or education sector; experience in program management and fundraising strongly preferred.
  • Knowledgeable about and connected within NYC education sector.
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit who thrives in a fast-paced environment; able to create structure out of ambiguity; adaptive, optimistic, diplomatic.
  • Passion for ensuring all children – including under-represented students – access high quality educational options that prepare them for college and career pathways.
  • Embodies STC’s core values: collaboration, diversity & inclusiveness, results-orientation, responsiveness, and continuous improvement.
  • Experience managing others to achieve ambitious goals through goal-setting, coaching, and accountability.
  • Ability to work well both independently and with a team; skilled in identifying and leveraging others’ strengths to realize goals.
  • Stellar project management; able to see the big picture and be detail-oriented.
  • Focus on outcomes with a drive to go above and beyond.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; effective writer and speaker.
  • Very responsive; consistent at following-up.
  • Proven history of effectively building relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in common technical tools (Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Dropbox) required; proficiency in specialized digital tools (SalesForce, social media) preferred.



Combine resume and cover letter into one PDF and save as “LastName.FirstName.NYC”; send to [email protected] with subject “NYC ED.

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