Executive Director Search/ How to Apply
Please send a thoughtful cover letter explaining the fit you see between your talents, philosophy and experience and the Executive Director opportunity at Ironbound Community Corporation and your resume to the ICC Search Committee at email@example.com. Please include your salary requirements. Inquiries can be sent to the same email address. No phone calls, please.
All applications will be acknowledged and candidates selected for interview will be notified by email.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.
The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), developed in 1969 by community residents and progressive activists, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community. In its diverse, multi-lingual, multi-cultural community, ICC carries out its mission through a unique combination of direct services and community building initiatives, including planning, organizing and advocacy. Today, ICC’s staff of 150, serves approximately 1,000 people daily in multiple locations in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, NJ. Services include, for example, Early Head Start and Head Start programs; an afterschool program; two Family Success Centers and a community mental health program for survivors of domestic abuse; services for undocumented immigrants; a Financial Opportunity Center supporting economic empowerment, job development and placement; environmental justice and community development programs, which include Housing Justice and urban agriculture.
ICC has just completed a three-year strategic plan that will provide the initial roadmap for the new Executive Director. The planning process identified a number of needs, opportunities, and challenges that are currently being addressed by the Board and the administration.
Key Strategic Priorities include, for example, cross-program engagement of staff, bringing on a human resources manager, upgrading the development department, completing an analysis of the properties owned/leased by ICC and creating a utilization plan for them, program expansion in the areas of economic development in the community, youth development for ages 0 to 18, starting a community mental health center for survivors of domestic abuse, providing support services to the undocumented, and the creation of an expanded food justice program, including a mobile produce growers’ coop.
The organization operates in a diverse community beset with significant environmental challenges and a burgeoning housing and development crisis threatening gentrification and displacement. Through a holistic approach with emphases on equity and justice, the agency aims to engage the community and support the community in amplifying its voice and controlling its own destiny.
ICC seeks both a dedicated and strong Executive Director and a servant leader, who will inspire and motivate staff and other stakeholders to support the organization and its mission and, often, to join with it in advocacy coalitions. The right candidate will enjoy working in teams, being a good delegator and someone willing to implement the principal of subsidiarity.
The Executive Director must have a strong sense of politics, be a strategic partner and leader, have the capacity to develop strong relationships across diverse constituencies; must be able to engender trust and respect—to connect with people; have empathy, demonstrate integrity, good character, and good judgment in difficult times dealing with complex issues.
ICC balances the delivery of multiple service programs alongside political and social organizing and advocacy. Thus the Executive Director should be able to negotiate conflicts in adversarial or sensitive contexts, paying close attention to our long term relationships with funders and partners. The role of the Executive Director is to ensure that the organization’s reputation and the respect and high regard in which it is held is maintained. Often this means a leader who doesn’t back down or retreat from controversial issues, but also approaches these issues with deliberativeness, and with the aim of maintaining crucial relationships even when we may have to disagree with key partners.
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ironbound Community Corporation. They represent the organization to public and private agencies, political and business leaders, local residents and the general public. They promote the goals and objectives of the organization and secure the financial, in-kind and human resources required for program operations.
The Executive Director works closely with other staff members, program participants, volunteers and board members to provide services and organizing assistance to the community. They shall encourage and support their involvement and participation in the affairs and decision-making process of the organization.
Areas of Responsibility include:
- Board Relations
- Staff Leadership and Human Resource Development
- Sustaining an Inclusive and Supportive Organizational Culture
- Strategic Planning
- Fundraising Development
- Financial Management, Budgeting
- Legal, Regulatory Compliance
- General Administration
- Program Development
- Public/Community/Media Relations
- Community Partnerships/Communications/Advocacy
- A passionate commitment to the mission, vision, values and goals of the Ironbound Community Corporation, including:
- A belief that people have a right to control their lives and neighborhoods and should be involved in the decision-making processes affecting them;
- The equality of all people irrespective of race, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, creed, language or citizenship;
- A belief that the Executive Director is a servant leader, the organization is in service to the community, and together, we are supportive of a better City and world for all;
- Comfort in working well with people from differing backgrounds and life experiences, and culturally competent in a mixed cultural environment; and
- A passion for social justice;
- The vision and strategic skills to build and sustain the effectiveness of the organization in all of its work—services, organizing, advocacy, and planning;
- The political astuteness to navigate the opportunities and pitfalls of an “active,” effective advocacy organization;
- The business acumen that can guide the organization financially and in its operating systems;
- A commitment to uphold grassroots equity and justice, and the spirit of subsidiarity of the organization by ensuring these permeate its culture;
- The ability to interface with and engage with donors and stakeholders;
- Strong networking skills to build partnerships and attract resources;
- Demonstrated excellent fundraising and friend raising skills for the organization;
- A bachelor’s degree and a proven track record of success in a senior managerial position administering or supervising work related to early education, non-profit management, community development or community organizing and/or social services required– an advanced degree would be a plus;
- The ability to communicate well, both in writing and orally–these skills are vital to represent the organization publicly, as well as, for fundraising, proposal writing, reports and correspondence.
An ability to speak Spanish and/or Portuguese is desirable but not required.
ICC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range and diversity of our community. We are looking for a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourage women of color, persons with disabilities, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and people from low income and working class backgrounds to apply.