Director of Membership & Strategic Partnerships

May 4th, 2023
Director of Membership & Strategic Partnerships

Director of Membership & Strategic Partnerships

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Other
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Other
Salary Range: 85,000-110,00

FPWA is an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to advancing economic opportunity, justice, and upward mobility for New Yorkers with low incomes. Since 1922, FPWA has driven groundbreaking policy reforms to better serve those in need. We work to dismantle the systemic barriers that impede economic security and well-being, and strengthen the capacity of human services agencies and faith organizations so New Yorkers with lower incomes can thrive and live with dignity.

The Director of Membership and Strategic Partnerships is responsible for leading all facets of FPWA relationship management and engagement with our member agencies and strategic partners that include human service organizations, houses of worship and faith institutions, policy and advocacy organizations and other networks of influence. The Director of Membership and Strategic Partnerships reports to the Chief Executive Officer and Associate Executive Director.

The Director’s work is focused on fostering a membership whose capacity needs, including consistent engagement on issues critical to service delivery and advocacy are supported by FPWA, and engendering strategic partnerships that serve to foster greater community connectivity and meaningful engagement on critical issues affecting individuals and families made vulnerable by systemic barriers and persistent economic deprivation.


Membership Recruitment, Engagement, Retention and Management

      • Collaboratively develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to grow and deepen FPWA’s relationship with our current member agencies, faith allies, and partner organizations and identify areas for collaboration.
      • Lead efforts to expand membership of FPWA among community and faith-based organizations, build FPWA member identify, and increase positioning of FPWA among the health and human services sector
      • Develop a plan to better involve and incorporate feedback from member agencies, faith allies, and those directly impacted by FPWA programs and advocacy campaigns in the design and implementation of FPWA programs and advocacy campaigns.
      • Build on FPWA’s CRM model for supporting the recruitment, engagement, retention and support of all key strategic stakeholders. Determine and buildout a process for shared responsibility of constituent engagement with shared responsibility across the organization
      • Partner with Operations and Finance team to ensure annual renewal and dues management processes are efficient and maintained
      • Membership constituent affairs management and support for issues and requests for support raised by FPWA’s broader membership pool

Strategic Partnerships

      • Establish new, and build on existing strategic partnerships, and build roadmap to identify opportunities for partnerships to FPWA’s goals of advancing economic and racial equity while strengthening sector capacity, with emphasis on issue specific organizations, advocacy and interfaith partners
      • Monitor industry, political, and programmatic trends, be well informed and connected
      • Collaborate closely with the Program and Policy leadership team (Chief Program and Policy Officer, Director of Policy, and Director of Programs) to ensure the alignment of work across teams and exploration of opportunities and partnerships to bolster FPWA’s Program and Policy work
      • Support efforts of the Policy team to identify new and emerging policy trends, align advocacy priorities with member needs, and better engage members and allies in our policy advocacy work.
      • Support the Program team to develop programming that meets the needs of FPWA member agencies and allies, encourages expanded understanding of social justice issue areas, and supports our policy priorities.
      • Liaise closely with the FPWA leadership team to ensure strategic use of partnerships and media to enable and facilitate FPWA’s positioning across its core areas

Special Initiatives

  • FPWA Plus Capacity Building – Develop capacity building programming aimed at supporting member and partner organization leadership, management and functional capacity need
  • CBO and Faith Network Building – Develop and implement an initiative seeking to tap into faith and community-based organizations collective power and mutual aid capacity to support those most vulnerable and seeking support in communities. Create and promote regular series of cross-sector networking opportunities to drive mutual aid efforts as well as mobilize and engage on the basis of policy and advocacy toward FPWA’s goals of advancing economic and racial equity while strengthening sector capacity


    • Relevant Experience – 6-8 years of professional experience in community outreach, engagement and mobilization work; membership management; and, capacity building, including direct experience working in or with community and/or faith-based institutions.
    • Relevant Educational Background – Bachelor’s Degree required
    • Demonstrated Excellence in Advocacy, Engagement and Mobilization – Proven leadership and success in engagement and mobilization at the individual, community, and organizational levels, strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the demonstrated ability to engage and influence others
    • Commitment to Social Justice and Understanding of Needs of Low-Income Communities in New York – Strong commitment to FPWA’s mission and social justice; knowledge in the areas of poverty reduction, upward mobility and economic equity
    • Outcome and Results Orientation – Demonstrated ability to manage to an outcomes-based approach; proven experience of outreach and mobilization, managing to outcomes, and developing and using data to inform continuous improvement and decision-making; proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make strategic decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness
    • Operational Management & Capacity Building – Ability to effectively build organizational and staff capacity including the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly and achieves outcomes; understanding of management and processes within nonprofit organizations; experience and demonstrated success in setting effective goals, objectives, and outcomes; experience in managing budgets in resource-limited environments; excellent MS Office skills (including Word, Publisher, Access,Excel, etc.) and knowledge of database management (including Salesforce, EveryAction, similar)


This position manages all employees of the Membership and Strategic Partnerships team and is responsible for coaching, teambuilding and performance management.


    • Salary range: $85,000 minimum to $110,000 maximum, commensurate with experience.
    • Excellent Benefit Package including medical, dental, vision, life, 403(b) with match and more
    • Ample Vacation Time: Four weeks of paid vacation accumulated during the year plus 12 company holidays
    • Professional Development: Resources committed to bolster professional and personal growth
    • Modern & Flexible Work Environment: Our staff work out of a beautifully designed open workspace with flexible and tech-equipped meeting spaces to support different workstyles, promote team building and collaboration


As part of building a culture where employs can do their best work, FPWA currently employs a hybrid model. Employees are in-office twice per week and senior leadership is in-office three times per week. We observe a company-wide remote day on Fridays.

Work performed by this role is expected to happen in or near New York, NY given FPWA’s work policies and practices.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

FPWA requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


No phone calls or other inquiries please.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. We will be interviewing applicants on a rolling basis and will fill the position quickly. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


FPWA is committed to employing people who reflect the diversity of our member agencies and the communities and people they serve. Those with lived experience of justice involvement are strongly encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged.


  • 40 Broad Street
  • New York, NY 10004
  • USA
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