Chief Executive Officer

June 30th, 2020
Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

  • Full Time
  • Senior Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Executive
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Other


Hetrick-Martin Institute


Chief Executive Officer


New York, NY




About Hetrick Martin Institute


Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is proud to be the nation’s oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 to reach their full potential. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, HMI seeks to foster healthy youth development. HMI’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.




We serve a diverse community, the vast majority of whom identify as Black or people of color. The organization is dedicated to building its approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at all levels and throughout its operations and functions.




The programs, services, and advocacy work of HMI is generously supported by donations and grants from individuals, corporations, and private foundations. Top corporate and foundation donors include Bloomberg, LP, New York Life Foundation, Nordstrom, Inc., Facebook, Macy’s, Moody’s, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Other funding is provided through partnerships and contracts with government agencies from the City of New York and New York State.




HMI is headquartered in Manhattan, serving youth from all five boroughs of New York City with free program services provided year-round. Programs include:


·       Academic enrichment


·       Arts & culture


·       Health & wellness; case management


·       Counseling


·       Services for homeless youth


·       Job readiness


·       Member Engagement, including: Special events, including Youth Pridefest, Pride Prom, and LGBTQ Youth Summits




Positive Youth Development, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care are the theoretical frameworks in which HMI’s grounds its seven programming tracks. In addition, HMI partners with Harvey Milk High School (HMHS), a NYC Department of Education school, to provide HMHS students with in-school college counseling and access to all HMI programs and services.




HMI’s advocacy work brings knowledge and expertise in youth service programming to the greater community. HMI’s Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy and Capacity Building advocates on behalf of LGBTQ youth by influencing policy on local, national, and international levels, while helping to build the capacity of decision-makers, individuals, and institutions that serve LGBTQ youth and their families. Families may access on-site services at HMI with counseling sessions, referrals, and an annual family retreat.




For more information about HMI, please visit:




The Opportunity


During a moment of unprecedented adversity for New York City and the world, Hetrick-Martin Institute is embarking on a leadership change and looks to identify a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will lead the organization into a new chapter.


HMI’s CEO is primarily responsible for leading the organization to deliver the objectives of the mission by working and partnering with the Board of Directors and staff. Core functions include strategy, advocacy and capacity building, programs, development, finance, organizational development, and board relations.




The CEO, in partnership with the Board, envisions the evolution of the mission and adapts the organization for continued success. Central to this role is ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the HMI programs. Moreover, commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within programs, services, and operations is key, as the organization will serve as a beacon of these pillars for the community and partner organizations.




The CEO will oversee a staff of approximately 65 people with five direct reports and an organizational budget of about $8.5M. The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors in a full-time role based in the New York City headquarters.




The responsibilities of the CEO include, but are not limited to the following:




Organizational Vision and Strategy


·       Develop and implement a vision and strategy for the organization that incorporates HMI’s short-term needs and organizational planning with long-term goals, environmental trends, and new opportunities


·       Establish productive partnerships with HMI’s Leadership Team to move the organization forward by aligning the individual streams of HMI’s work to a single mission and vision


·       Work with HMI Leadership Team to apply fresh ideas and perspective to the specific challenges of the current economic, political, and social moment, including fundraising and partnerships with private and public sector donors during a financial downturn and adapting programming to address COVID-19 considerations




External Relations and Resource Development


·       Act as fundraiser-in-chief, with a primary task of leveraging funding opportunities, deepening donor relations, and engaging new donors from high-net worth individual, corporate, foundation and public funding sources, all in partnership with the Development Team


·       Serve as the leading external spokesperson for HMI with an inspirational and engaging voice and presence to reach existing and potential new clients, donors (governmental, private sector, and individual), programmatic partners, and stakeholders locally and nationally


·       Identify and build on state and local task forces or coalitions in which HMI can play an active role and identify new external opportunities for HMI leadership. Represent HMI as appropriate and create opportunities to build leadership for others to represent the organization, as appropriate




Inclusive and Engaged Staff Leadership


·       Promote a culture and organization that reflect HMI’s values, including integrity, respect, collaboration, and innovation and encourages meaningful and effective performance. Incorporate leadership development of staff and Board into culture


·       Commit to and act consistently to embed an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Working with the HMI Leadership Team, Board, and staff, support HMI’s understanding and nurture growth in this area


·       Lead a body of work around DEI, with the guidance of an external consultant and the strong support of the Board of Directors, to advance an organizational DEI strategy, which includes a DEI task force, commitment to improved hiring structures, and continuing to embed DEI into the way the organization thinks, acts, and operates moving forward


·       Reinforce a culture of feedback by creating of structure of transparency and growth mindset. Establish and maintain opportunities to assess effectiveness of HMI’s initiatives and growth opportunities




Financial Stewardship


·       Provide overall responsibility for the organization’s sound fiscal health by understanding how to support the current revenue structure and constantly seeking ways to increase revenue


·       Incorporate a long-term focus on financial sustainability and build financial reserves


·       Support the Board in fulfilling the organization’s financial responsibilities through open communication and partnership




·       Board Partnership


·       Maintain regular and meaningful communication and engage with the Board of Directors in an ongoing feedback loop that provides transparent insight into and assessment of:


o   Strategic planning to review HMI’s fundamental purpose and plan future direction


o   Opportunities to fulfill the mission and risks of mission drift


o   Organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats


·       Bring a partnership approach to working with the Board to deepen participation and identify additional Board participants




Candidate Profile


Outstanding candidates for the CEO position will be motivated, first and foremost, by the urgency of HMI’s mission. They will have demonstrated either a personal or professional commitment to the LGBTQ community and will lead with creativity, optimism, and compassion during this unique moment in HMI’s history.




While no candidate is likely to have every qualification, the following professional and personal characteristics will be shown by the most successful candidates:




·       Experience serving in a nonprofit Executive Director position, ideally in a NYC-based social services setting and/or LGBTQ-focused organization


·       Senior leadership experience in a highly diverse organization that predominantly serves people of color and intersectionality with specific and effective management around diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives


·       History of successful donor relationships, ideally with individuals, corporate and foundation grant-makers/sponsors, and government funders; Strong preference for leaders with experience fundraising in New York City


·       Exceptional skill in communicating with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, board members, donors, organization clients, and the public


·       Transparent, relatable, and inclusive style of management with the ability to listen and remain steady during moments of turbulence


·       Demonstrated leadership and responsibility in managing significant change with experience making and acting on challenging decisions


·       Expertise in delegation, evaluating team bandwidth, prioritizing organization objectives, and community building


·       The highest ethical standards and accountability


·       Innovative spirit that supports growth mindset, positivity, and future development






Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Melissa Madzel and Molly Brennan are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit: All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.




Hetrick-Martin Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented backgrounds.




About Koya Leadership Partners


Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.




For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit






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