Executive Director, New Settlement Apartments

June 2nd, 2020
Executive Director, New Settlement Apartments

Executive Director, New Settlement Apartments

  • Full Time
  • Senior Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Executive
Location: The Bronx
Job Sectors: Community Improvement




New Settlement provides critical community-based services to the neighborhood of Mt. Eden. The project started in 1989 when Settlement Housing Fund received 14 previously abandoned and newly renovated buildings from the City of New York. New Settlement recognized from the outset that a community is not made simply of bricks and mortar. Through careful stewardship of the real estate assets and stabilization of the fourteen buildings, New Settlement Apartments (a separate legal entity) has grown to encompass over 20 buildings in the area of New Settlement’s community programs, which have grown significantly over time and provide a range of community-based services in education, college access, youth development, arts, workforce development, community organizing, wellness and other key services that provide important resources to the neighborhood’s youth and families. These programs are provided in addition to the New Settlement Community Campus, a 172,000 sq. ft. facility, that includes three schools providing pre-K through 12th grade public education and a Community Center with an indoor swimming pool, dance studio, multipurpose rooms, art gallery space, an outdoor amphitheater and rooftop garden terrace. New Settlement is a part of Settlement Housing Fund, but has its own board of directors and staff leadership responsible for oversight of an $8 million budget and approximately 215 full and part-time staff.


New Settlement envisions itself as a vibrant, diverse and equitable community in which all individuals and families have the power to make quality choices about education, employment, housing, wellness, and creative expression. Grounded in its commitment to affordable housing and a thriving neighborhood, New Settlement’s mission is to collaborate with community residents and develop partnerships to create services and opportunities that celebrate the inherent dignity and potential of individuals and families. For more information, please visit: www.newsettlement.org





New Settlement seeks a new Executive Director to succeed the retirement of our current Executive Director after 25 years of service. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual dedicated to serving a primarily low-income community of color with comprehensive, high-quality services and an interest in building organizational systems and capacities to help ensure New Settlement’s ongoing sustainability. The Executive Director position is a full-time exempt position and serves as the head of New Settlement, overseeing 59 full-time and 156 part-time staff and a budget of $8 million.


The Executive Director will be responsible for the operational success of New Settlement’s multiple programmatic areas, ensuring seamless team management and development, financial growth and sustainability, and ongoing community partnerships. Responsibilities include strategic leadership; staff and program oversight; oversight of all organizational operations; financial oversight; monitoring, and evaluating program strategy and outcomes; helping to build and sustain New Settlement’s organizational culture; and acting as an ambassador for the organization with external stakeholders, including major funders. The Executive Director will work in coordination with the overall strategic direction and growth of Settlement Housing Fund. Additionally, as the eyes and ears on the ground in Mount Eden, the Executive Director will collaborate and coordinate with the SHF property manager and help to identify and possibly resolve issues as they arise. The Executive Director is a direct employee of Settlement Housing Fund, reporting to the New Settlement Board of Directors and the Settlement Housing Fund President/CEO.




  • Strategic Leadership – New Settlement’s senior-most executive, the Executive Director will work in close consultation with the New Settlement Board of Directors and senior leadership team, ensuring programmatic quality while overseeing the organizational culture and infrastructure necessary for the organization to thrive. 



  • Strategic Direction – The Executive Director, together with the senior leadership team and with guidance from the Board of Directors and SHF President/CEO, will work to determine New Settlement’s future strategic direction. Initial activities will include an organizational and community needs assessment to help refocus priorities and set a course for the future. The Executive Director will ensure that programs are appropriately aligned to promote both New Settlement’s mission, strategic direction, and financial sustainability. 



  • Board of Directors – The Executive Director is responsible, in partnership with the Board Chair, for the identification, engagement, and recruitment of new board members. The New Settlement Board is currently in a period of growth and reinvigoration. The Executive Director will help to further define and build the role and structure of the board, ensuring ongoing engagement and effectiveness. 



  • External Relations Management & Cultivation – The Executive Director serves as the leading voice for the organization. The Executive Director will build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders including key institutional and individual funders, government contacts, community partners, and the Board of Directors. 



  • Development – The Executive Director will drive the overarching fundraising strategy and related activities that support the organization’s sustainability and growth. Particular attention will be needed to build both individual program revenue streams (in coordination with program directors) and general operating funds. New Settlement’s funding mix is comprised primarily of government and private foundation funding. 



  • Management & Financial Oversight – The Executive Director will lead, with the support of the senior leadership team and staff, all operations. S/he will build on New Settlement’s positive team dynamics to increase internal communications and consider opportunities to restructure current staff configurations to promote greater knowledge sharing and efficiency. The Executive Director is also responsible, with the finance team, for budgetary oversight and strategy. Operating with an ~$8 million budget, the Executive Director will be responsible for monitoring the financial self-sufficiency of all programs and increasing the financial sustainability of all New Settlement programs, including the Community Center. 



  • Program Leadership & Evaluation – The Executive Director will provide vision, oversight, and direction to New Settlement’s program team. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for ensuring New Settlement’s impact and outcomes achievement as well as contract compliance across nine diverse program areas as well as within the New Settlement Community Campus and Community Center. 



  • Housing Operations – The Executive Director, while not directly responsible for the oversight of New Settlement Apartments’ buildings, will act as a resource to Settlement Housing Fund’s Property Manager to collaborate and coordinate on issues as they arise. 






  • Commitment to and understanding of New Settlement’s core constituents, preferably based on experience in Mt. Eden, Bronx or a similar community.



  • Passionate commitment to New Settlement’s mission.



  • Proven leadership skills and good track-record of professional work experience and advancement.



  • Strong organizational leadership skills, with an ability to articulate and execute a clear and inspiring vision.



  • Strong critical thinking skills and track record of building strategy, identifying solutions, and addressing organizational issues.



  • Experience building infrastructure, staffing, and capacity development for an organization.



  • Natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.



  • Existing network of other nonprofit leaders, Bronx-based community building organization leaders, government officials, and/or funders.



  • Proven commitment in racial, economic, equity and social justice..



  • Demonstrate personal qualities of integrity and credibility.



  • Master’s Degree (MPA or MBA) preferred..



  • Minimum 15 years professional work experience, including 5 years in a significant leadership role.



  • Prior experience in leadership role serving a low-income community of color.



  • Experience in youth and community development.



  • Experience in supervision, mentoring and coaching of others.



  • Strong financial acumen with experience managing complex organizational budgets in or approaching the $8 million range.



  • Track record in leading and sustaining fundraising efforts.



  • English fluency required; bilingual abilities in Spanish preferred.








This position description is based upon material provided by New Settlement, an equal opportunity employer.


New Settlement celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and participants. New Settlement encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, etc.






Ami Abramson, Chief Strategy Officer 


Jessica Hammerman, Talent and Search Consultant 



New Settlement Apartments

  • 1512 Townsend Avenue
  • Bronx, NY
  • Phone: (718) 716-8000
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