Organization: Community Development Project

Location: New York, NY

Express Interest


The Community Development Project (CDP) was started in 2001 as a project of the Urban Justice Center, and provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression.

CDP believes that community organizing should be at the center of any effort to create sustainable, systemic change. CDP employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based organizations that build leadership and power within New York City’s low-income communities, particularly immigrants, communities of color and others who are traditionally excluded from policy-making. CDP partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals of the work.

Since 2001, CDP has grown to a project with 50-plus staff and seven innovative and impactful practice areas including immigrants’, workers’ and tenants’ rights, consumer justice, equitable neighborhoods, capacity building and participatory research and policy. CDP is embarking on an exciting new chapter and is in the earliest stages of establishing itself as a freestanding nonprofit with continued support from the Urban Justice Center.

CDP seeks a new Executive Director to lead the organization into this next phase.

This is a full-time position located in New York, NY. For more information on Community Development Project, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Executive Director will have a true passion for CDP’s unique model of partnership with grassroots community groups, and a personal and professional commitment to racial, social and economic justice.  The Executive Director will have experience building consensus and working collaboratively with various partners, funders, government and elected officials, and community members to create systemic change.

In partnership with management and staff, the Executive Director will be responsible for:

Leadership and Management

  • Collaborate with staff and build a Board of Directors to refine and implement the strategic direction of CDP while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with CDP’s core mission;
  • Provide inspirational leadership and maintain a participatory and collaborative culture that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and talented staff;
  • Supervise select staff and members of the management team—a team currently composed of the supervisors of each of the practice areas— in overseeing all administrative, operational, engagement, and programmatic functions of organization.

Organizational Development

  • Assess the organizational structure and staffing needs of CDP and provide strategic operational direction for this newly-formed freestanding entity;
  • Collaborate with management and staff to build and sustain a dynamic Board of Directors;
  • In partnership with staff, oversee and implement operations and policy and set the tone for the CDP community;
  • Coordinate and communicate with Urban Justice Center’s leadership on behalf of CDP;
  • Participate in union/labor relations and contract negotiation.

Fundraising, Resource Development and Fiscal Management

  • In collaboration with the development team, create and implement a robust and diversified fundraising strategy, maintaining government relations to ensure the stability of government funding while seeking new sources of funding;
  • In partnership with staff and the development team, serve as an active fundraiser responsible for growing and diversifying CDP’s fundraising efforts;
  • Build an active Board of Directors that can support and advise in fundraising and budgeting efforts;
  • Hold ultimate responsibility for the fiscal management process of the organization, ensuring that the organization operates within budget guidelines.

Community and External Relations

  • Build and sustain community partnerships in coordination with practice area staff;
  • Build and sustain partnerships with elected and government officials and their staff;
  • Promote CDP’s work to various external audiences, emphasizing its unique and transformative model.


The Executive Director will be a passionate, accomplished leader with practical and substantive experience in community-based, grassroots movements. Candidates will have knowledge and expertise regarding the movements for economic, racial and social justice in New York and beyond. Ideal candidates will be familiar with New York governance, politics and policy-making, have knowledge of organizing and CDP’s partner organizations, and have meaningful relationships with local and regional leaders. CDP strongly encourages people with lived experiences in the communities served by CDP to apply. The ideal candidate will have significant fundraising experience and demonstrated ability to manage a dynamic and evolving organization.

A bachelor’s degree is required for the position and an advanced degree is preferred. Candidates will have substantial relevant experience in organizational leadership, community activism, union leadership or organizing along with the following competencies and personal characteristics:

Passion for the Mission: The Executive Director will have a true passion for supporting community-based groups and a personal and professional commitment to racial, social and economic justice. The Executive Director will have experience building consensus and working collaboratively with various partners, funders, government and elected officials, and community members to create systemic change.

Strategic Leadership: A proven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, the Executive Director will have experience in strategic planning, organizational development, budget, fiscal and personnel management, and the ability to build a Board of Directors and lead a self-governed and deeply passionate staff.

Relationship Builder and Collaborator: A natural and deliberate consensus-builder, the Executive Director will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across all levels, including with management and staff, the Board of Directors, community partners, funders, donors and government officials and agencies. Politically astute and with the integrity and persistence to drive process forward through collaboration and dedication, the Executive Director will be a colleague and resource to all partners and supporters.

Operational Expertise and Management Experience: The Executive Director will have demonstrated success in leading a diverse, complex and high-performing organization. This leader will possess the management acumen, supervisory experience and financial skills needed to direct the operations of CDP, and to drive innovation and leverage new opportunities. With a clear perspective on the complexity of the CDP model, and experience leading significant organizational change, the Executive Director will be nimble and efficient in managing challenges and will proactively create opportunities to increase the organization’s impact.

Exceptional Communication: The Executive Director will communicate effectively and with integrity to a broad group of stakeholders, including the community, staff, partner agencies, and funders. The Executive Director will be a leader known for honesty, strong diplomacy, and for being an engaged and active listener. This individual will build and enhance the work of CDP through strong partnerships.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. CDP also provides a generous benefits package for all its employees.


Community Development Project has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. CDP strongly encourages applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit