President & Chief Executive Officer

President & Chief Executive Officer

Community Resource Exchange

New York, NY   |   May 22, 2020

About Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

Community Resource Exchange is a dynamic management consulting firm that provides the strategies and tools needed to build sustainable, high-performing organizations that help improve people’s lives and drive social change. Through deep partnerships with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies, CRE works with its clients to set ambitious goals for success – and then helps them get there. Whether working with individual organizations or convening non-profit leaders around current issues, CRE brings people, organizations, and resources together to maximize their impact on reducing poverty, promoting equity, and increasing opportunity.

As a nonprofit itself, CRE believes that social sector leaders and organizations deserve accessible solutions to the challenges they face. With a diverse and talented team of expert consultants, CRE provides customized strategies that blend deep consulting and convening experience, operational expertise, and community knowledge and networks to help leaders succeed in an environment of complexity and change.

CRE believes that when organizations are clear about their social value, deliver high quality work, and can sustain their results over time, they are stronger and more effective in achieving their goals. Both internal and external work are infused with CRE’s core values, including a strong and long-standing organizational commitment to racial equity. CRE is committed to elevating and amplifying Black, indigenous, and people of color leaders and their organizations and working towards an inclusive and equitable world.

CRE just celebrated its 40-year anniversary and its proud legacy that includes having built extensive networks in the non-profit sector, a reputation for delivering excellent, impactful service that is rooted in social justice values, and a deeply talented staff that serves approximately 500 organizations each year.  During its rich history, CRE has successfully trained more than 1,300 non-profit leaders and worked with more 10,000 organizations.

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The Opportunity

At this exciting time in the organization’s evolution, CRE seeks an experienced President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization into its next chapter. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will work in partnership with the Board and staff to refine its vision and strategies in ways that both build upon its history and expertise and position the organization to meet the future needs of the social sector.

CRE recently articulated a vision and goals for expanding CRE’s national visibility while continuing to deliver deep local impact. The next President & CEO will be charged with honing this vision with the Board and working with the staff to create the roadmaps to get there. They will partner with the management team to develop and execute concrete strategies for increasing visibility, exploring new partnerships, augmenting funding streams, and reimagining services to ensure CRE continues to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s social sector in affordable ways. As new opportunities are explored, the President & CEO will collaborate with the Board and the management team to facilitate the organizational changes necessary to ensure success.

The President & CEO will be regarded as a convener, trusted advisor, and thought leader amongst their peers, and will already be recognized as a key supporter of non-profit organizational development either as a provider, a funder, or partner. They will leverage their knowledge and networks in the non-profit arena to cultivate partnerships with governmental entities, businesses, and communities to strengthen the non-profit landscape in NYC and nationally.

The President & CEO, in partnership with the Board and Management Team, will drive fundraising efforts and represent CRE externally. Identifying, establishing, and cultivating long-term partnerships to fund CRE’s work will be a priority. Additionally, they will be responsible for mentoring and supporting senior team members to expand CRE’s visibility and voice, locally and nationally.

The President & CEO will be an experienced manager, responsible for working with the Management Team to oversee the effective operation and alignment of functions across the entire organization, including program strategy, fundraising, external relations, talent and culture. Additionally, they will ensure the continued strong financial oversight and sustainability of CRE’s revenue model.

Lastly, the President & CEO will foster a people-centric culture. They will fully engage and leverage the strong leadership team and staff to reinforce a culture and practices that emphasize excellent client service, investment in professional development and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across and throughout the organization. The President & CEO will exemplify and promote CRE’s core values, including its organizational commitment to racial equity.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Strategic yet practical. Able to collaboratively develop a compelling vision and to translate it into a clear road map for getting there
  • A strong social justice orientation with a commitment to the social sector as a key lever for reducing poverty, promoting equity, and increasing opportunity. Authentic commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with demonstrated experience applying these values professionally and/or personally
  • Demonstrated experience leading a complex organization, division or program. Given the current external environment, the ideal candidate will have a record of steady leadership through external shifts and of articulating plans to maintain short- and medium-term stability
  • Experience leading through significant organizational growth, change, and development, taking a thoughtful and collaborative approach to aligning organizational systems, talent, and practices with mission and vision
  • A track record of strong financial planning, management, and oversight of a complex non-profit. Able to ensure sound financial management practices and accountability to the Board
  • A proven networker, with success building relationships and developing resources across sectors. The ideal candidate will possess a strong professional network that they can leverage to further CRE’s mission, increase support from funders, and enhance CRE’s visibility
  • An understanding of consulting and/or leadership development business models. They need not have been a consultant but must have an appreciation of professional/client services work
  • A track record developing people and culture. Able to define and facilitate on-going maintenance of a healthy internal culture and experience managing and motivating a diverse and high performing team
  • Deep degrees of cultural competence and emotional intelligence. Able to lead and inspire work and conversations around complex issues of culture, inclusion, and equity
  • A dynamic and effective communicator, able to represent the organization and the sector to a range of external stakeholders including funders, partner organizations, and clients
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to effectively steward and engage existing Board member relationships and cultivate new Board members
Compensation & Benefits

Community Resource Exchange offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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

CRE is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from leaders who are Black, indigenous, people of color, persons with disabilities, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented applicants.

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.

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