Over its almost 50-year history, Heights and Hills has been recognized as a benchmark organization within the field of aging in New York City, spearheading new services and programs which today reach more than 5,000 older adults and their families a year. The older adults it serves range in age from 60 to more than 100, are immigrant and native-born, and as diverse as the communities in which they live. The organization’s key services include case management for homebound older adults, caregiver support for families and friends, The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, and volunteer and intergenerational community programs. Services are provided free of charge to those over the age of 60 and their family caregivers without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or economic status.
Established in 1971 when community and clergy advocates came together to support their older neighbors, Heights and Hills has a mission of providing vital services and programs to ensure older Brooklynites are not forgotten and have the resources they need to age both with dignity and successfully – safe, secure, healthy, and connected to community.
To age successfully, one needs to have:
Financial security – having enough money to pay one’s bills.
Food security – having sufficient food and nutrition.
Access to health care – being able to get to and pay for doctors and medication.
A safe, affordable, and comfortable place to live.
One’s basic tasks of daily life accomplished – from bathing to bill-paying.
Social supports that prevent isolation.
Heights and Hills programs and services address all of these issues.
Following the retirement of a highly successful, long-time leader, the organization is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who is excited about building on the remarkable legacy of Heights and Hills as they look to the future. Reporting to the Board of Directors, they will bring a deep commitment to serving the aging population of Brooklyn and their families. The ideal candidate will be a proven leader whose skills will inspire continued growth in external engagement, revenue generation, and organizational leadership. Internally, they will lead and motivate a high-performing team and maintain excellence in the delivery of Heights and Hills’ services and programming while ensuring that the organization continues to adapt to the needs of the community it serves.
They will oversee a full-time staff of 38, with four direct reports, and an operating budget of $4M. They will be responsible for shaping and articulating its mission, vision, and values to a variety of different audiences to support the organization’s strategic goals. They will bring proven nonprofit management expertise and ideally experience and/or exposure in social services. Experience working with an aging and elderly population is preferred but not required.
They must be a hands-on leader, transparent communicator, and excellent problem solver able to respond to the ever-changing world we are currently in.
The ideal candidate for this role will be a collaborative and collegial leader who understands how to move a wide range of constituents and lead through inspiration and motivation.
While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Strategic & Visionary Leader
They will be a strategic leader who, with the Board, will set and articulate a vision for the organization. They will be a creative thought leader and problem solver with a solid understanding of the strategies needed to advance the work of a mission-based organization – from funding to mission delivery. They will be an experienced manager who engenders trust in the staff through a collaborative management style, helps them achieve their potential, and holds them accountable to clearly defined expectations and goals.
Nonprofit Leader with Business Acumen
They will possess significant financial acumen and the ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability, and allocate resources to ensure results. They will be well-versed in nonprofit operations and management, systems, and process. They will also be responsible for maintaining the healthy operations and compliance of government contracts, specifically the Department for the Aging (DFTA), and managing the relationships with various New York City agencies. They will be versed in navigating and negotiating government contracts. Experienced in managing a large and diverse Board, they will possess the knowledge and ability to ensure that the Board is achieving its primary responsibilities of best practice governance.
An Ambassador and Fundraiser for Heights and Hills
They will be an inspirational leader who will serve as the chief ambassador and responsible for identifying creative and new revenue streams. They will be a passionate public speaker and thought leader able to build collaboration resulting in generating support for Heights and Hills. With the ability to form partnerships and achieve buy-in from a diverse group of constituents, they will be well positioned to advocate for policies and programs that support the mission of Heights and Hills. They will bring an entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation and an understanding of nonprofit finance and various revenue streams, including grants, major donors, individual giving, and philanthropic support among others. As Heights and Hills seeks to explore new development and fundraising opportunities, they will be responsible for building an overarching development strategy.
Culture Champion & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
They will want to be part of a hard-working, collaborative, spirited and values-driven team and will embrace the organization’s culture while continually innovating to help expand its brand and reach. They will lead by example with patience and humor. As a seasoned leader, they will bring a balanced hand in cultivating organizational culture and crafting strong administrative systems in support of the mission of Heights and Hills. During a time of transition, they will embrace leading the organization through change with grace and sensitivity. With a highly focused racial justice lens, they will be a champion of and exhibit an abiding passion and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion values. They will have a demonstrated track record in advancing DEI initiatives both internally within the organization, as well as externally in the larger community.
Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alicia Salerno and Melissa Madzel are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Heights and Hills is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.
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