President & CEO

President & CEO

Junior Achievement of New York

New York, NY   |   June 25, 2021

About Junior Achievement of New York

Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA (JA USA), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.  JA New York operates as a separate legal entity affiliate through a licensing and operating agreement with JA USA.

JA New York’s mission is to inspire, empower and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.  Our experiential K-12 educational programs focus on three key content areas – financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.  JA New York provides educational content, inspiring young people to learn how our economy works, how to plan for their futures, understand the world of work, and live up to their full potential.

A network of recruited and trained business, community, and student volunteers deliver our state-of-the-art curricula in school, afterschool and in workplace settings throughout the New York City (five boroughs), Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) and the Lower Hudson Valley counties of Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam.  The majority of the students we reach and serve are from diverse, low-to-moderate income households and attend schools in high need, underserved communities.

JA New York has demonstrated strong resiliency and financial stability over the past decade. JA New York programs have recently reached more than 100,000 students during an annual fiscal year. JA New York  has cultivated partnerships between hundreds of businesses and other organizations, and more than 300 schools across Greater New York to ensure that young people are better prepared to maximize their preparation for and quality of life as adults.  Many of the city’s and region’s largest companies partner with us as a way to both make an impact in the community and help meet the demand of today’s business professionals for a meaningful volunteer experience.

JA New York is headquartered in midtown Manhattan and includes regional offices/staff on Long Island and in Westchester County.  The organization utilizes a Metro New York workforce that operates in dynamic in-person environment and  has a flexible & resilient model which enables its workforce to operate remotely, if necessary when the headquarters office, regional satellite offices, New York school sites and various stakeholder locations are not reasonably accessible.

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The Opportunity

The President and CEO will be responsible for achieving the strategic objectives for the organization established in partnership with the Board of Directors. It is essential that the President and CEO demonstrate:

  • Visionary Leadership to inspire and execute on transformational change and capital campaigns;
  • Capability to cultivate new and existing stakeholder relationships inclusive of the business community, public sector (local government, foundations & education system), JA New York Board Members and JA USA Organization;
  • Proven success in fund raising activities from business community, public sector and individuals.
  • Capability to create an inclusive organizational culture that attracts and retains diverse talent.
  • Strong administrative & finance management skills and ability to leverage technology, data and digital understanding to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the organization itself and deployment of JA programs to young people in the communities JA serves.

The President and CEO overseas all activities of the organization, including the following primary areas:  organizational leadership, planning and execution; Board relations and governance; resource development; external relations, communications and awareness; financial, human resources and administrative management; and program strategy, implementation and delivery.

Candidate Profile

The President & CEO of JA New York will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Organizational Leadership, Planning and Execution

  • Together with the Board of Directors, develop and maintain a compelling vision and strategic and operating plan to guide JA New York to articulate a shared purpose and clear direction to inspire and motivate all stakeholders.
  • Ensure achievement of the objectives set forth in the plan, working to allocate financial, people and other resources efficiently and effectively to do so.
  • Leading by example, foster a positive, can-do, forward-looking, growth-oriented organizational culture characterized by commitment to the mission, organization and stakeholders.
  • Recruit, develop and motivate staff to be successful in achieving organizational objectives, goals, and results; foster a climate of inclusiveness, initiative and accountability.
  • Demonstrate personal and organizational commitment to the community and stakeholders served by JA New York.

Board Development and Relations, and Governance

  • Work with the Board of Directors, and especially through the Board Development Committee and Executive Committee, to actively recruit high quality Board members and effectively encourage active and engaged relationships with all Board members.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board to develop, maintain and monitor policies and procedures that ensure proper governance and Board oversight of JA New York.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, especially the Executive Committee and the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, and outside counsel as necessary, to monitor, identify, evaluate, and mitigate a broad range of organizational risks, including but not limited to legal, financial, regulatory, brand and other.
  • Ensure that JA New York operates in compliance with its Licensing and Operating Agreement with JA USA, and work actively and collaboratively with JA USA for the mutual benefit of both entities.

Resource Development

  • Lead and actively engage personally in the organization’s efforts to secure revenue to meet annual budget objectives as well as planning for future initiatives.
  • Undertake periodic capital campaigns to enable the organization to meet its long-term financial needs whether through endowment, funding specific transformational initiatives or other strategic long-term initiatives.
  • Work to actively engage Board Members and their companies and organizations in this effort, as well as non-Board and new sources of funding and revenue.
  • Work closely with the Resource Development leader and team, along with the Resource Development Committee, to recruit a diverse mix of corporate, individual, foundation, and public sector funding; cultivate positive long-term relationships with current and prospective funders and partners; and build systems and pipelines to help ensure success.

External Relations, Communications and Organizational Awareness

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for JA New York.
  • Effectively represent JA New York to all stakeholders and constituencies, including business, civic, donor, education, foundation, government, philanthropic, media, and public sector communities; and the JA USA national organization.
  • Work with internal communications leader and team, along with the Brand Awareness Committee, to support, develop, build and maintain robust marketing, communications and awareness programs and campaigns inclusive of digital media to reach various JA New York stakeholders and constituencies.

Financial Administration and HR Management

  • Maintain rigorous systems and procedures to ensure financial stability necessary to support strategic objectives and to sustain and expand operations and programs.
  • Develop, oversee, monitor and manage annual budgets, including income, expense and cash flow.
  • Ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles for external reporting, and compliance with all Federal, state and local legal and regulatory requirements. Interact with integrity in communications and representations with external auditors and regulators on annual and periodic inspections.
  • Oversee and maintain clearly articulated and consistent administrative and HR policies and procedures. Ensure compliance with all employment policies, procedures, and legal requirements.
  • Oversee a performance management process for all staff; maintain an accurate job description for each position; monitor performance; conduct performance reviews; coach and mentor as needed.

Program Strategy, Development and Implementation

  • Develop and implement the strategic, tactical and operational educational program goals consistent with JA New York’s organizational mission and strategy as well as overall JA USA mission and guidelines.
  • Oversee and support the Program leader and team, along with the Program Committee, in executing, delivering and evaluating programs at a high-quality level and in an efficient and effective manner.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 15-plus years of increasing organizational management experience
  • Proven success in fundraising and institutional partnership and constituent relationship building
  • Prepared and experienced to undertake and complete successful capital campaigns and transformational initiatives.
  • Experience with/strong working knowledge of working with a nonprofit Board of Directors
  • Working knowledge of culture of nonprofit organizations
  • Interest and working knowledge in Junior Achievement educational content areas; youth development and empowerment issues; and education
  • Direct experience/strong working knowledge of financial, human resource, and administrative management
  • Vision – being able to see and chart the future for the organization while staying true to mission
  • Ethical – Demonstrates and encourages integrity, character and fairness
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; strong ability to manage “up and down”
  • Ability and willingness to embrace and perform wide range of activities, from high profile engagements to detailed management and oversight
Compensation & Benefits

Base Salary range $215,000-$240,0000 with potential variable compensation up to 15% of Base Salary. Compensation and benefits commensurate with experience.


Molly Brennan and Jason Mannino of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Molly and Jason directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Junior Achievement of New York is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

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