Organization: STRIVE

Location: New York, NY

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STRIVE is a leading national nonprofit organization focused on creating opportunity and breaking cycles of poverty for men and women in low-income communities across the United States. Its proven employment model helps individuals permanently lift themselves and their families out of poverty through intensive attitudinal and skills-training programs that lead to good careers and mobility.

Based in New York City, STRIVE operates a flagship East Harlem training center and oversees an affiliate network of 20 independently-operated nonprofit organizations in cities nationally. In its 30 years, STRIVE has brought economic self-sufficiency, dignity, and a brighter future to over 65,000 individuals and their families.

STRIVE’s Five Pillars evolved out of decades of research and include Core Attitudinal and Job Readiness Training; Occupational Skills Training; Case Management; Job Placement; and Job Retention, Advancement, and Ongoing Follow-Up.

Through this comprehensive group of services, STRIVE addresses the specific barriers faced by its clients, which might include a lack of skills, education and work history, a criminal record, systemic disconnection from work and school, and long-term dependence on public assistance. STRIVE’s commitment to each graduate is lifelong.

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The Opportunity:

With a proven model of success, STRIVE is embarking on a new phase of strategic growth. The National Vice President of Development & Communications (the National Vice President) will be a key player in moving towards Vision 2020, STRIVE’s ambitious plan to more than double its impact in new and current cities. The STRIVE Board of Directors and senior leadership are enthusiastic to partner with a successful development and communications professional to guide these critical areas. With a goal of nearly $9M for 2017, STRIVE is looking toward growth in the future and will rely on the National Vice President to implement the systems for increased revenue.

In partnership with President & CEO Philip Weinberg, the National Vice President will set strategy and lead implementation for STRIVE’s overall development and marketing/communications efforts, both in New York City and nationally. With a strong emphasis on developing STRIVE’s major donor platform and engagement, the National Vice President will have the opportunity to build an effective model for individual giving and will expand the successful corporate, government, and foundation partnerships already established. As the organization further strengthens its brand, communications will be an important driver for growth, and the National Vice President will lead the creation and dissemination of compelling marketing and communications tactics to benefit the entire organization.

As an external representative for STRIVE, the National Vice President of Development and Communications will be a tireless advocate for workforce development. Working closely with the President & CEO and Board members, s/he will act as an ambassador for the organization with donors and prospects to engage and solicit new supporters of STRIVE’s mission. As such, this position will collaborate closely with senior leaders within the STRIVE affiliate network and with leading external funders and stakeholders.

Based in the brand-new workforce training center in East Harlem, the National Vice President will play a senior leadership role in a staff of approximately 55 people. The STRIVE team is deeply mission-driven with a culture that is built on strong internal relationships and a collaborative work ethic. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the National Vice President will be excited to work in a dynamic and energetic environment that enables regular interaction with participants, trainers, and volunteers.

The National Vice President will lead STRIVE’s Development team, which includes three full-time professionals, and will partner closely with the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives as well as a network of development and communications professionals within STRIVE affiliate organizations.

The Vice President’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a key member of STRIVE’s executive leadership team to lead and manage the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts
  • Act as an ambassador to the STRIVE mission by engaging donors and soliciting six-figure plus gifts
  • Actively work with the CEO, a committed Board of Directors, and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy and annual plan to include corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors
  • Partner with the CEO, Board of Directors, and senior staff to develop and implement an inclusive marketing/communications strategy and an annual marketing plan
  • Lead, motivate, and supervise a team of employees in achieving the organization’s fundraising and marketing goals
  • Develop and manage overall development and marketing budgets in partnership with the CFO

Candidate Profile:

Desired qualifications include the following:

Skills and Experiences

  • Senior experience (at least 7+ years) in nonprofit development and communications, including high-level solicitation experience
  • Proven track record of achieving annual revenue goals with a focus on building and maintaining a successful individual giving platform, with additional experience in corporate, government, and foundation partnerships
  • Exceptional communications skills; capacity to articulate STRIVE’s mission, with proven ability to write and speak effectively and persuasively
  • Demonstrated capacity and experience in setting an overall marketing plan, including planning, writing, editing, and producing online and print content, press releases, reports, and marketing materials
  • Experience with national funders and/or fundraising for a national organization preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred 

Personal Qualities

  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Collaborative, flexible, and innovative leadership style
  • Well-suited to leadership in an entrepreneurial, collegial setting
  • Strong organizational skills and an attention to detail
  • Energetic, positive outlook
  • Understanding of or passion for issues relating to underemployment and workforce development in underserved communities and populations
  • Ability to travel as needed (approximately 10-15%)


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

STRIVE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Legal work authorization required.


Molly Brennan and Melissa Madzel of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits 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 about Koya Leadership Partners, visit