Executive Director

Executive Director


Brooklyn, NY   |   January 10, 2022

About Refoundry

Refoundry provides formerly incarcerated people with the skills and opportunity to achieve financial independence and become job creators. Refoundry’s replicable model is committed to disrupting the forces that drive mass incarceration and generational poverty. Our programs teach high-level crafts skills, create career pathways, and provide real support for entrepreneurial aspirations. Successful pilots in Los Angeles and New York proved that the Refoundry model significantly reduces levels of unemployment and recidivism among returning citizens.

Refoundry supports the talents and interests of “Makers” who learn to repurpose discarded materials into extraordinary home furnishings, sell their own products, and start their own businesses. Our programs provide hands-on training in craft skills including woodworking, welding, carpentry, and home furnishings design, and mentoring to support job readiness, business development, and job creation. A part-time, 20-week program features on-ramps to meaningful living-wage employment and serves as a gateway to entrepreneurship for Makers interested in starting their own businesses. Participants receive a stipend throughout the program period and ongoing access to a robust alumni and partner network.

Refoundry is now preparing to launch a newly-designed and updated program in 6,700sf of workshop space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NYC. Our first cohort of Makers will begin training in the spring of 2022. Learn more about Refoundry at www.refoundry.org.

About the Position

Refoundry is seeking an extraordinary leader who possesses the passion, drive and courage to break the cycle of poverty and prison, and replace it with a proven model that builds and supports stable jobs, entrepreneurialism and economic opportunity, beginning in New York City. After successfully testing our theory of change through pilot programs in NY and LA, Refoundry requires it’s next Executive Director to bring strong leadership and management skills to lead people, leverage systems, provide

strategic vision and operationalize a multi-year strategic plan that includes launching a New York-based program and replicating our scalable program model in other cities.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for Refoundry’s mission and a successful track record as a visionary leader, manager, and fundraiser. The Executive Director will also help grow our Board of Directors, currently a small but highly-engaged group of activists, professionals, and community leaders.

Refoundry’s Executive Director will work in partnership with Board, staff, participants, and community partners to build on existing relationships and partner networks, and steward an internal culture that is highly intentional, accountable and mission-driven.

The Executive Director will be responsible for creating and managing budgets, setting financial priorities, and raising the funds to fuel Refoundry’s continued success and growth. This is an exciting opportunity for a leader with big, mission-aligned ideas and the management/leadership skills required to build the internal infrastructure and support a national expansion of Refoundry’s programs and partnerships.


Strategic Vision and Leadership:

  • In partnership with the Board, provide strategic vision for Refoundry in service of its mission and lead the organization into its next phase of development, growth, and impact.
  • Lead the Refoundry staff and community through transformation, growth and beyond with transparency, positivity and high ethical standards.
  • Ensure that Refoundry’s vision, values, brand, and strategic priorities are evident and consistent in every aspect of the organization, including its staff and programs.
  • Drive ongoing discussion and experimentation that encourages innovation and pushes boundaries in making a wider social impact.
  • Provide inspirational leadership, direction, and supervision; foster a culture of accountability, collaboration, and experimentation that embraces change and ensures staff and program participants feel appreciated and have equal access to opportunity.
  • Attract, hire, retain, and promote qualified professionals; empower staff through active communication, professional development, and delegation.
  • Exercise and assist the Board in performing to the highest fiduciary standards.

External Relations and Resource Development:

  • Act as the primary driver in grant and donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson; clearly and compellingly convey Refoundry’s vision, values, programs, challenges, and achievements.
  • Represent the organization and promote coalition-building and collaboration with other community organizations, businesses, and partners.
  • Ensure Refoundry’s external communications efforts promote the public visibility of its mission and enhance revenue from all sources.
  • Cultivate a strong, transparent and properly informed working relationship with the Board of Directors, officers and appointed committees.
  • Promote and support board engagement in strategic planning and resource development and the identification and recruitment of new board members with an emphasis on diversification.

Finance and Operations:

  • Oversee the financial status of the organization; set financial priorities that support the needs of the program and staff; manage the budget and ensure that revenues and expenditures are consistent with the budget approved by the Board.
  • Direct the development, refinement, implementation, and articulation of organizational offerings that reflect the mission, create revenue opportunities, and change lives.
  • Ensure the implementation of systems and processes that facilitate donor tracking, data collection, and promote consistency throughout the organization.
  • Nonprofit management experience, ideally at the senior level, and a demonstrated ability to engage and collaborate with a Board to develop and implement strategic plans, manage organizational finances, create earned revenue streams, and lead successful fundraising initiatives.
  • An appreciation for and understanding of the lived experiences of program participants; a commitment to communities historically impacted by inequity.
  • Demonstrated track record of growing an organization and building an internal infrastructure to support a mission; experience with change management.
  • Financial savvy with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems.
  • A collaborative leader who seeks synergy with the board and staff to work together toward a shared vision; comfortable both soliciting input from others and making decisions quickly, effectively, and confidently.
  • Excellent manager and developer of talent; ability to smooth ruffled feathers, work with strong personalities, and give people the freedom to run with ideas.
  • Bold, risk-taker willing to challenge the status quo while respecting organizational learnings and history.
  • Experience creating and/or operating a commercial/social enterprise in support of a nonprofit is a plus.
  • Dynamic relationship builder who engages others in Refoundry’s values and mission and displays a sincere interest in each staff and board member, donor, and community member.
  • Equity mindset that welcomes and encourages a diversity of opinions and viewpoints while prioritizing voices and perspectives from the communities Refoundry serves.

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to [email protected]

We strongly encourage applicants who identify as BIPOC and/or have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply. Refoundry provides equal opportunity in all of our human resource practices to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, military service status, or any other protected classification. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment experience, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, organization-sponsored training, and social and recreational programs. Any and all such employment decisions will be made in a non-discriminatory manner.