Organization: Harlem Village Academies

Location: New York, NY

Express Interest


Harlem Village Academies is a community of educators working to build an urban school district based on the ideals and tenets of progressive education. Based in Harlem, HVA is also the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute.

Today in Harlem and other disadvantaged areas, only 9 of 100 children born into poverty will graduate from college. This social injustice is a moral outrage.

Harlem Village Academies (HVA) is widely recognized as a leader at the forefront of public education with 95% high school graduation and a consistent track record of performance. After a decade of running five public schools serving nearly 2,000 students, HVA aspires to impact public education nationally by creating a Graduate School of Education with a campus in Harlem and an innovative digital platform.

Our vision is to build an enduring American institution that will produce the most inspiring and effective educators, immersed in sophisticated pedagogy while driven by a sense of urgency and accountability. We aim to transform the way teachers are trained, particularly those serving our nation’s most vulnerable children. Our Harlem campus will become a vibrant learning community of graduate students, aspiring young teachers, experienced master teachers, graduate school faculty, and HVA students in Kindergarten through 12 grade. The organization now seeks an accomplished VP, Development to grow and steward a portfolio of passionately supportive major donors.

The Vice President, Development (“VP, Development”) will play a key role in fulfilling HVA’s vision by managing and growing the organization’s major gifts revenue. The Vice President will serve as a close partner to Founder, Dr. Deborah Kenny and HVA leadership on fundraising initiatives. This is a chance to combine fundraising in a high-performing existing organization, with the thrill and challenge of a start-up.

This is a full-time position located in New York, New York. For more information on Harlem Village Academies, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The VP, Development of Harlem Village Academies will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for the Mission

The VP, Development will have a demonstrated passion for the mission of Harlem Village Academies and a commitment to remaining focused on the goals of the organization. S/he will believe strongly in the ability of progressive education and the impact of the five schools encompassed in HVA.

Fundraising/External Relations

The VP, Development will have a clear understanding that fundraising is a fundamental aspect of the success of the organization and will enthusiastically participate in those efforts. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Board, staff and volunteers to strategically work towards HVA’s desired outcomes in this regard and build and maintain relationships on behalf of the organization. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cultivate and solicit donors in the five- to seven-figure range
  • Secure event leadership and honorees for HVA’s annual benefit
  • Create and steward deep, long-lasting relationships with prospective and current major donors
  • Build relationships with major donors, foundations and other stakeholders and coordinate communications and generate continued and increased support for fundraising initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with the development team on cultivation events throughout the year

Innovation/Entrepreneurial Mindset

The VP, Development will have a willingness to think creatively about how to achieve goals as well as an excitement for innovative approaches. S/he will be a thoughtful risk-taker always looking for new opportunities and win/win partnerships. With a focus on outcomes and impact, s/he will be excited about the ability to creatively envision the future and then move the organization in that direction.

Partnership Development

The VP, Development must work in a collaborative manner, building relationships and promoting HVA throughout the community.  With highly developed interpersonal skills and strong negotiation skills, s/he will bring a variety of strategies and techniques designed to reach mutually beneficial goals over time.


The ideal candidate will be a highly intelligent, driven individual with a passion for education and a track record of success in cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of investors or donors. He or she will be extraordinarily gracious and professional, with a high level of comfort interfacing with CEOs, corporate executives and high net worth individuals.

HVA will strongly consider qualified candidates who have relevant experience in major gift fundraising as well as related fields such as investor relations, sales, wealth management, or business development.  In addition, s/he will have the following qualities and skills:

  • At least five to seven years’ successful experience cultivating deep relationships with major donors or investors
  • Demonstrated success increasing the number of donors and/or investors in a portfolio of prospects, as well as the scale of contributions
  • Highly self-motivated to set, pursue and achieve ambitious goals, while meeting deadlines and attending to details
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate a compelling message to various constituencies
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and comfortable with exceptionally high standards
  • Deeply committed to mission; willing to be hands-on
  • Adept at managing and following through on multiple projects at once, under deadlines

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Harlem Village Academies has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Liz Lombard here.

Harlem Village Academies is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

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