Vice President, Programs

Vice President, Programs

Website NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women)

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Vice President, Programs
Job Description

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a highly respected and renowned workforce development nonprofit, is seeking an outstanding professional to join its team as its Vice President of Programs.

Founded in 1978, Nontraditional Employment for Women, Inc. (NEW) trains and places women in the building and construction trades and related skilled labor positions. NEW primarily serves low-income women from under-resourced communities throughout New York City, helping them achieve economic independence and a secure future. NEW provides hands-on skills training, job readiness classes, and offers complementary social services to its students and graduates. NEW also offers a range of services to unions and employers, including recruiting and screening qualified candidates and providing technical assistance to apprenticeship programs on the recruitment and retention of women in construction and related industries.

NEW is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to be its next Vice President, Programs (VPP). Reporting to and working closely with the President, the VPP will serve as a critical member of the senior leadership team and will help articulate and implement the strategic vision for the organization. The VPP will be responsible for overseeing all programs and related services, and will be expected to have the skills and drive to evaluate the effectiveness of NEW’s programs and develop appropriate metrics. The VPP will also be expected to help raise the organization’s profile through external communications, and must be able to advocate successfully on behalf of the organization and its constituents in the public and private sectors.
The VPP will oversee a portfolio which includes recruitment of candidates to the programs; workforce development initiatives; client retention; and supportive social services. He or she must therefore have experience in a top management role in organizations such as, but not limited to, community-based human service programs, youth services, educational programs, supportive housing, workforce development and/or other social service disciplines, and must demonstrate significant accomplishments and past successes.
As an important part of the leadership team, it is critical that the VPP be capable of integrating smoothly into NEW, fitting into the organization’s fast-paced and ambitious culture. The VPP will work with the President, the Board under the direction of the President, and staff in a supportive and direct manner. The VPP will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a hands-on management style. It is critical that the VPP be a problem-solver, ready to identify and analyze challenges as they arise and propose and implement solutions. In addition, the VPP will be of the highest integrity and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.

Specific Responsibilities:
Leadership, Staff Management and Organizational Strategy
• In coordination with the President and the leadership team, play a key role in the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery, and management of the organization across multiple department.
• Supervise Program Directors, Officers and Coordinators; work closely with senior program staff to build the skills and confidence so that they can mentor, encourage, and motivate staff. Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, working with staff to balance workload and effort. Provide regular feedback so that key staff can continuously improve their supervision and mentoring skills.
• Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward vision and goal, by clearly communicating organization vision, implementing yearly staff development plans. Provide leadership development, professional development and mentoring.
• Work collaboratively to develop appropriate metrics to measure program impacts.
• Support NEW’s development efforts by helping to promote its annual fundraising event.
• Provide support for proposal writing and partner with the President and the Vice President of Development to help steward funding relationships, especially with local, state and federal government funders.
• Maintain, develop and grow strong external partnerships with Union leaders, employers and other programmatic stakeholders.
• Monitor growing needs among key stakeholders including clients, government agencies, and employers as well as philanthropic partners.

Program Oversight and Evaluation
• Oversee the coordination, integration and delivery of all programs, contracts, and related services, promoting collaborative relationship between program areas and ensuring that the expectations of funders, partners, constituents, clients, and other stakeholders are consistently met.
• Establish an annual program plan along with staff goals and objectives; track results against this plan as well as establish productivity and accountability protocols.
• Develop an assessment protocol to determine and feasibility and sustainability of programs in order to lead to more effective and efficient service delivery.
• Participate in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility, monitoring programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management.
• Ensure the delivery of qualitative and quantitative goals and outcomes of programs and services as well as conduct analyses to help inform the programmatic and operational decision-making process.
• Determine staffing plans to achieve program goals and objectives and participate in hiring decisions for new program staff.

• Bachelor’s degree required; advance degree in Business, Public Administration or another relevant field is strongly preferred.
• A minimum of five years of experience working in increasing responsible positions for complex organizations, including significant experience overseeing multiple programs or contracts, ideally at an organization serving marginalized communities.
• Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-tiers structure to include professional development and mentorship.
• Comprehensive working knowledge of program planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations and fundraising.
• Expertise in one or more of the following service areas: workforce development, employment or adult education.
• Ability to analyze and compile complex data for reporting purposes.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Strong relationship building with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
• Highest possible integrity and credibility.
• Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
• Commitment to NEW’s mission.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Nontraditional Employment for Women has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner
Anne McCarthy, Senior Director
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168

Please put “NEW Programs” in the subject line of your e-mail.


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