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Organizational Overview

Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. We provide crucial peer and professional resources and support as people embrace the challenge to redefine their identities and build new communities. Footsteps nurtures a network of individuals so that they not only survive in their new world, but thrive. Since Footsteps’ founding in 2003, the organization has served 1,700 individuals, and in 2020, we expect our budget to reach nearly $4 million.

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Job Title:  Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration
Reports to:  Executive Director
Position Type:  Full Time, Exempt

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Position Overview
Footsteps is seeking a driven numbers and systems guru to serve as the organization’s first Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration. You will lead the effort to “right size” internal infrastructure to support organizational growth and learning, as well as provide strategic oversight for all administrative function areas. One of your key responsibilities is to ensure Footsteps is complying with all workplace requirements (legal, security, risk, etc.). In your first year, you will conduct a needs assessment to determine what functions should be performed by staff and which should be contracted out. You will also oversee the main office space build out, ensure staff can use Salesforce effectively and efficiently, and ensure key financial policies are in place and fit organizational size.

This opening is one of four new senior roles and is an exciting opportunity to help lead the organization in a period of transition. You will be a key member of the Executive Team, along with the Executive Director, Senior Director of Development, Senior Director of Organizational Development, and Senior Director of Programs.

Responsibilities include:

Team Leadership (20%)

  • Oversee all administrative function areas, including finance, data management, operations, facilities, human resources, and information technology
  • Supervise and mentor Operations Manager
  • Build out operations department to meet organizational needs
  • Ensure all organizational systems are optimized and secure
  • Identify and update key policies and systems that need to be addressed as we grow

Financial Management (30%)

  • Oversee annual budget process; work with each department to create and manage their budgets and monitor annual spending
  • Work with board treasurer to provide board with information to manage risk and provide financial oversight, including contracts, annual budget, and audit process
  • Coordinate with finance consultants, including bookkeeper and accountant
  • Oversee annual audit process, coordinating with auditor and bookkeeper to ensure timely and accurate submission of our audit
  • Work with development team to generate and monitor budgets for funders
  • Work with program team to ensure restricted funds are being spent as intended
  • Collaborate with Board Finance and Audit committee to ensure policies and practices mitigate risk and support sustainable financial health

Data Management (30%)

  • Ensure that all constituent data is effectively captured and organized
  • Ensure development team gets data they need to report to funders
  • Oversee integration of all constituents into Salesforce CRM
  • Work with staff and consultants to optimize Salesforce; ensure staff are well equipped to use Salesforce effectively and efficiently
  • Collaborate with staff to have ownership over data capture and learning to improve organizational function

Facilities Management (20%)

  • Collaborate with staff at all levels on design of office and program space
  • Oversee and continuously assess the organization’s physical space needs, including build out of new spaces as organization grows and ensure existing spaces are well-maintained
  • Coordinate with building management in main program center and other locations

Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps mission and values
  • 10+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, and present data to diverse audiences clearly and meaningfully
  • Proven track record in sound financial management and record keeping
  • Experience working with Salesforce
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once
  • Excellent time management and planning skills
  • Dedication to working inclusively and collaboratively
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Desired Competencies

  • Expertise in two or more of the following areas: finance, data management, administration, operations, facilities, information technology, and human resources
  • Interest in learning best practices
  • Experience supervising staff and consultants
  • Experience overseeing audit process
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization
  • Interest in helping to shape new Executive Team

Location: New York City
Start Date: January or February 2020
Salary: $90,000-$100,000 commensurate with experience

Team + Benefits: You will be joining an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: flexible work schedule; option to work remotely one or two days a week; paid holidays and 20 days of paid time off in first year; four weeks of paid parental leave in first year; health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% match for IRA retirement plan; flexible spending accounts for health care, dependent care, and transit; and $1,000 a year for professional development.

How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.


Job Title:  Senior Director of Development
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Type:  Full Time, Exempt

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Position Overview

Footsteps is seeking a strategic, organized, and highly relational development professional to serve as the organization’s first Senior Director of Development. You will lead a five-person development team, steward and cultivate major donors, and work closely with the Executive Director to grow diverse financial support for Footsteps. Your key deliverables in the first year will be to increase annual revenue from $3.1 million to $3.8 million, launch a 15th Anniversary campaign, and overhaul the development calendar to focus on the best cultivation strategies.

This position is one of four new senior roles and is an exciting opportunity to help lead the organization in a period of transition. You will be a key member of the Executive Team, along with the Executive Director, Senior Director of Programs, Senior Director of Organizational Development, and Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration.

Responsibilities include:

Team Leadership: People, Systems, and Infrastructure

  • Supervise, mentor, and expand the fundraising and communications team
  • Craft and manage a strategic fundraising plan that includes major gifts, institutional giving, special events, individual giving, communications, and digital fundraising
  • Manage fundraising and donor communications calendar and budget
  • Create and revamp process and systems for development operations, including all data related functions and optimizing the use of Salesforce
  • Collaborate with Executive Team to identify areas where special funding is needed, and ensure follow-through when program restricted funds are raised
  • Promote a culture of philanthropy and appreciation with the board and throughout the organization

Individual & Institutional Fundraising

  • Oversee development of annual moves management protocol for individual donors and prospects at the 1,000+ giving level including robust research, special events, public education, and other engagement opportunities
  • Establish strong relationships with board members; staff the board around their fundraising goals
  • Manage a cohort of major donors
  • Oversee all donor related events; manage staff and consultants for special events
  • Oversee institutional giving strategy including research, engagement, and calendar for reporting and submitting proposals

Donor Communications

  • Create donor communication strategy and oversee content development, including digital strategy and direct mail
  • Co-create organizational communications strategy
  • Train and co-supervise Communications Manager

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to and passion for Footsteps mission
  • 10+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience
  • Outstanding management and team leadership skills
  • Track record for closing five and six figure gifts
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and sustain relationships
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Comfort and experience with donor databases such as Salesforce
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once
  • Strong time management, project management, and planning skills
  • Significant experience in individual giving and in one or more of the following areas: major gifts, special events, institutional giving, endowment fundraising, donor communications, digital fundraising, and direct mail
  • Ability to work evenings at least once a month and occasional weekends to staff member and donor events

Desired Competencies

  • Compelling storyteller with the ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders
  • Demonstrated ability to manage up
  • Dedication to working inclusively and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to manage buildout of Salesforce
  • Proven track record of working successfully with people at all levels of an organization (staff, board, donors, consultants, volunteers, and members)
  • Demonstrated competency working with members of traumatized populations and/or holds a trauma-informed lens
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the organized Jewish community
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization
  • Interest in helping to shape new Executive Team

Location: New York City
Start Date:
February or March 2020
Salary:
$110,000-$125,000 commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Senior Director of Development” in the subject line.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.

Team + Benefits: You will be joining an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: flexible work schedule; option to work remotely one day a week; paid holidays and 20 days of paid time off in first year; four weeks of paid parental leave in first year; health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% match for IRA retirement plan; flexible spending accounts for health care, dependent care, and transit; and $1,000 a year for professional development.



Job Title:  Institutional Relations Manager
Reports to:  Director of Development
Position Type:  Full Time, Non-Exempt

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Position Overview
Footsteps is seeking a highly organized and relational professional to serve as the organization’s first Institutional Relations Manager. Core responsibilities will include cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, organizing and maintaining institutional funder records in the donor database, and overseeing the full process of each grant. The Institutional Relations Manager will manage a grant writing consultant and play a critical role on Footsteps’ development team. The manager will be expected to skillfully handle a range of responsibilities, detailed below.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Institutional Relations

  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, create a comprehensive strategy to sustain and grow a $1M institutional funding portfolio focused on private, family, and corporate foundations
  • Conduct research on institutional prospects, identifying and cultivating prospective foundations
  • Develop and execute stewardship and cultivation strategies to grow Footsteps’ funding base and increase investment and engagement among current funders
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior program staff to solicit foundation grants
  • Represent Footsteps in external spaces as needed

Grants Management

  • Build and maintain an internal calendar of grant proposal and report deadlines
  • Create, maintain, and update foundation records in the donor database, including all communications with donors, grant commitments, grant proposals, and deliverables
  • Clean up and organize the donor database to operate more efficiently
  • Build relationships and collaborate closely with program staff to ensure a strong working knowledge of Footsteps programs
  • Work closely with program and finance staff to ensure that proposed activities and budgets are executed as stipulated in grant materials

Writing and Editing

  • Manage activities of a part-time grant writing consultant, which includes reviewing, editing, and approving their deliverables
  • Ensure all grant proposals and reports are compelling, well-written, impact-driven, and story-focused

Desired Competencies

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills; able to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization, including flexibility to simultaneously perform a wide variety of tasks
  • Self-starter and able to work independently and in a team environment

Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission and values
  • 5+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and sustain relationships
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and commitment to documentation

Location: New York City
Start Date:
Immediate
Salary:
$60,000-70,000, commensurate with experience

Team + Benefits: You will be joining an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: flexible work schedule; option to work remotely one day a week; paid holidays and 20 days of paid time off in first year; four weeks of paid parental leave in first year; health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% match for IRA retirement plan; flexible spending accounts for health care, dependent care, and transit; and $1,000 a year for professional development.

How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Institutional Relations Manager” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Footsteps. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Footsteps is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, people of color, formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people who come from poor and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Footsteps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.