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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 Organizational Development
Reports to:  Executive Director
Position Type:  Full Time, Exempt

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Position Overview

Footsteps is seeking a driven and compassionate professional to serve as the organization’s first Senior Director of Organizational Development. You will lead Footsteps’ efforts to create a culture of appreciation and well-being, with the overarching goal of creating both short- and long-term strategies that attract, retain, and grow the best talent for the organization. Your first project will be to conduct a needs assessment that will help determine your key deliverables for the first year. You will also formalize new staff orientation and shepherd the organization through a strategic planning process. A key responsibility is to ensure organizational priorities and plans are feasible and sustainable. This role requires an enormous amount of discretion, drive to improve culture and process, and strong communication and employee relations skills.

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 Development, Senior Director of Programs, and Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration.

Job responsibilities include:

Team Development and Retention (30%)

  • Collaborate with leadership and staff to build and manage an outstanding, mission-driven team to advance organizational goals and live our values
  • Serve as a trusted resource, support, and mentor to all team members
  • Identify and initiate professional development opportunities for all staff
  • Ensure organizational growth and team development are strategic and sustainable

Organizational Planning and Development (30%)

  • Serve as thought partner to Executive Director; help define teams, refine organizational structure and roles, and establish a cadence for new Executive Team
  • In collaboration with Executive Team, oversee organizational goal setting, including organizing and facilitating retreats and meetings to set and update goals and strategic plan
  • Identify staffing and resources needed to actualize proposed strategic plan; ensure strategic plan and organizational priorities are feasible and sustainable
  • Ensure organizational calendar is maintained and that major events and projects are spaced thoughtfully, generate organizational energy, and support sustainability
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and board members to ensure board recruitment and planning is aligned with organizational planning and development

Organizational Culture (30%)

  • Collaborate with Executive Team and staff to build a culture of excellence, well-being, appreciation, and ongoing learning
  • Oversee holistic onboarding process that connects all team members to Footsteps history, mission, culture, strategy, and programs
  • Ensure that Footsteps values are embodied and clearly communicated
  • Lead diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives
  • Measure employee engagement and own culture initiatives, including: lead culture team, establish annual culture goals, and organize off-site retreats, staff appreciation events, and other initiatives to support culture

Human Resources (10%)

  • Own employee handbook and lead the onboarding and offboarding process
  • Oversee performance evaluation and HR best practices across the organization
  • Develop strategies for recruiting and retaining the best talent

Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps mission and values
  • 10+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to support staff serving traumatized populations, lead sustainable organizational planning, and improve process and systems
  • Dedication to building a culture of excellence, well-being, appreciation, and learning
  • Outstanding supervision, coaching, and mentorship skills
  • Dedication to working inclusively and collaboratively
  • Excellent time management and planning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Desired Competencies

  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Experience leading organizational change
  • Experience in developing meaningful onboarding and offboarding processes
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain high-performing teams
  • Interest in learning best practices
  • 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
In lieu of a cover letter, please respond to the four application questions below:

  1. Why are you interested in working at Footsteps?
  2. How would you approach conducting a needs assessment?
  3. Tell us about a time you helped change the culture, approach, or pace of a team, project, or organization. Why and how did you do it?
  4. What excites you the most about this role?

Please send your resume and responses to the application questions to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Senior Director of Organizational Development” 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 Programs
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt

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Position Overview
Footsteps is seeking a strategic and thoughtful professional to serve as the organization’s first Senior Director of Programs. Core responsibilities will include supervising program directors, facilitating integrated program planning, and overseeing Footsteps’ wide range of programs, including clinical services, economic empowerment, family justice, community engagement, and field and movement building. You will unite, align, and inspire the program team, with the overarching goal to support and enable program staff to deliver excellent services holistically. 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 Finance, Data, and Administration.

Job responsibilities include:

Leadership and Staff Development (50%)

  • Serve as thought leader; continuously identify emerging needs, potential solutions, and organizational priorities
  • Supervise five program directors; articulate and uphold standards of excellence
  • Work closely with program directors to ensure the development and implementation of annual goals align with Footsteps’ strategic priorities and core values
  • Ensure grant deliverables are met by program staff, in collaboration with development staff
  • Serve on the Footsteps culture team and support the Senior Director of Organizational Development to build a culture of well-being and appreciation
  • Work with program directors and members to promote member leadership and ensure two-way feedback is integrated throughout programming
  • Work with Director of Field and Movement Building to ensure member communications are strategic and streamlined

Program Oversight and Improvement (40%)

  • Develop monitoring and evaluation protocols to ensure program efficacy
  • Work closely with the executive team to build a culture of ongoing learning and improvement
  • Coordinate programming, optimize external partnerships, and ensure effective service provision to best serve our members’ needs, including oversight and streamlining processes (pass-through funding, program calendar)
  • Plan and facilitate cross-departmental meetings (program meetings, calendar meetings, etc.)
  • Ensure organizational structures and processes enable cross-departmental collaboration
  • Work with development team to articulate compelling proposals and provide accurate reporting to funders, with an eye towards areas of oversight
  • Oversee contracts, MOU approvals, and programmatic compliance with regulations, budgets, and internal policies

Board and External Relations (10%)

  • Serve on board committees and task forces to support organizational priorities
  • Work with program staff to report key trends to the board in advance of board meetings
  • Represent Footsteps at conferences, with key funders, and at networking events

Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps mission and values
  • 10+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience
  • Dedication to working inclusively and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to support staff serving traumatized populations, lead sustainable program planning, and improve process and systems
  • Outstanding management and facilitation skills
  • Proven track record in monitoring, evaluating, and improving program outcomes
  • Strong time management and planning skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Desired Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a range of programs and integrate cross-departmental planning
  • Expertise in two or more of the following program areas: clinical services, community engagement, peer support, economic empowerment, family justice, and youth empowerment
  • Experience in the social service sector
  • Interest in learning best practices and holistic service models
  • 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 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
In lieu of a cover letter, please respond to the four application questions below:

  1. Why are you interested in working at Footsteps?
  2. What’s a program you helped shape that makes you proud, and why?
  3. Tell us about a program you led that didn’t yield the results you wanted. What was your aim, why did your approach fall short, how did you realize it, and what did you do as a result?
  4. What excites you the most about this role?

Please send your resume and responses to the application questions to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Senior Director of Programs” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply soon.


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:  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.