Executive Director

LIFT | Bronx, New York


Founded in 1998, LIFT is a national nonprofit that empowers families to break the cycle of poverty. We operate program sites in four major cities – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. – where we connect hardworking parents and caregivers of young children to the people, tools and resources they need to achieve greater economic security and well-being. We believe that by investing in families during children’s earliest years we can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. To learn more, visit www.WhyWeLIFT.org.

LIFT seeks to hire individuals who are inclusive, results-oriented, and skilled at communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

Job Summary

The Executive Director reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and is accountable to the regional advisory board. As a proven visible, visionary and influential leader and fundraiser in the community, the Executive Director is the principal spokesperson representing the organization to constituencies, both internal and external. In addition to financial and administrative duties, the scope of responsibility includes overseeing fund development, program management, marketing, public relations, and strategic thinking and planning. The Executive Director will build, foster, and maintain a thriving organizational culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.

Reports To

Chief Executive Officer


  • Develop a strategic vision for LIFT’s presence in the New York region, continuously assessing and responding to community needs and opportunities for growth and impact
  • Continue to raise the public profile of LIFT as a key spokesperson and external ambassador, thought partner, and advocate with critical stakeholders in the region
  • Manage and direct a comprehensive fund development plan that identifies major gift prospects and donors and enhances the short and long term diversified funding base
  • Excel at initiating and fostering relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations as potential partners and donors to the region
  • Mobilize and inspire the regional advisory board to play an integral role in developing donor prospects, cultivating major donors and funding institutions and contribute to the financial sustainability of LIFT programs
  • Lead, motivate, manage and develop staff to invoke passion about the mission of LIFT, and foster an environment committed to continuous improvement to meet ambitious program impact, talent, and revenue goals
  • Oversee and execute programmatic excellence by establishing benchmarks and setting timelines to achieve strategic goals
  • Ensure sound financial management, and financial accountability for contributions, income, and all LIFT regional assets
  • Work closely with the National Team and LIFT sites in Chicago, D.C. and Los Angeles to execute organizational program and development strategy, with the goal of improving both efficacy and impact


  • You possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.
  • You have a minimum of 5 years each of (1) senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct stewardship of Boards of Directors, and (2) major gift fundraising with individuals/foundations/corporations in a professional capacity.
  • You demonstrate a commitment to LIFT’s mission and core values as well as an entrepreneurial spirit, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity.
  • You have a proven track record of management success with comparable P&L, planning, budgeting and operational responsibilities.
  • You have a demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and the Advisory Board, and to develop effective programs.
  • You possess a keen intellect and strong interpersonal and communication skill set, having demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied constituencies, including staff, Board members, potential donors, volunteers, and others.
  • You are a team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, and retaining talented managers and administrative staff members.
  • You possess knowledge of the cultural and political landscape in New York, with the ability to network and collaborate with a wide array of stakeholders.


Commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Qualified individuals, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter with salary requirements to: [email protected]. Please include your full name in the subject line.

 LIFT believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. LIFT does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, or ideology.



Organization: Nonprofit Organizations