Senior Executive Director | Manhattan, NY

Location: Manhattan, New York

Senior Executive Director | Manhattan, NY

Full Time - Exempt 

POSITION SUMMARY (Basic purpose or primary function of job)

The Senior Executive Director is the market leader responsible for the management and implementation of short and long-term strategies designed to create cost effective and ongoing sources of revenue and achieve community-based mission delivery within the assigned area(s.)

The Senior Executive Director is accountable to the Region Vice President for planning and directing mission, driving revenue generation results and volunteer engagement initiatives within the assigned market(s.) The Senior Executive Director provides hands on leadership and direction to mission and fundraising staff and volunteers.  The Senior Executive Director is responsible for the growth and cultivation of the local Leadership Board(s) and key event leadership positions. The Sr. ED ensures compliance with organizational standards, manages the market budget(s) and displays a laser-like focus on driving revenue, mission and volunteer development with the expectation of exceeding all objectives. 


Within the Foundation

The Senior Executive Director works closely with the Region VP, VP Market Development and manages the Senior Development Director, Development Director, Development Manager, Community Engagement Directors, Market Relations Coordinator. The ED also works collaboratively with, Region Specialists and other leadership in all areas of the Foundation, Marketing and Communications, Development, SLT members, Advocacy team, JA team, Development team and the Help & Support team.  

Outside the Foundation

The Senior Executive Director leads the assigned market area(s) with recruiting, training, and directing of volunteers, and develops/maintains relationships with key business leaders, corporate partners and others in the market area and the communities assigned in order to drive revenue and deliver mission activities.  Serves as primary spokesperson to promote the Arthritis Foundation’s mission and presence within the assigned markets.

Principal responsibilities or job duties)

1. Volunteer Management:  Serves as catalyst to identify, recruit, train, develop, recognize and retain volunteer leadership within market(s) to achieve strategic initiatives.  Serves as the primary liaison and staff partner for the leadership board in assigned market(s).  Effectively initiates and cultivates volunteer relationships with revenue leaders, event committees, HCPs and other key volunteers.

Implements and maintains an area-wide volunteer recruitment program with the Regional Vice President that will enhance, attract, retain, and orient community-based volunteers serving on market and regional levels.

2. Leadership and Strategic Management:  Based on the annual Plan of Work for the organization, the Executive Director drives the strategic management of development and mission initiatives, goals, and budget to ensure financial growth and implementation of organizational plans within the market.

Through direct training and best practices, the Executive Director will inspire, engage, influence, motivate, mentor and guide market level staff toward that goal.

3. Revenue Generation: Evaluates the income growth potential of all market development activities and develops appropriate strategies to drive income stability and growth. In conjunction with development staff, develops an annual market level revenue plan. Personally, initiates and cultivates relationships with key volunteers, prospects, corporate partners, major gift donors.

4. Mission Delivery: Guides staff and volunteers to achieve Mission Delivery goals within assigned market(s.)  Key mission initiatives include healthcare provider outreach, juvenile arthritis family engagement, advocate recruitment, and arthritis consumer cultivation.

5. Market Outreach: Serves as the market staff leader and spokesperson of the Arthritis Foundation with partners, corporations, donors, and other key constituents.

6. Staff Management: Direct supervision of additional assigned staff in other geographic areas/markets within region.  Strategic leadership and direction to staff to achieve organizational goals.  Mentor and coach staff to ensure that those goals are understood and attained.

7. Operational Oversight:  Responsible for ensuring implementation and compliance with organizational standards and policies.  Responsible for ensuring that appropriate and necessary systems are in place to facilitate the operational needs of the assigned markets.  Accountable for the financial security and integrity of the assigned areas.

All Other Duties as Assigned by RVP


Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing/Sales, Public Administration or related discipline. 
  • Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Minimum of 7+ years of Experience in non-profit and volunteer driven organizations.
  • Non-profit health related organizational experience is a plus.
  • Strategic thinker with a strong ability to build collaborative relationships and strategic alliances both internally and externally. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Outstanding interpersonal, networking, and negotiation skills.
  • Proven track record of success meeting and exceeding financial and mission goals.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Experience managing multiple locations across a wide regional area and managing remote staff.
  • Ability to recruit, train, cultivate and retain influential and high quality volunteers.
  • Demonstrated leadership in guiding programmatic results.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of volunteers and staff.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Some evening, weekend, and overtime work required to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and events.
  • Travel required.

Value Added Qualifications:

  • Embraces change and has the ability to create a culture that is adaptable to change. 
  • Knowledge of Marketing and Communications
  • Strong Corporate Contacts in your Professional Network
  • Sense of Humor
  • Thinks Big
  • Compassion


Volunteer Management


Leadership and Strategic Staff Management


Revenue Generation


Mission Delivery


Market Outreach


Operational Oversight





The Arthritis Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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