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Nontraditional Employment for Women

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1978, Nontraditional Employment for Women, Inc. (NEW) is a renown workforce development and advocacy organization that 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. 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.

THE POSITION: NEW is seeking an experienced and dynamic leader to become its President. Unique in its mission of promoting and training women for nontraditional careers, NEW has made a significant impact on the face of New York City construction; NEW seeks a leader who is ready to both maintain existing partnerships and build on its successes. The President must therefore be a true team builder and visionary who can lead the organization, build and market NEW's brand, work with an active and engaged Board to meet and exceed its strategic objectives while increasing funding sources. The President must also have experience with and/or an understanding of the barriers faced by women in nontraditional careers.

The President must be adept at developing and implementing organizational policies, establishing goals with the Board and senior staff members, and recruiting, developing, organizing and supporting both senior and junior staff to carry out NEW's mission. The President must also establish partnerships with stakeholders in the public, private and non-for-profit sectors, and increase specific qualitative and quantitative organizational outcomes. The successful candidate must be an accomplished executive and effective communicator who can work comfortably with individuals in key positions in New York City government. S/he must also be able to work closely with leaders in the building and construction trades unions, as well as the transportation, energy, facilities maintenance, and real estate industries.

Located in a decommissioned firehouse on West 20th Street, NEW operates with 16 full time staff and numerous contract employees. Its operating budget will be approximately $3 million for FY15, with a goal of increasing revenue and broadening the base of funding sources. The position requires solid experience creating and managing budgets, facilities management, contract management, operational management, human resources, labor and employment issues, and health and safety issues. S/he will be a confident hands-on manager who can build and develop a strong and empowered team; a capable and creative problem solver; and a visionary self-starter. The successful candidate must also have managerial experience working for an organization that serves individuals from under-resourced communities.


• Advocating for NEW’s mission and developing support for its programs in appropriate venues, ranging from government and industry and extending to labor unions and not-for-profit corporations;
• Managing and developing a full time staff and hiring and managing specialized staff on an as-needed basis for training and other required services;
• Overseeing the preparation of NEW’s annual budget and financial plan, tracking finances and managing performance against the budget;
• Setting annual goals for recruitment, training and job placement;
• Developing and maintaining external relationships with funders and overseeing annual development plans and goals with the aim of diversifying funding;
• Developing and maintaining relationships with industry leaders and potential partners for assistance in meeting NEW’s employment objectives;
• Working with NEW’s Board to carry out the strategic plan and program activities; and
• Managing NEW’s physical facilities, including office and training facilities.


• A minimum of ten years of senior executive management experience
• Proven track record as a successful manager and motivator of senior and junior level staff
• Experience working within or with construction and construction-related industries and/or familiarity with the various organizations within those industries and their employment practices
• Fundraising experience in a not-for-profit environment and knowledge of the potential sources of funding and other support for NEW
• Financial management experiencing, including preparing budgets and financial plans, managing within Board-approved budgets and reporting to the Board and outside constituents on financial status
• Experience delegating to and successfully managing a diverse staff, as well as instructors and consultants
• Proven ability to work with elected officials and government agencies, as well as NGO and CBO leadership
• Proven ability to communicate with and inspire NEW’s service population to increase their participation in spreading NEW’s message
• Experience working with a Board of Directors
• Workforce development experience
• Graduate degree required, preferably in a related area of interest

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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TO APPLY: 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 or Anne McCarthy, Senior Director Harris Rand Lusk 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605 New York, NY 10168

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



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