RAP is Searching for a New Executive Director!

The Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) is seeking a highlyed-search-image-2016 entrepreneurial and innovative leader to steward the organization through an exciting phase of growth and expansion as its new Executive Director. RAP is a NYC-based organization that trains youth to become leaders in the fight against poverty. We combine innovative, scalable youth leadership programs with targeted system-level policy advocacy to leverage the natural resilience of youth and enable them to become catalysts for change in their communities.

Since 2008, RAP has become a recognized leader in youth empowerment and leadership development.  We have transformed hundreds of low-income and vulnerable youth into empowered peer educators and advocates around issues ranging from dating violence and bullying, to access to health care and higher education. We have worked with community and government partners to pass new laws and to make existing government policies and practices more responsive to the needs and priorities of young people. We have produced original and impactful policy reports and have worked with young people to develop first-of-their-kind youth advocacy tools, resources, and curricula.  As we move into our 10th year, we are looking for a new Executive Director with a passion for social justice, the skills and vision to build on our past success, and the drive to maintain RAP’s financial, organizational and program growth.



Overview of the Job

The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring that the organization stays true to its mission and core values of elevating youth voice in social change effort. In practice, this means that the Executive Director will be called upon to balance work across three general areas: managing the organization (including programs, operations and staff); providing effective leadership to RAP’s staff and youth, as well as in the broader NYC community; and maintaining a clear vision for the future of the organization and its mission. A typical week working across these areas will include:

  • Actively working to maintain a healthy, collaborative workplace and organizational culture;
  • Strategizing with the Director of Programs and Director of Operations (RAP’s leadership team) regarding program implementation and organizational operations;
  • Liaising with prospective and current individual donors;
  • Reviewing grant proposals, conducting site visits, and maintaining relationships with foundation funders;
  • Integrating perspective on long-term organizational vision and direction into day-to-day program and operational decisions;
  • Representing RAP at coalition meetings, events, and conferences;
  • Checking in regularly with the Chair of the Board of Directors;
  • Managing and maintaining open communications with the Board of Directors and Board committees;
  • Participating in city, state, and federal governmental working groups,coalitions, and initiatives, including meeting with elected and appointed officials, and attending roundtables;
  • Overseeing RAP’s financials including making cash flow determinations, determining budgeting restraints, and updating financial projections;
  • Determining strategic organizational responses to external events in our field, including state and local policy changes and news events;
  • Identifying, cultivating and maintaining strategic organizational and institutional partnerships;
  • Ensuring RAP’s continued and expanding thought leadership in the youth and social justice fields through speaking presentations, publication, and media engagement; and
  • Building personal skills and areas of expertise in order to continue to strengthen RAP’s overall infrastructure.


Ideal Traits and Characteristics

The right candidate will have some combination of the following:

  • A passion for social justice;
  • A strong belief and demonstrated interest in the inclusion of youth voice and participation in organizational and programmatic structures and decision-making;
  • Experience with the development and/or implementation of advocacy/policy campaigns;
  • A demonstrated capacity for fundraising and resource development;
  • A strong working knowledge of key stakeholders in New York’s youth, community, and government sectors;
  • A strong orientation towards, and commitment to, team and collaborative decision-making, and to a positive and healthy organizational culture;
  • A demonstrated interest in and/or willingness to explore creative approaches to social justice and youth programming;
  • Experience managing teams of various backgrounds including full-time and part-time staff, as well as both entry-level and professional-level employees;
  • A commitment to rigorous program and organizational evaluation;
  • Experience with strategic communications;
  • Confidence as a public speaker, with an ability to speak with, engage, and excite a range of stakeholders about the organization and its issue areas;
  • Experience working with, and developing strategic relationships with, diverse stakeholders including youth, government, community institutions and corporations;
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and creative problem solving skills;
  • An ability to balance a big-picture understanding of the organization’s programs and operations with the provision of on-the-ground tactical support to staff; and
  • A history of putting bold visions into action through collaboration and creative problem-solving.

Reports To: RAP Board of Directors

Compensation: Salary range starts in the low- $80,000s. Generous benefits include health, vision and dental, a Cafeteria Plan, and six weeks paid vacation.

RAP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to leadership@resiliencelaw.org by December 1,  2016. Please include “Executive Director Search” and your name in the subject line.  The cover letter should describe why you feel you are a fit for this position.  No phone calls please. 

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