About Red Hook Initiative (RHI)
Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community-based nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of the more than 6,500 residents of Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing complex. RHI believes that the social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth, and that change in communities should come from within. In partnership with community adults, we nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community, and society.
Youth development, community building, and community hiring are at the core of RHI’s approach to strengthen Red Hook’s future. Our model gives young people and residents the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to interrupt the systems and barriers that perpetuate historic inequities for the community. Residents lead the way toward a more equitable, hopeful future.
RHI’s programs include:
Over our 20-year history, RHI’s model and dedicated team have been nationally recognized for their innovative, place-based approach to social change.
RHI’s 2021 Impact Report (available on our website https://rhicenter.org/ )further highlights our work with neighborhood allies to bring Covid-19 resources into the Red Hook community through a recovery plan that is rooted in healing and aims to improve outcomes across health, education, economic mobility, and food access.
RHI is seeking an entrepreneurial and dynamic Director of Development to set a strategic vision for and provide overall direction of a diverse portfolio of private and public funders contributing to an annual budget of ~$5.8M.
Our ideal candidate is a seasoned frontline fundraiser, strategic thinker, and effective problem solver. You will be an inspiring manager able to lead our growing development team of three full-time staff and a team of consultants to continue to exceed our ambitious goals. You must be committed to our core belief that resources are used to empower the Red Hook Community members to determine their future. Building on our financial success to date, the Director of Development will be a thought partner with the Executive Director, who is also a frontline fundraiser. Together you will be able to respond to ambitious goals with resilience, empathy, integrity, innovation, and a sense of humor. Our Director of Development must have a natural ability to promote an agency-wide sense of pride in fundraising initiatives.
The majority (88%) of our revenue comes from foundations, individuals, donor-advised funds, family foundations, and corporations, with the remaining 12% coming from government sources. Growing our base of individual donors while stewarding present foundation relationships and developing new institutional funder relationships is the focus of the work. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Board of Directors, senior leadership team, and development staff to lead RHI into our next chapter of growth. When considering fundraising, at RHI, we take the long view. Successful fundraising outcomes will be rewarded with additional development department staff and increased compensation across the department.
Vision, Strategy, & Leadership
Individual Giving & Major Donors
Communications & PR
The Director of Development should possess the following competencies, skills, and personal attributes:
Strategic + Entrepreneurial Leader
A big-picture and strategic thinker able to set a long-term view and build a shared vision with staff. A track record of achieving organizational objectives with the ability to focus on near and long-term goals. Entrepreneurial, resilient, and flexible with a willingness to lead with an eye toward growth and unlocking new opportunities.
Subject Matter Expertise
A deep expertise in development, volunteers, and communications informed by best practices in the field and prior work experiences. Familiarity with the unique political, economic, housing, and community issues of Red Hook, Brooklyn, or other NYC communities similarly situated and facing common issues and challenges.
Relationship Builder + Effective Communicator
Superior interpersonal skills with a natural ability to effectively communicate and build authentic and positive relationships among a variety of constituents with diverse backgrounds including private and public funders, board members, volunteers, staff, participants, and stakeholders.
Team Builder + Collaborator
Demonstrate commitment to an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and accountable team approach to work. Possess the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to the mission, lead with empathy, and develop a performance culture among a diverse group of individuals.
Change + Project Manager
Adept at applying sound management practices to help team members embrace change and succeed through periods of transition. Able to effectively manage and balance multiple projects and competing priorities and to remain flexible and adaptable to changing events and circumstances.
Decision Maker + Problem Solver
Able to envision and implement proactive measures to mitigate conflicts and intervene in helping team members find positive solutions to diffuse a broad range of difficult and/or complex situations.
Commitment to RHI’s Mission + Organization Values
Passion for fueling the organization’s mission through fundraising initiatives and maintaining programmatic excellence for the benefit of the Red Hook community. Demonstrate a strong alignment with RHI’s core values and commitment to DEI and engage in practices that promote a positive work environment, respect differing opinions and perspectives, and ensure the fair and equitable treatment of staff in all interactions and employment matters.
Ethics + Integrity
Demonstrate a strong commitment to high standards of honesty, ethics, and integrity in all areas of RHI’s work.
Experience + Education*
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in nonprofit administration, business, or related field preferred.
Seven to ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a nonprofit organization, government agency, school, or philanthropy of which at least three (3) years were at a senior leadership level overseeing a relatively large team of managers and professional staff, as well as a diverse portfolio of programs and/or contracts serving low-income youth and/or communities.
Extensive experience in fundraising with a focus on youth and/or community development or grassroots organizations.
*Employment data show that women and people from underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, we encourage you to apply.
Commitment to DEI + Equal Employment Opportunity
RHI actively engages individuals from all backgrounds and is committed to embracing diversity across all areas and aspects of the organization. We firmly believe that an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect toward individual differences and embracing an inclusive and equitable environment is indispensable to building a successful organization, contributing to a positive and meaningful employment experience for staff, and advancing the best possible outcomes for the clients served by RHI’s programs. We are also committed to community hiring and supporting the job prospects of Red Hook residents.
As an equal opportunity employer, RHI is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information, or any other characteristic or basis prohibited by applicable law.
This leadership role is based on-site at RHI’s main program office in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The ideal candidate should be within reasonable commuting distance to our main program office or a resident of Red Hook or one of its neighboring communities in Brooklyn.
Compensation + Benefits
RHI strives to offer employees a competitive compensation and benefits package that reflects its core values and commitment to its staff. The salary range for this leadership role is $115,000 to $125,000 and will be commensurate with the candidate’s competencies and experience. Additionally, RHI provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, an employee assistance program (EAP) which includes 12 counseling sessions per year, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health, dependent and commuter expenses, life insurance, and a flexible hybrid work schedule, including 24 PTO days and “Summer Fridays,” when possible.
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to KatherineWDefoyd@gmail.com. Please include “RHI Development Director” in the email subject line.