Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)

Vice President for Development and Communications

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:

Debbie Farrell, Senior Director, Leadership and Development
Harris Rand Lusk
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY  10168

Email cover letter and resume to: ekirschner@harrisrand.com

Please include “NEW VP” in the subject line of the email.



Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a highly respected and renowned workforce development nonprofit, is seeking an outstanding professional to join its team as its Vice President for Development and Communications.

Founded in 1978, Nontraditional Employment for Women, Inc. (NEW) 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, helping them achieve economic independence and a secure future for themselves and their families. NEW provides hands-on skills training, job readiness classes, and offers complementary social services to its students and graduates.

As a result of long-term coordinated efforts between NEW, labor unions, contractors, and government, the number of women construction workers in New York City has grown substantially.  Since 2005, more than 1,500 NEW graduates have found work as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, ironworkers, operating engineers, and sheet metal workers. An additional 1,000 women have found careers in the energy, transportation, and facilities maintenance industries.

The Position:
The Vice President for Development and Communications (VP) will lead, manage and implement all of NEW’s fundraising and external communications activities that build visibility, impact and financial resources to support short- and long-term strategic goals. The VP will expand the individual and institutional donor base, continue to build upon a promising events calendar including NEW’s signature luncheon that annually hits seven-figure goals, and introduce infrastructure and best-practice systems to scale the development and communications functions. The VP will work closely with the President and the Board of Directors to play a critical role in the achievement of NEW’s strategic objectives. The VP must be a highly intelligent self-starter with a proven record of accomplishment who has a commitment to NEW’s mission and its organizational development goals.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and execute a strategic fundraising strategy to increase and sustain revenue through annual giving [e.g., individuals, foundations and corporate support], major giving, government grants, special events and planned giving
  • Supervise and support the already existing development efforts within and initiate potential fundraising opportunities for NEW
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of potential major gift donors including individual donors, corporations including sponsorships, foundations, social responsibility and executive giving
  • Lead the preparation and submission of high quality funding requests/grant proposals; cultivate new and expand existing grants and partnerships that extend the reach of NEW and increase revenue, brand awareness, reputation and relevance
  • Spearhead the layout and execution of a strategic communications and marketing plan using both traditional and digital media to augment fundraising efforts
  • Oversee the creation of consistent messaging across the organization that promotes NEW’s mission, vision and fundraising needs
  • Direct the implementation and expansion of effective means of monitoring and evaluating fundraising and marketing efforts
  • Develop, manage and mentor a cross-functional team to support a culture of excellence, accountability and teamwork
  • Build and manage the departmental budget to support strategies, annual goals and objectives.
  • Work with the President to build and cultivate the Board including recommendations for new board leaders, as well as develop fundraising potential
  • Partner with the Program team to support NEW’s program efforts and ensure adequate resources for achieving results
  • Participate in agency-wide initiatives that implement a strategy for the growth and sustainability of NEW
  • Serve as a strong external advocate for the organization’s mission and programs
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization by ensuring that the organization’s programs, systems, and procedures support fundraising


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least eight to ten years of progressive experience with a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising, external affairs, strategic messaging, and communications
  • Proven capability of building relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to implement data to inform growth and decision making
  • Working knowledge of budget development and implementation and the ability to organize and oversee a staff
  • Skilled in planning and project management
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time; highly organized and detail-oriented
  • An acumen in marketing and brand awareness
  • Strategic and entrepreneurial thinker who is collaborative and team-oriented
  • A hands-on management style and the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise
  • Diplomatic and politically savvy; a skillful negotiator who is able to see all sides of an issue and prioritize and balance competing interests
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities and/or experience in non-profit community-based organizations
  • Exceptional writing, verbal communication and presentation skills that effectively communicate NEW’s story and interests to a broad audience
  • Able to implement desired change and motivate others to follow
  • Integrity, judgment, and discretion
  • Proficient computer skills: MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and Outlook; Proficiency in development software; Knowledge of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) or similar contacts-database-software preferred

Salary is commensurate with experience.  NEW is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about Nontraditional Employment for Women visit: http://www.new-nyc.org

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168