Tech:NYC has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, CEO & Managing Partner
Anne McCarthy, COO
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Please put “TECHNYC ED” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.
Tech:NYC represents the city’s fast-growing, entrepreneurial high-tech industry with government, civic institutions, in business and public policy forums, and the media. Its primary goals are to continue to attract tech talent and jobs to NYC, to support the growth of the technology sector, and to increase civic engagement by leaders of the New York tech community. Tech:NYC mobilizes the expertise and resources of the tech sector to work with city and state government on programs and policies that ensure New York’s pre-eminence in the global innovation economy. Its membership is comprised of tech companies and investors with an established presence in New York.
Reporting to the Board of Directors of Tech:NYC, the Executive Director will continue the tenure of dynamic leadership and passionate advocacy on behalf of the organization and the industry it serves. They will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, from policy strategy to personnel management to membership. The Executive Director will serve as the public face of the organization, leading a coalition of diverse stakeholders advocating on a broad range of policy issues. Further, the Executive Director will be expected to market and grow the organization to increase its membership, build the funding and staff, and expand its presence, both city- and statewide.
The ED must be a proven leader and consensus builder who is able to promote cooperation, collaboration and partnerships while advancing the core goals of the organization. A successful ED must be deeply knowledgeable about NY government as well as technology; however, please note that the organization is open to hiring a candidate with expertise in only one of those categories so long as they are willing to dive in and learn the other. The successful candidate will be politically astute, a hands-on manager, a strategic thinker and planner, a problem solver and able to respond to crises quickly and effectively. An ability to promote an open, inclusive environment with the staff that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork with a minimum of ego is critical.
- Build the size and scope of the organization’s membership using a variety of marketing and other tools.
- Act as Tech:NYC’s primary spokesperson and advocate, able to articulate a clear, compelling case for broad support.
- Represent a wide-ranging coalition of tech companies and investors.
- Develop a policy agenda that reflects the interests of a diverse set of companies, entrepreneurs, and investors.
- Identify ways to highlight the successes and challenges of tech companies and investors.
- Establish professional relationships with major member and non-member funders.
- Explore innovative ways of broadening and diversifying revenue streams; cultivate new relationships with corporate, foundation and government funders.
- Manage communications across the organization.
- Engage and advocate on behalf of members, encourage cohesion, develop organizational Committees.
- Develop and facilitate partnerships and working relationships between members, elected officials, peer organizations and other groups.
- Regularly communicate with and work closely with the Board of Directors and Leadership Council.
- Provide regular briefings on organizational status, relevant governance issues.
- Increase Board participation in strategic planning, enhanced visibility, resource generation and overall engagement.
- Work with the Board to identify and recruit new members; assist in the cultivation of new Board leadership as appropriate.
- Provide ongoing assessment of staff structure, roles and activities to determine best practices.
- Oversee all financial operations, including the budget process
Key Traits for the next Executive Director:
- A leader—someone with experience working in a managerial capacity in the non-profit, government, or business sectors;
- A visionary—someone with an ambitious plan for building Tech:NYC’s operations, expanding Tech:NYC’s base of members, and growing its influence;
- A dynamic organizer—someone who understands the strategy and tactics of building and managing a diverse constituent network;
- A policy whizz–someone with significant expertise in Tech:NYC’s core policy areas and a demonstrated interest in and understanding of technology, economic development, and public policy;
- A team player—someone who is equally capable of and eager to draft an email to a startup looking for policy advice as to sit as to attend a high-profile meeting with the mayor or governor.
- Ten years of senior-level experience in management, including staff supervision and team leadership, finance, negotiation and fundraising.
- Experience identifying, hiring, and cultivating talented team members, ideally in an environment of similar scale to Tech:NYC.
- Knowledge of New York City and State government, experience in developing relationships with key government agencies and individuals.
- Knowledge of the technology sector and its players, experience in working with tech companies and investors.
- Demonstrated record of leadership and success in strategic planning, organizational development, business development and problem solving; and excellent managerial skills.
- Impeccable ethical standards with a history of maintaining the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.
Salary commensurate with experience. For further information about Tech:NYC, please visit their website at www.technyc.org.
All positions at Tech:NYC are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.