The Collegiate Churches of New York

Interim Chief Executive Officer

To Apply

The Collegiate Churches of New York 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
Anne McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer
Harris Rand Lusk
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168


Please put Collegiate CEO in the subject line of your emailed application

The Collegiate Churches of New York, arguably the oldest continuously run religious institution in New York City, is seeking a highly skilled and experienced leader to serve as an Interim Chief Executive Officer for the organization.  This individual will help facilitate and guide the Consistory as well as provide management oversight of the corporate entity during a transition period as the Collegiate Churches addresses the challenges around growth, financial support, and most of all, what is the ideal structure for the Collegiate Churches as it moves into the 21st Century.


The Collegiate Churches of New York, founded in 1628, is a single historic church with five Manhattan-based ministries: Fort Washington Collegiate Church, Marble Collegiate Church, Middle Collegiate Church, West End Collegiate Church, and Intersections International. Each ministry is unique in its approach and character yet together they foster an open and affirming environment grounded in progressive theology.

A Consistory, comprised of the elders and deacons of the five ministries, governs the Collegiate Churches of New York. The current officers include a president and vice president (two of the Senior Ministers); a chair and a vice chair (members of the Consistory); and the executive vice president and chief operating officer (a member of staff who also serves as corporate secretary). An Executive Committee comprised of the officers, Senior Ministers, and the local consistory chairs of the five (5) ministries functions on behalf of the full Consistory between meetings of the latter.

Collegiate Asset Management (CAM), a subsidiary of the Collegiate Churches, is responsible for the oversight of the church’s extensive real estate and investment portfolio.

The Collegiate Churches with assistance from the consulting firm, The Whelan Group, is creating a transition plan and reviewing the reorganization of their leadership and governance structure spurred by the upcoming retirement of the current executive vice president and chief operating officer effective December 2018.

The transition plan includes hiring an Interim Chief Executive Officer (Interim CEO). Of crucial importance, is understanding that the professional accepting this role will be participating in a collective discernment process, already underway, focused on answering the question – in the 21st century, is the Collegiate Church of New York one church?

While there is much to celebrate about the Collegiate Churches of New York’s positive and inclusive identity, there is more work to be done to create a cohesive and unifying identity for the Collegiate Churches as an entity, and how the individual five ministries relate to the Collegiate corporate staff functions.

Position Overview:

The Interim CEO will report to the Executive Committee (clergy and lay) of the Consistory and will implement policy and strategic direction set by the Executive Committee.  He/she will ensure the execution of the vision and strategic direction during the transition period.

The Interim CEO will have overall responsibility for leadership of The Collegiate Church Corporation, providing direction for the corporate office and conducting a review and revision of all policies and procedures, internal controls, and the by-laws. The Interim CEO will also establish a clear communications strategy between the corporate office and the five ministries as well as external communications to raise awareness about the Collegiate Church and the five ministries.

In addition, the Interim CEO will conduct an internal audit to ensure financial integrity, direct investment management strategies for an endowment, guide the development of two, major, current real estate investment projects, as well as oversee the care of Collegiate Church Corporation’s investment and Sacred Properties.

The Interim CEO will be supported by an internal staff and a transition advisory group (TAG) of external, independent experts from leading firms including The Whelan Group. TAG will serve as advisors to the Interim CEO particularly around real estate development and investment management.

Specific Responsibilities

Executive Management:

  • Ensure Collegiate Church Corporation is mission and value aligned with the five ministries.
  • Work to build organization wide trust and transparency within the culture. Develop collaborative and collegial relationships with the Consistory and five ministries.
  • Establish a clear line of authority and reporting structure, provide leadership and direction to the corporate staff.
  • Shepherd the Collegiate Church Corporation and the five ministries through a process around identity, mission, and visioning – what does it mean to be the Collegiate Churches of New York in the 21st century?
  • Prepare the organization for the successful transition to the permanent chief executive.

Operations Management:

  • Prepare, secure approval for, and implement clear policies and procedures.
  • Develop a coherent and transparent communications strategy internally, with the Consistory, and with the five ministries.
  • Ensure organizational stability in all areas of the structure which could include a more robust use of shared services to the five ministries.

Human Resources:

  • HR reports directly to the Interim CEO; he/she will further expand the HR function and elevate its authority throughout the organization.
  • Implement a uniform system-wide performance evaluation (including staff, ministries, committees, and Senior Ministers).
  • Create a human resources committee that would include a compensation sub-committee to develop and recommend equitable compensation and benefits policy packages including housing.

Consistory and Ministry Relations:

  • Visit the five ministries and establish a presence among their congregants that begins to communicate transparency, accountability, and accessibility between corporate and the five ministries.
  • Implement a board education / orientation process for Consistory including an evaluation process for Consistory members and Executive Committee.
  • Work with the Executive Committee and consultants to consider alternative governance models for Collegiate Church Corporation and Consistory.
  • Explore options for mission and services driven collaboration among the five ministries.
  • Collaborate on and explore sustainability models.

Fiscal/Fiduciary Management:

  • Oversee organizational and CAM (Collegiate Asset Management) budgeting process with CFO and Financial Planning Committee.
  • Oversee with the CFO and Investment and Endowment Committee optimum performance of the endowment.
  • Consider alternative corporate governance structure related to CAM.
  • Guide an internal audit process.

Real Estate Management:

  • Guide two major real estate development projects in process.
  • Oversee the management of CAM with respect to investment property management.
  • Oversee the care and maintenance of four historic buildings (Sacred Properties) and related parsonages, including maintenance and CAPEX.


  • Demonstrated leadership experience with a successful track record of managing complex organizations.
  • Experience as a chief executive officer or a chief operating officer.
  • Strong nonprofit experience working with and managing boards. Experience with faith communities preferred.
  • Experience in real estate development a plus.
  • Experience with organizational change, systems, and conflict resolution.
  • Community organizing / activist experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability and success in developing and implementing effective strategic business, financial and operations plans that will maintain a financially stable and sustainable organization.
  • Extensive managerial experience, demonstrating collaborative supervisory style
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement
  • Superior writing and verbal communication skills with strong experience in media relations particularly beneficial
  • Dynamic leader who is visionary, ethical, innovative, and diplomatic

The Collegiate Churches of New York offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications.  For more information about the Collegiate Churches of New York, please visit their website at www.collegiatechurch.org.

The Collegiate Churches of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind: Collegiate Churches of New York is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Collegiate Churches of New York are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Collegiate Churches of New York will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Collegiate Churches of New York encourages applicants of all ages.

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