Full Job Description
For more than 129 years, the mission of BKS has been to provide children from families who are low-income with access to a high quality education in a nurturing environment – an environment that cultivates their curiosity and extends the skills they need to succeed well beyond school. As a matter of compassion, justice, and solid public policy, BKS believes that every child deserves the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
We also believe in a work and learning environment based upon mutual trust and collaboration. That spirit of trust extends from the Executive Director and Board of Directors through to the staff, teachers, children, and families of BKS, creating a sense of community and shared responsibility between all stakeholders.
Children at BKS receive full-day educational classes with age-appropriate, evidence-based curricula and enrichment programs such as Spanish language music class, dance, the visual arts, and soccer. Beyond educational excellence, BKS also provides family services and support throughout the year. Our Early Learn centers are open 12 months a year, 10 hours a day.
BKS early childhood learning centers are located in public housing in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Brownsville, and Historic Weeksville Gardens. Each year our centers serve nearly 400 children and their families. New York City relies heavily on organizations like BKS to make wider access to early childhood education available through Pre-K For All and 3-K For All.
About the Opportunity to become Executive Director (ED):
The ideal candidate will be an innovative leader as well as an effective manager who can build collaborative teams and delegate responsibilities within a spirit of trust and cooperation. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Executive Director must have the ability to perform in the most extreme and trying of circumstances. The ED is charged with the operational management of the centers; informing, engaging and collaborating with the Board; recruiting and hiring of deputy directors and assistants; increasing private fundraising; and managing an $8 mm budget.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is supported by a team that includes 7 Center Directors as well as Deputy Directors of Finance; Development; Education and Instruction; Compliance; Administration and HR; and Family and Community Engagement. The ED is responsible for nurturing relationships with the Board, staff, families, policymakers and funders, including government.
Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to progressive early childhood education (ECE), opportunity for all children, and the mission, purpose, and values of BKS.
The ED should also have extensive managerial experience in ECE center-based operations, with broad experience in executing city contracts and working with the Department of Education and the Department of Health. The Executive Director will be working with a vast array of funders and must be familiar with the ever-changing rules and regulations of contracting with the City and State of New York and with Head Start, among others. The ED must be familiar with New York State non-profit rules and regulations and have the experience to navigate through a matrix of governmental agencies.
Ten or more years in (some combination of) government, nonprofit, education or other complex settings - including at least 5 years as manager of a team
Prior experience reporting to or serving on a board
Success in increasing an organization’s operating budget through effective fundraising
Experience at budgetary and financial management as well as business acumen
Evidence of the ability to navigate shifts in the education environment
The ability to understand, support, and advocate for the work of educators
Adept at relating to stakeholders such as governmental bodies, elected officials, foundation funders, and private philanthropists
The agility to embrace and manage the changes needed to launch an established organization into the future
Knowledge relevant to early childhood education generally and BKS specifically (i.e.: NYC governmental departments, personnel, regulations and requirements)
Familiarity with multi-cultural, multi-program, multi-site organizations
Seasoned at pursuing and managing productive partnerships with other providers
A track record of enhancing services to improve outcomes
An undergraduate degree is required, an advanced degree is strongly preferred
For Confidential Consideration:
Applications without cover letters will not be accepted.
BKS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.
The successful candidate will begin ASAP
For more information we respectfully recommend consulting the website and watching the video at: www.bksny.org