Join a Team at the Crossroads of Higher Education and Democracy!
The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) seeks a talented, inspirational, and visionary Executive Director to help lead this nearly 60-year old foundation at a time of exciting change and opportunity. Throughout its history, the Foundation has helped shape the next generation of civic leaders, serving as a catalyst for young people to become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. During this critical time, the Foundation seeks to deepen its impact and expand the reach of its mission to make young voices and voters a powerful force in American civic life.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to students. Today the AGF stands at a pivotal point in its evolution, as one of the Foundation’s long-time leaders, Sylvia Goodman, currently the Executive Director, transitions to the role of President. As the Foundation turns to its next chapter and reaches for new levels of impact, the incoming Executive Director will guide its continued growth and serve as a compelling and tireless advocate, successfully conveying the Foundation’s distinctive value and bolstering its recognition.
Reporting to Sylvia Goodman, President, the Executive Director will oversee a budget of nearly $2.5 million as of 2019 and manage a team of 15 talented staff. The next Executive Director will bring a record of leading multifaceted programs in the civic sector, an unwavering belief in the power of youth in the democratic process, and demonstrated experience around issues of equity, access, and inclusion. Outstanding interpersonal, communication, leadership, and management skills, along with a deep-seated passion for the mission, legacy, and core values of the Foundation are essential for the role.
THE ROLE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The next Executive Director will be an effective implementer who can turn vision into action. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to build upon the Foundation’s excellent programs; strengthen its organizational infrastructure; ensure that its resources continue to increase; and serve as an inspirational force in broadening the reach of the Foundation. The broad objectives for the new Executive Director are as follows:
- Manage and guide five department heads: Development, Programs, Communications, Finance/HR, and Legal. A priority for the Executive Director will be to ensure that the senior staff leadership group works together as a highly effective team and shares a common sense of purpose and strategy.
- Oversee and direct organizational growth and development including HR, Budget/Financial, Staffing, Strategic Planning, Systems and IT performance/efficiency. The Executive Director will be a systems-thinker who can elevate the Foundation to the next level of professionalization.
- Support fundraising efforts and serve as a visible advocate for the organization. The Executive Director will enthusiastically communicate the AGF’s mission, offerings, and accomplishments, as well as the critical role civic engagement plays in society.
- Work with various stakeholders, including AGF board members.
- Vet all contracts, proposals, reports, and legal initiatives
- Ensure that AGF is in compliance with insurance and legal requirements across organizational activities.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
For this unique and important role, The Andrew Goodman Foundation seeks a dynamic, highly credible, inspiring leader who is deeply committed to the Foundation’s mission, vision, and legacy. The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal qualities:
- Demonstrated success in non-profit management
- Visionary and inspirational leader who is passionate about youth civic participation and creating a national network of young activists whose voices and votes are a powerful force in democracy
- Thought leader who speaks and writes eloquently about issues, particularly related to removing suppression of young voices and votes and fostering active participation and advocacy of young citizens in shaping their democracy
- Skilled manager who inspires and supports staff growth, development, and coordination, while fostering teamwork and getting buy-in from stakeholders
- Experience with program development and implementation as well as the ability to assess organizational strengths and opportunities for growth and guide appropriate response
- Data-driven leader with an appetite to develop measurements and evaluations of AGF’s programs.
APPLICATIONS, NOMINATIONS, AND INQUIRIES
Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm, is assisting The Andrew Goodman Foundation in this recruitment. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted via electronic mail to:
Donna Cramer, Andarla Hodge, Alycia Johnson
Andrew Goodman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record (inquiries only), handicap (disability), mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
Grant Writer and Development Manager
The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF), located in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey is actively seeking a diligent and driven professional for a promising opportunity as their new Development Manager. In this role, the Development Manager will assist in the management and enhancement of a robust donor portfolio. Apply today!
Throughout its history, the AGF has helped shape the next generation of civic leaders, serving as a catalyst for young people to become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. During this critical time, the AGF seeks to increase youth civic power and implementing its mission to make young voices and voters a powerful force in American democracy.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s goal is to increase youth voting rates by supporting youth leadership development, voting turnout, and accessibility, and social justice initiatives on higher education campuses across the country with financial assistance to student activists and mini-grants to select higher education institutions.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead the creation and implementation of AGF’s annual Development Plan.
- Write and track grant proposals and reports.
- Manage our donor database and improve existing systems.
- Ensure donor and prospect strategies and communications are updated in CRM database.
- Track donor metrics to inform departmental goals and strategies.
- Initiate efforts to diversify The AGF’s funding from foundations, individual donors, corporations, and events.
- Research donor prospects, initiate donor appreciation and cultivation activities, draft donor appeals, and organize direct mail, e-mail, and social media campaigns.
- Draft regular correspondence to existing and prospective donors and stakeholders.
- Assist with the planning and execution of cultivation and donor-appreciation events.
- Evaluate the success of each development strategy.
- Assist on special assignments to ensure long-term donor engagement and retention.
- Work to align the Managing Director’s, Executive Director’s, and President’s calendar with fundraising objectives.
- Oversee the work of junior Development Staff by providing direction, input, and feedback.
- Assist with implementing AGF’s Communications Plan to elevate our brand and increase visibility, specifically focusing on donor communications.
- Create content for donor engagement mailings and e-blasts, including newsletters and the annual report.
- Occasionally write content for the organization’s website and external audiences.
- Write articulately about The AGF, its history, and mission.
- Uphold excellence in both written and verbal communications, as well as a dedication to superior customer service.
- Bachelor’s or higher degree or equivalent work experience
- 3-5+ years of fundraising and development experience
- Demonstrated success in donor stewardship and closing four and five figure gifts
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational and administrative skills, with a demonstrated track record of establishing effective systems that foster collaboration and improve efficiency
- Commitment to transparency, accountability, and direct communication
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines
- Ability to manage with highly sensitive, confidential information using excellent judgment at all times
- Strong familiarity with the NY/NJ philanthropic community
- Experience working in a national organization
- Pass a criminal background check
- Daily access to a smartphone
- Have access to a car
- Extremely reliable, available on evenings/weekends for occasional events and travel
How to Apply:
Please submit nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters via electronic mail to Maxim.Thorne@AndrewGoodman.org.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.
NON DISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We welcome people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences into our team. We encourage people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as people with disabilities to apply!
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record (inquiries only), handicap (disability), mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
Communications and Development Intern (Fall Semester)
The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) is seeking a part-time Communications and Development Intern with an eye for detail and strong writing skills. The intern will work with the Communications and Development teams to help raise awareness and funds for the organization.
The key responsibilities of the Communications and Development Intern will include:
- Curating and drafting engaging content for AGF’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts
- Covering Vote Everywhere events at local school partners in New Jersey
- Assisting with drafting press releases, pitch notes, stories, and blog posts
- Maintaining the integrity of AGF’s donor database
- Assisting with donor mailings and events
- Conducting donor research
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Strong attention to detail
- Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and CRMs
- Interest in civic engagement, social justice, and nonprofit work
About this position:
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is located in Upper Saddle River, NJ. This is an unpaid position. A small travel and food stipend will be provided. The internship may be eligible for college credit. An ideal candidate must be able to devote 10 to 20 hours per week.
How to apply:
Send resume and cover letter to Justyna.Krygowska@andrewgoodman.org.