The Ironbound Community Corporation (“ICC”) located in Newark, New Jersey operates in a diverse community beset with significant environmental challenges and a burgeoning housing and development crisis threatening gentrification and displacement. Through a holistic approach with emphases on equity and justice, the agency aims to engage the community and support the community in amplifying its voice and controlling its own destiny.
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC. The role of the Executive Director is to ensure that the organization’s reputation and the respect and high regard in which it is held is maintained. Often this means a leader who doesn’t back down or retreat from controversial issues, but also approaches these issues with deliberativeness, and with the aim of maintaining crucial relationships even when we may have to disagree with key partners.
The Executive Director represents the organization to public and private agencies, political and business leaders, local residents and the general public. They promote the goals and objectives of the organization and secure the financial, in-kind and human resources required for program operations.
The Executive Director works closely with other staff members, program participants, volunteersm and board members to provide services and organizing assistance to the community. They shall encourage and support their involvement and participation in the affairs and decision-making process of the organization.
Areas of Responsibility include:
Staff Leadership and Human Resource Development
Sustaining an Inclusive and Supportive Organizational Culture
Financial Management, Budgeting
Legal, Regulatory Compliance
A commitment to the mission, vision, values and goals of the Ironbound Community Corporation, including: a belief that people have a right to control their lives and neighborhoods and should be involved in the decision-making processes affecting them; the equality of all people irrespective of race, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, creed, language or citizenship; a belief that the Executive Director is a servant leader; cultural competence in a mixed environment; and a passion for social justice.
The new Executive Director should also have the vision and strategic skills to build and sustain the effectiveness of the organization in all of its work—services, organizing, advocacy, and planning; the political astuteness to navigate the opportunities and pitfalls of an “active,” effective advocacy organization; the business acumen that can guide the organization financially and in its operating systems; a commitment to uphold grassroots equity and justice, and the spirit of subsidiarity; the ability to interface with and engage with donors and stakeholders; strong networking skills to build partnerships and attract resources; demonstrated excellent fundraising and friend-raising skills; a bachelor’s degree and a proven track record of success in a senior managerial position related to early education, non-profit management, community development or community organizing and/or social services required; the ability to communicate well, both in writing and orally.
About Ironbound Community Corporation
About the organization
The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), developed in 1969 by community residents and progressive activists, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and empower individuals, families, and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community. In its diverse, multi-lingual, multi-cultural community, ICC carries out its mission through a unique combination of direct services and community building initiatives, including planning, organizing, and advocacy. Today, ICC’s staff of 150, serves approximately 1,000 people daily in multiple locations in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, NJ. Services include Early Head Start and Head Start programs; an afterschool program; two Family Success Centers and a community mental health program; services for undocumented immigrants; a Financial Opportunity Center, job development and placement; environmental justice and community development programs.