Chief Executive Officer

The Door and Broome Street Academy


Chief Executive Officer


The Door/Broome Street Academy


New York, NY


The Door and its charter high school Broome Street Academy (BSA) are two interconnected organizations. Together with a combined budget of almost $40 million, the two organizations assist more than 11,000 vulnerable New York young people every year to embrace their strengths, realize their potential and achieve a life of well-being and prosperity.

The Door

Founded in 1972, The Door is New York City’s leading youth development organization, assisting over 11,000 at-risk youth ages 12-24 every year in two locations, Manhattan and the Bronx. With an annual operating budget of approximately $32 million and 300 full-time and part-time staff, some unionized, The Door provides a safe, caring environment with a wide range of services including health, mental health, and legal services and assistance, career and education programs, runaway and homeless supports, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals — all for free and completely confidentially.

Broome Street Academy (BSA)

BSA is a NYC public charter high school authorized by SUNY and established by The Door with approximately 320 students, a staff of 50 teachers and supportive personnel, and an annual operating budget of over $7 million. BSA’s students are members of The Door and uniquely utilize the full scope of The Door programming and services. Fifty percent of the seats at BSA are held for students who are homeless or in foster care, and virtually all students are at-risk.

Organizational Structure

The CEO reports to each organization’s Board of Directors. The two organizations are additionally connected by sharing administrative functions of Development and Communications, Facilities, Finance, HR, IT, and Program Evaluation. BSA’s Head of School reports to the CEO.


The CEO is responsible for driving the overall vision, leadership, and management of The Door and BSA. Working with both Boards of Directors and executive leadership teams, the CEO will develop and execute the strategic direction and plan for these dynamic and diverse organizations to:

  • Ensure current excellence for both organizations;
  • Manage, leverage, and drive the post-COVID transition;
  • Deepen connections with donors, community, government, and the broader public; and
  • Support future expansion of The Door’s internationally acclaimed program models.  

In addition, the CEO serves as The Door/BSA’s primary public representative and advocate, driving fundraising, partnerships, organizational influence, and brand awareness.  The CEO also manages and engages The Door and Broome Street Academy Boards, provides sound fiduciary oversight, oversees facilities and real estate holdings, and inspires, supports, and partners with the senior teams leading the complex group of programs, services, and administrative functions.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to amplify the voices, strength, resilience, and influence of young people, collaborate with an exceptional team, and build upon success and innovation.

Key Responsibilities Include:

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and implement an organizational vision and long-term strategy for The Door and BSA with the respective management teams and Boards of Directors of the organizations.
  • Drive a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity, ensuring that The Door/BSA embodies the values of racial and social justice, and that staff throughout the organizations reflects the populations served.
  • Work to advance the organizations’ values of integrity, anti-oppressive practices, collaboration and person-centered thinking across young people, staff, and the Boards.
  • Serve as a visible advocate and thought leader for public policy and social justice activism.

Team Management and Programmatic Excellence 

  • Lead, manage, mentor, and inspire a large team of committed professionals; cultivate and develop a robust pipeline of talent.
  • Build an increased level of partnership and integration between the programs and administrative teams, fostering collaboration, innovation, and respect.
  • Ensure organizational, program, and service delivery excellence while also implementing new efforts to improve effectiveness and drive creativity.
  • Create an organizational structure to best support both organizations, maintain fair labor practices, and inspire trust and ownership at all levels.

Fundraising and Resource Mobilization

  • Manage and grow a comprehensive and strategic fundraising plan of $40 million annually.
  • Personally identify, cultivate, and solicit new donors and engage with current donors including individuals, government agencies and officials, foundations, and corporations.
  • Explore alternative approaches to earned income funding strategies such as real estate/facilities deals, social impact bonds, and other strategic partnerships.
  • Provide fiscally sound management and fiduciary oversight including prudently managing resources and budgets.

Board and Community Engagement

  • Engage and collaborate with the Boards of Directors of The Door and BSA in all aspects of governance, recruiting, planning, and partnerships.
  • Manage Board committees and assure open, accurate, and consistent communication.
  • Position The Door/BSA as a national, visible leader in youth development and advocacy.
  • Promote and steward The Door’s and BSA’s organizational models and serve in ongoing community engagement and community planning.


The ideal CEO will be a proven leader with the ability to inspire, innovate, and adapt; driven by an authentic passion for The Door and BSA. Visionary and strategic, the CEO will connect with and influence a wide range of stakeholders including young people, staff, Board members, government, private sector, and the communities served. The successful candidate will also be adept at managing people, programs, services, and complex budgets as well as negotiating deals.  

Key Professional Experience and Personal Attributes Include:

  • Significant senior executive leadership and execution of a complex, multi-faceted organization; nonprofit or government experience preferred.
  • Program leadership experience in a youth organization serving a diverse population of adolescents and young adults from various cultures and backgrounds in an urban setting.
  • Demonstrated success and enthusiasm for leading significant fundraising with public and private sources, including personally soliciting new donors.
  • Deep financial and operational competencies, comfort with a union environment, and an understanding of negotiating deals and overseeing facilities.
  • A strategic thinker able to lead the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan.
  • Familiarity with New York City including the government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors and its communities.
  • An appetite for programmatic details as well as a highly collaborative, inclusive, and a hands-on manager who embraces data-driven decisions.
  • Excellent relationship building and communication skills with self-awareness and the ability to lead with humility.
  • Fiercely committed to youth development, education, and social justice, including enhancing practices related to racial equity and inclusion.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required.     LANGUAGE: Multi-lingual strongly preferred.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Door and Broome Street Academy are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organizations. We are an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to:

Josie Sandler, Melanie Kidd, Arlene Rado – Sandler Search