Executive Director

Riverdale Neighborhood House


Executive Director


Riverdale Neighborhood House



Riverdale, NY (The Bronx)


The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees about 30 full- and 80 part-time staff.


For nearly 150 years, Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) has served the vibrant and multicultural community of Riverdale, offering vital human services and enriching programming for individuals and families of all ages, life stages and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Major program areas include early childhood education, school-age care, services for youth and older adults as well as a seasonal community pool. Recently RNH took on the leadership of Riverdale Community Center (RCC), an affiliate operating at a separate site, in an effort to coordinate and expand overall programming in the community. In response to the ever-changing needs of a diverse population, RNH and RCC are embarking on an exciting chapter of innovation and transformation.


The new Executive Director (ED) will provide visionary leadership at this critical juncture for RNH. In partnership with the Board, the ED will reinvigorate the organization by refocusing its priorities to serve current and future community needs.

The key responsibilities of this position in the first 18 months will be to:

  • Lead a strategic planning process in conjunction with the Board, including assessing the organization, assets, community needs, expanded market opportunity and competitors.
  • Develop an actionable organizational plan with the Board to enhance and update RNH’s vision, direction and programming in order to capitalize on opportunities that both honor RNH’s history and advance its long-term goals.
  • Identify, engage and recruit new Board members and maintain vital committee activity to advance strategic initiatives and development projects that reflect the changing community.
  • Maintain, identify and grow funding streams and donors as well as uncover viable and -sustainable fee-for-service programs and opportunities.
  • Provide fiscally sound management and fiduciary oversight of the approximately $3M annual budget to ensure the overall financial health of the organization.
  • Create a transparent, open and collaborative culture while also assessing staff performance and future staffing needs in alignment with program requirements.
  • Enhance systems and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory and reporting requirements.


The new ED will be a dynamic and innovative leader with sound judgment and the know-how to partner with the Board and organization through a transformational period. They will be inspired by the opportunity to bring a new direction and focus to a historical and respected non-profit to better serve diverse community needs. Additionally, they will feel a connection to the Bronx and the Riverdale community and a desire to be a hands-on leader.

Key Experiences Include:

  • Strong leader and manager with substantial experience leading, developing or creating a new organization, program or project in the non-profit or for-profit sectors.
  • Expertise in crafting strategies that identify and target community and market opportunities.
  • Experience creating and implementing top-notch operations and programs.
  • A track record of engaging and partnering with a Board and connecting, influencing and inspiring a wide variety of stakeholders, funders and community-based organizations.
  • Strong fiscal management acumen with the ability to judiciously manage an annual budget in excess of $3M while meeting various compliance standards.  
  • Business-oriented with a market-based, data-driven approach to fundraising, programs and human resources.
  • Fundraising experience with individuals, institutions, and government agencies.
  • Open, inclusive and motivating, establishing a positive culture for staff, Board and community partners.
  • Experience managing a large staff and creating a lean and effective staffing structure.
  • Commitment to excellence and a persistent pursuit of results with an exceptional work ethic, strong organizational skills and a can-do attitude.
  • Inspiring and optimistic, with the executive presence and entrepreneurial spirit to mobilize and drive change for the organization and positively impact the community.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

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

Riverdale Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Riverdale Neighborhood House will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Please email your letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: rnh@sandlersearch.org