Executive Director

The New York Milk Bank

POSITION

Executive Director

ORGANIZATION

The New York Milk Bank

nymilkbank.org

LOCATION

Westchester, NY

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

Since 2016, The New York Milk Bank (NYMB) has been dedicated to improving the health and survival of infants in need by providing them with pasteurized donor human milk when their mothers’ own milk is unavailable or insufficient. NYMB is committed to ensuring the highest product safety and quality and to reducing health disparities in the use and distribution of donor milk. Donor milk is distributed to patients at hospitals or at home with a physician’s prescription.

NYMB also serves as a resource hub, promoting access to local lactation professionals and support coalitions, organizing awareness events, and mobilizing a network of volunteers for tasks including donor screening, and emergency milk pickups and deliveries. NYMB is also a clinical site for local colleges and universities for undergraduate and graduate students in nutrition and dietetics.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:

NYMB is seeking a strategic and business-minded Executive Director (‘ED’) to drive and grow this unique and complex operation. The ED will provide the visionary leadership needed to grow the organization’s capacity by forging and maintaining strategic partnerships, developing new marketing strategies, and increasing individual fundraising. The ED will also oversee and fine-tune the organization’s production process, ensuring that quality donor human milk is safely and efficiently delivered to individuals and institutions.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will manage and grow a team of 13 professionals, including direct supervision of the Laboratory Supervisor, the Director of Community Relations, and the Logistics Manager.

Key responsibilities include:

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide the leadership and vision necessary for NYMB to meaningfully expand its operations and team while continuing to ensure an efficient and reliable process.

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff to develop short-term and long-term organizational priorities.

  • Build an organizational culture that promotes a high level of morale, operational, and collaboration among staff, Board members, and volunteers.

Operational and Fiscal Management

  • Drive a safe and sustainable process from milk collection through distribution and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

  • Regularly evaluate and offer strategies to improve upon the organization’s systems, physical space, laboratories, and technology.

  • Cultivate relationships with existing and new funders, including grant makers and individual donors, through effective stewardship and reliable reporting.

  • Collaborate with the Board to provide fiscally sound management and fiduciary oversight for long-term financial viability including prudently managing resources and budgets.

Community Relations and Partnerships

  • Develop and foster relationships with local hospitals and milk depots to ensure a healthy supply chain as well as strong community support for NYMB’s work.

  • Serve as the main public representative for the organization, passionately articulating the benefits of human milk and the critical needs met through milk banking.

  • Create and implement a marketing plan designed to increase milk donations, distribution opportunities, and overall interest in and support for the organization.

  • Represent the organization on committees of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).

Team Management

  • Manage and mentor a team of professionals with a wide range of experience, including laboratory and logistics, operations and finance, and community outreach and fundraising.

  • Recruit and onboard new staff, overseeing hiring policies, compensation, and benefits.

  • Drive a culture of inclusivity and work-life balance, ensuring a welcoming and desirable place to work with ample opportunities for professional development.

ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

The new Executive Director will be an inspiring, versatile, and solutions-oriented professional who brings a minimum of five years of senior leadership and management experience. The successful candidate will have a track record of running a business and bring strong financial acumen and operational know-how. An MBA with experience in healthcare and/or nonprofit management is preferred.

As a person, you are:

  • A mission-driven and visionary leader – you are passionate about serving women, families, and children and enjoy mobilizing others around core values.

  • A business-minded executive – you are operationally savvy, entrepreneurial, and capable of driving a complex and multifaceted organization.

  • An experienced and empathic manager – you have experience building, supervising, developing, and collaborating with your team and key stakeholders.

  • A skilled communicator and partnership builder – you have the emotional intelligence and communication skills to represent NYMB to the local community.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. MBA is preferred.

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

TO APPLY: We welcome your applications, recommendations and/or nominations for this important role. Please send correspondence and applications to: nymb@sandlersearch.org

New York Milk Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.