Robin Hood Foundation
Managing Director, School-Age Children
New York, NY
ABOUT ROBIN HOOD
Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful and measurable results for families in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods. Since its founding, Robin Hood has raised more than $2.5 billion in funds, goods, and services to provide hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give New York City’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives. Robin Hood’s board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of donations go directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need.
To build on Robin Hood’s success and reputation as one of the nation’s leading poverty-fighting organizations, they intend to take a deliberate and expanded approach to scaling their work. To do so effectively, developing meaningful, strategic partnerships will be necessary. Robin Hood must be known as a thought leader, powerful voice, and catalyzing force for New Yorkers living in poverty. Given its long-standing reputation among influencers and support of over 200 New York City non-profit organizations, Robin Hood has the unique ability to both directly advocate to decision-makers and mobilize grassroots support on behalf of the causes it champions.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Overseeing a portfolio of nearly $25 million annually, the new Managing Director, School-Age Children (“Managing Director”) will provide overall strategic direction and accountability for Robin Hood’s grantmaking activities focused on children ages 5 to 18 in New York City. Robin Hood recognizes this is a critical life stage and seeks to provide strong academic and social-emotional learning opportunities through investment in children’s health, stability, and well-being. Currently, the School-Age portfolio includes investments in individual schools, support services, mental health programs, college access programs, human capital interventions, and large-scale public-private partnerships like Computer Science for All (CS4All).
Reporting to the Chief of Grant Strategy, the Managing Director will oversee the grants portfolio, serve as an external thought leader, and work closely with current and new community partners. The Managing Director will collaborate with other programmatic areas including the organization’s Policy, Partnerships, and Development teams, and provide counsel, support, guidance, oversight, mentoring, and general direction to program staff.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Strategic Vision and Leadership
- Direct grantmaking activities within subject matter areas of the portfolio including reviewing and advising on program design, understanding fiscal information and evaluation data, and helping implement partnerships with community-based groups and philanthropic donors.
- Identify, research, and pursue new models for poverty-fighting strategies and develop innovative program ideas into grants.
- Conduct due diligence including investigation of the financial stability of organizations and the development of metrics rationale.
- Direct a critical review of the docket on a quarterly basis, formulating assessment of program delivery and organizational technical assistance.
Community and Partnerships
- Represent Robin Hood in external forums to advance the field and share learnings about economic mobility and the role of education in achieving sustainable mobility from poverty.
- Communicate regularly with Board of Directors through written overviews, grant analysis and recommendation reports, and oral presentations, sharing general direction and trends.
- Build, maintain, and strengthen relationships with government and philanthropic partners in various ways including frequent communications, analyzing programmatic performance, and developing recommendations for efficiency, growth, and an increased social return.
Cross-Departmental Collaboration and Team Management
- Work in partnership with other Managing Directors and Chief of Grant Strategy to help lead the program team and the overall organization.
- Lead, manage, and mentor a team of program officers overseeing research, site visits, and proposal development. Edit grant recommendations.
- Work closely with the Policy, Partnerships, and Development teams on organizational policy priorities, building large-scale partnerships, and assisting with the solicitation of funds respectively.
ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
Robin Hood is seeking a dynamic leader, skilled communicator, and natural partnership-builder to effectively lead all grantmaking activities for school-age children, inspire and manage a high performing team, and serve as the organization’s public-facing subject matter expert on school age related issues and programming. The Managing Director will be an authentic, passionate, and credible advocate for equity in education, bringing bold and actionable ideas for supporting and sustaining innovation across the field, and an enduring commitment to the future of all New York City students.
Key Professional Experience includes:
- 10+ years of professional experience in education and/or the social services landscape serving school-aged children.
- A keen understanding of the key players and issues in the field and practical insights into education as a poverty-fighting tool; experience with grantmaking preferred.
- Knowledge of social services models and delivery, government programs, funding streams, and cost structuring.
- Demonstrated ability to drive, measure, and refine non-profit performance and operations.
- Experience working successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at multiple levels.
- Skilled, compassionate yet results-oriented manager with enthusiasm for collaboration, eagerness to understand and contribute to organizational culture, and capacity to develop fellow leaders.
Personal Attributes include:
- Passionate commitment to Robin Hood’s mission and values of social justice as well as lived experiences with the issues being faced by the communities and clients Robin Hood serves.
- Resourceful and creative with the entrepreneurial, can-do spirit needed to develop and bring to fruition new concepts, approaches, and strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to be both a long-term strategic visionary and adapt in real time to current on-the-ground realities.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills.
- An ability to put people first, take action, and create solutions, be data driven and heart led—grounded in humility, optimism, and a sense of gratitude.
EDUCATION: Master’s or professional degree preferred along with minimum of 10 years post-graduate professional experience.
COMPENSTION: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: RobinHood@sandlersearch.org
Robin Hood is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, biological sex, gender identity/expression, family status, or any other basis prohibited by law. It strives to build and maintain a diverse staff and encourages candidates of all backgrounds/identities to apply for this position.