Vice President of Development and External Affairs

Policy and Communications – New York, New York
Department Policy and Communications
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Executive

Vice President of Development and External Affairs

About the Center

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods (the “Center”) promotes and protects affordable homeownership in New York so that middle- and working-class families are able to build strong, thriving communities. Established by public and private partners, the Center meets the diverse needs of homeowners throughout New York State by offering free, high-quality housing services. The Center’s current projects support our policy goals and help to keep homeownership affordable by responding to the ongoing effects of the foreclosure crisis, the rising cost of homeownership, predatory scams, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather.

Position Summary

Reporting to the CEO/Executive Director, the Vice President of Development and External Affairs will develop and manage the Center’s fundraising strategies and serve as liaison to the Center’s external partners, including public and private funders. The VP DEA will also oversee the development of its Policy and Communications strategies in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Policy and Deputy Director of Communications, both of whom will report directly to this position. The VP DEA is a full time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director, and  is a key member of the Leadership Team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 


  • Develop the Center’s annual fundraising plan along with the Center’s Chief Financial Officer and Development Manager (TBH), which includes defining goals, creating a strategic plan, and identifying the most effective outreach and engagement methods.
  • Work with Chief Financial Officer on revenue budgeting process.

  • Work with the CEO to set strategy and deliverables for the Board of Directors and to support Board members in their fundraising efforts.

  • Manage the Center’s Development Manager and assist in the stewardship of relationships with current and potential funders to secure and expand recurring revenue streams.

  • In collaboration with Development Manager, manage the Center’s Grant Writer and oversee preparation, review, and submission of grant proposals and reports.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Development Manager and Grant Writer on fundraising communication needs.

  • Oversee the development and organization of the Center’s annual conference in collaboration with the policy and communications staff.

  • Integrate fundraising messaging and fundraising strategy into overall Center communications strategy with the goal of diversifying and expanding support for the Center’s mission and strategy from individual, corporate, foundation, and government funders.

  • Set and achieve goals in support of the annual fundraising strategy, and hold self and team accountable for these results.


External Affairs

  • Publicly represent the Center with external constituency groups including community, governmental, and private organizations, and build excitement for the Center’s mission and strategy.

  • Support the development of the Center’s communications plan on an annual basis with the Deputy Director of Communications and CEO, including strategies for communicating about the organization and its programs to prospective funders, peers, and other stakeholders.

  • Support the development of the Center’s policy agenda and priorities on an annual basis with the Deputy Director of Policy; work with team to provide support in meeting goals.

  • Work with the communications, and policy teams to coordinate, align and integrate all public and fundraising events, with organization-wide communications strategy.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Chief Operating Officer on program communication and policy needs.

  • Oversee the leadership, coaching, and development of the communications capacity of  senior staff representing the Center, with an emphasis on ensuring consistent messaging across the organization.


Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in business or other relevant field is encouraged.

  • At least 7-10 years experience in nonprofit, public sector, or private sector organizations; applicants with entrepreneurial experience in launching a department or program encouraged.

  • Experience working with a public-private partnership organization encouraged but not required.

  • Knowledge of the field of homeownership encouraged but not required.

  • Experience communicating with a range of audiences including foundations, high net-worth individuals, nonprofit clients, and the media.

  • Proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and solving problems in a collaborative manner.

  • Exceptional judgment, creativity, and resourcefulness.

  • The ability to both understand and communicate a unique organization’s impact.

  • Must be able to leverage a diverse group of stakeholders.

  • Adept at cross team collaboration, with a willingness to pitch in when and where required.

  • Storytelling acumen across diverse programs.

  • Dedication to issues affecting New York City homeowners and communities of color.



To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume through our website at  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled.


The Center strongly encourages Section 3 residents to participate in this hiring effort. Information to determine if you are a Section 3 resident can be obtained by contacting Michael Hartwyk at (646) 786-0882 or by email at


Persons requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this hiring effort are requested to contact Michael Hartwyk at (646) 786-0882 or by email at


We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Center for NYC Neighborhoods.


Application Deadline

Hiring immediately. Accepting resumes until position is filled.


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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Policy and Communications
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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