Center for Anti-Violence Education seeks Executive Director

Center for Anti-Violence Education seeks Executive Director

The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) is a community based organization that develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence and to defend themselves against racist, homophobic and misogynist violence.

CAE’s programs focus on women, girls and LGBTQ communities, with a special sensitivity to the needs of survivors. Participants build the skills and strength to heal from, prevent and counter violence. CAE does this work to actively create a peaceful, just and equitable world.

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What will the executive director do?

The work of the Executive Director includes the following priorities and responsibilities therein:

A. Leadership & Management

  • Actively work to ensure a healthy, collaborative workplace and organizational culture;
  • Oversee staff meetings, trainings and retreats;
  • Promote and invest in professional development opportunities for all levels of staff;
  • Support the Leadership Team in managing staff, including providing support in the hiring, retention and removal of team members, as needed;
  • Work with the Leadership Team to maintain shared working knowledge of the status and progress of programs and operations.
  • Work in thought-partnership with the Director of Programs to ensure the successful strategic development and implementation of CAE’s programs;

B. Programs & Advocacy

  • Develop strategy for supporting and sustaining CAE’s research and policy work;
  • Support the Director of Programs in developing new programs and partnerships, as needed, and in ensuring that all programs are both responsive to community needs and aligned with CAE’s mission;
  • Develop a robust action strategy, action steps and appropriate organizational and programmatic responses following state and local policy changes and events affecting our participants;
  • Assess and evaluate the impact of CAE’s programs within the communities we serve

C. Resource Development & Financial Management

  • Expand CAE’s individual donor base through a diligent process of research, identification, cultivation, solicitation and acknowledgement;
  • Ensure a steady, healthy pipeline of foundation funding through reviewing grant proposals, conducting site visits and maintaining relationships with foundation funders;
  • Cultivate relationships with city and state officials to sustain and grow CAE’s government funding
  • Grow revenues from CAE’s annual fundraising events – the Prom You Always Wanted and Ten for Ten Campaign, identifying and cultivating corporate and individual sponsorships;
  • Manage CAE’s financial and human resource operations, including monitoring expenditures and income during the year in close partnership with the Bookkeeper and Board Treasurer.

D. Internal Organizational Development

  • Oversee strong and consistent administrative systems and practices, including payroll, human resources, insurance, IT and others, as needed;
  • Oversee CAE’s infrastructure growth and strengthening through the strategic growth of staff and the expansion of the Board
  • Work with the Bookkeeper and the Board Finance Committee to prepare for and oversee annual audit.

E. Create an Organizational Vision

  • Work with the Leadership Team of staff and the Board to establish a strategic vision for CAE each year, including integrating program and operational priorities into a single organizational plan;
  • Establish and maintain a clear vision for CAE’s programs and CAE’s policy goals and objectives up to an including setting an organizing agenda.

F. Manage Board of Directors

  • Work in collaboration with the Board of Directors to develop CAE’s annual budget and fundraising plan and to identify and implement fundraising strategies that ensure resources adequate to meet the annual budget
  • Work with the Board of Directors to grow CAE’s funding sources
  • Manage and maintain a strong working partnership with the Board of Directors, including regular open communication and organizational updates, the development and support of committees and the identification and cultivation of strategies for bringing forth their best ideas and support of CAE;
  • Prepare materials for Board meetings and an annual Board retreat, working with the Board Chair to plan and implement agendas in a timely fashion.

G. Communications and Community Relations

  • Identify and promote opportunities for CAE’s thought leadership around the organization’s core issues, including through speaking engagements, publications, strategic deployment of social media and engagement of traditional media;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all CAE program partners, institutional partners and external stakeholders;
  • Represent CAE at relevant meetings, events, and conferences, including participating in governmental initiatives, roundtables and committees;
  • Handle media requests and determine when and how the stories of CAE’s participants can be elevated by such media.

How to apply:

Please mail a current resume and a cover letter addressing your interest in this position. Please email to no later than Friday, March 31, 2017. All questions related to the search can be addressed to Ellen Gurzinsky, Search Consultant, via email to

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