Overview

DESCRIPTION | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director provides visionary leadership for PUSH Buffalo and oversees all affairs related to its mission. The Executive Director works closely with the Fundraising Director (to be hired) and finance department to maintain the organization’s strong financial standing. The Executive Director also works closely with the HR & Staff Development Director (to be hired) to support personnel HR needs. The Executive Director, with the support of the Deputy Director, Fundraising Director and HR & Staff Development Director, works to accomplish the objectives and policies established by the Board of Directors and outlined in the Strategic Plan. This includes supporting and regularly meeting with the Senior Management Team (SMT) in collaboration with the Deputy Director to plan, direct, and implement PUSH Buffalo programs and activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Mission, vision, and strategic goals:

  • Upholds and promotes the Beliefs, Goals, Values, and Strategies of PUSH Buffalo in all decisions, plans, relationships, and actions.
  • Upholds and promotes PUSH Buffalo’s stature as a community-based, movement-based, and affordable housing development organization that prioritizes the interests of its members in Erie and Niagara Counties, New York State, especially the interests of community members at the front lines in the struggle for racial, economic, gender, and climate justice as defined by policies set forth by the Board of Directors.
  • Develops long-range strategies, short-term goals, and appropriate timelines for achieving and maintaining PUSH Buffalo’s mission.
  • Recognizes and makes final calls on questions where PUSH’s vital interests as a community-based, movement-based organization come into tension with vital interests as a property development and property management organization.
  • Upholds PUSH’s commitment to community ownership of land and housing.

Leadership 

  • Serves as Chief Executive Officer of PUSH Buffalo, responsible and accountable for all day-to-day operations and longer-term strategic planning. Acts as principal director of all PUSH Buffalo entities, including the Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Corporation (BNSC) and its subsidiary Housing Development Fund Corporations, Limited Liability Corporations, and B-Corporations.
  • Ensures that the operations of PUSH Buffalo are carried out in accordance with the bylaws and policies of PUSH Buffalo as set by the Board of Directors and with ultimate oversight by the Membership of PUSH Buffalo. Ensures that the operations of PUSH Buffalo are in compliance with the organization’s status as a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization under US federal law.
  • Creates an organizational environment and structure that fosters personal and professional development and effective communication among all members. Sets the tone for transparency, accountability, and care throughout the organization.
  • Directly supervises the Deputy Director, HR & Staff Development Director, and Finance Director to enable them to guide the work of the Departments under their supervision, and meets regularly with the Senior Management Team as a whole to ensure transparent communication with the staff.
  • Reports to the Board of Directors and ensures regular and transparent lines of communications between the office of the Executive Director, the Officers of the Board, and the Directors.
  • Sets overall vision and has final say on PUSH Buffalo’s organizing campaigns, membership drives, coalition work, policy work, service delivery, and property development projects.
  • Conducts all contract negotiations with organizations legally entitled to speak for staff concerns, with advice from Staff Development Team, the Board of Directors, and legal professionals.
  • Assures PUSH Buffalo’s compliance with contractual agreements with staff organizations.
  • The Executive Director will provide support and guidance when needed to the SMT and other staff.

Development & Fundraising: 

  • Responsible for the sound fiscal management of PUSH Buffalo.
  • Works closely with the Deputy Director, Finance Director and the Board’s Finance Committee to develop and monitor PUSH Buffalo’s budgets.
  • Defines, recommends and reports all financial objectives and estimates for supporting the PUSH Buffalo’s mission and goals to the Board of Directors.
  • Works directly with the Director of Development and Fundraising to identify sources of funding for PUSH Buffalo’s general operations and specific programs.
  • Nurtures relationships between all relevant PUSH Senior Management Staff and private foundations, and government agencies.
  • Encourages, vets, and has final say on all grant applications submitted on PUSH Buffalo’s behalf.
  • Ensures allocation of funds along lines of agreements between PUSH Buffalo and its private and government funders.

External Relationships:

  • Serves as primary spokesperson for the PUSH Buffalo for marketing, public relations, and outreach activities. Seeks public speaking opportunities aimed at promoting PUSH Buffalo’s mission and goals.
  • Seeks out opportunities to serve on Boards and committees of allied organization, coalitions, and government bodies when doing so could help PUSH Buffalo’s organizing campaigns. Keeps PUSH Buffalo in its position at the forefront of local, statewide, national, and international movements for a Just Transition to a non-extractive and decarbonized economy.
  • Keeps an ear to the ground for local, statewide, and national impacts of all strategies and tactics, as well as their implications for future planning. Provides regular updates on strategy, tactics, and challenges to the Board of Directors and the Membership of PUSH Buffalo.
  • Effectively communicates with allied organizations, associated agencies, government bodies and community in general to promote positive and productive relationships in furtherance of the PUSH Buffalo’s Mission and Vision.

 

WHO YOU ARE: 

  • You are an organizer. You have experience organizing people to build power and create change
  • Experience in a nonprofit senior leadership position, management of senior leadership, and board relationship
  • Experience working with unions
  • Understanding of fundraising landscape locally, state wide, nationally
  • Demonstrated knowledge of housing planning and development, governmental processes, nonprofit management and other related activities
  • Prefers a multilingual and diverse environment
  • Ear to the group with local, statewide, and national issues
  • Knowledge of local issue organizing and policy change on the ground
  • Racial justice, social justice oriented
  • Familiarity with affordable housing and property management
  • Good communication skills internally and externally
  • Experience working in the community and willingness to get hands dirty
  • Doesn’t believe in a top down leadership
  • Leads with warmth, care, understanding, patience, empathy, courage, directness, and transparency
  • Someone who can show up to lead in crisis, responds to directly impacted communities, and sees the opportunities

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Must-Haves:

  • Five (5) year’s executive level experience on nonprofit or development activities
  • Nonprofit management experience
  • Deep organizing experience and belief in power organizing and base building
  • Ability to be the face of an organization and speak with a deep knowledge and understanding of topics and issues to funders, media, and stakeholders
  • Fundraising experience
  • Deep understanding and kept abreast of local, state, and national environmental justice issues
  • Strategic planning, visioning, and collaborating
  • High emotional intelligence, leads with compassion, warmth, patience, and support staff’s growth
  • Thrives working with a wide range of diverse backgrounds, languages, and communities

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Bi-or multilingual, preferably in: Spanish, French, Arabic, Somali, Bantu, and/or Burmese/ Karen, Vietnamese
  • Familiarity working with unions and in unionized workplaces
  • B.S. degree in relevant discipline preferred and/or equivalent experience

 

Physical Requirements

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work time may be evenly split between office settings or in the neighborhoods
  • Limited local travel is required
  • Light physical effort in an office environment
  • Frequent computer use
  • Primarily sedentary work with occasional bending and reaching
  • Maintain a high energy level; comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word as well
  • Regularly required to read and write clearly
  • Computer skills, software, hardware, technology, systems, etc

POSITION DETAILS

Location: Currently hybrid, some in-person work required, based in Buffalo, NY

Travel: Up to 3-4 days a month

Salary range: $100,000-$120,000, depending on experience

Benefits: Competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, with employer contributing significant portion of premium. Up to 6 weeks of PTO, 12 paid holidays, PUSH offices are closed between December 25th through January 1st, and employees are paid for this period.

How to apply:

Please send letters of interest and resumes in a PDF to Chiyomi McKibbin at chiyomi@movementtalent.org with the subject line “PUSH Buffalo Executive Director”.

 

PUSH is an equal opportunity employer

PUSH recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. At PUSH, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. Our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and creative employees.

To apply for this job email your details to tony@movementtalent.org

About PUSH Buffalo

The mission of PUSH Buffalo is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo.

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PUSH’s members are the community organizers who make affordable housing a reality in Buffalo. Our members work with partners and funders to create a healthy, just and strong city that includes community control of resources, living wage jobs and access to quality education, healthcare and transportation.