The Door

Executive Director, New York, NY



To empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.


Are you a fierce champion for vulnerable youth driven to increase their life chances and transform their lives?

Are you fired up to advance solutions to address systemic barriers that prevent opportunity youth from accessing health, education, and housing?

Are you committed to unleashing the intelligence and inherent potential of opportunity youth, empowering them to fulfill their greatest potential as they transition to adulthood?

Are you relentless in your focus on results and inspired to build upon The Door's legacy and national reputation by expanding its model and sharing best practices?


Founded in 1972, The Door has helped a diverse and rapidly growing population of disconnected youth in New York City gain the tools they need to become successful in school, work, and life. Key to its success, The Door has always remained nimble and equipped to make the necessary adjustments to meet the changing needs of its members.

Each year, The Door provides a safe caring environment for about 11,000 young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including: Adolescent Health; Education; Career Development; Legal Services; Supportive Housing; Recreation; and Nutrition all for free, completely confidentially, and under one roof, including Broome Street Academy The Door's in-house charter high school which serves about 300 students each year.

No other organization provides these comprehensive services all in one place. Integration is the cornerstone of The Door's programming. Increased staff collaborations and truly "wraparound" services have led to stronger bonds of support, amplified triumphs, and more empowered young people.

As an innovative, highly respected New York City nonprofit, The Door enjoys a national and international reputation. Approaching its 50-year milestone, The Door is poised for growth to meet the evolving needs of the youth it serves.

The new Executive Director will take charge of an organization with an impeccable reputation and an extraordinary record of achievement. The Door seeks a passionate, mission-driven, entrepreneurial, and operationally sound leader with boundless energy who can simultaneously maximize The Door's programmatic impact, ensure long-term financial sustainability, and manage under diverse and ranging conditions. They will raise The Door's visibility and advocate to improve conditions for marginalized youth. Motivated by a belief in the dignity of all people, the next leader will be driven to produce demonstrable results.

Headquartered in SoHo, Manhattan with a Bronx satellite, The Door currently has 300 employees and an operating budget of about $30 million. The Executive Director leads the day- to-day operations of The Door's staff and program operations. The Executive Director reports to the CEO of The Door and Broome Street Academy and works in close partnership with The Door's Board of Directors.


Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Design and implement an organizational vision and strategy for the organization in partnership with The Door and Broome Street Academy's CEO and the Head of School of Broome Street Academy.
  • Ensure cohesive leadership at the executive level so that The Door's day-to-day operations and programs are professionally and efficiently administered, holding the organization to the highest levels of transparency, accountability, and consistency; set benchmarks for program spending and delivery without losing the commitment to the participants being served.
  • In partnership with CEO, Board of Directors, and senior program and administrative leaders, develop five-year strategic plan in support of The Door.
  • Ensure that The Door reflects best practices and core principles of youth development and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Develop mechanisms for consulting, technical assistance, and program model sharing of best practice(s).
  • Lead and inspire the organization and achieve alignment in support of the vision and strategy specific to each organization, with supporting goals, objectives, and the development and implementation of agency strategic plan(s).
  • Manage an integrated continuum of programs and services with high-impact strategies for poverty impact and alleviation, program effectiveness, and a "to be developed" cross-divisional impact study of The Door's model.

Leadership: Program and Administrative Management

  • Manage, support, and provide leadership for The Door's program staff of 300 individuals.
  • Supervise five senior program directors (i.e. mental health, career and education services, health services, legal, housing supports, and arts and recreation) and partner with administrative directors (i.e., finance, development, human resources, technology).
  • Manage program compliance for all Door program contracts including public and private funders and regulatory bodies.
  • In partnership with administrative team, initiate new and expanded programs including program design, budgets, funding proposals, and evaluation methodology.
  • Manage and provide oversight of The Door's $30 million operating budget inclusive of The Door's headquarters in SoHo, the satellite in the Bronx, and East Village supportive housing units.
  • Develop and lead The Door's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitment and programming across all levels of program, staff development, and operations.
  • Working with Human Resources, facilitate labor management meetings and represent The Door at union negotiations; ensure that The Door maintains fair labor practices.
  • Maintain an integrated partnership with The Door's charter high school, Broome Street Academy (BSA), and program integration for the BSA student body.
  • Represent and lead The Door's advocacy and program agenda with government, nonprofit, and advocacy organizations.
  • Ensure that the agency is well positioned to identify and implement new programs that address critical needs or gaps in services to the community; know whom the agency is serving, how its programs are structured and funded, how money is being spent, and what it costs to deliver high-quality services efficiently.
  • Integrate and include the voice and activism of participants in Door programs and the development of Door programming.
  • In partnership with the COO/CFO, ensure that financial systems, budgets, and planning strategies accurately reflect the financial realities of the organization; achieve realistic and attainable financial projections and ensure fiscal stability.
  • Manage modes of communication and data collection; quickly understand and tweak as necessary how the organization measures progress and success; support its efforts and capacity to track and disseminate impact internally and to its funders and partners.

Management and Operational Excellence

  • Drive an open culture of collaboration, integration, quality, innovation, data-driven decision-making, and intelligent use of resources.
  • Lead, manage, and mentor Door staff including direct supervision of senior staff; harness staff potential across all levels by delegating with accountability and developing a talent ladder to promote internally. Ensure that staff on all levels reflect the diversity of the populations served at The Door.
  • Optimize administrative functions including Facilities, HR, Finance, Development, IT, and Program Evaluation and ensure high performance. Reposition management of administrative offices to provide increased accountability to program staff.
  • Provide excellence in service delivery and programs by identifying and implementing organizational and administrative efficiencies; accelerate new efforts and seek continuous improvement (e.g. through improved approaches to data mining and management).

Public and Private Fundraising

  • In partnership with the Development Department and CEO, manage and secure local, state, and federal government relationships and revenue streams.
  • In partnership with the Development Department and CEO, increase private donor funding such as individuals, foundations, and corporations; personally identify, cultivate, and solicit new donors.
  • In partnership with the CEO, explore alternative approaches to funding strategies including real estate/facilities deals, social impact bonds, and other strategic partnerships.
  • In partnership with the CEO, develop long-term funding and sustainability plan for The Door and Broome Street.
  • Maintain active partnership with all Door institutional funders including government and foundations as primary program liaison between The Door and funders.
  • Work in partnership with CEO and Development team to identify new government and private foundation revenue opportunities.
  • Partner with CEO and Development team to cultivate individual donors in partnership with The Door.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and the Board on private fundraising including special events and individual giving campaigns.
  • In partnership with the CEO, develop corporate (and volunteer) engagement opportunities for local New York City investment.

Financial Management

  • In partnership with COO, CFO, and CEO, provide sound fiscal leadership and fiduciary oversight; manage budgets and oversee robust internal controls for these complex, multisite organizations.
  • Implement best practices in risk management including determining organizational risk appetite and developing supporting plans and processes.
  • In partnership with the COO/CFO, ensure that financial systems, budgets, and planning strategies accurately reflect the financial realities of the organization; achieve realistic, timely, and attainable financial projections and ensure fiscal stability.

Board Management and Engagement

  • In partnership with the CEO, engage and update the Board of Directors on program and administrative matters related to Door operations.
  • Partner with the CEO and the Board to recruit new members including members that reflect the diversity of the staff and populations served at The Door.
  • Partner with the CEO in the engagement of the Board; consistently update Board on relevant Door news and progress.
  • Manage Door program committee; lead day-to-day fiscal oversight over Door budget with Door finance committee.
  • Lead the Board in the discussion and planning of The Door's program execution.
  • Partner with CEO and Board of Directors on issues related to strategic planning.
  • Serve as primary voice for Door staff with Board of Directors.

Community and External Relations

  • Develop and implement a clear strategy to build awareness and visibility around the organizations and their vast array of programs and services.
  • Serve as a visible advocate and thought leader for public policy and social justice activism, including strategically engaging on commissions, task forces, and committees.
  • Promote and steward the organizational models and serve in ongoing community engagement and community planning.
  • Further improve influence around government, key influencers, corporations, foundations, and individuals locally and nationally.

Advocacy and Field Leadership

  • Position The Door as a national leader in youth development; work with program staff to establish senior Door leaders as program and advocacy leaders in their respective fields.
  • Manage modes of communication and data collection; quickly understand and tweak as necessary how the organization measures progress and success; support its efforts and capacity to track and disseminate impact internally and to its funders and partners.
  • Seek out and take on opportunities to be an external, outward-facing presence on behalf of The Door to ensure continuing visibility and support.
  • Position The Door as program pacesetter relied on by media outlets for coverage on relevant issues facing Door population including issues related to public policy, social justice, and advocacy.


  • Unwavering commitment to The Door's mission and values (Client-Centered Holistic Strengths-Based Integrative Trauma-Informed) and a deep empathy with its members. Knowledge of comprehensive youth development services.
  • Deep social justice values and competencies including a belief in diversity, equity, and inclusion; fluency with related concepts like racial equity and systemic discrimination; and the ability to raise, lead, and facilitate complex conversations about historic inequities.
  • Progressive leadership experience in a youth organization serving a diverse population of adolescents and young adults from various cultures and backgrounds in an urban setting.
  • Proven managerial experience and commensurate fiscal responsibilities in a complex organization during a period of growth.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance long-term strategic vision with daily operational issues. A collaborative manager with the ability to attract and nurture high-performing talent.
  • Proven track record of success in fundraising and business development.
  • Demonstrated ability to capitalize on public relations opportunities as they arise to build the visibility of the organization and its mission.
  • Demonstrable success as a social entrepreneur able to advance the interests of the organization and a steward of responsible growth in scaling an organization.
  • Experience working effectively with a board of directors.
  • Enthusiastic leader with the ability to promote and sustain a positive work culture among a diverse staff and to encourage teamwork and collaboration. A consensus builder with an inclusive style.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. An inspiring public speaker able to speak about the organization's work with passion and conviction and enhance visibility. Adept at addressing a variety of diverse audiences.
  • Experience developing, operating, and evaluating programs. Commitment to using best practices and data feedback to shape innovative program models.
  • A self-reflective nature, with the ability to listen effectively.
  • Proven leadership as a change agent with the ability to maintain balance and perspective, and a proactive "can do" attitude that can motivate others.
  • Seven to 10 years of executive management experience in a nonprofit organization.
  • BA degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Bilingual strongly preferred.

For more information about The Door and its programs, please visit https://door.org/.

The Door is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants. The Door seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Salary will be negotiable, commensurate with experience.

Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations, should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at TheDoor@PhillipsOppenheim.com.