La Casa de Don Pedro (La Casa) seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will further their mission to foster empowerment, cultivate self-sufficiency, and promote community revitalization across historically underserved communities in and around Newark, NJ. Through a wide variety of education and economic development strategies, neighborhood revitalization initiatives, and family stabilization programs, La Casa works to ensure that all of Greater Newark’s diverse residents engage in and benefit from the region’s growing prosperity.
Founded 49 years ago as a grassroots activist organization committed to supporting Newark’s Puerto Rican and broader Latinx community, La Casa has since evolved into an expansive multi-service agency. The organization remains grounded in its history, and continues to serve and advocate for a diverse demographic profile that includes the largest proportion of Latinx residents in New Jersey, as well as a significant African American community. La Casa provides multidimensional services to more than 50,000 people annually in the following areas: early childhood development (primarily via Head Start); youth educational, cultural, and recreational programs; youth and family counseling; health initiatives; HIV/AIDS prevention and services; workforce development and job placement; affordable homeownership development and counseling; community development and organizing; lead remediation and abatement; and home energy conservation and assistance.
Their extensive roster of initiatives operates through five divisions: Early Childhood Education; Community Improvement; Youth, Family, and Health Services; Personal Development; and Community and Economic Development. The organization has a FY2020 budget of $25 million; employs over 280 staff, including a management team of seven; and is governed by an 18-member board of directors.
The President and CEO will share the organization’s grandest aspiration: to create a thriving Newark in which all people, regardless of identity (especially race), socioeconomic level, and immigration status have the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential. The next leader will work closely with staff and board to assess La Casa’s current programmatic offerings and will think strategically about the appropriate mix of services that will ensure a stable and prosperous future. It is also expected that this individual will ensure that the internal infrastructure is befitting of an organization of La Casa’s size and that their finances are appropriately diversified to assure both stability and flexibility. The President and CEO will prioritize the development of staff and the cultivation of the board, encouraging a robust internal culture, while also maintaining and building relationships with external partners throughout the state.
The next President and CEO will be an accomplished leader with considerable skill as a team builder, facilitator, collaborator, and convener with colleagues, peer civic institutions, and philanthropic partners. The successful candidate will bring demonstrated experience successfully leading an organization or unit that is similar to La Casa in its complexity, programs and services, and funding model. The President and CEO will be politically astute and mindful of both broad strategy and the intricacies of specific initiatives. Experience working closely with and advocating on behalf of historically marginalized, urban, low-income communities of color is essential. The President and CEO’s key attributes will include transparency, integrity, accountability, diplomacy, creativity, empathy, self-awareness, and a willingness to challenge and to learn. They will be an accomplished fundraiser with experience developing diversified funding streams. Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
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La Casa de Don Pedro has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted to:
La Casa de Don Pedro is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.