March 15, 2018 – The housing group Win, formerly Women In Need, has been transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless families for more than 30 years. The organization recently enlisted executive recruitment firm Bridge Partners to find a chief program officer. Partner and co-founder Tory Clarke is leading the search along with partner Janet Albert.
The search is moving along quickly, said the New York-based recruiting firm. It began at the end of January and candidates are already being interviewed. Bridge Partners is also seeking a vice president of human capital for the non-profit.
“This is a newly-created position at a well-established organization with an incredible mission – to help women and children rebuild their lives and end the cycle of homelessness,” said Ms. Clarke. “Christine Quinn is CEO, they have a very strong leadership team and are on a significant growth trajectory following Mayor Di Blasio’s announcement that 90 shelters would open in New York City over the next five years.”
The chief program officer is charged with evaluating the effectiveness of current programs and services and introducing best practices from the field that will influence and inform the structure of the organization, decision-making processes, program design and service delivery and allow for transparent and ongoing feedback across all functions, said the recruiter. Externally, the incoming executive will support the CEO to promote and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship at an agency with a healthy mix of government funding and private philanthropic support; and raise the agency’s profile through external communications.
“This is a change management, data/metrics, and true leadership role,” said Ms. Clarke. “The chief program officer will be a critical member of a small executive management team, overseeing a significant portfolio of programs. In alignment with the strategic plan, they will create a roadmap leading to the attainment of short-term and long-term objectives within an environment of fast-paced growth and substantial change. So, this leader will have experience in a scaling/high growth non-profit, government, or philanthropic organizations, overseeing multiple programs or contracts…and ideally have gained that experience at organizations serving low-income communities.”
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Win is seeking an executive with a minimum of 10 years leadership experience in a scaling/high growth non-profit, government, or philanthropy, overseeing multiple programs or contracts ideally at an organization serving low-income people or communities, said Bridge Partners. Candidates must have strong strategic planning skills, comprehensive working knowledge of program planning and design, organizational structure, administrative operations, as well as experience in budgeting and fundraising. The firm said that the winning candidate will be a creative thought leader that understands the critical role Win needs to play as an innovative model in the provision of programs and services to homeless women and their families.
Win provides safe housing, critical services, and innovative programs to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness. In the past year, the charity served close to 10,000 homeless people, including nearly 6,000 children, and helped more than 800 families transition out of shelters into homes of their own.
Bridge Partners is a certified minority supplier and a minority business enterprise. Based in New York, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Boston, the firm has completed a number of other higher education/academia senior leadership searches for roles such as head of human resources, head of finance, head of audit and deans.
Its clients include GE, TIAA-CREF, Colgate, YMCA, Novartis, Starbucks, Habitat for Humanity and the Federal Reserve System.
Ms. Clarke supports senior global search assignments for private sector, public sector and international non-profit/social venture clients, across all functions. A 20-year veteran of the executive search industry, she has recruited diverse executives, including CEO/presidents and their leadership teams, at both head office and regional locations around the globe.
Before starting Bridge Partners in 2003, Ms. Clarke was a consultant in Whitehead Mann’s U.S. retail and diversity practices, joining the New York office in 2000. Prior to her move to the U.S., she spent several years with Whitehead Mann’s European consumer practice, headquartered in London. Earlier in her career, Ms. Clarke was with STCP, a boutique London-based search firm, working across a variety of sectors including consumer, pharmaceutical and industrial.
Ms. Albert leads Bridge Partners’ U.S. non-profit practice and works on senior-level search assignments for foundation, government and non-profit organizations, across all functions, including executive directors/CEO’s and their leadership teams. Her clients range from private, community and family foundations, to economic development organizations, to both large national and local non-profits. Ms. Albert has been in executive search for over 20 years. Before joining Bridge Partners in 2010, she was a senior director in the executive search practice of the Bridgespan Group.
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