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Organizational Overview

Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. We provide crucial peer and professional resources and support as people embrace the challenge to redefine their identities and build new communities. Footsteps nurtures a network of individuals so that they not only survive in their new world, but thrive. Since Footsteps’ founding in 2003, the organization has served nearly 2,000 individuals, and in 2022, we expect our budget to reach over $4 million. 

This past year and a half has been a pivotal time for Footsteps. While we were already seeing a steady amount of growth pre-COVID-19, the pandemic and economic downturn forced us to develop creative strategies to support members and staff as we provide the highest quality care for our hard-hit and growing community. This is both an exciting and critical time to join the Footsteps team as we continue to build out our internal structures and capacity to meet the expanding needs of this community.

We are committed to promoting an equitable, safe, and welcoming environment for our members and staff. Footsteps values a culture of respect and inclusive community: honoring personal choice, different sets of beliefs, and diverse lifestyles that promote individuals’ rights to determine the course of their own lives.

Team + Benefits: You will be joining an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: 20 vacation days; 13 paid holidays; Unlimited sick days; 5 personal days; summer Fridays; 12 weeks of paid parental leave; paid sabbatical after 7 years of continuous service;  health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% match for IRA retirement plan; flexible spending accounts for health care and transit; and a professional development stipend.

COVID update: All staff are required to be vaccinated and are required to wear masks while in the office. The office is currently open to staff on a voluntary basis and closed to members and visitors. All program offerings and services are currently happening remotely or outdoors. We anticipate moving to a hybrid workplace model in the spring, public health permitting.

In recent years Footsteps has further deepened its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We understand that each individual brings a unique and important perspective to the work. This is often complex and allows us to grow as an institution and as people.

Footsteps is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, people of color, formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people who come from poor and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Footsteps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Footsteps. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Current Openings:

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Job Title:  Senior Director of Organizational Development
Reports to: CEO
Position Type:  Full Time, Exempt

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Position Overview

Footsteps seeks a dedicated and compassionate professional to serve as the organization’s Senior Director of Organizational Development. As a critical thought partner to the CEO and a member of our Executive Team, you will lead Footsteps’ efforts to deepen a culture of appreciation and well-being and create both short- and long-term strategies that attract, retain, and grow the best talent for the organization. Key priorities in your first year will include: navigating a hybrid work culture and decision making as it relates to COVID-19 impacts on in-person work; refining and implementing DEI goals; and revamping our performance measurement system. You will also support the organization to complete a strategic plan for 2023-2025 and help ensure that organizational priorities and plans are feasible and sustainable. This role requires an enormous amount of discretion, steadfast commitment to improve culture and process, as well as strong communication skills paired with deep emotional intelligence. You will be a key member of the Executive Team, along with the CEO, Senior Director of Development, Senior Director of Programs, and Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration. 

Job responsibilities include:

Team Management and Staff Development (30%)

  • Collaborate with leadership and staff to strengthen and manage an outstanding, mission-driven team to live our values, advance organizational goals, and retain staff
  • Serve as a trusted resource, support, and mentor to all team members; hold office hours for all employees at least twice per week
  • Oversee professional development (PD) opportunities for staff: continue to build out all staff trainings and learning series, and work with supervisors to ensure they are aware of external offerings and developing PD plans for each of their staff
  • Ensure organizational growth and staff development plans are strategic and sustainable
  • Facilitate Executive Team, Senior Staff, and All Staff meetings 

Organizational Planning and Development (30%)

  • Serve as thought partner to CEO; help develop teams and refine organizational structure and roles
  • In collaboration with Executive Team, oversee organizational goal setting, including organizing and facilitating retreats and meetings to update goals and strategic plan
  • Identify staffing and resources needed to actualize proposed strategic plan; help ensure strategic plan and organizational priorities are feasible and sustainable
  • Ensure organizational calendar is maintained and that major events and projects are spaced thoughtfully, generate organizational energy, and support sustainability 
  • Collaborate with CEO and board members to ensure board recruitment and planning is aligned with organizational culture, planning, and development
  • Serve as Executive Team liaison to the Member Advisory Council (MAC); ensure strong feedback loop between MAC, senior leadership, and Board of Directors

Organizational Culture (25%)

  • Collaborate with Executive Team and staff to continue to build a culture of excellence, well-being, appreciation, and ongoing learning
  • Incorporate meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion norms at all levels
  • Measure employee engagement and own culture initiatives including: lead culture team (called “The We Team”), establish annual culture goals, lead DEI initiatives, and organize off-site retreats, staff appreciation events, and other initiatives to strengthen culture
  • Oversee and strengthen a holistic onboarding process that connects all team members to Footsteps history, mission, culture, strategy, programs, and DEI work
  • Lead and develop meaningful employee offboarding process
  • Ensure that Footsteps Core Values are understood, embodied and consistently communicated 

Human Resources (15%)

  • Collaborate with Senior Director of Finance, Data and Administration to refine equitable compensation philosophy and practices
  • Collaborate with Senior Director of Finance, Data and Administration to ensure HR best practices across the organization
  • Oversee and enhance performance evaluation and measurement systems
  • Develop strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse talent pool
  • Oversee Organizational Development consultant to support talent recruitment, development, and retention
  • Maintain and update organizational playbook, which articulates “how we do what we do” at Footsteps

Qualifications:

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission and values 
  • 10+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience 
  • Track record in leading organizational change
  • Trauma-informed approach and demonstrated ability to support staff serving traumatized populations
  • Co-lead sustainable organizational planning; improve planning process and systems
  • Outstanding supervision, coaching, and mentorship skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to hire, support, lead, and retain high-performing teams
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Track record for facilitating high quality meetings and trainings
  • Experience in developing meaningful onboarding and offboarding processes
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization

Required Competencies:

  • Dedication to building a culture of excellence, well-being, appreciation, and constant learning
  • Passion for building and supporting a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive, collaborative culture
  • Excellent self-management and planning skills: 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities 
  • Skilled at communicating needs in relation to workload respectfully and proactively
  • Growth mindset and solutions oriented
  • Superb empathetic listener, patient with keen discretion and able to hold things in confidence
  • Utilizes sound judgement while addressing sensitive issues and develops trusting relationships at all levels
  • Interest in learning best practices with a mindset of cultural humility

Location: New York City, Temporarily Remote
Start Date: Immediate
Salary: $100,000-$115,000, commensurate with experience

How to Apply

In lieu of a cover letter, please respond to the four application questions below:

  1. Why are you interested in working at Footsteps?
  2. How would you approach learning about Footsteps culture in your first six months?
  3. Tell us about a time you helped change the culture, approach, or pace of a team, project, or organization. What did you do, why did you do it, and how? What challenges emerged and what adjustments did you make to address those challenges? 
  4. What excites you the most about this role? 
  5. What questions do you have about this role?

Please send your resume and responses to the application questions to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Senior Director of Organizational Development” in the subject line. 

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.


Job Title: Major Gifts Officer
Reports to: Senior Director of Development
Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

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Position Overview: 

Footsteps seeks an articulate, highly organized, relationship-oriented professional to serve as the organization’s first Major Gifts Officer. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development and working in close collaboration with the entire development team, the Major Gifts Officer will play an integral role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding Footsteps’ donors through stewardship and cultivation communications, special events and engagement activities, and direct solicitations. 

The Major Gifts Officer will work with the Development team to develop and implement cultivation and engagement strategies that will foster donor pipeline growth, donor retention, and increased donor revenue. They will liaise with the CEO and Senior Director of Development to help manage high-level donors and will manage a portfolio of mid-level donors. This role will also project manage fundraising and cultivation events (both small and large-scale), annual appeals, and will be responsible for drafting meeting briefs, proposals, reports, gift acknowledgements, and other correspondences that support the major gift pipeline and moves management. Paramount to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of independence, enthusiasm, and self-motivation.

Responsibilities include:

Fundraising Management (65%):

  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of mid-level and major donors ($500-$10,000) with the goal of raising $75,000 in increased revenue from these cohorts in FY22.
  • Serve as prospect manager for major and principal donors, including researching current and prospective donors, creating prospect lists around priorities, and developing strategies for engagement. Prepare briefings, talking points, and call reports for Footsteps senior leadership
  • Working in collaboration with Development and Program teams, create compelling cases for support around Footsteps’ priorities. Draft proposals, impact reports, gift acknowledgements, and other personalized correspondences for individuals and family foundations

Special Events (35%):

  • Serve as co-lead on large-scale events (i.e. gala) and project manager on cultivation and stewardship events
  • In collaboration with Senior Director of Development and events team, help develop revenue goals, revenue structure, sponsorship packages, and all other fundraising elements of events
  • Prepare and mail personalized invitations, solicitation letters, and acknowledgment letters for high-level event donors 
  • Collaborate with the communications team on public event invitations, content, and registration

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps’ mission and values
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience, with at least 2 years’ experience in individual giving and track record of closing 4-5 figure gifts. 
  • High level of comfort working with at least one CRM/fundraising database software 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills 
  • Superb interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with current and prospective donors and to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners
  • High degree of initiative, organization, and follow-through
  • Flexible work style, with the ability to work under tight deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Responsible self-starter and able to work independently
  • A commitment to documentation and institutional knowledge
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred Experience and Competencies:

  • Track record of working on large-scale fundraising events
  • Experience using Salesforce and Asana 
  • Ability to express Footsteps’ mission and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion
  • Good understanding of philanthropy in the human rights and social justice sectors
  • Curiosity in all aspects of your work
  • Comfort with technology (Excel, Zoom, e-blasts, Gmail merges, digital invites, etc.) 

Location: New York City, Temporarily Remote
Start Date: March 1st
Salary: $70,000 – $80,000

How to Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Major Gift Officer” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.


Job Title:  Institutional Relations Manager
Reports to:  Senior Director of Development
Position Type:  Full Time, Non-Exempt

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Position Overview

Footsteps is seeking a highly organized, articulate, and relational professional to serve as the organization’s Institutional Relations Manager. Core responsibilities include oversight of a diverse portfolio of funders including: maintaining the grants calendar, editing and writing foundation proposals and reports, cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, and maintaining institutional funder records in the donor database. The Institutional Relations Manager will manage a grant writing consultant and play a critical role on Footsteps’ development team. The manager will be expected to skillfully handle a range of responsibilities, detailed below. 

Job Responsibilities:

Institutional Relations Strategy and Solicitations (25%)

  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, Senior Director of Development, and Senior Program staff, develop and manage the execution of an Institutional Relations strategy that will sustain and grow a $2M portfolio of foundations and corporations that are in alignment with Footsteps core values and programming ambitions
  • Support and manage the team to develop solicitations and proposals for current and prospective funders ensuring accuracy and quality, and based on programmatic needs 
  • Serve as organizational liaison with institutional partners; work with team to build, manage, and steward relationships with institutional partners that advance Footsteps external profile and reputation

Writing and Editing (50%)

  • Ensure that all proposals and reports are compelling, well-written, impact-driven, and story-focused
    • Generate letters of intent, position papers, proposals and reports for current and prospective funders
    • Manage activities of a part-time grant writing consultant; review, edit, and approve their deliverables
  • Develop quality briefing and debriefing materials for the CEO and Leadership Team

Grants Management (25%)

  • Maintain an internal calendar of grant proposal and report deadlines
  • Create, maintain, and update foundation records in the donor database, including all communications with donors, grant commitments, grant proposals, and deliverables
  • Oversee internal engagement of Programs, Finance, and other departments to streamline grants management
  • Working collaboratively with the Development Team to develop and improve upon protocols and procedures for managing foundation relations and proposal processes
  • Track revenue and expenditure to ensure adherence to budgets
  • Work with the team to set annual institutional funding goals and objectives 

Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission and values 
  • 5+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and sustain relationships 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills; able to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders 
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and commitment to documentation
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization, including flexibility to simultaneously perform a wide variety of tasks
  • Self-starter and able to work independently and in a team environment 

Location: New York City, Temporarily Remote
Start Date: March 1st 
Salary: $60,000-75,000, commensurate with experience

How to apply: For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Institutional Relations Manager” in the subject line.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.


Job Title: Community Engagement Associate
Reports to: Director of Community Engagement
Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

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Position Overview:
Footsteps seeks an organized and resourceful individual to serve as the organization’s Community Engagement Associate. As a critical member of the organization, you will work across departments to ensure that our programs run smoothly and efficiently and meet Footsteps members’ needs. You will provide administrative support to the Footsteps Micro-grant program, bring creative energy and organizational wizardry to Community Engagement events and groups, and ensure that key programs are captured in our database. 

Job responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate virtual, in-person and hybrid community events and convenings, including: Celebrating You, Footsteps Retreat, ThanksDinner, the Winter Party, Art Show, Holiday Potlucks, and Field Building Convenings/Conferences
  • Serve as the key point person on all micro-grants; manage member communicate and distribution of funds
  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement to design new data collection methods to evaluate program impact
  • Liaise with vendors, developing and maintaining professional working relationships 
  • Provide guidance and support to other program departments in running programs that support members and create a sense of community 
  • Ensure data capture and documentation in Salesforce, assist in pulling reports
  • Represent Footsteps to supporters and at public education events as needed
  • Staff 2-4 evening and/or weekend programs at Footsteps each month 

Qualifications: 

  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps’ mission and values
  • 1 year of relevant or transferable experience 
  • Excellent organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  •  Sound judgement and the ability to exercise discretion with confidential information
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization with tight deadlines and shifting priorities 
  • Skillful communicator with ability to manage up and across various parts of the organization 
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate problems, find opportunities and improve systems with a solutions-oriented mindset, flexibility and optimism
  • Ability to work occasional late evenings or weekend 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Salesforce, a plus

Location: New York City, Temporarily Remote
Start Date: Immediate
Salary: $50,000-$55,000

How to Apply: 

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Community Engagement Associate” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.