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Executive Director

Senior Level

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The Bronx

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Casita Maria’s mission is to create a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art, and educational experiences and programs.
Casita Maria (“Casita”), headquartered in the South Bronx, was established in 1934 as the first charitable organization to serve Latinos in New York City with the primary mission being to offer after-school enrichment and recreational activities for the children of newly arrived families from Puerto Rico.
Today, the organization remains dedicated to its original mission, delivering services to the mostly Latino youth, and families of the Hunts Point/Longwood community it serves in the Bronx and youth programming in East Harlem. In 2009, Casita inaugurated a state-of-the-art facility encompassing performance spaces, an exhibition gallery, dance and music studios, and more on its Simpson Street campus. This 90,000 square foot, six-story educational and cultural facility in collaboration with the Department of Education has enabled Casita to expand its scope and capacities as a beacon of excellence.
The organization’s programs are focused on arts and education, and they include a wide range of K-12 after-school programs, as well as summer camp.. They also utilize the theater, gallery, studios, rehearsal rooms, and other spaces of their building to launch a range of arts and other public programs, including exhibitions, concerts, and murals. Casita also delivers arts programming in the community including its signature annual South Bronx Culture Festival.

The Executive Director is responsible for driving the mission and vision of the organization, the leadership and management of the nonprofit, and ensuring the attainment of the goals of the strategic plan. Reporting to the Board of Directors, they will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the organization including the execution of the strategic plan, fundraising, finances, communications and marketing, programming excellence, human resources, operations, and all other aspects of the leadership of the organization. The Executive Director will manage an annual budget of $3.5M, with a team of 4 Deputy Directors and 80 employees.
The ideal Executive Director will be a proven leader with the ability to inspire, innovate, and adapt; driven by a demonstrated passion for the work Casita does. As an empathetic, effective community advocate, the Executive Director will connect with and support a wide range of stakeholders including staff, Board members, and the community Casita serves. Must have high integrity, discretion and professionalism.


Leadership & Management:

● Understand and articulate strategic direction for the organization.
● Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
● Actively engage and energize Casita board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
● Lead, coach, develop, and retain Casita’s senior management team and professional staff reflecting the organizational values and standards of collaboration, commitment, and empathy.
● Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Fundraising & Communications:

● Expand and diversify revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations.
● Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to social media to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
● Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
● Serve as the principal spokesperson for the organization.


● Create, manage and monitor organizational and programmatic budgets in collaboration with staff and Board.
● Guide organization through annual organizational audit and funder programmatic audits.

Community Involvement

● Be an external presence that communicates program results and serves as a liaison to the communities it serves.
● Respect and value community input and feedback on the course and direction of the organization.


● Advanced degree, ideally an MBA, MPP or M.Ed.
● A track record as an Executive Director or Deputy Director effectively leading a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff.
● Significant senior nonprofit management experience required.
● Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
● Expertise in and knowledge of education, education policy, and teaching & learning.
● Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation with knowledge and success using data to inform programs.
● Ability to create fundraising plans and execute based on clear monetary goals.
● Financial and operational competencies, including budget management.
● Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

Knowledge of NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), NYS OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs a plus.


● Exceptional interpersonal skills. Able to interact and build relationships with staff, donors, and community leaders at all levels and with diverse groups of people.
● Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
● Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
● Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
● Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed – especially passion for arts and education in the Latino community.
● Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.
● Ability to assess problem situations to identify root causes, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations to resolve matters.
● Excellent organizational and time-management skills. Detail oriented.
● Ability to work evenings and weekends for major campaigns and special events.

LANGUAGE: Bilingual Conversational Spanish/English required.
COMPENSATION: Salary range will be $125,000 – $135,000. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to PTO, benefits include Health, Pension, EAP, and Life Insurance.
Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to:
Jill Krumholz – RealHR Solutions
Casita Maria provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We encourage candidates from the local community to consider applying for this employment opportunity.

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education