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Executive Director Rochester - Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) Rochester, NY, United States



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Education, Human Services/Non-Profit, Management

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Sat Aug 01, 2020
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Mon Jun 15, 2020

Job Summary

If you are an innovative, thoughtful strategic leader with a reputation for motivating others to achieve audacious goals you won’t find a better opportunity to put those skills to use than in the service of improving people’s lives here in Rochester. This opportunity should be of particular interest to experienced organizational leaders, vice presidents, chief operating officers and/or chiefs of staff who want to make a difference but are fatigued with fighting through layers of bureaucracy and uninspired leadership. RMAPI’s staff is talented and passionate, RMAPI’s partners have shown unwavering financial, intellectual and physical support for the work at hand, and Rochesterians who are impacted by poverty are fully engaged in the future success of this grass-roots effort. Achieving audacious goals is in Rochester’s DNA; we are the home to the legacies of trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. We are one of the most generous communities in the country by all measures, from possessing the highest number of not-for-profit organizations for a city of our size to the largest amount of per capita giving in the nation. We are ready to take a stand against poverty with you.

Job Description



Within the first twelve to eighteen months, the Executive Director will:

  1. Within three months, meet one-on-one with each member of the Steering Committee and the co-chairs of each Working Group and the Community Advisory Council to gain an understanding of why they are involved and their vision for how their involvement can best be leveraged to meet RMAPI’s mission.

  2. Engage in group meetings and focus groups with identified community “voices” from the African American, Latino “single female heads of households” and faith groups as identified by staff as part of RMAPI’s Communication Engagement Strategy.

  3. Team with the Steering Committee and RMAPI staff to develop a one-page collective impact strategy map that will be used to focus and communicate RMAPI ideas and initiatives to all stakeholder levels. Strategies included on the map will support the work defined in RMAPI’s aforementioned Guiding Principles.

  4. Work with the Policy Working Group, the Employment Working Group the Funding Alignment Council and staff to identify one to three tangible initiatives that will support RMAPI’s guiding principles of addressing structural racism, addressing trauma, and/or building community strength. Initiatives focused on targeted populations of single female heads of households and the working poor (for example, those employed as home health aides) will be prioritized. Ideas and their execution should be supported and endorsed by impacted members of the community, including the Community Advisory Council and community “voices” as defined in the Communication Engagement Strategy.

  5. Leverage input from the Evaluation and Data Working Group to define measurable goals for the aforementioned identified initiatives, including data-driven definitions of impacted populations for each initiative.

  6. Team with the Evaluation and Data Working Group to develop a dashboard to track progress against identified initiatives.

  7. Take a leadership role in leveraging the time, talent and treasure of each Steering Committee member to minimize and/or eliminate roadblocks to the execution of identified initiatives.

  8. Develop and execute a clear communication plan across all stakeholder groups so information is shared regularly and on a timely basis. Stakeholder groups include the Steering Committee, the Executive Committee, Working Groups, staff and the impacted community. The communication plan should include internally focused communications like meeting minutes, and externally focused communications like sharing progress against goals and with the community.

  9. Work with staff and the Data and Evaluation Working Group to assess the impact of COVID-19 on those living in poverty. Guide the Steering Committee through any resultant re-prioritization of goals and initiatives.


  1. Directly lead, motivate and manage RMAPI staff

  2. Take ownership for keeping the Steering Committee and Executive Committee informed, active and engaged. Identify opportunities to utilize the talent of individual Steering Committee members as needed.

  3. Team with staff, the United Way as fiduciary, and the Steering Committee to identify the optimal deployment of resources under management to meet RMAPI’s mission and guiding principles.

  4. Lead the advocacy effort on initiatives identified by the Policy Working Group, identifying and leveraging optimal resources to accomplish RMAPI’s policy agenda.

  5. Recognize and take the lead to identify and act upon synergies with regional organizations outside of RMAPI who share the similar goals. “Own” the identification and execution of ad hoc initiatives that develop from joint meetings and initiatives.

  6. Identify and minimize roadblocks to the scalability of successful RMAPI initiatives. Current examples include the adult mentoring program, and the employer pledge initiative.

  7. Regularly celebrate RMAPI successes within and outside of the Collective, encouraging others within the Collective to “own” and share those successes with their own organizations and the community.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree in business, public policy, political science, social work or other degrees relevant to RMAPI’s mission is preferred.

  2. Prior experience in a leadership role or as a member of the senior management team of an organization of at least a comparable size and complexity, including responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the organization and managing others through influence. If prior experience was acquired outside of the not-for-profit or government sectors, leadership experience should be supplemented by prior experience serving on one or more not-for-profit boards.

  3. Prior industry experience must include a positive track record for reducing poverty, improving employment metrics, and/or initiating policy changes within or on behalf of marginalized communities.

  4. Preference will be given for candidates with experience working within a Collective Impact or comparable community-ownership model.

  5. Preference will be given to candidates from Rochester, NY who meet the requirements for the role. If not from Rochester, the selected candidate must relocate to Rochester within 90 days of accepting employment.

  6. Proven experience managing complex projects to a successful conclusion, including goal setting, data analysis, result measurement, and holding stakeholders accountable for results.

  7. A reputation for a transparent and direct management style with prior organizations under management.

  8. Candidates who have personal “lived experience” as a member of a marginalized community are strongly preferred.

  9. Examples of creating mutually beneficial collaborations across organizations.

  10. An entrepreneurial spirit, as evidenced by a track record for making courageous decisions in the face of imperfect information.

  11. A reputation for listening that stems from insatiable curiosity and the humility of knowing that there is much to learn from the input of others.

  12. Unquestioned professional and personal integrity.

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This description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities but constitutes a general definition of position scope.

In support of the ADA, this job description lists only the responsibilities and qualifications deemed essential to the position. RMAPI and the United Way of Greater Rochester as fiscal agent is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic predisposition, veteran status or status as a member of any other protected group or activity.


This retained search is being conducted exclusively by Patty Phillips of Clarity Recruiting and Career Management, Inc. for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative. All applicants must contact Patty directly, as all applicants and inquiries, regardless of how sourced, will be forwarded to her attention.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to: In your cover letter, please explain the basis for your interest in the position and highlight relevant experience for the role.

How to Apply

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