Executive Director

Ironbound Community Corporation

About the organization

The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), developed in 1969 by community residents and progressive activists, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community. In its diverse, multi-lingual, multi-cultural community, ICC carries out its mission through a unique combination of direct services and community building initiatives, including planning, organizing and advocacy. Today, ICC’s staff of 150, serves approximately 1,000 people daily in multiple locations in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, NJ. Services include, for example, Early Head Start and Head Start programs; an afterschool program; two Family Success Centers and a community mental health program for survivors of domestic abuse; services for undocumented immigrants; a Financial Opportunity Center supporting economic empowerment, job development and placement; envir


The Executive Director works closely with other staff members, program participants, volunteers and, board members to provide services and organizing assistance to the community. They shall encourage and support their involvement and participation in the affairs and decision-making process of the organization.

Areas of Responsibility include: Board Relations; Staff Leadership and Human Resource Development; Program Development; Sustaining an Inclusive and Supportive Organizational Culture; Strategic Planning; Fundraising Development; Financial Management, Budgeting; Legal, Regulatory Compliance; General Administration; Public/Community/Media Relations; and Community Partnerships/Communications/Advocacy.


A bachelor’s degree and a proven track record of success in a senior managerial position administering or supervising work related to early education, non-profit management, community development or community organizing and/or social services required-- an advanced degree would be a plus.

The candidate should possess a passionate commitment to the mission, vision, values, and goals of the organization, including: 1) a belief that people have a right to control their lives and neighborhoods and should be involved in the decision-making processes affecting them; 2) The equality of all people irrespective of race, ethnicity, age, class, religion, sexual orientation, creed, language or citizenship; 3) A belief that the Executive Director is a servant leader, the organization is in service to the community; 4) Comfort in working well with people from differing backgrounds and life experiences and a passion for social justice; 5) The vision and strategic skills to build and sustain the effectiveness of the organization in all of its work—services, organizing, advocacy, and planning; 6) The political astuteness to navigate the opportunities of an effective advocacy organization; 7) The business acumen that can guide the organization financially and in its operating systems; 8) The ability to interface with donors and stakeholders; 10) Strong networking skills to build partnerships and attract resources; 10) Demonstrated excellent fundraising skills for the organization.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send a thoughtful cover letter explaining the fit you see between your talents, philosophy and experience and the Executive Director opportunity at Ironbound Community Corporation with your resume to the ICC Search Committee at [email protected] Please include your salary requirements. Inquiries can be sent to the same email address. No phone calls, please. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by email.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.

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