Young New Yorkers has partnerships with multiple agencies within the criminal legal system including Kings County Criminal Court, Red Hook Community Court, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Legal Aid Society, the American Bar Association's Racial Justice Task Force, the Center for Court Innovation, Osborne Association, and the New York City Department of Probation (Brooklyn). 


YNY has collaborated with arts organizations and arts spaces such as MoMA PS1, Swiss Institute, SHoP Architects, and David Zwirner.

If you have questions about how to partner with us or would like to make a referral, please contact us at info@youngnewyorkers.org




Young New Yorkers is hiring an Executive Director

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of Young New Yorkers, providing the leadership, inspiration, strategic direction, vision for the organization and its programs, and its advocacy efforts. Working closely with the Board of Directors and reporting to the Chair of the Board, the Executive Director will ensure that Young New Yorkers is fiscally and administratively sound and that its infrastructure and programs are well managed and balanced.

The Executive Director will engender the trust and confidence of the Board, staff, participants, partners, and donors as well as the greater public.


The Executive Director will ensure that programs maintain high levels of quality, outreach and participation, and visibility and reputation while continuing to strengthen and safeguard internal systems, processes, and policies that support and inspire the staff. At this time, Young New Yorkers expects the executive director position to be in-person.


The Executive Director will thoroughly understand Young New Yorkers – its history, mission, constituencies, partners, structure, and the value of its programs and services. They will have the following priorities and key responsibilities: 

Internal Management


– Lead with an inspirational and strategic vision that fully embraces the mission.

Supervise, mentor, inspire, empower, and collaborate with a highly motivated, committed, and knowledgeable staff – delegating appropriate responsibilities and authority, holding individuals accountable for specific and collective performance, maintaining morale, and providing direction.



– Know how Young New Yorkers’ programs are structured, staffed, and funded, how referrals are made, how impact and performance are measured, how money is being spent, and what it costs to ensure and deliver rigorous, high-quality programs efficiently; promote and further develop the organization’s impact and outreach.

Continue to strengthen programmatic systems and processes; build new ones as necessary to accommodate the organization’s growth; think strategically about programmatic expansion and begin to put in place the foundation to support such growth.


General Management, Administration, and Finance

– Understand the elements of Young New Yorkers’ staffing and finances; in partnership with the Treasurer, auditor, and staff establish the budget and set financial strategies and priorities that correlate with current and future activities; hold self and the organization to the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and accountability.

Review Young New Yorkers’ systems and modes of communication and data collection; quickly understand and adjust as necessary how the organization measures progress; support its efforts and capacity to track impact and share outcomes both internally and to funders and partners.

Sustain and further Young New Yorkers’ attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion with both Board and staff; understand and foster the importance of shared lived experience between staff and program participants; be intentional about leading with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.

External Management

Resource Development

 – Serving as the top fundraiser for Young New Yorkers, quickly establish relationships with existing key public and private donors in order to facilitate the ongoing flow of support; increase, broaden, and cultivate the funding base of individual donors, foundations, government sources, and corporations; work closely with the Board of Directors to inspire continued and greater participation in fundraising efforts, including the identification of new funders; oversee all grants and grantwriting; develop new sources of mission-consistent earned revenue. The Executive Director will be a fundraiser who is enthusiastic, creative, and strategic and who will build a “culture of fundraising”. Young New Yorkers Executive Director Page 4.


Public Role, Marketing and Communications 

-Develop and oversee marketing and communications efforts, especially through social media platforms and including public fora, media appearances and the like; serve as a highly visible spokesperson and advocate for Young New Yorkers at both the city and state levels; identify, engage, and convene partners that share elements of Young New Yorkers’ programs and services and that also serve those who have interacted with the criminal justice system; strategically maintain and amplify Young New Yorkers as a leader and a model for effectiveness and life-changing impact on youth, their families and communities, and the criminal justice system.


Future Growth

 – Build upon Young New Yorkers’ history of success; develop a vision for future growth and expanded impact.


Establish a strong working partnership with the Board of Directors to implement board policies, goals, and objectives; forge relationships that will bring forth members’ best ideas and efforts in support of Young New Yorkers; with the Board Chair engage and coordinate efforts of the Board committees; help identify new Board members and support onboarding.

Learn and understand Young New Yorkers with an eye toward embarking on strategic planning.

Salary Range For This Position

  • Proven leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning and implementation capability with a nonprofit organization, government organization, or the private sector (provided the individual has significant service as a volunteer or nonprofit board member). At least five years of executive, management experience is required, with increasing levels of responsibility and authority.

  • Compassion and belief in the strength and power of youth to reach their potential.

  • A deep understanding of the impact of poverty on young people in New York City.

  • Knowledgeable about and experience with the City’s criminal justice system.

  • Leadership experience with the effective delivery of high-quality services originating from and led by a social justice perspective.

  • Extensive experience in building, maintaining, and expanding operations; able to balance multiple priorities, maintain forward momentum, and shift between roles.

  • Experience in successfully growing an organization with a budget of at least $2 million; able to decline opportunities that do not fit the mission, envision and operationalize new initiatives that do fit, and understand how decisions – funding, resources, staff allocations, etc. – are being experienced by staff and participants.

  • A track record of success as an advocate and fundraiser with government, corporate, and private stakeholders and donors; comfortable at the policy table and the funding table.

  • A comfort level with technology for operations, outcomes metrics, fundraising, and communications; an ability to identify and capitalize on public relations opportunities as they arise.

  • An ability to respect, listen to, and work well with internal and external constituencies with a wide range of diversity – race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, education, etc.; a good listener; comfortable receiving feedback and new ideas from many sources, and comfortable making informed decisions; a high EQ is required.



The salary range for this position is estimated at $150,000 to $170,000. Young New Yorkers is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of its staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Young New Yorkers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

Applications and nominations are requested to be submitted to the attention of G. Angela Henry, Executive Search Consultant ED4YoungNewYorkers@gmail.com

Ideal Experience and Qualifications



What is the YNY Alliance?

The YNY Alliance is a group of voluntary supporters and advocates of Young New Yorkers.


Alliance members make annual donations of at least $250, volunteer their skills and resources for special projects, and directly support our young people through professional development offerings. 


Recent initiatives supported by Alliance members:


  • Who We Are (Beyond Our Charges), 2020: MoMA PS1 virtual exhibition of YNY graduates' artwork Developed in collaboration with SHoP Architects, https://www.yny-virtual.com/



Ongoing efforts include social media outreach and other fundraising and awareness initiatives. 

YNY Alliance member responsibilities include:


  • Attending 2 Alliance meetings per year

  • Attending YNY events as frequently as possible to support the YNY graduates

  • Speaking powerfully on behalf of YNY

  • Assisting with fundraising by connecting your community to YNY

To join the YNY Alliance, please make your annual donation here and indicate your interest in the Alliance.


If you are interested but would like to learn more, or if you are unable to meet the financial requirement but are interested in supporting through volunteer hours, we'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to the Alliance co-chairs at