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Full Time
Albany, NY
5 Years
Master's Degree
May 15, 2017

Executive Director-The New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA)

Reporting to NYSDRA’s Board of Directors and based at NYSDRA’s office at 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 411, in Albany NY, the Executive Director is a highly visible position, cultivating and maintaining relationships with staff, the NYSDRA board, CDRCs and individual members (prospective and current), donors, contract program partners, government officials, the judicial system and political leaders.  The Executive Director is the face and voice of NYSDRA, and is responsible for shepherding the organization to a new level of sustainability and expansion. The Executive Director is also responsible for working closely with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to develop and execute strategic initiatives.

Position requirements include but are not limited to:

Executive Competencies

  • Strong strategic, analytical, judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to discern and conceptualize present and future trends and communicate options and choices regarding the same to NYSDRA’s leadership.
  • A successful track record for engaging, partnering and building alliances with a wide range of constituencies and influencers such as mediation centers and private practitioners as well as state and elected officials; strong relationship-building skills.
  • Proactive advocate for the organization; working knowledge of NYS (and Federal) legislative / political process and environments.
  • Evidence of creating strategic directives and turning them into successful tactical programs.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills, leveraging technology and social media savvy.
  • Highly skilled leader able to lead in a fast-paced, pressured and changing environment.
  • Ability to motivate others to be champions of NYSDRA’s initiatives and key goals.
  • Professional presence and public speaking ability required.
  • Manages the NYSDRA finances, including the preparation of an annual budget and long-range forecasts of needs in partnership with the Board Treasurer.
  • Establishes and implements administrative policies and procedures for operations.
  • Experience recruiting, developing, motivating and retaining a strong, diverse staff.
  • Proven record of accountability in financial and people development.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree and/or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in progressively responsible leadership positions in community or not-for profit management areas. An understanding of leading a not-for-profit is critical. Five (5) years or more as the president or senior staff leader of a membership-based organization is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in reporting to a Board of Directors and building consensus with diverse constituencies.
  • Proven leadership in program and resource development, grant writing and development (fundraising).
  • Demonstrated strong financial and operations acumen
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in dispute resolution is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with public relations and marketing campaigns; expertise in dealing with local and regional media.

To apply confidentially: Applicants should send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume by June 30, 2017 to the NYSDRA Search Committee at:

Equal Opportunity Employer

All Qualified Candidates Are Encouraged to Apply

Disclaimer: NYSDRA does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms / employment agencies / third-party recruiters for any of its employment opportunities. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee or any Board Member of NYSDRA about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms / employment agencies / third-party recruiters to any employee at NYSDRA via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of NYSDRA; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by NYSDRA as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.






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