Executive Director – LSA Family Health Service (New York, NY)

Executive, FT Employee
LSA Family Health Service (New York, NY)

In 1999, LSA launched a successful $7 million campaign to purchase land and build a new building for the benefit of the community it serves. The new building facilitates the integration of the many programs LSA offers and also serves as a community gathering place.

LSA remains unique among health and human service agencies in New York City because of the ability to offer home visits across all core programs. The agency’s current operating budget is approximately $4.8 million. LSA has a staff of 45 full-time and 14 part-time employees and is comprised mostly of professionals, from both lay and religious backgrounds: community health nurses, social workers, educators, child development specialists and advocates. LSA’s 70-plus corps of volunteers plays an important role at the agency, serving as a vital resource across all programs. All center-based programs, administrative staff, the Thrift Shop and Food Pantry are based in New York City in the LSA building at 333 East 115th Street.


There are seven distinct programs at LSA, as well as an on-site Food Pantry and a Thrift Store. The programs are closely integrated with frequent referrals among them. Most of the families are involved with more than one program, either at the same time or over a period of time. The programs in summary are:

Advocacy helps families gain access to services to which they are entitled and brings the needs of the families to the attention of public officials.

Early Intervention (EI) offers evaluation and treatment for children from birth to three years who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities, helping them to achieve their full potential.

Education and Youth Services offers at-risk young people afterschool tutoring and mentoring programs for students from preschool to ninth grade, as well as counseling and referrals to other community programming when appropriate.

Environmental Health Services, which includes the Family Asthma Program, offers home visits by environmental workers, in addition to training and community workshops on creating a healthier living environment for the families. It was recently featured on the NBC program “Dateline.”

Home-Based with Socialization (HBS) provides a specialized program for children up to three years, which identifies and tracks children at risk for developmental delays and makes appropriate referrals for additional services if necessary.

Nursing, a Certified Home Health Agency, provides direct nursing care to patients at home, specializing in maternity outreach services from pre-natal care to parenting skills.

Preventive Services is a program to strengthen fragile and crisis impacted families aimed at avoiding the placement of children into the foster care system.


The Executive Director will provide the leadership and vision necessary to build upon the successes of LSA and will have the opportunity to orchestrate the development and implementation of a new long-range strategic plan for the institution.

He/She will marshal the collective talent of the LSA community and motivate them to function as a coordinated, effective team with clear lines of authority and responsibility. This person will also work closely with the Board and staff to identify, attract and inspire new funders and generate new sources of revenue in support of LSA’s long-term commitments and an ambitious agenda.

He/She will establish clearly defined annual goals and objectives and methods with which to measure successful outcomes; and in partnership with the Board and staff, ensure best practices, and focus on making changes as necessary while keeping the organization aligned with its mission and programmatic values.

The Executive Director will develop/maintain a sustainable business model and annual operating plan for the agency, manage the day-to-day operations and represent LSA and its programs to outside constituents.


• In partnership with leadership and staff, develop and implement a strategic plan for LSA’s future; develop and nurture strategic relationships with partners and other organizations whose interests are in common with the agency’s; foster alliances with current constituencies (including individuals, foundations and government agencies), while proactively identifying, cultivating and creating new, diversified and innovative partnerships;

• Establish a solid working partnership with the Chair of the Board, the Executive Committee and Board members, gaining their confidence and forging relationships that will continue to uphold good governance and bring forth their best ideas, efforts and contacts to support LSA;

• Assume leadership of LSA’s fundraising strategies; collaborating with the Board of Directors and Development Director, create and promote vehicles for individual, foundation and corporate giving; engage current and prospective funding communities in support of LSA initiatives; and strengthen the development capabilities of Board, staff and volunteers across the organization;

• Serve as the principal spokesperson for LSA; communicate clearly and persuasively to increase visibility and credibility of the organization, inspire support, and promote public awareness about the achievements and success of the agency; expand community outreach in a way that helps various publics connect with LSA’s mission and programs;


The Executive Director should thoroughly embrace LSA’s mission and culture, and have the following experience and qualifications:

• Proven leadership, managerial, problem-solving and strategic planning capability and commensurate fiscal literacy, preferably as an executive with a nonprofit organization; if coming from the for-profit sector, the individual should have experience serving as a volunteer or nonprofit board member or, in other ways, have experience in the fields of health and human services;

• A record of success in having managed an organization with multifaceted programs and/or business units; with the ability to balance multiple agendas, be persuasive and persuadable, and conceptualize as well as implement;

• An understanding of setting and implementing organizational strategy and managing through growth and change; willingness and skill to quickly grasp the agency’s financial underpinnings and bring LSA into financial equilibrium;

• Proven experience as a fundraiser with the ability to reach untapped philanthropic sources in order to secure financial support from diverse sources – individual major donors, foundations, corporations and government; strong external relations skills, with the ability to identify potential partnerships and other revenue-generating opportunities;

• Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with dedicated board and staff members who have diverse professional skills and perspectives; experience working with, and motivating, engaged volunteers;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills in order to represent LSA to a broad public;

• Cultural sensitivity; fluency or proficiency in the Spanish language is helpful, but not required;


Confidential inquiries, applications and nominations should be directed to Mark J. Tarnacki and Addie Jones at: [email protected]

Applications must include a current resume and a letter of interest detailing applicable experience and accomplishments.

LSA is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. (0)

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