The North Hartford Partnership is a nonprofit organization working with the community to advance equitable social and economic development in the North Hartford Promise Zone (NHPZ) in Hartford, Connecticut. Working with residents, local partners and the NHP Board, the Executive Director will be accountable for achieving measurable, population level goals through collective action.
Launched as a project of Community Solutions International in 2010, the North Hartford Partnership became a separate, affiliated not for profit in 2022. The Executive Director will oversee an initial staff of four, an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million, management of the 85,000 square foot campus of the Swift Factory, and operation of the North Hartford Housing Trust (NHHT), a separate legal entity supported by the NHP. Responsible for convening partners and stakeholders to advance collective priorities, the Executive Director will report to the NHP Board of Directors.
North Hartford is a 3.11 square mile area home to nearly 24,000 residents, a neighborhood rich in assets and home to an active community of West Indian/Caribbean immigrants, African Americans, and Latinos. Over the years, economic conditions have compounded with the effects of decades of racially biased policies and disinvestment leading to housing instability, poor health outcomes and decreased average life expectancy. Housing stability is an urgent concern, with an estimated >20% of homelessness in the region originating from North Hartford alone and eviction rates also among the highest in the region.
The successful candidate will embrace and lead a community-organizing ethos that puts residents in the driver's seat of identifying and implementing solutions to shared problems and opportunities, and help identify faltering public systems to increase their efficacy for residents through collaborative action. The Executive Director will lead and inspire staff, volunteers and partners to collaborate, learn, and propel systemic change in population level health, safety and economic prosperity, with a particular focus on community outcomes for housing stability and job creation. They will identify, partner with and support organizations in the neighborhood that share the values of resident leadership and collective action and a steadfast commitment to achieving racial justice.
The Executive Director will create and respond to feedback loops to assess and advance progress towards measurable, time-bound, neighborhood improvement goals; look past commonly accepted system flaws and find new opportunities to leapfrog the neighborhood to new heights and collaborate with partners and residents to develop common tools and resources to expedite design, adoption and scaling up of collective neighborhood initiatives.
Community Engagement and Leadership
Community Hub and Organizational Operations
Managing and Evaluating Programs
Fundraising and Financial Management
Board Management and Development
The North Hartford Partnership is seeking a proven, entrepreneurial leader with at least 10 years of experience in community development, real estate - management, development and/or financing, public space stewardship, public services delivery, arts management, or a related field.
The NHP promotes equal opportunity in the recruitment, selection, training, compensation, promotion, and benefits of all employees. If you meet many of the qualifications listed, the NHP encourages you to apply.
In addition to the above qualifications, key attributes include:
How to Apply
Interested candidates can submit materials via the link at the top right of this page. Electronic submissions sent through this link are preferred. All submissions receive acknowledgment and are confidential within the search committee and TSNE.
Candidates should include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of the NHP, along with salary expectations and how they learned of the position. The position will remain open and applications accepted until the right candidate is identified.
The Executive Director position is full time and based at the Swift Factory in the Northeast neighborhood of Hartford with some flexibility to work remotely. The NHP offers a generous health and wellness package including health/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, educational assistance, new parent leave, and paid/unpaid leave time. Occasional travel within the US to participate in conferences and travel within the region is required. Salary is commensurate with relevant experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget, and in the approximate range of $115,000-140,000.
COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all North Hartford Partnership staff—full-time, part-time, and contracted. Vaccination documentation must be provided. Vaccination information is completely confidential between the employee and the Human Resources department of Community Solutions.
The North Hartford Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.