Executive Director

The Learning Web
April 21, 2020
Ithaca, New York
Job Type
515 West Seneca Street
Contact Name (not public)
Sally Schwartzbach


Why We Are Different

For 48 years, we have enabled at-risk youth to become self-assured, self-directed, productive adults. Unlike others, we offer a developmental series of learning experiences tailored to each individual. This bridge to positive adulthood is constructed on three piers: 1) Positive Youth Development, 2) a community of adult mentors who work one-to-one with youth, and 3) support from The Learning Web staff. Traveling that bridge helps our youth grow into valued members of the Tompkins County community in the workplace, as parents, neighbors, and as engaged, productive citizens.

Revenues: $900,000

Our Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, our Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion, and execution of The Learning Web’s mission. The leadership team— the Directors of Operations, Youth Exploration Program, and Youth Outreach – supports the ED by providing day-to-day management of all direct services.


Leadership and Management:

  • Lead, coach, evaluate, and retain staff
  • Ensure programmatic excellence utilizing the Art of Delegation and recommending timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Engage and energize volunteers, Board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors (ED is ex-officio member of each committee)
  • Assure systems to regularly evaluate programs and report outcomes to the Board, funders, and other constituents
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable laws and regulations

Finances and Budgets:

  • Maintain policies and controls for allocating funds, monitoring expenditures and income, and managing grants
  • Develop yearly operating budget
  • Coordinate annual audit with the agency’s CPA
  • Ensure maintenance of all records as required by best practices, law and contracts
  • Oversee all aspects of the Housing Scholarship Program’s scattered site apartments, including maintaining leases with area landlords and assuring compliance with local, state, and national entities

Fundraising and Communications:

  • Identify new grant and fundraising opportunities
  • Prepare funding requests for existing programs and strategic expansion
  • In coordination with the Board of Directors, secure funding for The Learning Web’s plan to relocate all its programs and administration to Founder’s Place in 2022 assuring we have the resources for relocation, and obtaining the necessary furnishings and equipment
  • Provide leadership for all development efforts, including the annual Friends of The Web appeal
  • Deepen all aspects of communication using all avenues including newsletters, annual reports, and social media with the goal of bringing The Learning Web to the larger community and creating a stronger brand

Planning & New Business:

  • Design and complete an ongoing strategic planning process to support continuous improvement
  • Develop and then manage a plan to relocate all programs and administration in 2022 to Founders Place — a collaboration with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing — including directing all aspects of the move, coordinating with our co-tenant, the Village at Ithaca, and renting or selling the real estate that currently houses our administration and some programs
  • Maintain and build new partnerships with community leaders, funders, educational institutions, civic and special interest groups, and the general public to advance our mission
  • Communicate our program results as a model for regional and national replication



  • Master’s Degree with at least 3 years of senior non-profit management experience with a track record of effectively leading an outcome-based organization and staff
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage budgets
  • Demonstrated knowledge of grant writing and ability to write successful proposals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accountability for not-for-profits including knowledge of Quickbooks or other accounting platforms and commitment to data-driven evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

How To Apply

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume by Friday, April 24, 2020 to: To Kristine DeLuca, President, Board of Directors, info@learning-web.org


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