Chief Operating Officer

Type of Position:   Full-time Permanent

Salary:   $100,000-$125,000

Job Type:    Hybrid

Application Post Date:   October 14, 2021

Application Deadline:   November 8, 2021

About Our Organization

The Organization
DreamYard Vision:
Building Artists- Building Community- Building Dreams- To change the world.

DreamYard Mission and History:

DreamYard, founded in 1994, is a Bronx-based organization that uses the arts, social justice pedagogy and digital and connected learning to inspire youth, public schools and communities. DreamYard’s yearlong arts programs develop artistic voices, nurture young peoples’ desire to make change, and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, with 45 partnering public schools K-12th Grade, with our own DY Prep HS School and at the DreamYard Art Center in Morrisania, DreamYard supports young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. We seek to be effective locally while having a national impact through partnerships, collaboration and learning exchanges.

Anti-racism Commitment:
At DreamYard, we commit to being an anti-racist organization. We lead with race because we operate in a country founded on the genocide of Indigenous people, the enslavement of African people, and the oppression of countless others. We acknowledge the role this history plays in perpetuating inequity and dominant white culture. See below for DreamYard’s full anti-racist commitment.

The Community
DreamYard is focused in the Bronx, a borough that possesses incredible cultural, human and economic assets. In addition to work throughout the Bronx, DreamYard partners with local, national and international communities using the arts to build bridges to opportunity. The organization believes that the arts are a necessary part of developing our local assets to their greatest potential.

Job Position Summary

The Position
The Chief Operating Officer collaborates closely with the DreamYard Leadership Team including the Co-Executive Directors to: build and manage consistent, equitable systems to support DreamYard growth and extend the breadth of the DreamYard Effect; to ensure that internal systems are integrated and allow DreamYard’s Program teams to do their best work; lead the Finance and HR teams so that DreamYard remains an excellent and attractive place to work, vision and thrive; and engage in strategic planning and visioning to support DreamYard’s long-term vitality.

Roles & Responsibilities

*7+ years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit leadership;
*Bachelor’s degree and/or Masters degree in business or organizational leadership;
*Strong project management and implementation skills;
*Excellent interpersonal, verbal and general communication skills;
*Ability to work with a wide range of DreamYard stakeholders and leaders, understanding the importance of DreamYard’s work with young people, families, teaching artists, teachers and community partners;
*Ability to relate to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community;
*Demonstrated creative problem solving and strategic planning skills;
*Excellent organizational skills and the ability to gracefully manage tight timelines in a fast-paced working environment and multiple projects concurrently;
*The ability to collaborate effectively to achieve organizational goals;
*Strong attention to detail;
*Strong leadership skills, with an emphasis on listening, empathy, collaboration and effective communication based on honest feedback and radical candor;
*Experience in database and program management, finance software, and HR procedures and benefits.

How to Apply

To Apply
We would like to get to know you a bit better in your application, beyond simply reviewing a resume. Please respond to the few short questions in the application form found here:

DreamYard COO- Introductory Application

This application includes an opportunity to answer questions both in written and video form, as well as an opportunity to submit a current resume. A next step in the process will of course include interviews. This must be submitted to be considered for the position.

In addition, please submit your resume and cover letter to the link below:

About DreamYard DreamYard offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and generous paid time off; starting salary for this position is commensurate with experience and with similar positions citywide. DreamYard is committed to the principles of arts education, educational reform and social justice, and fashions its programs to specifically address the needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals. Bronx based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project, Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance. We are intentionally building a path toward racial equity by: *Challenging oppression and its intersections *Using art and education as a platform to offer a hopeful vision of the future *Identifying and uplifting the power and cultural assets that exist within our community of educators, artists, dreamers, young people and life-long learners *Encouraging the principles of justice, unity, equity, creativity, and joy *Transforming policies, procedures, practices, and programs (for example: striving for transparency and equity in pay and compensation structures regardless of race, culture, gender, ethnicity, creed, etc) *Understanding our staff, community members and partners are at different levels on the anti-racist continuum and embracing that we all have a place in this work