New York, NY

President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

The Organization

Noyes Foundation is seeking candidates for a President position. The new President will be a committed, charismatic, and visionary leader responsible for Noyes’ consistent achievement of its mission, programs, outcomes, administration, and financial objectives. This is an exciting opportunity for a thoughtful and experienced nonprofit leader to build on 70 years of social change work to achieve deeper impact and sophisticated growth in creating a more equitable society.


The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (“Noyes”) is a private family foundation established in 1947 by Charles F. Noyes as a memorial to his wife, Jessie Smith Noyes. Noyes’ mission is to support grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

We envision a socially just and environmentally sustainable society in which all people are able to gain the knowledge and build the power they need to exercise their rights and participate fully in the economic, social and political decisions that affect their lives and communities.

Noyes’ current Funding Priorities are Environmental Justice, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Reproductive Rights, and an Environmentally Sustainable New York City. Noyes makes a particular effort to include in its funding portfolio a significant percentage of organizations led by people of color.

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Position Overview

Position Summary

The President will work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve Noyes’ strategic objectives and fulfill its mission. In partnership with the Board, the President will define Noyes’ theory of change; this will help to identify the right organizational model that establishes the necessary operational efficiencies, staffing, and governance structures to best balance impact with sustainability. The President will also ensure that the organization has short- and long-range strategies to achieve its mission and goals with consistent, realistic, and timely progress and a fiscally responsible business plan.

This professional will cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensure open communication about the measurements of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against Noyes’ milestones and goals. This leader will help to build Board capacity and serve as an advisor on best governance practices.

The President will also be responsible for leadership and overall management of Noyes. This individual will oversee the day-to-day operation of Noyes, including all grant making and impact investing efforts and the foundation staff. The President will represent Noyes in the philanthropic community, be an ambassador on behalf of the Board and staff, and help forge new partnerships to amplify Noyes’ visibility and impact.

The duties and responsibilities of the President will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Working with the Board to establish and monitor Noyes’ goals and objectives;
  • Overseeing all day-to-day activities and leading the staff;
  • Managing Noyes’ assets;
  • Representing Noyes in the philanthropic community and serving as a convener, collaborative partner, and community leader; and
  • Other duties as necessary for the leadership of Noyes or as directed by the Board of Directors.


The President will be highly-energetic and passionate, with a track record of achievement in previous leadership roles in small to midsized foundations. This individual will have a deep commitment to social justice with established networks and relationships in the field, experience with movement leadership and movement building, and demonstrated business acumen. A seasoned manager, the ideal candidate will have experience leading effective, high-performing teams and will be able to execute on strategy through active collaboration. This individual also will have an entrepreneurial outlook and the willingness to roll up their sleeves to get things done and see Noyes’ strategic objectives through.

The President will have solid experience developing and monitoring annual budgets and providing overall management of a foundation’s fiscal operations, including ensuring compliance with legal requirements and financial standards and overseeing all reporting. This individual will be familiar with the rules and regulations for foundations, including IRS guidelines. This financially savvy leader will have a thorough understanding of impact investing and will be comfortable guiding and expanding Noyes’ efforts to utilize this method of creating social change.


Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Shavon Bell. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Shavon at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan

Managing Director

Shavon Bell


Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs.


Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit


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