New York, NY

President, National Urban League

The Organization

National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based organization devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream through programs, advocacy, and research. Through its nearly 100 Affiliates, diverse programs, and advocacy, the NUL advances its mission to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The League reaches more than one million Americans each year through its valuable and relevant resources and programs, such as the online jobs network, the Mature Worker Program, the Urban Youth Empowerment Program, and the Community Health Workers program. Under the inspiring leadership of President & CEO Marc Morial, the League is now undergoing a period of exciting transformational growth, which includes a $100 million campaign that will launch the organization into a new era. This historic campaign will create an Empowerment Campus in the epicenter of African American culture in Harlem, New York, and establish the Urban Empowerment Fund to support minority entrepreneurs. These funds will enable the League to expand its reach and influence, strengthen Affiliates and increase their local impact by making new resources available, and energize new generations to identify and champion the civil rights challenges of the 21st century that continue to impede equality in America.

Position Overview

The League seeks a talented Vice President, Foundations to increase and expand foundation support. The Vice President will: craft proposals to fund a broad range of services for urban families in the areas of education, economic self-sufficiency, and racial equality and inclusion; create an effective foundation identification, cultivation, and solicitation program for annual operating support; and, work closely with the Senior Vice President of Development and other senior members of the Development Team to support overall fundraising goals.

Requirements: an experienced fundraiser with proven success in major institutional fundraising and the demonstrated ability to identify, research, craft, solicit, and steward successful foundation grants; excellent writing and editing abilities; strong interpersonal and communication skills; and, a track record of meeting ambitious goals, delivering results, and multi-tasking. The ideal candidate will be charismatic, agile, and mission-driven, preferably with some background in social justice policy issues, and be comfortable conveying the values, strengths, vision, and priorities of the League to diverse audiences. Please visit for the complete position profile, including key responsibilities and requirements.

How To Apply

National Urban League, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) to assist on this important recruitment. Confidential inquiries and applications should be sent directly to FPS via email: All applications must include: (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) a letter of interest (addressed to FPS) that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is the logical and desired next step in his/her career. Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.

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