Executive Director job description
Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) is a youth services non-profit organization with a mission to give power and voice to area youth and to create a caring and enriching community.  Youth, employees, volunteers, board members, and adults work creatively and collaboratively together to meet this mission.  Employment with NUY is viewed through the lens of NUY’s mission and can present continuous and evolving duties and tasks, but always rooted in youth empowerment and developmental relationships.  NUY’s work is based on a harm-reduction and positive youth development model.  Uniquely, NUY is run by various youth boards and an adult board of directors.  Programming is created, led, and implemented by youth.  Organizational policies and procedures are agreed on jointly by both the youth and adult boards.  NUY currently supports four main program areas that include 1) The Key youth center, 2) Youth Mental Health, 3) Youth Homelessness, and 4) Academic Opportunities.  NUY also supports a host of enrichment activities related to the arts, recreation, food, social activism, and so much more.  NUY is excited to bring on a new Executive Director to lead the organization into the future.  The position of Executive Director includes the following responsibilities:

Collaborative Leadership:
NUY works with ALL youth and prioritizes the process of youth empowerment above program outcomes.  The Executive Director ties together NUY’s host of youth-led programming and the adult Board of Directors under one mission and helps guide the organization forward.

Position responsibilities include consistent work with youth of diverse backgrounds in shaping and guiding supportive services and enrichment activities.

  • Relational advocacy for youth-led ideas and initiatives.
  • Ensuring program quality, and volunteer/mentor coordination. This is done by working collaboratively with youth as a consistent point person to assist in supporting youth-led ideas.
  • Articulate and model NUY’s philosophy and empowerment approach for all facets of the organization.
  • Effectively supervise, lead, mentor, develop, and retain a high-performing staff.
  • Engage, develop, and manage a robust adult Board of Directors to provide transparency and accountability in meeting the mission of NUY.

Community Relationships:
Position responsibilities include

  • Develop and implement an effective communication strategy as an advocate for youth-led ideas.
  • Collaborate with other agencies to advocate for needs identified by youth.
  • Foster positive relationships with community partners like Northfield Schools, Northfield Police Department, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Community Action Center of Northfield, etc.

Fiscal Management:
Position responsibilities include

  • Develop financial objectives and lead NUY in achieving its goals.  Ensure that appropriate systems are in place to protect the financial health of the organization.
  • Act as chief fundraiser for the organization including a strategy for donations and grant writing and reporting.

Vision and Direction:
Position responsibilities include

  • Support and develop a collaborative vision for NUY’s mission with youth.  This includes the implementation and articulation of a long-term strategy that will meet the needs of Northfield youth.
  • Work with the adult Board of Directors and all of NUY’s youth boards to keep everyone fully informed on all aspects of NUY.


  • Experience building relationships with and mentoring youth of various demographics
  • Experience with fiscal management
  • Proven track record of fundraising and grant writing
  • Knowledge of youth development best practices
  • At least three (3) years of human services or nonprofit experience
  • Passion, humility, and integrity
  • Flexibility in work hours to meet the needs of the organization and the youth
  • Ability to pass all required background checks

NUY firmly believes in finding the right person who can guide a youth-led organization.  The position is full-time (salaried-exempt).  Compensation will be a salary range of $50,000-$65,000/year plus benefits, based on experience and qualifications.  NUY offers flexible work arrangements, professional development opportunities, and a chance to creatively build and implement new programs.

Equal Opportunity:
NUY is an equal opportunity organization.  NUY believes that the most efficient and effective workplaces employ employees with diverse backgrounds.  We strive to create a work environment where all employees and individuals, regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, public assistance status, or veteran status, can succeed and make an impact in the community.

Application and Hiring Process:

  • NUY will be interviewing on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • Initial application review will begin in late July.
  • To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three professional references to employment@unionofyouth.org.