McCormack + Kristel Seeking CEO for Bronx Parent Housing Network

April 5, 2022 – Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been hired to find the next CEO of the Bronx Parent Housing Network (BPHN), one of the largest shelter providers in New York City. Last February, Victor Rivera was fired from the role after accusations of sexual misconduct. The engagement is led by Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner, and Zaria Davis, Consultant. Reporting to a growing Board of Directors, the new CEO will be directly responsible for engaging community and institutional stakeholders and securing funding to expand programs and ensure the organization’s financial health, McCormack said. +Kristel. In partnership with the Board of Directors and the management team, the person will be responsible for finalizing and carrying out a new strategic plan.

Key responsibilities for the position include fundraising and financial management, strategy and vision, leadership, communications and community engagement, the recruiting firm said. The new leader must drive business development to create public-private partnerships and win new contracts. Developing and executing a fundraising plan to create unlimited revenue streams from corporate sponsors and events, including establishing an annual gala, is also necessary. Additionally, the CEO will oversee the development of multi-year budgets and forecasts to support cash flow and support growth.

Other tasks will include promoting alignment around strategic objectives, establishing collaborations to achieve results, and ensuring adequate systems, structures and personnel to actualize the strategic plan. The new leader should also oversee the analysis of community assessment data to refine and expand programs and services.

Key Qualifications

BPHN is looking for a strategic leader with strong business acumen and resource development experience, McCormack+Kristel said. The ideal candidate will understand how emergency housing and support services and programs are provided in New York. The right candidate will be an effective communicator, comfortable building and maintaining trusting relationships with communities, government agencies, elected officials and the private sector.

Candidates must have at least 20 years of work experience with a housing or social service provider, related government agency or relevant private sector entity; prior experience as CEO is ideal. They should also have experience in developing and managing public-private partnerships. Strong financial management skills, including proficiency in budget forecasting, are essential.

McCormack + Kristel said prospects should have experience building unlimited streams of income, including building fundraising programs for businesses and events. A track record of success in cultivating individual, institutional and government relationships with funders is also required. BPHN expects candidates to have experience overseeing the performance and compliance of government contracts. Previous experience with the NYC Department of Homeless Services is ideal.

Founded in 2001, the Bronx Parent Housing Network provides emergency and supportive housing to individuals and families in the Bronx and Queens. BPHN operates 13 shelters providing emergency accommodation for 2,000 clients. Additionally, the agency serves approximately 3,400 clients through its food pantry, case management, workforce development, and nursing home programs. BPHN is governed by a five-person Board of Directors and operates with a budget of $85 million and a staff of 240 people.

Veteran Search Consultants

McCormack+Kristel was launched in 1993 as McCormack & Associates with a mission to recruit senior executives for the many research, advocacy and social service organizations growing exponentially in response to the AIDS pandemic. Diversity recruitment has long been on the firm’s agenda.

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With the advent of effective treatments for HIV/AIDS and the diminishing needs of many of these organizations, the company has expanded its customer base into areas such as social justice; Health care; women’s issues; Higher Education; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender; civil rights; and more.

Four years ago, founding partner Joseph A. McCormack formed a new business partnership with Michelle Kristel, who joined the firm in 2013 as a partner. The company has offices in New York and Palm Springs, California. McCormack+Kristel clients include the ACLU, Los Angeles LGBT Center, TransForm, Planned Parenthood, SAGE, and the Tides Foundation, among others.

Ms. Kristel is the former Executive Director of In The Life Media (ITLM), a non-profit organization producing social change media to raise awareness of issues related to gender, HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights. She joined ITLM in 2002 as production manager. In 2006, following a succession of promotions, she was appointed general manager.

Dr. Davis joined McCormack+Kristel earlier this year. She is also Director of Advocacy for the Chicago Community Bond Fund, Senior Associate at the Pretrial Justice Institute, and Leadership and Transition Coach at New Direction Coaching & Consulting. She also served as executive director of Lincoln Heights Outreach in Illinois.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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