PNLV Executive Director Job Description

We’ve begun our search for the next Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. Below is the job description for interested candidates.


Position: Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

Open Date: 8/19/2013

Close Date: 9/30/2013

Salary Range: $80,000 – $100,000 (Compensation to be determined based on relevant experience and



The Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley seeks a dynamic, motivated and experienced Executive Director to convene the Promise Neighborhoods to achieve the shared vision and desired results of its residents and partners.

The PNLV Executive Director will:

  • Engage the community, provider partner (health, child care education services and other not for profit organizations), local government, funders, businesses, and other key constituents in the implementation of the Allentown Promise Neighborhood as a model for community building in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Serve as a catalyst for our community to embrace opportunities to substantially improving the lives of the children, families, and residents in the Promise Neighborhoods; resulting in extended support, and long term commitment to priorities, vision and mission of Promise Neighborhoods.
  • Act as lead staff to the governing body of PNLV. Develop meeting agendas, communicate with members to advance strategic direction, implementation and refinement of strategies and end results.
  • Act as the operational manager of the PNLV office(s), including direct supervision of any staff and volunteers.
  • Convene/co-convene committees, action teams, or other groups focused on advancing the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the Promise Neighborhoods.
  • Strategically represent the PNLV’s initiative to become an independent 501©3 organization including alignment with United Way and other community partners and funders.
  • Identify and develop financial resources necessary to implement and strengthen the Promise Neighborhood, as well as opportunities for expanded public/private partnerships
  • Serve as chief fundraiser for the APN by securing/leveraging new resources in collaboration with volunteers and community partners
  • Develop annual results-based accountability “report card” related to both systemic and customer strategies and results to share with key stakeholders and the community



Promise Neighborhoods of Lehigh Valley (PNLV) originated from a United Way initiative in 2007 based on the Harlem Children’s Zone model. PNLV commenced operations as a subsidiary of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley with the intent of becoming an independent 501C3 Organization in 2014.

The education improvement model for urban children evolved into a wraparound model that included not only children, but also parents and their environment.

Promise Neighborhood initiatives in other major cities were studied and replicated based on best practices and practical adaptation for the Lehigh Valley. The Allentown Promise Neighborhood is the initial venture for creating a network of Promise Neighborhoods that meet the greatest needs for education and neighborhood improvement in Lehigh Valley. PNLV is focused on supporting the development of the Promise Neighborhood in Allentown, while building support to replicate the model across the region.

Promise Neighborhoods of Lehigh Valley expect to be a convener of practical and proven solutions for the most serious barriers to education success and neighborhood vitality as defined by residents and the community.

Vision: Vibrant neighborhoods where every family is strong, every child born healthy, stays healthy, and every youth succeeds in school, graduates from college or other continued education and achieves life-long success

Mission: Fostering cooperation among Allentown Promise Neighborhood residents and with the Greater Lehigh Valley to create a safe, healthy, vibrant, inclusive neighborhood, which expects children to succeed in school and where adults and families thrive and want to live.




  • Seven or more years of increasingly leadership-based responsibilities involving but not limited to collaborative/multi-system initiatives, strategic planning, project management, supervision, and evaluation related to neighborhood-based work with children, teens, and families.
  • Proven record of outcomes based on optimal use of skills, resources and talent is a priority.


BA required, graduate degree preferred, in social work, community organization, education, nonprofit management, or a related field.


  •  Understanding of the philosophy, attributes, and practice of Promise Neighborhoods and related initiatives.
  • Understanding of philosophy and practice of place-based initiatives and collective impact principles
  • Understanding of the most critical challenges facing students, families, schools, and neighborhoods in urban centers similar to Allentown and Lehigh Valley communities.
  • Understanding of systems that serve people: education, human services, health, grants makers, funders, government, etc. and how those systems can be effectively integrated.
  • Understanding of results based accountability or similar measurements


  • Understanding, nurturing, and facilitation of complex relationships (e.g. with key stakeholders from education, business, health/human services, and government)
  • Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Listening, mediating and negotiating among diverse partners with different points of view
  • Grassroots training – experience engaging and cultivating stakeholders in the community
  • Hard traffic management and project management skills
  • Ability to manage special events and forums with efficiency and effectiveness
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to develop and present compelling communications (oral and written)
  • Ability to act as both team leader and team member as appropriate
  • Ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively use quantitative and qualitative data
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs

Mental demands:

  • Duties require planning, organizing, and performing a variety of duties applying a wide range of procedures and rules.
  • Duties require attention to detail, high degree of accuracy, reliability, timeliness, alertness, and use of judgment.
  • Requires ability in verbal and written expression, creativity, and concentration.
  • Access to and use of confidential data where discretion/sensitivity is of utmost importance.
  • Mature judgment and confidence.

Physical demands

  • Frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear.
  • Occasionally required to stand, reach, stoop, and handle and/or lift and up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to visibly check for completion and accuracy and to retrieve and transmit information.
  • Use of general office environment equipment.
  • Will often need to provide own transportation around the Lehigh Valley area in order to attend meetings. Staff members who drive on organization business are required to provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are equal opportunity employers.



Interested candidates may e-mail, fax or mail a resume and/or cover letter including salary requirements to:


United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Attn: Mary Terp, Human Resource Manager

1110 American Parkway NE

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone 610-807-5712

Fax 610-867-7255

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