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President and Chief Executive Officer

Northside Center for Child Development
New York City, New York
Date posted
Nov 3, 2023

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Northside Center for Child Development

New York, NY


Northside Center for Child Development (Northside) is a leading New York City non-profit with a 76-year legacy of providing high-quality, outcomes-driven behavioral, mental health, and educational services to thousands of children and families in Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Today, the organization seeks a visionary, strategic, business-oriented, and justice-driven leader to become its next Hilde L. Mosse President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

For close to eight decades, Northside’s mission has been to provide children and families in their community with the support and resources needed to develop their self-esteem, thrive, and overcome adversity from the ill effects of poverty and racism. Programs and services delivered by Northside include behavioral health, prevention programs, early care and education, special education, enrichment, referrals, and community outreach, and this continuum of services is provided on-site at four locations, partner venues, in-home, and virtually.

Northside was founded in 1946 by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Phipps Clark, distinguished social psychologists and pioneers in the care of children suffering from the consequences of racial discrimination and economic poverty. The Clark’s research was utilized by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to secure the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which legally ended racial segregation in public schools in the United States. Their dedication and commitment to civil rights, racial justice, equal opportunity, and mental health are fundamental to the soul of Northside.

Dr. Thelma Dye will retire after 36 years at Northside and 28 years as CEO. Dr. Dye is a psychologist by training who has led a significant increase in the organization’s revenues, expanding and enhancing services and programs and recruiting over 250 dedicated staff. Additionally, a new and beautiful 28,000-square-foot facility is in operation, which will enhance Northside’s impact and growth over time.

Northside’s board of directors consists of 28 distinguished professionals, business leaders, and philanthropists, primarily based in NYC. The annual budget for the organization is $25 million. Earned income from federal, state, and city sources is about 85% of Northside’s revenue, and contributed income, primarily from affluent individuals and secondarily from foundations and corporations, accounts for the balance of the revenue.

As Northside looks to the future, this CEO will bring an unwavering commitment to empowering disinvested communities and an extraordinary track record of taking an organization to the next level. Specifically, Northside’s next leader will partner with a dedicated board and staff and will continue to focus, refine, and implement Northside’s mission for maximum institutional impact and sustainability—while simultaneously investing in Northside’s people, infrastructure, and organizational culture. This CEO will also work to generate the resources necessary to sustain and expand Northside’s impact well into the future. Ultimately, they will lead Northside’s next institutional chapter with creativity, decisiveness, determination, and collaboration through the explicit lens of economic, racial, and social justice.


Northside has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including resume/CV and a 1–3-page letter of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined in the full position profile) should be directed to the search team HERE. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Northside anticipates an annual salary in the low $300,000 range for this position, commensurate with experience.

Rebecca Swartz, Tiffany Weber, and Harley Bartles

Isaacson, Miller

Northside CEO Position Profile


Northside is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.



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