Date posted: 05/19/2017

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The Vice President, External Affairs will have wide-ranging responsibilities and will be involved in all facets of the organization with a focus on communications. Work will involve managing communications with elected officials to promote visibility of and funding for Lantern, overseeing external communications via Lantern’s website and social media sites, supporting the Board of Directors, overseeing and executing submissions of RFPs and grant proposals, and managing Lantern’s volunteer program.  The Vice President, External Affairs will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and will also be expected to work with staff throughout the organization as well as community partners, funders and outside stakeholders.  The Vice President will report to the Chief Executive Officer and supervise the Senior Associate, Communications and Special Projects, as well as Lantern’s volunteer program.


Responsibilities of the Vice President, External Affairs include, but are not limited to:

Communication Support/External Affairs

  • Oversee the preparation of external communications and presentations such as the development of PowerPoint decks, or communication tools with community groups, elected officials, government agencies or other organizations.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the website content and Lantern’s social media presence.
  • Work with graphic designers/photographers/consultants as needed to develop materials to update the website or for communications purposes.
  • Manage relationships with elected officials.
  • Assist with presentations/communications required for outside organizations such as Community Boards or government agencies.


Board Support

  • Oversee staff support provided to the Chief Executive Officer for Board of Director business.
  • Manage the creation of agendas, communications and meeting scheduling; oversee the preparation of reports to the Board of Directors; coordinate onboarding for new members; oversee staffing of Board committees; and maintain corporate documents (minutes, resolutions and other record keeping) for the Board.


Development Support

  • Take the lead on identifying and preparing funding proposals from government agencies, corporations and foundations.
  • Coordinate with program staff on the development of proposals and other fundraising activities.
  • Manage the research of possible foundations and other funders, and create strategies for approaching these entities.
  • Assist with the creation of an individual giving strategy for the organization, and be responsible for all fundraising events.
  • Manage the timely writing and submission of funding proposals.
  • Manage all development-related communications and record-keeping with respect to grants received.


Additional Tasks

  • Oversee Lantern’s volunteer program. Ensure that Lantern is steadily adding new volunteers to its roster, as needed, and is providing an excellent experience for volunteers that is beneficial to our programs.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, individual supervision and other meetings as required.
  • Perform other job-related functions, as assigned.


The Vice President, External Affairs will be mission-driven and passionate about our services in achieving organizational excellence. S/he will have incredible initiative, the ability to work well under pressure, a very high level of computer proficiency (with the ability to learn new technologies and databases) and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to complete complex projects in a fast-paced environment. The Vice President of External Affairs will have excelled academically and must have top-notch writing, research as well as communication and organizational skills. S/he must be adept in implementing multiple projects.


The Vice President, External Affairs will have at least 3-5 years of organizational experience including experience writing funding proposals.  Ideally, a successful applicant has knowledge of supportive and affordable housing; social service models, including evidence-based models; and program development.  Some experience working with elected officials is required. Applicants should demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population.  Experience with populations impacted by homelessness, the child welfare system, and/or the implementation of evidence-based social service models preferred. Excellent organizational and communications skills are required.  A bachelor’s degree is required.

LOCATION: Main Office, Manhattan
WORK SCHEDULE: Full time, Monday to Friday

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to:

Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for Lantern Community Services to perform a criminal background check. Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.