The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), developed in 1969 by community residents and progressive activists, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and empower individuals, families, and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community. In its diverse, multi-lingual, multi-cultural community, ICC carries out its mission through a unique combination of direct services and community building initiatives, including planning, organizing, and advocacy. Today, ICC’s staff of 150, serves approximately 1,000 people daily in multiple locations in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, NJ. Services include, for example, Early Head Start andHead Start programs; an afterschool program; two Family Success Centers and a community mental health program for survivors of domestic abuse; services for undocumented immigrants; a Financial Opportunity Center supporting economic empowerment, job development and placement; environmental justice and community development programs, which include Housing Justice and urban agriculture.
ICC has just completed a three-year strategic plan that will provide the initial
roadmap for the new Executive Director. The planning process identified a number
of needs, opportunities, and challenges that are currently being addressed by the
Board and the administration.
Key Strategic Priorities include, for example, cross-program engagement of staff,
bringing on a human resources manager, upgrading the development department,
completing an analysis of the properties owned/leased by ICC and creating a
utilization plan for them, program expansion in the areas of economic development
in the community, youth development for ages 0 to 18, starting a community mental
health center for survivors of domestic abuse, providing support services to the
undocumented, and the creation of an expanded food justice program, including a
mobile produce grower’s coop.
The organization operates in a diverse community beset with significant
environmental challenges and a burgeoning housing and development crisis
threatening gentrification and displacement. Through a holistic approach with
emphases on equity and justice, the agency aims to engage the community and
support the community in amplifying its voice and controlling its own destiny.
ICC seeks both a dedicated and strong Executive Director and a servant leader, who
will inspire and motivate staff and rally other stakeholders to support the
organization and its mission and, often, to join with it in advocacy coalitions. The right candidate will enjoy working in teams, being a good delegator and someone
willing to implement the principal of subsidiarity.
The Executive Director must have a strong sense of politics, be a strategic partner
and leader, have the capacity to develop strong relationships across diverse
constituencies; must be able to engender trust and respect—to connect with people;
have empathy, demonstrate integrity, good character, and good judgment in difficult
times dealing with complex issues.
ICC balances the delivery of multiple service programs alongside political and social initiatives.
A detailed job description can be found at