President and Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Salary:  $100,000+ per annum, commensurate with training and experience.


About Our City

Rochester combines small-town accessibility with big-city services. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in western New York, with a population of 210,565 residents, Rochester is the seat of Monroe County and the third most populous city in New York state, after New York City and Buffalo. The metropolitan area has a population of just over 1 million people.


A Great Place to Live, Work and Visit

The City provides residents a short drive to such destinations as the Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes region and the Adirondack Mountains.  Big cities, including New York, Toronto and Boston are also within a day’s drive.  Amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, residents enjoy a housing market known for great bargains, world-class cultural and entertainment offerings and a fast-growing innovation economy poised to thrive in the 21st century.  A unique blend of natural and man-made resources and amenities give Rochester a quality of life that is second to none. Straddling the Genesee River between the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario, Rochester offers a natural beauty that is easily accessible by a network of parks, trails, boat launches and scenic overlooks.  The economy benefits from many advantages, including an ample supply of fresh water from Lake Ontario and the pristine Finger Lakes, a central location among the population centers of the Northeastern United States and the innovative foundations laid by such firms as Kodak, Xerox and Bausch and Lomb.

Rochester offers a host of attractions and events for just about every interest and pastime, including classical music, professional sports and music and arts festivals. The city’s rich history as a center for civil rights and social justice remains an important element of Rochester’s legacy and a continues to draw visitors to such places as the Mount Hope Cemetery, the final resting place of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.  Rochester offers a world of art, theater, music, photography, history, nature and play, from listening to great jazz on the streets to museums, attractions, theater, festivals, sports, special events and more.  Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre hosts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the headline acts during the annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The Strong National Museum of Play is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame and the annual Lilac Festival.   Rochester is also home to many professional minor-league sports teams including the Americans (ice hockey), Red Wings (baseball).

A host of colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, produce an educated workforce and generates cutting-edge research that drives the city’s innovation and technology sectors. Rochester is emerging as the imaging, optics and photonics capital of the world and in 2015 the White House announced that new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation would be located in Rochester. Other growing industries include food-and-beverage manufacturing, biotechnology and green innovation.


The Affiliate Overview

Organizational History

The Urban League of Rochester, an affiliate of the National Urban League, received its affiliation in 1965.  This affiliate serves the citizens of Rochester and Monroe County, and is highly regarded and valued as an institution by community leadership. 


Our Programs & Initiatives

The Urban League of Rochester is the city’s premier community organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority groups through programs and initiatives in education, youth homelessness, mentoring, housing, workforce development, human services, cultural and social development among many others.  Through its strong partnership with corporate and civic leaders the affiliate serves as the liaison between these entities and the community.  


The affiliate is served by a 27-member Board of Directors comprised of private business and representatives from Corporate America. 


The key volunteer group (Urban League Guild) contributes to advancing the League’s mission.  The Guild is comprised of established community members who donate their time and support. The Guild members deliver services that extend public understanding and community awareness, help to develop the leadership skills of ordinary individuals and engage them in local community issues, engage in fundraising activities and promote goodwill on behalf of the Urban League of Rochester. Considered the heart and soul of the Urban League Movement, Guilders contribute thousands of volunteer hours annually and play a pivotal role in connecting the Urban League to communities.



The President and CEO will continue to:

·         establish vision and direction-setting

·         ensure fiscal responsibility and security

·         attract and leverage a powerful board

·         build external relations and coalitions

·         guide program design and deployment; and

·         build and lead the organizational executive team.


The successful candidate will bring a variety of experiences, including:


·         experience as a chief executive or other senior level role

·         successful fund-raising track record

·         profit and loss experience

·         board relations and management experience

·         track record of effectively working with senior corporate executives, elected and appointed officials, community groups and organizations, and public and private philanthropic leaders


The successful candidate must also have:

·         a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred)

·         experience in the development and implementation of social service programs, program evaluation and advocacy, public education, fiscal management, strategic planning, resource

·         development, board and volunteer relations, community mobilization and collaboration, and personnel management

·         a proven track record of leadership and management with at least five years of senior non-profit, for-profit or government executive management experience; and

·         excellent organizational and communications skills, fund development, and government/community relations experience.


The Urban League of Rochester is in the National Urban League’s Eastern Region.  Mr. Glen Jeter is Board and Search Committee Chair.  NOTE:  For certification consideration, please submit an up-to-date resume to:

Mr. Glen Jeter / Search Committee

C/O Urban League of Rochester NY, Inc.

11 Birdsong Terrace

Spencerport, NY 14559


Resumes must be received by or before January 15, 2019.