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New York City SBS Seeks Storefront Improvement Project Manager

The Workforce Development Corporation (“WDC”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that works closely with the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”) to contribute to the economic vitality of the City by promoting workforce development and job creation through public and private partnerships. SBS’s Neighborhood Development Division (NDD) assists in the creation and support of community-based development organizations (CBDOs) that advance the growth of commercial districts across the five boroughs.

Storefront improvement is a simple way to upgrade the visual appeal of a commercial district, making it a place where people want to live, work, and play. NDD’s Storefront Improvement Program administers grants to businesses and property owners in target neighborhoods and provides capacity building assistance to CBDOs developing targeted programs to serve their commercial districts. Since 2013, the program has improved nearly 150 storefronts across 10 commercial districts, investing over $2 million and leveraging local private investment.

NDD is seeking a dynamic Project Manager to lead in the planning, execution and ongoing management of storefront improvement grant projects in Jamaica, Queens and other target neighborhoods. The Project Manager will coordinate with grantees, contractors, and architects to oversee completion of construction projects, ensuring quality and timeliness; manage relationships with grantees and partner CBDOs; conduct outreach to businesses and property owners; develop and deliver technical assistance and program curriculum to CBDO partners; and assist with other programmatic tasks as needed.

The Project Manager will report directly to the Senior Program Manager for Capacity Building Initiatives.

Responsibilities:

• Manage grantees, contractors, and architects across multiple improvement projects, ensuring timely and quality completion of storefront renovations
• Travel to project sites 1-3 days per week, monitoring program-wide and project progress
• Track vendor deliverables, budgets, bid pricing, construction milestones, and contract documents
• Draft, release, and evaluate requests for proposals for architects, contractors, and environmental professionals
• Facilitate conversations with a wide range of stakeholders on projects that impact Downtown Jamaica and target neighborhoods
• Build community partnerships through in-person meetings, information sessions, and attendance at community events
• Plan and execute outreach to current and prospective businesses including canvassing, phone calls, mailings, and in-person meetings
• Collect qualitative and quantitative metrics on storefront conditions, measuring program impact
• Create program collateral including presentations, case studies, and other communication materials
• Develop storefront improvement program curriculum and deliver to CDBO partners
• Other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of full-time experience in one or more of the following fields: urban planning, economic development, community organizing, public administration, project management; construction management; real estate.
• Outgoing and enthusiastic self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Ability to lead and manage projects with tight deadlines, driving a diverse set of stakeholders to complete tasks on schedule;
• Demonstrated knowledge of successful project management techniques and best practices;
• Knowledge of best practices and trends in storefront design and construction;
• Familiarity with Downtown Jamaica and/or Southeast Queens;
• Ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, and provide timely and clear updates to supervisors;
• Ability to work in an organized, efficient manner with a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and
follow-through;
• An ability to be flexible and willingness to wear “multiple hats” when needed;
• High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Skills:
• Bilingual in English and Spanish;
• Experience with and knowledge of NYC Department of Buildings permitting and licensing processes;
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS.
• Familiarity with project management software such as Microsoft Project, Smartsheets, and/or others.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter including the following subject line: “Storefront Improvement Project Manager” to: careers@sbs.nyc.gov

Salary: $50,000-$55,000
NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

ANHD Seeks Anti-Displacement Organizer (NYC)

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) is a member-association of community groups throughout New York City working to ensure the right to affordable housing and thriving equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.

The harassment and displacement tenants are experiencing across the city undermines affordability, fuels gentrification, and exacerbates inequality. ANHD seeks an Anti-Displacement Organizer to work with community-based grassroots organizers and tenant leaders to fight back.

The Anti-Displacement Organizer will work with tenant organizers and others to support the use of data and educational tools to improve building outreach and organizing approaches to combat tenant harassment and landlord speculation; ensure the successful local implementation of the new Certificate of No Harassment pilot program; and facilitate peer learning among organizers and tenant leaders. The person in this position will also provide general support for tenants’ rights and anti-displacement organizing campaigns led by ANHD and/or movement allies.

Responsibilities

• Lead ANHD’s efforts to successfully implement the NYC Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) Pilot Program

o Coordinate efforts by member and allied grassroots organizing groups to use the CONH law to fight harassment in rent stabilized buildings

o Document & publicize tenants’ experiences with harassment in general, and CONH in particular

o Coordinate education, outreach & advocacy with elected officials, agency staff, and other stakeholders

o Work with organizers and other stakeholders to track results of CONH pilot program and build case for the program’s continuation & improvement

• Work with ANHD members and allies to make strategic use of available housing data tools & resources

o Convene & facilitate meetings among organizers and tenant leaders to share experiences & improve organizing models addressing specific issues such as speculation

o Conduct trainings on tools such as ANHD’s Displacement Alert Project Map, District Reports, and Watch List

o Assess the needs for new housing data tools and educational materials among ANHD members, elected officials & other stakeholders

o Coach ANHD members, allies, elected officials & others to successfully make use of existing & new data tools & resources to improve their tenant organizing & service work

• Help represent ANHD in tenant movement coalitions & campaigns

o Participate in meetings, events, lobbying, etc. for campaigns to strengthen tenants’ rights

o Help connect ANHD members to campaigns relevant to their local tenant organizing priorities

o Seek opportunities to use ANHD’s communications, data, policy and advocacy work to support member and allied organizations’ campaigns

Qualifications

• At least 3-5 years grassroots organizing experience in housing, community organizing, labor, or related fields

• Familiarity with NYC affordable housing landscape and tenant issues, particularly as relates to harassment and displacement

• Ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners, including tenant leaders, organizers, policy experts, elected officials, agency staff, etc.

• Experience creating & using popular education style materials & training curricula

• Interest in working in a highly collaborative environment, and ability to independently keep projects moving

• Comfort juggling responsibilities & prioritizing across multiple projects

• Demonstrated ability to work with low income communities of color & immigrant communities

• A belief in grassroots organizing as a vehicle to build power to address systemic inequality and injustice

ANHD is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and LGBTQ-identified individuals are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter and a brief writing sample (preferably a handout, training curriculum, or other similar tool) to Emily.g@anhd.org. No calls please.

St. Nicks Alliance Seeks Community Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

St Nicks Alliance is currently seeking a Community Organizer to assist with St Nicks Alliance’s community organizing efforts around safe and affordable housing and anti-displacement.

Responsibilities:

·Assist with the outreach, education and engagement of rent regulated tenants in North Brooklyn, this includes, identifying building targets, building assessment, door-knocking and one to one.

·Assist Housing Counselors creating and strengthening of tenant associations.

·Assist the Senior Organizer with the development and implementation of building, local and city wide housing campaigns.

·Assist with the facilitation of grassroots and coalition meetings.

·Assist with the leadership development activities for tenant associations and local grassroots organizations.

·Represent St. Nicks Alliance in meetings and events with other local and city wide organizations and agencies.

·Assist with outreach to St. Nicks Alliance and its affiliate’s organizations on programs and services, especially the housing counseling and training services.

·Assist with the maintenance of data tracking tenant associations and leadership development and assist preparing reports for City Agencies and Funders.

Qualifications/Requirements

·Candidate must be fully fluent in English and Spanish.

·Passionate building housing, racial, and immigrant justice with tenants in North Brooklyn.

·Minimum of one year of base building or other Community Organizing experience.

·Experience facilitating workshops or public presentations preferred.

·Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·Familiarity of housing law in New York City- Desirable.

·An ability to relate to a wide range of people, including low-income families, elected officials, legal services providers, and other community-based and advocacy organizations.

·Ability to work evenings and weekends (as necessary). 

St. Nicks Alliance and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity Employers

St. Nicks Alliance is a 40 year old not-for-profit community organization focusing primarily on the neighborhoods in North Brooklyn. Its programs impact more than 10,000 residents annually in the areas of: Housing development and management; Tenant assistance; Workforce Development; Youth and Education; Economic Development and Healthcare. 

Level of Language Proficiency: Must be fluent in Spanish

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

egoldin@stnicksalliance.org
https://www.stnicksalliance.org/

If interested, please send resume and cover letter (via email only) indicating salary requirements to:

St. Nicks Alliance

Attention: Ms. Elise Goldin

Email: egoldin@stnicksalliance.org

Please write in the subject heading: Community Organizer SNA

The Doe Fund Seeks Director of Community and Government Affairs (NYC)

The Doe Fund is a leading New York City non-profit organization that operates the enormously visible Ready, Willing & Able program, whose participants clean over 160 miles of streets and sidewalks every day. With a $50 million budget, 400 staff members and 46,000 individual donors, The Doe Fund is nationally acclaimed as a work-based model for solving homelessness and criminal recidivism. We empower people to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, substance abuse, and incarceration through innovative work and housing programs.

We are seeking a Director of Community and Government Affairs to join our growing team!  Reporting to the Office of the Chief of Staff, this position is responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders, from government to grassroots organizations and helping to shape and grow our organizational impact and position at the city, state and federal levels.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate activities with external partners to advance issues, elevate awareness, or advocate for actions which are important to the organization’s mission 
  • Monitor and analyze legislation, including city, state and federal budgets to identify fundraising opportunities that align with the organization’s mission 
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with elected representatives and their staff 
  • In collaboration with the Communications Department, writes, edits and prepares information for release to the media, specialized groups, general public, government officials and other organizations 
  • Lead the development and execution of the organization’s strategic outreach and engagement plan to work with elected representatives, government officials, and agencies at the city, state and federal levels to preserve and expand public and private support 
  • In collaboration with the Development Department, draft and submit capital funding requests to the New York City Council and NY State Senate and Assembly.  Maintain all correspondence and reporting to appropriate agencies regarding discretionary awards
  • Assist with the development of advocacy strategies to advance the organization’s interests at the city, state and federal levels 
  • Executes research and maintains up-to-date knowledge on policy, current affairs and other public matters relative to the organization’s mission and work 
  • Informs and participates in the organization’s social media strategy 
  • Represents the organization at community events, public announcements, hearings, etc. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in government affairs, community organizing or related setting 
  • Established relationships with elected representatives at the city and state level 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the city and state legislative budget process 
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills, and ability to train, teach, and motivate your staff 
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and computer skills 
  • Familiarity and experience dealing with the criminal justice system, homelessness and fundraising a plus 

Salary commensurate with experience.  

The Doe Fund is a fast paced, energetic, dynamic environment that employs people with strategic and innovative ideas. We offer a competitive salary with full benefits including: medical, dental, 401k, vacation, personal and sick time, etc.

The Doe Fund, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Professional Level: Professional

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

How To Apply

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=36649787-97b0-4130-b8d5-6cf311accabb&jobId=261473&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

To apply for this position, please visit the following link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=36649787-97b0-4130-b8d5-6cf311accabb&jobId=261473&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

Mobilization for Justice Seeks Director of Government and Community Affairs (NYC)

Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services), a non-profit legal services organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, is seeking a skilled professional to become its Director of Government and Community Affairs. Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) is a 110-person staff comprised of attorneys, paralegals, social workers and support staff. It is a diverse, unionized, and collegial workplace where staff share the organization’s mission to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities. 

The Director of Government and Community Affairs will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Deputy Director for Program and Development. This new exciting role will (1) develop our annual policy and lobbying agenda, both substantive and fiscal, in coordination with MFJ’s lobbyist, and (2) implement this agenda through a variety of means including: analyzing data to conduct strategic outreach, and cultivating and expanding relationships with City, State and other government officials and community-based organizations throughout New York City and State.

The Director of Government and Community Affairs should be passionate about MFJ’s mission, and be both enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the New York City and State legislative process. The person must have the ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment and have excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:

Support and advance the mission and vision of MFJ.

Cultivate, expand and manage relationships with New York City and State elected and government officials and their staffs. Analyze MFJ data on our work in selected districts. Schedule meetings accordingly. Schedule trainings and clinics responsive to constituent needs.

Cultivate, expand and manage relationships with community-based organizations and local community stakeholders throughout New York City. Schedule trainings and clinics responsive to community needs.

Respond to requests for testimony, legislative comments, advocacy partnerships, etc., coordinate MFJ staff to respond as appropriate, and review and edit responses.

Coordinate MFJ’s annual legislative agenda. Monitor and identify New York City and State legislation and policy activities, both substantive and fiscal, related to MFJ’s practice areas. Inform relevant staff about legislation related to MFJ areas of practice and policy. 

Develop materials to support advocacy efforts, including project or campaign specific one-pagers, press releases, flyers announcing community events, monthly e-lerts, among others. 

Travel to Albany as required. 

Requirements:

Demonstrated commitment to MFJs mission and values.

Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of experience working in government or related setting. New York State or City government/policy experience preferred.

Understanding of the New York City and State government and political landscapes.

Established relationships with elected officials, staff members, and agency personnel preferred.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Excellent verbal and writing skills.

Excellent judgment and discretion.

 

Highly organized with strong attention to detail.

Ability to work well independently, and as a member of a team of directors, attorneys, paralegals, tech and support staff.

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks.

Be willing to register as a lobbyist.

Benefits

Benefits include generous vacation, fully covered medical insurance, and contribution to 403(b) plan after one year.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Jeanette Zelhof, Executive Director, and transmitted by e-mail to jzelhof@mfjlegal.org with “Director of Government and Community Affairs” in the subject line. Applications must be received by November 1, 2018. Early applications are appreciated and interviews will be on a rolling basis. No telephone calls please.

For further information about Mobilization for Justice, please go to www.mobilizationforjustice.org.

Mobilization for Justice is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply.