Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration seeks to increase contracting opportunities for M/WBEs as an essential component in tackling income inequality across the city. Mayor de Blasio created the Mayor’s Office for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) to address the disparity between City contracts awarded to certain ethnic and gender groups and their overall representation in City contracting. The Office is responsible for oversight, policy, interagency coordination and accountability of the City’s M/WBE Program. It will serve as a One-Stop-Shop for M/WBEs interested in doing business with the city and its agencies.
About the Role:
Directly reporting to the Sr. Advisor / Director of Mayor Office for M/WBE, the Deputy Director, Business Development and New Economy Initiatives will serve as the office chief strategist for business development and new economy initiatives. The position will also oversee the development of a citywide ecosystem for
cooperative economics. The role is also responsible for strategically aligning the city’s efforts to grow the footprint of M/WBEs by building capacity and creating sustainable mechanisms for business growth and development.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Work closely with the Sr. Advisor/Director of Mayor Office for M/WBE to develop overall policy and implementation strategies and initiatives for business development, new economy initiatives and applicable programs;
Develop strategic multiyear citywide plan and build citywide infrastructure to support new economy initiatives;
Develop systems and processes of supporting citywide HUB for worker and financial cooperatives;
Perform market analysis, risk assessments and strategic industry research to support cooperative initiatives;
Identify programmatic risks and deficiencies and determine appropriate strategies and initiatives to increase business growth and sustainability;
Develop strategic partnerships with external stakeholders including; industry, business, community and elected leaders;
Work cross functionally and interagency with all city agencies both mayoral and non-mayoral, including Mayor’s Office for Contract Services (MOCS) & the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to increase number of M/WBEs and utilization in accordance with the Mayor’s M/WBE goals and equity agenda;
Provide technical assistance and advice to M/WBE’s about access to opportunities, bonding, financing, estimating, and other technical matters;
Other related responsibilities as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications and/or Skills
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 8 years of work experience and a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, social work, law, business or a related field. He/she should have experience in city, state or federal government, and/or significant experience in the non-profit, education or social services sector. He/she should have experience directly or indirectly managing large groups of people in bringing projects from conception to implementation. Program development, policy analysis, research, project management, written communication and public speaking are all valued traits for this role. Experience leading or working in a similar role of business development or business management activities;
Experience with worker owned business modeling including worker cooperatives and other worker rights initiatives;
Business development and management consulting skills;
An entrepreneurial spirit, strong management and supervisory skills, knowledge of city agencies, city government and social service organizations in New York City;
Excellent communication, writing, research, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, timemanagement and multi-tasking skills, including the ability to take initiative, prioritize duties, pay close attention to detail, prioritize tasks, work independently and under pressure to meet specific deadlines, ability to think creatively, embrace new approaches and pioneer innovative solutions to intricate problems, while working collaboratively with a diverse constituency;
Ability to work with all levels of staff, inside and outside of the city and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies and/or organizations;
Demonstrated successful track record of performance;
Familiar with State and/or federal laws and regulations regarding MWBE requirements is a plus;
Ability to work calmly and proficiently under pressure and to adhere to strict deadlines;
Ability to maintain confidential information and secure information without risk of disclosure to nonessential
Ability to communicate, negotiate, and advise on matters that are highly complex and sensitive in nature. Ability to communicate effectively with persons on all levels both inside and outside the organization.
Strong management consultant or related experience
Ability to strategy build and implement enterprise wide improvements
Ability to develop new structures, programs and initiatives to meet goals
Strong planning and excellent research, critical thinking skills and judgment
Ability to manage internal and external stakeholders and build rapport to meet outlined objectives
Ability to conduct analyses on a wide variety of business development and related issues; synthesizing data and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format
Ability to analyze federal, state and local regulatory documents and processes
Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
Accuracy, attention to detail
Very good interpersonal skills
Advanced ability in the use of relevant programs, including Excel, Word PowerPoint, and databases.
Commensurate with Experience
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