EAST HARLEM PROJECT MANAGER WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
About the WDC:
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.
The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. 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.
The East Harlem Project Manager (PM) will directly coordinate and oversee the agency’s role in managing a multi-stakeholder grant in East Harlem, Manhattan. The ideal candidate has stellar interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with a strong desire to work at the intersection of city government and community-based organizations to proactively engage diverse neighborhood stakeholders throughout the planning process. The PM will work directly on the East Harlem portfolio proactively identifying, developing, and implementing commercial revitalization projects in partnership with Union Settlement, Uptown Grand Central, and local stakeholders.
The Project Manager will report directly to the Neighborhood Development Division (NDD) Executive Director of Neighborhood Planning.
Key Essential Functions:
▪ Manage multi-year grant agreement with Union Settlement Association and Uptown Grand Central by ensuring timely project delivery and payments, troubleshooting obstacles to implementation, ideating future grant scopes of work, suggesting necessary budget modifications, and cultivating strong relationships with CBDO staff, elected, and working group participants
▪ Assist partner CBDOs to analyze opportunities and challenges in their respective commercial corridors and formulate key findings on the corridor’s demographics, retail conditions, market data, business environment, physical environment, etc.
▪ Work with partner CBDOs to formulate actionable projects from the assessment results, including creating metrics by which to measure short, medium, and long-term success
▪ Regular site visits to East Harlem to attend meetings, evaluate programs and projects, and to collaborate with partner CBDOs
▪ Establish and lead multi-stakeholder working groups on selected projects to creatively advance programming and address community challenges
▪ Proactively advance internal projects, identifying needs and opportunities for program and process enhancements and delivering on project milestones
▪ Coordinate and centralize NDD’s participation in assigned neighborhood economic development projects with other City agencies and community stakeholders/organizations
▪ Coordinate East Harlem intra-agency working groups, meeting frequently to move projects forward, troubleshoot, address challenges, and manage working group’s internal and external communication
▪ Spearhead and facilitate SBS’ public outreach processes, representing the organization in professional and public forums
▪ Cultivate community engagement and outreach strategies that better inform SBS commercial revitalization services, and that build strong and trusting relationships with local stakeholder groups ▪ Other projects, contract management responsibilities, and tasks as assigned Preferred Skills:
▪ Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred
▪ Experience and strong commitment to engaging and collaborating with community-based organizations and local small business communities, and strong familiarity with New York City neighborhoods and development issues
▪ Prior experience working with entrepreneurs or in an entrepreneurial working environment
▪ Demonstrated ability to self-manage, as well as strong project management skills, including the ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision
▪ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to speak and write concisely, and comfort speaking before groups, including conducting/facilitating well organized meetings with community and interagency partners
▪ Proactive and collaborative team player, with ability to forge consensus on complex projects with diverse stakeholders
▪ Enterprising and resourceful, with ability to look strategically at the big picture and search for insightful, creative solutions
▪ 2+ years of work experience is preferred but not required, ideally in a demanding analytical/strategic environment
▪ Experience analyzing demographic and socioeconomic data, writing reports, research, creating graphs and charts, with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and zoning/land use economic analysis skills preferred
▪ Community organizing techniques and best practices, including facilitation of community meetings & charrettes
▪ Retail and commercial leasing, including analysis of vacancy data and retail leakage
▪ Place-making tools, including best practices around public space activation, design, and programming
▪ Program evaluation and data tracking, including developing metrics to measure outputs and outcomes ▪ Graphic design, and making visual representations of data and processes in easy to understand formats
▪ Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite
▪ A master’s degree from an accredited college with a major in urban planning, urban affairs, public policy, business administration, public administration, urban design/architecture, economics, or political science
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.
*The duration of this position is subject to funding. At least one year from the date of hire. *
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter including the following subject: “East Harlem Project Manager – Neighborhood Development” to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary: $55,000-$70,000 (salary is commensurate with experience)
NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.