To help New Yorkers – especially those in low-income areas –
come together and improve the quality of life in their
Are you committed to building a better future for New York
Do you believe in the power of civic and community
engagement as a catalyst to transform neighborhoods?
Do you believe that the most effective community solutions
emerge from within the community?
Can you effectively strengthen organizational infrastructure
to achieve strategic goals, maximize efficiencies, and drive
Are you a team player and an open communicator eager to work
with a dedicated staff committed to community and economic
If so, we invite you to keep reading and think about an
opportunity for you to make a lasting difference for stronger and
more equitable New York City neighborhoods.
ABOUT CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR NEW YORK
For more than 45 years, Citizens Committee for New York City
(CitizensNYC) has been reinventing New York City neighborhoods
through resident-led initiatives and commitment. What drives its
work is the powerful potential of local engagement to effect
change. Founded by Senator Jacob Javits and Newsweek
Editor-in-Chief Osborn Elliott during the depths of the 1970s
financial crisis, CitizensNYC remains steadfast in its mission to
empower all the citizens of New York City, regardless of economic
means, to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
CitizensNYC’s experience as the city’s oldest micro-grant
organization enables it to target critical community needs, often
on a block-by-block basis. CitizenNYC couples its funding with
project planning, communications, organizing, and other technical
CitizensNYC is in the midst of rapid change. The ability to
connect resources to neighborhoods where the need is greatest has
enabled CitizensNYC to be a leader in responding to the crisis in
vulnerable communities. The organization is building a leadership
team that can address this and future challenges, empower
communities, advance its ambitious growth goals, and increase its
visibility and impact. CitizensNYC’s funds come from a combination
of corporate, government, and foundation grants as well as
individual donations. It has an annual budget of approximately $3.5
CitizensNYC seeks a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to serve as a
trusted advisor and right hand to the CEO. The COO will lead
program and project management and staff and workforce development.
As the CEO’s deputy and ambassador, the COO will be responsible for
many aspects of the organization’s operations, collaborating with
the CEO and working closely with the rest of the staff and the
Board of Directors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategic Planning and Innovation
- Contribute to the
development of CitizensNYC’s strategic goals and objectives, as
well as overall management and leadership.
- Develop strategies to
address defined program/staff challenges and growth
- Ensure successful
execution of programmatic innovations.
- Assess and recommend new
areas for program development.
Program, People, and Project Management
- Leverage data and
learning to inform program outreach and team execution.
- Work in collaboration
with the CEO and staff as appropriate; propose, develop, carry out,
and monitor projects; conduct timely review of data to inform
problem-solving and decision-making.
- Oversee government
outreach, grantee convenings, and event coordination.
- Engage in all elements
of public affairs and outreach as well as stakeholders in grant
Staff and Workforce Development
- Lead a team and support
their professional growth and wellbeing; oversee ongoing
professional development and management of program
- Plan and conduct
scalable training models to build skills of full-time and part-time
staff to create a sustainable workforce development
- Conduct regular meetings
with the program team to ensure successful dissemination and
implementation of best practices.
- Remain current in
knowledge of relevant educational research and trends in the fields
of trust-based philanthropy.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE
- 5+ years as a senior
business or nonprofit executive.
- MBA or relevant graduate
- Nimble, business-like
mind focusing on creative solutions with a good eye for
streamlining processes and finding efficiencies.
- Must possess strong
gravitas with experience developing and implementing strategic and
organizational change plans.
- Significant experience
working with elected officials, their staffs, and community
- Demonstrated track
record of effective and prudent decision-making.
- Strong project
management skills with the ability to administer multiple projects
simultaneously, prioritize workload, and effectively manage
creativity, and strong problem-solving skills.
- Perspective on issues of
equity, diversity, and inclusion, particularly as it relates to
management practices and CitizensNYC’s work within underserved
communities of color.
- Sound judgment, a high
level of integrity, professionalism, a positive attitude, and a
sense of humor.
- Versatile; a
multidisciplinary and multi-constituency perspective with an
ability to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and
For more information on the
organization, please visit https://www.citizensnyc.org/.
Citizens Committee for New York
City is committed to the principles of justice and tries to build
an environment where everyone is treated fairly and enjoys working
together. The organization values new perspectives and does its
best to make its positions accessible to people of any ethnic
background, age, and sexual orientation, as well as women and other
underrepresented communities – including communities most impacted
Nominations and applications
including cover letters and CVs should be submitted to the
attention of Paul Spivey at CitizensNYC@PhillipsOppenheim.com.