Senior Associate, City Engagement

Senior Associate, City Engagement

REPORTS TO

Associate Director of Strategy

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Founded in 1991, Living Cities is a collaborative of prominent foundations and financial institutions.  We foster transformational relationships across sectors and connect leaders, stakeholders, and policy influencers committed to closing racial income and wealth gaps in America’s cities.  We partner with cross-sector leaders in cities across the country to imagine and create an America in which all people are economically secure, building wealth, and living abundant, dignified, and connected lives.  Our staff, investments, convenings, and networks support efforts that operationalize racial equity and inclusion in local government, create inclusive narratives, bring communities together to strategically address systemic racial inequities and build wealth among BIPOC communities through specific tactical pathways, i.e., entrepreneurship, homeownership, and access to capital.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Closing the Gaps (CTG) Network is a 10-year initiative that will bring together community leaders from across the country that are committed to imagining what an antiracist society might look like, and to playing an important role in building toward that vision through transforming government policies, practices, and operations that close racial gaps.

The Senior Associate will serve as the project manager for the cohort team within the CTG Network. The cohort team works in close partnership with six cities in the U.S. The Senior Associate will support the strategy development and implementation of Living Cities applied research work with cities in the cohort. The Senior Associate will cultivate relationships within and among participating cities, ensuring all work remains consistent with the CTG Network’s core values and Living Cities’ priorities. Moreover, the Senior Associate will ensure that strategies being implemented by the cohort are shared to promote the adoption of those lessons by leaders in more cities across the Network and country.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is committed to racial justice and wants to work on a collaborative team to address structural inequities through local government. As part of our 10-year initiative to support leaders from across the country in applying racial equity competences to the development of anti-racist government policies, programs, and practices, Living Cities has leveraged its track record of investing in and deepening our research on homeownership and Business Starts & Growth (BSG) practice areas.

Partnering with an outstanding team of colleagues, consultants, and external partners, the Senior Associate will co-project manage the CTG Network teams with one other project manager, who holds a similar role with the additional cities in the Network.

Our goal is to accelerate meaningful transformations in systems that pose disproportionate barriers to potential and current small business and homeowners of color in the U.S. and expand our efforts to use entrepreneurship and homeownership as pathways to closing racial income and wealth gaps.

Living Cities seeks to help local government leaders and staff develop racial equity and inclusion competencies and an analysis grounded in antiracist principles so that they will use their power and influence to implement practices, processes, and policies that advance the safety and power of people of color.

Primary functions may include:

Team Operations and Development

  • Serve as project manager for the Cohort team, working with team members to support anti-racist analysis and competency building with our cohort while applying those competencies to strategies to close the racial income and wealth gaps including facilitation, research, synthesis, analysis, and technical assistance
  • With project leads, create an environment that can nurture team members to be accountable to each other
  • Create meeting rhythms, work plans, agendas, and ongoing check ins to support the work of teams and facilitate meetings
  • Coordinate across CTG teams to ensure alignment with co-project manager
  • Map out and develop a political education plan for team members’ ongoing learning with co-project manager
  • Work with our administrative team to ensure we are introducing, harnessing, aligning around, and continuously improving upon technologies, workflows, scheduling, and knowledge capture and communications systems.

Network Management

  • Practice building transformational relationships with partners and city team and representatives through one-on-one calls, cross-organization meetings, and convenings
  • Manage relationships with partners including contracts and deliverables with support from team lead
  • Participate in the ongoing community management of practitioners including building trust, supporting convergence around shared goals, facilitating the adoption of promising practices, and engaging relevant partners, stakeholders, and communities, as appropriate/necessary
  • Build relationships with national and local organizations with expertise and experience supporting cities to advance strategies that address racial disparities
  • Build relationships with national organizations working to collectively address racial wealth gaps across sectors
  • Support local, network-wide, and national strategy development through research, data collection, and strategic analysis of qualitative and quantitative data

Convenings/Content/Curriculum

  • Lead curriculum development and delivery in the cohort, participating CTG network cities and the field

Learning, Storytelling, & Results

  • Lead ongoing learning and meaning making sessions for the team
  • Leverage relevant lessons learned to develop (conceptualize, write, edit, curate, etc.) and co-create content for publication
  • Work with communications team to prepare blogs, presentations, and other communications materials
  • Support Living Cities’ overall vision, collaborating with colleagues leading and driving the CTG network

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of 6 years of applicable experience in a related role or field
  • Project management experience
  • A flexible and collaborative mindset
  • Proficiency in managing relationships with cross-sector stakeholders and facilitating groups towards shared results
  • Exceptional communication, both verbal and written
  • Engages with curiosity, humility, and openness in discussions about race, equity, and power inside and outside of the organization
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to engage and listen effectively both in person and virtually
  • Ability to prioritize and manage a variety of projects
  • Ability to travel as needed, to different locations across the United States, including between our office locations
  • Experience with Office 365, Google Drive, Salesforce a plus

 

REQUIRED SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders and field questions about core areas to articulate Living Cities’ mission and significance of being part of a collaborative
  • Design and lead one-on-one and small team meetings and convenings with simple and clear objectives
  • Set direction for larger meetings and convenings factoring in context, participants, and layered objectives
  • Share relevant information with managers, team members, external partners, and stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration in service of shared goals
  • Identify links and through-lines across bodies of work among different partners
  • Support intra-network collaboration, leverage existing structures and platforms to support relationships and build and strengthen connections among partners
  • Strong project management skills, with a sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to identify needed capacities and bring in complementary skill sets as appropriate from within the team and across the organization
  • Commitment to actively building racial equity competencies (including history and concepts, such as how the construct of race has impacted the distribution of power and resources) and applying these to our work (both what we do and how we do it).
  • Foundational knowledge and core concepts related to racial equity and inclusion, with a clear understanding of why racial equity is an integral part of Living Cities’ approach
  • Engage with curiosity, humility and openness in discussions about race, equity and power inside and outside of the organization
  • Apply REI to inform discussions and decision-making

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This job operates in a professional office environment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

As much of our work is performed on a computer, the employee must be able to remain in a position that allows them to do so effectively. Additionally, they may require some movement around the office to access files or other equipment or technology. As collaboration and communication are a large part of our work, the employee must also be able to accurately exchange information in these situations, whether verbally or written.

We will work with each employee to provide reasonable accommodation as needed.

POSITION TYPE

This is a full-time position.

TRAVEL

Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

AAP/EEO POLICY STATEMENT

Living Cities is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive team at all levels.  We are an equal opportunity employer and provide opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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