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Senior Project Manager, Economic Mobility

at New York City Economic Development Corporation in New York, NY

About the Job

Our Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses. 

Our Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

Position Overview: New York City is home to a dynamic economy, but disparities in economic opportunity require a forward-thinking approach to building a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economy. The Economic Mobility Initiative plays a vital role in catalyzing equitable opportunities and economic development outcomes for New Yorkers. The Economic Mobility team leads investments, initiatives, and innovations to address the root causes of economic disparity and to enable low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to reach financial security, build wealth and move up the economic ladder, in turn strengthening NYC’s economy at large.

This newly launched team is part of the NYCEDC’s Initiatives Department dedicated to growing and diversifying key industries in New York City across sectors like urban innovation & sustainability; industrial & manufacturing; emerging & applied technology and life sciences.

The SPM, Economic Mobility will work with NYCEDC colleagues and external stakeholders to lead and support a strategically planned portfolio of initiatives that support economic mobility in NYC. Specific tasks may include developing and executing complex programs, delivering on key project milestones and outcomes; managing multi-stakeholder partnerships; leading and organizing high profile meetings; producing top quality presentations, conducting quantitative and qualitative research; and being an overall thought leader in shaping the city’s economic mobility work.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Project management

  • Manage complex projects across the NYCEDC Economic Mobility portfolio, including:
  • Developing clear project scopes/workplans based on limited information, adapting as needed
  • Managing project contract administration, including RFPs, application, review, approval, funding, etc
  • Ensuring project milestones and objectives are achieved in accordance with timeline and budget
  • Communicating project opportunities, risks and key developments to multiple stakeholders
  • Collaborating effectively with diverse NYCEDC and external teams
  • Contributing to fundraising activities, including industry, gov’t and philanthropic opportunities
  • Identifying opportunities such as new program areas and approaches to improving outcomes
  • Developing and leveraging exceptional problem-solving skills to identify/address key issues


  • Conduct primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative research to develop data-driven hypotheses and deliver clear, effective recommendations to address complex problems, including: Designing/executing research workplans that break down complex problems into manageable parts
  • Conducting in-depth landscape analyses and literature reviews
  • Effectively leading interviews with external stakeholders as a means of conducting research
  • Analyzing data sets, building and reviewing excel models, budgets, and other financial output

Partnership development

  • Develop and manage public-private partnerships with stakeholders across EDC and external public, social enterprise, and private sector stakeholders


  • Creating and delivering presentations and memos that effectively communicate project milestones, findings and recommendations to various audiences (e.g., senior EDC staff, City Hall, partners, etc.)
  • Supporting content writing (e.g., articles, newsletters), operations (social media, website) and other duties
  • Planning and managing events


  • Proactively foster and support an environment of learning and belonging, including: Contributing to personal, team, and department professional development and culture activities
  • Being open to critical feedback and identifying areas for continuous improvement
  • Developing areas of subject matter expertise and effectively communicating on related topics


  • Undergraduate degree and 5+ years of relevant work experience or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in equitable economic development and financial inclusion preferred. *Experience in areas of strategy, management consulting, social finance, public policy, social enterprise, innovation, bizdev, startups a plus.
  • Stellar proven experience managing complex projects against tight timelines and creative/effective problem solving
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and maintaining productive working relationships with internal and external senior clients and parties, including successful cross-functional collaboration
  • Ability to look strategically at big picture and search for insightful, creative solutions, including cutting through red tape
  • Strong interpersonal written and oral communications, presentation and public speaking skills, including demonstrated proficiency in creating client-ready slides and writing concise memos on project status or research findings
  • Strong quantitative skills a plus, e.g., reading/interpreting financial models, excel proficiency, working with data sets
  • Quick and eager learner, proactive and diligent, collaborative team player
  • New York City residency (required within 180 days of hire)
  • As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as defined by the CDC, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability

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