Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships

  • Long Island City, NY, US

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NYC Kids RISE, a newly formed not-for-profit organization, seeks an entrepreneurial, highly organized founding Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships to work with local stakeholders to ensure the success of the New York City Child Savings Account Program in New York City School District 30. (School District 30 encompasses Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter's Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside). Reporting to the NYC Kids RISE Executive Director and serving as part of the NYC Kids RISE leadership team, the Director's work will fall into four core buckets: (1) Managing the creation of and implementation of meaningful stakeholder engagement systems throughout the lifecycle of the NYC Child Savings Account program to ensure success of program, (2) Implementing and project managing key aspects of NYC Child Savings Account program particularly around family and stakeholder engagement and education, (3) Representing NYC Kids RISE with diverse stakeholders ranging from parents/guardians, community leaders, community organizations, financial empowerment providers, parent coordinators, principals, teachers, students and other key local partners, (4) Contributing to overall program design, strategy, development and implementation.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1) Serve as the primary liaison from NYC Kids RISE to local school stakeholders (35 schools in the District) in close collaboration with the Department of Education, community organizations, student and family financial empowerment partners;

2) Ensure that key stakeholders and partners: school stakeholders (administrators, secretaries, teachers, parent coordinators, family engagement team members), families, community based organizations, financial empowerment organizations, community leaders and influencers understand the NYC Child Savings Account program and opportunities to engage with the program;

3) Develop systems with stakeholders to ensure program can adapt and respond to feedback and be adjusted for various community needs (i.e. language, diverse cultural beliefs around money, banking, and college savings); identify ongoing ways to ensure that the program is successful including developing and implementing ongoing feedback mechanisms for key stakeholders to improve the program;

4) Develop strategies in collaboration with families and other stakeholders to ensure the program is setting and achieving goals (i.e. families earning milestone rewards, families setting up online portal accounts, families opening up their own New York State 529 accounts, families participating in financial empowerment activities, families saving money in their 529 Accounts, families and others providing ongoing feedback on the initiative);

5) Coordinate and provide training to key stakeholders (i.e. teachers, parent coordinators, principals, families, etc.) on the details of the Child Savings Account program to empower partners, build champions, support programmatic outcomes;

6) Develop rich understanding of NYC Child Savings Account program, New York State 529 accounts, implications on financial aid and public benefits, financial empowerment and college readiness basics to support families achieving programmatic outcomes;

7) Develop and/or maintain deep understanding of School District 30 including local issues, institutions, stakeholders, schools, community based organizations, financial institutions;

8) Generate and implement creative and scalable ways to integrate programmatic messaging and activities with existing systems and networks of communication with families and key stakeholders;

9) Manage and monitor day-to-day relationships with external vendors delivering financial empowerment and college access programming to students and to families/parents/guardians;

10) Represent NYC Kids RISE and the NYC Child Savings Account Program at community meetings, parent association meetings, and with local community based programs and initiatives; Produce in collaboration with NYC Kids RISE team creative local events to advance programmatic goals, such as financial empowerment convening;

11) Support, and potentially lead, the development of relevant and effective program materials ensuring feedback from key stakeholders; Participate in key work stream around how to best segment service delivery so that families are getting the best and most relevant information and action-oriented support to build financial health and achieving short- and long-term objectives (i.e. emergency savings, retirement savings, student loan repayment, college savings for children); Support data collection as needed based on program, research and evaluation design;

12) Participate in and contribute to key program design decisions;

13) Support the development of a broader community engagement strategy to enable stakeholders to raise additional funding for scholarship accounts over time;

14) Identify and codify best practices to share and build from in the future.


  • At least 5 years experience in campaigns, community organizing, economic community development activities, financial empowerment service-delivery or comparable experience;
  • Relationship builder, superb communication skills including writing, public speaking and presentation skills to diverse audiences;
  • Adaptable, flexible and effective problem solver in fast-paced settings;
  • Proven project manager, highly organized, good attention to detail;
  • Good sense of strong judgment;
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in increasing educational opportunities and long-term financial security for low-income New York City families;
  • Bachelor's degree; graduate degree in public policy, public administration, social work, communications, or related field preferred;
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Bengali preferred;
  • Experience in a start-up setting preferred.


  • Long Island City, NY, US
  • Start date:

    February 1, 2017


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