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Position Overview:

Uphams Corner-based Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) is

seeking a nimble, poised, collaborative, and dedicated Chief of Staff (CoS) to play a critical role

in charting and achieving DBEDC’s mission and vision to deepen and broaden its impact within

Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the CoS will support the CEO in providing leadership

and support for DBEDC’s day-to-day functions and staff. A member of the senior leadership

team, the CoS will be part advisor, part problem solver, and part all-around strategic partner to

meet organizational goals and advance DBEDC’s mission. The role will have both internal- and

external-facing responsibilities, ranging from human capital development (day-to-day

management and professional growth for a team of three staff members) to project management

(including advocacy, communications, fundraising, administrative work, and external events).

The ideal candidate will have the acumen and finesse to handle complex situations and

multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing long-term projects with the urgency of

immediate demands. The ideal candidate must also have the demonstrated ability to deal with

highly confidential information and act as a liaison between the CEO and internal and external constituencies. The ideal candidate must exhibit the skills to collaborate and use

influence and persuasion to achieve actionable results, the ability to build solid and

sustainable relationships internally and externally, and the capability to gain the respect of

peers and interact positively within all levels of the organization.

What You’ll Do:

Efficacy, Strategic Partnership & Support

● Act as a strategic thought partner and advisor to the CEO.

● Serve as a liaison between the CEO, staff, and as needed, the Board of Directors.

● Work closely with the Executive Assistant to the CEO to ensure the appropriate

management of the CEO's calendar so that all priorities are met.

● Prepare CEO with the necessary research, information, materials, and communications to

effectively engage with staff, board, partners, and potential partners and when

appropriate, serve as proxy.

● Recommend ways to optimize how the CEO and teams function in and across the

organization.

● Take regular reports from staff and departments, and takes steps to ensure maximum

efficiency, harmony, and good workflow. Inform the CEO of progress and issues found.

● Prepare agendas and materials and summarize deliverables for all Senior Leadership

meetings.

● Partner with the CEO to advance the organization's annual and quarterly priorities

including implementation of DBEDC’s strategic plan and diversity, equity, and

inclusion plan.

● Drafting and overseeing external communications as necessary.

● Provide CEO and program directors with recommendations and consultation to

improve interdepartmental collaboration.

● Lead special projects and initiatives, and provide project planning and management

support for departments as assigned by the CEO.

Coordinate Key Business Processes and Internal Communications

● Build an understanding of the critical work that is happening across the organization

and surface strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, including knowledge and

skill gaps, and help create solutions to address them.

● Collaborate across the organization to improve current processes, programming, and

coordinate organizational procedures for optimized efficiency and productivity.

● Develop and implement an internal communication and engagement strategy best

suited to communicate key organizational information to staff.

● Draft internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO to keep key

constituents informed.

● Collaborates with departments to set agenda for and facilitate monthly staff meetings.

Team Oversight and Leadership/Resource Development

● Provide day-to-day management, leadership, and professional growth to a team of three

competent resource development professionals (Communications Manager, Donor

Relations Manager, and Grants Manager).

● Provide thought partnership on grant applications, donor engagement, and marketing

and communications.

Coordinate Key Business Processes and Internal Communications:

● Build an understanding of the critical work that is happening across the organization

and surface strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, including knowledge and

skill gaps, and help create solutions to address them.

● Collaborate across the organization to improve current processes, programming, and

coordinate organizational procedures for optimized efficiency and productivity.

● Develop and implement an internal communication and engagement strategy best

suited to communicate key organizational information to staff.

● Draft internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO to keep key

constituents informed.

● Collaborates with departments to set agenda for and facilitate monthly staff meetings.

Team Oversight and Leadership/Resource Development

● Provide day-to-day management, leadership, and professional growth to a team of three

competent resource development professionals (Communications Manager, Donor

Relations Manager, and Grants Manager).

● Provide thought partnership on grant applications, donor engagement, and marketing

and communications.


Desired Credentials:

● Able to engage teams to address challenges, execute specific goals and tactics, and

maximize the capacity of high-performing professionals.

● 5+ years of experience in roles requiring strong lateral influence or management,

relationship building, project management, or organizational strategy.

● Demonstrated experience organizing and influencing or managing professional staff.

● Strong project management and reporting skills, and proven success with

interdepartmental communications.

● Previous experience working with mission-driven non-profits or mission-driven for-

profits.


The ideal candidate is/has:

● An authentic and engaging leader with a passion for and commitment to the mission of

DBEDC and the communities it serves and represents. Warm, humble, and accessible

with the aptitude to motivate, coach, appreciate, and respect staff. A confidence builder

across a diverse group of people and stakeholders.

● A powerful communicator, charisma, and gravitas to compliment and engender the

respect, rapport, and credibility of community members, peers, funders, and

policymakers.

● Strong work ethic and disciplined execution skills.

● Poise, confidence, and diplomacy.

● High regard for confidentiality.

● A high level of personal responsibility, motivation, and nimbleness, and is comfortable

navigating change and ambiguity.

● Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment, while meeting

deadlines and goals.

● Relevant experience in a relevant field or discipline including community development,

economic development, fundraising, banking, planning, program management,

program evaluation, business development, policy advocacy, project management,

business operations, strategic communications, or strategic planning is a strong plus.

● Exceptional English language is written and verbal communication skills. Verbal and/or

written fluency in Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole is a plus.

● Excellent computer skills, including spreadsheet, word-processing, CRMs, and research

ability.

● Experience working among a diverse staff in an organization committed to diversity,

equity, and inclusion.

● Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required to support activities needed

outside of regular business hours.


Work Environment:

DBEDC is a place-based organization with a highly flexible, hybrid work environment. This

position requires the flexibility to work at DBEDC’s office in Dorchester and to attend meetings

and events in physical environments.

Position Overview:

Uphams Corner-based Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) is

seeking a nimble, poised, collaborative, and dedicated Chief of Staff (CoS) to play a critical role

in charting and achieving DBEDC’s mission…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
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    High School Diploma Required
  • Experience Level
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    Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
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USD $110,000 - USD $125,000
/ year
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with a starting salary range of $110,000-$125,000 annually commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits

DBEDC also offers generous paid vacation; twelve paid holidays; three personal days, five days of paid volunteer leave, generous cost-sharing for medical insurance, and a 403(b) plan with a generous employer contribution.

DBEDC also offers generous paid vacation; twelve paid holidays; three personal days, five days of paid volunteer leave, generous cost-sharing for medical insurance, and a 403(b) plan…

Level of Language Proficiency

Exceptional English language is written and verbal communication skills. Verbal and/or written fluency in Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole is a plus.

Exceptional English language is written and verbal communication skills. Verbal and/or written fluency in Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole is a plus.

Location

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On-site
The Pierce Building, Dorchester, MA 02125, United States
594 Columbia Road, Suite 302

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Instructions:

DBEDC views diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence as vital guiding principles in all our

work with communities. We welcome and encourage applications from black, indigenous, and

persons of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, persons from

unconventional career paths, and others who may contribute to the diversity of the organization

and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

To apply, provide a cover letter that describes why you are interested in the role and how your

qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of DBEDC, a resume, and one

writing sample (examples: examples: report, grant proposal, policy memo, funding strategy,

press release, program evaluation, or some other relevant document). Send all applications to

jobs@dbedc.org. Please include “Chief of Staff” in the subject line. No phone calls, please, and

thank you.

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