Details: Market Access Expert will not be an employee of the Fund for Public Housing.
787 Atlantic Avenue
Over the last several decades, public entities have established 501(c)(3) organizations, such as the Fund for Public Health, the Fund for Public Schools, and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, to become collaborators and attract new investments in their respective areas of focus. New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) leaders were interested in this model for years, and, with the development of NextGeneration NYCHA, the will was in place to create the Fund for Public Housing. With NYCHA focusing on its core responsibilities as a landlord, the Fund is needed to highlight resident achievements and build upon them, as well as respond to resident needs beyond provision of housing.
The Fund was incorporated in August 2015, had its inaugural board meeting in November 2015, and received its non-profit IRS determination in January 2016. Its mission is to invest in the well-being of NYCHA residents and their communities, and to collaborate with public and private partners to dramatically improve the way public housing in New York City works. The organization invests in People, Place, and Work, and the Market Access Expert will focus on programming in the Work realm. The Fund is uniquely positioned to collaborate with NYCHA to make a difference in residents' lives, and this contract position is a key component of the collaboration.
NYCHA is the largest landlord in North America and the largest public housing authority. NYCHA’s mission is to provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment, for about 600,000 low- and moderate-income residents throughout New York City through its public housing and Section 8 programs.
NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) suppports residents to increase their income and assets through programs, policies, and collaboration in four key areas: (1) Adult Education and Vocational training, (2) Employment and Career Advancement, (3) Financial Empowerment, and (4) Resident Business Development.
REES’ business development unit is committed to providing an alternate workforce pathway for NYCHA residents and NYCHA Section 8 voucher holders who need resources to start or grow their businesses. In 2014, REES created the Food Business Pathways program and in 2016, launched the Childcare Business Pathways program.
The Fund for Public Housing is seeking a highly qualified and dynamic person to serve as the Market Access Expert for the NYCHA Business Pathways program series for one year. The Market Access Expert will be contracted to report to NYCHA’s Assistant Director of Financial Capability & Resident Business Development, under the guidance of the Fund for Public Housing. The contractor will identify opportunities for graduates of Food Business Pathways and Childcare Business Pathways (NYCHApreneurs) with long-term opportunities to grow and scale their businesses.
Primary Contractor Responsibilities
Identify opportunities for graduates to grow their businesses (street markets, festivals, concerts, food shows, kiosks, grocery stores, big box retailers, etc.), and work with graduates individually to maximize their readiness for the opportunities.
Manage the overall programming, logistics, scheduling, and administration of individual market access opportunities.
Coordinate with NYCHA and Start Small Think Big on the JPMorgan Chase-sponsored Food Business Pathways Brooklyn Navy Yard kiosk project.
Work with Food Business Pathways graduates individually and in small groups to ensure they are vendor ready and can maximize each sales opportunity to its fullest potential.
Work with select Food Business Pathways graduates individually to secure long-term market access opportunities at year-round markets, local grocery stores, online grocers, and other large retailers.
Conduct visits to food NYCHApreneurs at markets, stalls, kiosks, and other points of sale.
Explore the feasibility of a cooperative business formation for the Childcare Business Pathways program graduates.
Manage the reporting (quantitative and qualitative) of each market access opportunity and track the following outcomes:
- Type of market access opportunity (location, duration, etc.)
- Number of Food Business Pathways graduate participants
- Increase in sales
- Increase in revenue
- Number of customers served
- Number of part-time or full-time employees hired
Codify best practices and program insights about impacts on market-access opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs.
Key Contractor Qualities
Small Business Experience: has full-time professional experience scaling small businesses and working with low-income entrepreneurs.
Collaborative: is skilled at navigating complex systems and organizations to work toward common goals; is productive as a member and as a leader of a team.
Relationship Builder: can establish a strong network of relationships with small and big-box retailers, grocery stores, Business Pathways graduates, and other stakeholders.
Forward-Thinking and Responsive: identifies opportunities to advance program goals and takes initiative to manage resulting projects.
Outcome Oriented: focuses daily work on incremental objectives that will build to accomplishing the goals of the program with demonstrable outcomes; manages time and activities effectively.
Creative Problem Solver: develops and contributes to innovative and impactful programmatic and organizational solutions.
A master's degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business, public policy, public administration, human resources, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, political science, urban studies, social work, or a closely related field, and five years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: working with low-income entrepreneurs, program and/or project management, organizational research or program evaluation, economic planning, social services program planning/evaluation, or in a related area.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and seven years of professional experience in the areas described above.
Five years of full-time professional experience scaling small businesses.
Knowledge of NYCHA’s mission, organization, strategic plan, goals, and values.
Level of Language Proficiency
English proficiency required; second language desired.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit your cover letter, resume, and a relevant writing sample of no more than two pages to firstname.lastname@example.org