Deputy Director

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director is responsible for co-designing and co-managing the deployment of NYC-EJA’s advocacy work. These efforts include working with the Executive Director on: policy and advocacy strategy; fundraising; designing research methods and data management strategies; development of campaigns and projects; co-managing staff; and authoring policy briefs and research documents. The Deputy Director is expected to be both a strong leader helping coordinate all aspects of the organization’s advocacy and research agendas, and a team player. These efforts include managing the execution of campaign strategies (including coalition work), representing NYC-EJA in policy discussions and public presentations, preparing press statements, authoring original publications, coordinating policy analysis and research, and organizing activities in the field.

In addition to overseeing specific projects, the Deputy Director is responsible for co-managing administrative aspects of NYC-EJA’s operations, including development activities and reports to funders, strategic communications, and other organizational administrative tasks.

Desired skills:

· Demonstrated project management and problem-solving skills, with the ability to effectively navigate multiple priorities;

· Ability to provide strong management of environmental justice campaigns in partnership with community-based organizations and other entities; analysis of existing conditions and environmental vulnerabilities associated with low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in New York City; thoughtful recommendations for climate adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency strategies in a “justice” context; effective staff management for both individual and team-based projects;

· Knowledge of NYC governmental, legislative, and regulatory policy processes & systems

· Ability to leverage primary and secondary research to set and implement strategic goals, objectives and recommendations;

· Strong analytical skills; geographic information systems (GIS) mapping skills a plus;

· Proven ability to assess place-based information to support the formulation and implementation of actionable community strategies;

· Demonstrated capacity to develop funding proposals; and

· Effective leadership and communication skills to build trust and convey credibility with various audiences.


· Master’s Degree/advanced degree in urban planning, environmental policy, public policy, public health, or relevant environmental/social science or policy-oriented field;

· 6 years of professional experience, with at least 3 years of managerial/administrative/supervisory experience;

· Ability to propose innovative approaches to complex problems;

· Knowledge of environmental justice/climate justice required;

· Experience with NYC governmental legislative and/or regulatory systems;

· Knowledge of advanced analytic and evaluative research principles and concepts;

· Proficiency in public communication and the proven ability to present compelling and accessible place-based information to an array of audiences — ranging from neighborhood residents, government agencies, public officials, and academic researchers;

· Strong background and working knowledge of community planning, organizing and development issues;

· Demonstrated capacity to work with qualitative and quantitative data;

· Proven record of managing multiple projects and meeting tight deadlines;

· Strong oral and written communication skills; and

· Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Terms of Employment:

Full time position with benefits – salary commensurate with experience.

NYC-EJA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply now:

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three (3) references to the Search Committee at [email protected]. Please be sure to include “Deputy Director” in the subject line. Application deadline is January 24, 2022. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted – your understanding is appreciated.

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