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Program Associate, Resilient Communities

Location: New York, City, NY

Department: Resilient Communities

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

New America’s Resilient Communities program is seeking a Program Associate to support the program’s projects and initiatives. Resilient Communities partners with local groups to design, build, and manage innovative approaches to 21st century risks and challenges. We seek to support communities by aligning a climate justice agenda with a digital justice framework: where technology enhances preparedness, equitable economic development, and resilience.

Our flagship project is Resilient Networks for RISE: NYC, a New York City Economic Development Corporation program designed to build resilience and economic development through the development of community-led storm-hardened neighborhood wireless networks. These networks not only increase local preparedness, but can create entrepreneurship, media, tech, and arts opportunities; platforms for local businesses to share and coordinate services; systems for local data collection and management; and tools for local leaders to organize, connect, and compile and share information for community development and organizing.

The Program Associate will assist the Program Manager with project management tasks. S/he provides support in the areas of project management, invoicing, documentation and reporting; contributes to the team’s vision, and participates in meetings and events as well as supporting the team’s work as needs arise. This position will require some travel among six project sites across New York City. It is a full-time 40-hour a week salaried position, requiring occasional work on evenings and weekends.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in resilience, climate adaptation, community organizing, local economic development, social justice, community technology, and/or urban planning and design. We are seeking candidates with strong administrative and project management skills as well as knowledge of/experience in the programmatic areas of interest listed below.

Specific responsibilities:

Assisting with project management tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Invoicing
  • Compliance Reporting
  • Budgeting and finance tasks
  • Tracking deliverables
  • Procurement
  • Office, events, and logistics support
  • Coordination of appointments and meetings on team calendars
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks

In addition,the Program Associate will contribute to the following tasks as needed:

  • Supporting proposal development efforts
  • Documentation of team and community partner activities via photos, blog posts, etc.
  • Supporting/contributing to the team’s social media accounts

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years’ experience. The ideal candidate will have both administrative office experience and interest/experience in contract/grants management.
  • Strong organization
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Comfort working in a dynamic team environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to use Google Drive and other collaborative platforms for scheduling, document sharing, maintaining spreadsheets and forms, etc.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the following programmatic areas of interest:
    • Digital equity, access, and engagement
    • Telecommunications planning
    • Community technology
    • Crisis communications
    • Technology training and knowledge transfer
    • Community and local economic development
    • Participatory urban planning and design
    • Popular education

Data analysis skills, knowledge of R, Stata a plus.

Application process:

Submit a cover letter and resume. We will accept applications on a rolling basis

Please No Phone Calls

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