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Deputy Director

Job Details

Options Center - New York, NY
$69,644.00 - $87,055.00 Salary/year


Intro/Program Description: The Goddard Riverside Community Center (Goddard Riverside) and the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center (Isaacs Center) are well-established Manhattan community-based agencies that support services to approximately 30,000 New Yorkers. We are two of New York City’s leading human services organizations meeting the needs of children, youth and families, homeless individuals, and older adults through-out Manhattan and New York City. We work every day for a fair and just society where all people have the opportunity to make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.

Goddard Riverside is a well-established Manhattan community-based agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $ 50 million. Goddard Riverside is one of New York City’s leading human service organizations meeting the basic needs of children, youth and families, homeless people, and older adults across Manhattan and New York City.

#DegreesNYC is a data-informed collective impact movement co-led with young people to achieve education equity in NYC. It grew out of Goddard Riverside’s Options Center. For over 30 years, Options has supported young people and adults to complete college through educational counseling, training school and community professionals, and advocating on critical issues around equity in post-secondary education. In 2016, staff at the Options Center launched #DegreesNYC to address systemic barriers to racial and income inequities in the education pipeline to and through college and in 2020 #DegreesNYC launched its Youth Council. The goals of #DegreesNYC is that 60% of each racial and income group in NYC will have quality postsecondary credentials by 2030. #DegreesNYC operates through a vast web of coordinated councils, task forces and working groups.


Purpose of Position: #DegreesNYC is the primary driver of Goddard Riverside’s educational equity agenda. The Deputy Director of #DegreesNYC works closely with the Director, the Steering Committee and the Youth Council to set the vision, direction, and culture of #DegreesNYC. Reporting to the Director of #DegreesNYC, the Deputy Director of #DegreesNYC directly supervises the Youth Advocacy and Research Coordinator, Youth Council Co-Coordinators, and the Communications Coordinator. Key aspects of the job include co-leading #DegreesNYC advocacy efforts at the city, state and federal level, supporting the Youth Council, overseeing #DegreesNYC communications and social media, taking a leadership role in fundraising, and taking a leadership role in developing the culture of #DegreesNYC. The Deputy Director supports the team to be the best they can be. The Deputy Director of #DegreesNYC engages in the field locally and nationally, as well as the larger Goddard Riverside and Stanley Isaacs community, participating in Youth Department and Innovation and Justice Department meetings, as well as other Goddard-wide communities and events.


Schedule: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Salary: $69,644 - $87,055



Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

  • With the Director, the #DegreesNYC Steering Committee, the Youth Council, and other bodies, set the vision and direction for #DegreesNYC

  • Co-lead #DegreesNYC’s collective impact and joint advocacy responses to the changing college access and success field

  • Supervise the Youth Council Co-Coordinators, the Youth Advocacy and Research Coordinator and the Communications Coordinator

  • Support the development and endeavors of the #DegreesNYC Youth Council

  • Oversee the development and execution of #DegreesNYC communications and social media strategies

  • Facilitate the coordination of #DegreesNYC workgroups and task forces with the team

  • With the Director, take a leadership role in raising funds including cultivating and stewarding relationships with individual donors, funders, government agencies, and others as needed, managing grants, and supporting with proposal and report writing.

  • Support efforts to conduct research that supports advocacy for educational equity

  • With the Director, take a leadership role in creating a safe environment that promotes productive, healthy development for #DegreesNYC’ participants and staff and promote skill building and professional development

  • Support collaborative relationships between Options and #DegreesNYC, and between #DegreesNYC and Goddard Riverside as a whole

  • Participate in departmental and agency-wide meetings and events

  • Actively represent Goddard Riverside and #DegreesNYC in the college access and education fields, including serving on outside committees and coalitions, presenting at conferences, and participating in advocacy efforts


Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • 5 years of experience in advocacy, community organizing and/or youth organizing and leadership in NYC

  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience

  • Prior experience with collective impact/collaborative systems change

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated facilitation experience; prior experience with convening is preferred

  • Demonstrated advocacy experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with youth development principles, especially youth leadership

  • Demonstrated leadership in the college access and success/postsecondary education fields

  • Strong planning skills

  • Strong collaborative skills

  • Strong speaking, writing, and presentation skills

  • Familiarity with youth programming in the greater New York City metropolitan area and relationships and experience with peer organizations

  • Working knowledge of technology

  • Ability to use social media

  • Previous experience with fundraising is preferred

  • Experience with developing and managing budgets is preferred

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint a plus) and Google Suite applications.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to travel to in-person local and out of town conferences and meetings


Working Environment

  • In Office

  • Must also be available to work remotely and must have full WIFI access and capabilities while working remotely


Goddard Riverside and Isaacs Center are equal opportunity employers and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job related task other than those specifically presented in this description. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.