Project Manager

Organization: Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation

Posted: February 12, 2020 | Closing: February 20, 2020

Job Description

Organization Description:
Founded in 1978, Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation or RDRC was created as a peninsula-wide organization focused on establishing programs and services focused on youth adult workforce development for low and moderate-income persons, neighborhood housing preservation services and commercial revitalization. Job Description:

The Manager will lead the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation in the development, design, and delivery of commercial revitalization programs and services as part of the organization’s commercial revitalization strategy. She/he/they will work in partnership with the organization’s leadership to develop and implement various commercial revitalization projects that will address the needs and opportunities identified in the Downtown Far Rockaway Commercial District Needs Assessment. The position is full-time and will report to the President & CEO. Applicants must be available to begin work within 2 weeks of job offer. In compliance with federal law all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Plan, develop, implement and evaluate commercial revitalization programs serving Downtown Far Rockaway including but not limited to merchant organizing and engagement, business support and retention, public space activation and management, and commercial district marketing and promotion; • Develop communication materials for local businesses, residents, and other stakeholders highlighting events or relevant services and programs; • Facilitate conversations with a wide range of stakeholders on a range of complex issues and projects that impact Downtown Far Rockaway Business District; • Build community partnerships through in-person meetings and attendance at community events, including; special events, precinct council meetings, community board meetings; • Liaise regularly with multiple City agencies including SBS, NYCHA, DOT, FDNY, NYPD, DSNY, and others to leverage resources and acquire the necessary support for projects and initiatives; and follow-through; • Engage community stakeholders and partner organizations in designated commercial corridor efforts; • Track and measure program metrics and impact; • Participate in a series of cohort trainings and site visits focused on professional development and commercial revitalization best practices;• Connect local stakeholders to additional economic development resources offered by the City of New York; • Other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will effectively demonstrate:

• Two or more years of experience with commercial revitalization, community nonprofits, community-based planning and organizing, and/or neighborhood development issues; • Familiarity with Downtown Far Rockaway Commercial District; • Commitment to engaging diverse constituents in low- and moderate-income communities; be interested in understanding the different perspectives and needs of diverse community stakeholders; • Strong aptitude for interpreting data and data trends; • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governmental agencies, elected officials, non-profit organizations and other community groups; • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, and provide timely and clear updates to supervisors; • Ability to work in an organized, efficient manner with a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and follow-through; • Ability to complete tasks and project with tight deadlines; • Demonstrate a passion and commitment to creating and maintaining strong, vibrant neighborhoods and commercial corridors; • An ability to be flexible and willingness to wear “multiple hats” if and when needed; • Flexible schedule with the ability to work some weekends and evenings, if needed; and • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills:

• Good English (verbal and written skills) is mandatory and some knowledge of Spanish is preferable. • Knowledge of successful community organizing, consensus and coalition building techniques and best practices; • Experience with and knowledge of digital/social media marketing and campaigns; • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS.

Desired Qualifications:

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of full-time experience in one or more of the following fields: urban planning, community organizing, public administration, project management; real estate 2. An associate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of three years of full-time experience in one of the above fields; 3. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above.

The salary range for the position is $50,000 – $55,000 dependent upon experience and qualifications. Health benefits are offered after successful completion of a three-month probationary period.

How to Apply:
Only completed applications that include cover letter, resume and three professional references will be considered. Please submit all documents as a PDF to the attention of Ms. LaVerne Jeffrey at and write “Commercial Revitalization Program Manager” in the subject line.

Application deadline: Close of Business, Thursday, February 20th.

Rockaway Development & Revitalization is an equal employment organization. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

How to Apply

Forward resume to LaVerne Jeffrey at

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