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The Chief of Staff is a vital, trusted senior role responsible for serving as a strategic partner to the Executive Director. They will work closely with the Executive Director on strategic planning, building the organization, and implementing efficient systems to deepen the impact of 5BORO’s policy work. The Chief of Staff will also be responsible for managing the organization's financial and operational activities. Candidates must be committed to New York City’s revival.
The Chief of Staff must have exceptional communication, organizational and decision-making
skills. They need to flourish in a fast-paced environment.
This is an exciting new role for someone who is passionate about the issues facing NYC and
interested in being part of developing an organization from the ground-up.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who flourishes in a fast-paced environment and can effectively manage multiple strands of work and projects simultaneously. This is an exciting new role for someone who is passionate about the issues facing NYC and interested in being part of developing an organization from the ground-up.
The position is located in New York City, with a hybrid work schedule. Candidates must be
available for in-person meetings. The Chief of Staff will report to the Executive Director.
Serve as a strategic advisor and brainstorming partner to the Executive Director
Help set policy and organizational priorities and work with Executive Director to develop
long-term strategic plan for organization
Develop systems and processes to streamline activities and maximize efficiency and
impact of organization
Oversee daily operations, including administrative and financial activities
Plan and coordinate effective meetings and follow-up
Attend meetings with and on behalf of the organization; ensure agendas are set in
advance and tasks are completed subsequently
Manage and plan quarterly meetings with the Board of Directors; work with Executive
Director on overall board engagement and governance structure
Prepare board memos about key policy initiatives and other priorities to keep board
members informed and engaged
Manage roster of policy partners and coordinate policy stakeholder meetings
Work with Executive Director to develop fundraising goals and strategy to grow base of
support and engagement with donors
Manage the Executive Director’s schedule to ensure time is spent on high-priority
At least 5 years of leadership experience in a non-profit, advocacy or policy role,
including government, campaigns, nonprofit management and development
Excellent strategic thinking, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills, with the depth
to work with stakeholders at all levels
Experience leading large-scale projects and managing a diverse range of internal and
Strong financial planning skills and budgeting experience
Ability to think creatively and strategically about building a new organization
Expertise in New York City’s policy and programmatic landscape
Ability to simultaneously manage long-term strategic vision and understand current
on-the-ground emerging issues
Strong organizational and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to consider feedback from staff members at all
levels in the organization
Must be able to move in a fast-paced environment and comfortable with the changing
landscape of a new organization
A “start-up” mentality - understand that this is a small, lean organization where every
person will wear multiple hats depending on the organizations needs at a given moment
Strong personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Compensation & Benefits
Salary range: $100,000 - $130,000
Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance available Retirement Plans (401k and 403b)
Hybrid work schedule
Equal Opportunity Employer
The 5BORO Institute is a non-partisan ideas lab whose sole mission is to advance creative
public policy ideas to improve our city. 5BORO will issue white papers, special reports, videos
and convene events to offer practical solutions to solve problems for NYC. We will produce
digestible research to help the city get back on its feet after an unprecedented crisis. We will
explore issues ranging from public education to transportation and infrastructure. We will look
closely at ways to fund new initiatives and recommend concrete ways to execute them so that
we can improve the lives of all New Yorkers.
The 5BORO institute is an equal opportunity employer. No individual will be discriminated
against on the basis of race, color, age, gender, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, creed,
religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, political or
union affiliation, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment
including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, benefits, leaves of absence, training
and apprenticeship, employee development, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off, recall and
termination. 5BORO is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity,
equity and inclusion.