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Primary Responsibilities

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.
Responsibilities Include

  • 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 initiatives

  • Key Qualifications

  • 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 external stakeholders
  • 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
  • Generous PTO
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

  • About 5BORO

  • 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.