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We’re a collaborative of some of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, committed to fostering transformational relationships across sectors to connect those who are willing to do the work of closing racial income and wealth gaps.

We’re driven by a set of core values, which we believe are fundamental to our organizational success: collaboration, innovation, leadership, and impact as well as racial equity and inclusion. These values guide our decisions every day about what we do, why we do it, and how we will achieve our mission. Living Cities aims to collaborate and work with people who share these values.



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Benefits

  • 401K with company match
  • 20 PTO days (not including a summer and winter breaks)
  • Commuter expense contributions
  • Remote work flexibility
  • Catered lunch during semi-monthly staff meetings
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • HRA (Health Reimbursement Account) for medical expenses
  • Optional flexible spending plans
  • Professional development and membership contributions
  • Racial equity and inclusion training
  • Company retreats
  • Additional employer-paid benefits including disability, life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program

Openings

Digital Engagement Strategist

About the Position:

This an exciting opportunity for someone who has experience in digital community management and is interested in working with city practitioners and community leaders across the country. This position will sit within the corporate communications and results team (“Learning, Storytelling and Results”), but will support the work of the Closing the Gaps (CTG) Network, a 10-year initiative that will bring together community leaders from across the country that are committed to imagining what an antiracist society might look like, and to playing an important role in building toward that vision through transforming government policies, practices, and operations that close racial gaps.

Partnering with an outstanding team of colleagues, consultants and external partners, the Digital Engagement Strategist will be the manager for CTG’s online intranet platform, known as “CTG Online.” This platform is built on a Salesforce Community instance and serves as the digital connective tissue for the entire CTG Network. The Digital Engagement Strategist will create the content strategy for the platform, execute on that strategy and work with Living Cities’ CTG team to identify common themes and challenges from across the network to determine appropriate technical assistance and additional network supports. The ideal candidate will understand how to leverage digital technologies to strengthen and deepen relationships, with a racial equity lens, and be able to think creatively about how to use technology to produce actionable and usable resources.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Service and Results Delivery

  • Executes on the overall content strategy for CTG Online, including driving engagement with existing content, and connecting with users to identify content needs and requests
  • Supports the on-boarding of users to CTG Online and responds to all questions from users, including technical questions. This includes:
  • User Administration – managing User profiles including login IDs, passwords and permissions, as well as inviting new members. Controls account/contact access to the community.
  • License management – manage overall pool of licenses and transfer Users between login and individual licenses as appropriate to maximize the license investment.
  • Works towards established milestones and goals for user growth and engagement on CTG Online
  • Manages the on-going data collection and analysis of CTG Online usage and engagement, including:
  • Monitor logins and usage as needed.
  • Reports and report types – create ad-hoc reports and the necessary report types to support CTG Online team needs.
  • Community platform insight – in collaboration with consultants, assist in answering questions about future platform possibilities.

Leadership and Strategy

  • Supports the CTG teams in identifying goals and strategies to achieve team goals and objectives connected to Living Cities NSR
  • Facilitates team conversations about digital engagement and platform usage
  • Surfaces challenges around competing priorities, deadlines and capacity

Relationship Building

  • Work in partnership with consultants to ensure CTG online is operating smoothly and efficiently
  • Environment Management and Deployment – managing Salesforce sandboxes and releases of new functionality to the Production environment, in collaboration with consultants.
  • Collaboration with consultants regarding upcoming changes, features and functionality
  • System backups - schedule and manage any required system backups in collaboration with consultants
  • Form relationships and on-going connections with key members of Living Cities networks to strengthen engagement on and off the platform
  • Regularly provides feedback to peers, team members and managers to ensure the CTG teams can achieve results

Racial Equity and Inclusion

  • Applies a racial equity lens to all decisions and tasks related to CTG Online and our community engagement efforts
  • Understands why racial equity is an integral part of Living Cities’ approach inside and outside the organization
  • Has a firm understanding of and a deep commitment to racial equity and displays clear willingness to learn ideas, concepts and history

Required Experience:

  • 1-2 years of professional experience in related field/duties
  • Experience in managing and engaging diverse sets of communities online and offline
  • Experience in data capture and analysis, and in using learning and evidence from data to improve organizational capacity and practice, to inform program, practice, and policy
  • Ability to build effective and sustainable relationships internally and externally
  • Prior experience in interfacing and managing consultants, particularly software developers, a plus

Skills:

  • Ability to effectively use and develop CRM systems (in particular Salesforce Lightning would be an advantage)
  • Ability to develop helpful relationships with community members and translate those relationships into increased and ongoing engagement
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

Qualities:

  • A commitment to knowledge management and organizational learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people
  • A commitment to closing racial income and wealth gaps
  • Flexible and able to respond to change
  • Solutions focused with a can-do attitude
  • Extremely proficient in the use of modern business technologies

Location: New York City or Washington, DC

Compensation: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@livingcities.org with the subject line, “Digital Engagement Strategist.”


Senior Associate

About the Position:

This an exciting opportunity for someone who is committed to racial justice and wants to work on a collaborative team to address structural inequities that contribute to the racial homeownership gap. Currently, there is a 32- percentage point difference in rates of homeownership for Black households (41%) and white households (73%). This gap is larger than in 1960 after the passing of the Fair Housing Act and is a result of structural barriers that have been built and maintained for decades. Living Cities seeks to help local governments understand those barriers and devise strategies that change the systems and structures in place to enable Black and brown households who desire to become homeowners do so.

Partnering with an outstanding team of colleagues, consultants and external partners, the Senior Associate will be the project manager for a new strategy area that Living Cities will be co-designing with local leaders that addresses the history and ongoing legacy of anti-Black racism and racist policies that prevent Black and brown households from building wealth through homeownership. This work will be a strategy within the Closing the Gaps Network and the Senior Associate will cultivate relationships within and among participating cities, ensuring all work remains consistent with the CTG Network’s core values and Living Cities’ priorities. Moreover, the Senior Associate will work to analyze, synthesize and codify key findings from strategies being implemented in participating cities and support the adoption of those learnings in more cities across the network

Core Responsibilities Include:

Collaboration & Synthesis

  • Provide project management including facilitation, research, synthesis, analysis, and technical assistance for a new strategy that will be codesigned with up to six cities in the CTG network
  • Generate meaningful insights, identify key themes, build evidence, and codify learnings from strategies being implemented to address racial disparities in homeownership

Relationship Building

  • Support the building and management of relationships among local leaders in cities working to address systemic barriers to homeownership for people of color
  • Participate in the ongoing community management of practitioners including building trust, supporting convergence around shared goals, facilitating the adoption of promising practices, and engaging relevant partners, stakeholders, and communities, as appropriate/necessary
  • Build relationships with national and local organizations with expertise and experience supporting cities to advance strategies that address racial disparities
  • Build relationships with national organizations working to collectively address racial homeownership gaps across sectors

Candidate Requirements:

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of six years applicable work experience; proficiency in managing relationships with key external stakeholders, using data and performance measures to improve program performance and assess impact, and facilitating large groups towards shared results
  • Experience and content knowledge to: operationalize racial equity within an institution or system(s), drive a collective action effort(s), and support homeownership for people of color
  • Demonstrated commitment to closing the racial income and wealth gaps in American cities and possesses a nuanced understanding and competencies related to applying a racial equity and inclusion practice and analysis to the work
  • Strong research, synthesis and strategic thinking skills, with a track record of career advancement into positions with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, including strong social listening (in person and digital) to understand sentiment, needs, and questions of partners and stakeholders and the ability to diplomatically communicate complex messages to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrated success managing multiple priorities at the same time, connecting dots across projects and issue areas, and executing in service of results
  • Proven ability to utilize strong organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities
  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to demonstrate confidence and enthusiasm when delivering both formal and informal presentations to colleagues, partners, grantees, and funders
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including effectively working in collaboration with others
  • Ability to travel (when permitted under CDC and expert guidance); at least 10-20% of work will necessitate travel to other locations within the United States

Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI): Demonstrated knowledge and core concepts

  • Understands why racial equity is an integral part of Living Cities’ approach and ability to achieve its mission.
  • Engages with curiosity, humility and openness in discussions about race, equity and power inside and outside of the organization
  • Understands how the construct of race has impacted the distribution of power and resources, and recognizes its impact on current and future outcomes across systems

Location: New York City or Washington, DC

Compensation: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@livingcities.org with the subject line, “Senior Associate.”


Investment Associate

About the Position:

One of Living Cities’ key program areas is Capital for the New Majority (CNM). In the context of closing racial income and wealth gaps, CNM seeks to drive more capital and resources to entrepreneurs and fund managers of color. Functionally, CNM consists of a field-building program, as well as two impact investment funds. Having multiple tools at its disposal allows the CNM team to constantly innovate - by developing new hypotheses and theories, testing those ideas, learning from what has and has not worked, and sharing those lessons with the broader field.

In order to accelerate the adoption of innovative financing for the benefit of people of color and the cities in which they live, Living Cities has been making impact investments for more than a decade. These investments have largely been made out of two structured debt funds: The Catalyst Family of Funds consists of two structured debt funds that have been capitalized by 15 institutional investors, the majority of whom are Living Cities’ members. The Catalyst Fund (LCCF), a $38 million structured debt fund closed in 2008, is fully deployed and has made 19 investments, 12 of which have matured and been fully repaid. The Blended Catalyst Fund (BCF) is a $37 million fund focused on closing the racial wealth gap by supporting the development of jobs, income and wealth for people of color. The BCF achieved its final close in December 2016 and is expected to be fully deployed by the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Living Cities has an investment team of two Senior Investment Associates, a Senior Administrative Assistant and an Assistant/Associate Director that report to the Managing Director of Capital for the New Majority. This is an exciting opportunity for a technically inclined individual who is passionate about fund and portfolio management, financial analysis, loan administration and deeply committed to using capital to create better outcomes for founders of color.

The Investment Associate will primarily provide fund and portfolio management support for Living Cities' Catalyst Funds and future investment vehicles, as well assisting the Investment team with additional operational and loan administration duties. The Investment Associate will work closely with Senior Administrative Assistant and Senior Investment Associates and will report to the Assistant/Associate Director of Capital for the New Majority.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

Portfolio Management

  • Monitor compliance with reporting and loan covenants
  • Review borrower financial statements and evaluate organization trends, collateral coverage and client’s repayment ability, including data entry for financial spreads
  • Manage / calculate investor capital calls and repayments
  • Conduct annual risk rating reviews
  • Identify problem loans, recommend collection strategies and action plans, and assist with negotiation of loan restructurings when necessary
  • Handle borrower requests for amendments, extensions, etc.

Loan Servicing and Administration

  • Support Assistant/Associate Director in coordinating with Finance and Administration to monitor fund financials
  • Calculate interest invoices and payments
  • Calculate and manage interest and principal payments, transaction
  • Support Senior Administrative Assistant in process draw requests, internal transfers, interest payments and capital calls.
  • Follow-up on delinquent payments
  • Manage a quarterly portfolio report which tracks portfolio balances and borrower interest payment performance
  • Contribute to the development and refinement of LC’s procedures and policies, including but not limited to our loan management platform, to enhance efficiency and minimize credit and operational risk.

Investor Management

  • Support the Senior Administrative Associate in processing confirmations, invoicing and statements for investors
  • Track investor disbursements and allocation across Catalyst Fund sources
  • Manage and track fund covenant compliance
  • Produce Quarterly and Annual Reports for investors

Asset Management

  • Support Senior Investment Associates in entering data into our loan management system (TEA)
  • Analyze & spread borrower financials
  • Follow-up with borrowers on items owed to Living Cities (such as interest payments, reporting, etc.)
  • Contribute to reporting

Secondary Responsibilities May Include:

Learning and storytelling

  • Support Living Cities goals to synthesize lessons from our impact investing portfolio and share with key decision makers in the fields in which we work (including philanthropy, impact investing, community and mission-driven lending, community economic development, and urban public policy)

Candidate Requirements:

Required Experience and Knowledge:

  • Four year degree or equivalent of 3 years’ work experience
  • Advanced degree a plus, but not required
  • Proficiency in fund and portfolio management, direct lending, and asset management
  • Knowledge of urban policy and the issues affecting communities of color in U.S. cities
  • Limited travel (approximately 10% of time)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent Excel skills
  • High level of organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and verbal presentation skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills, ability to manage and work in teams, interacting constructively with diverse constituents
  • Highly energetic, creative problem solver exhibiting deep commitment and passion for Living Cities’ mission.
  • Strong analytical skills, combined with demonstrated ability to synthesize and clearly communicate complex issues
  • A sense of humor and the ability to collaborate across roles and locations

Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI):

  • Foundational knowledge and core concepts
  • Understands why racial equity is an integral part of Living Cities’ approach, inside and outside the organization
  • Displays clear willingness to learn and apply REI history and concepts REI Practice and Analysis
  • Engages with curiosity, humility and openness in discussions about race, equity and power inside and outside of the organization
  • Understands how the construct of race has impacted the distribution of power and resources, and recognizes its impact on current and future outcomes across systems

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

LOCATION: New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

Living Cities is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse background

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@livingcities.org with the subject line, “Investment Associate.”

Would you like to work us and don’t see an opportunity? We would love to hear from you! Email careers@livingcities.org to contact us.


Living Cities is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive team at all levels. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion or creed, citizenship status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, or any other characteristic protected by law.