Founded in 1963, the Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. As part of Pratt Institute, we leverage professional skills in planning and policy research and analysis to work on the ground with community-based organizations to challenge systemic inequities and advance sustainable development.
In collaboration with partners, we aspire to:
A shift in the balance of power toward people of color and other marginalized low-income communities and away from those whose privilege has afforded them disproportionate power.
Processes and outcomes for planning and policy that are inclusive and address historic harms in order to guarantee full human rights for all New York City's residents.
An equitable economy that provides decent, secure employment and entrepreneurial opportunity for all New Yorkers and acknowledges and acts upon critical barriers to entry for people of color and women
Climate justice as the product of efforts led by communities most impacted by climate change to upend racial, social, and economic inequities perpetuated by environmental degradation.
A robust, racially and socioeconomically diverse field of community planners, urban planning and community development professionals.
Pratt Center currently seeks to hire a Director of Policy and Planning (DPP) to lead in the development of our policy & advocacy initiatives on issues including economic and workforce development, transportation, sustainability and environmental justice, land use, and community development. The DPP will supervise a staff of urban planners and GIS specialists who manage data-driven research projects, community planning technical assistance projects, and other collaborations with research and community-based partners. The DPP will lead the development of new grant-funded or client-based policy and urban planning projects; and will oversee project implementation and development of deliverables including community plans, data visualizations, and policy platforms. The DPP is responsible for the delivery of all of Pratt Center’s policy-related communications, including positions and testimony, policy reports and issue briefs, and other communications.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Director, the DPP works as a member of the senior leadership team of Pratt Center and collaborates with the Deputy Director and Executive Director on setting the goals and objectives that enable the Center to meet its mission. This position has considerable contact and communication with non-Pratt entities including community-based groups, elected officials, City agency representatives, and many other external partners.
Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Policy or related field; or equivalent work experience.
Interested applicants are required to apply online through Pratt Institute’s hiring portal
Candidates should submit the following via the portal:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. This position will remain open until filled. However, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by November 15, 2019. No calls please.
Pratt Center currently seeks to hire an Operations Manager (OM). Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Development & Operations, the OM will be responsible for cultivating collaboration and accountability across Pratt Center and developing effective management systems and procedures, including efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The OM will work collaboratively with other members of the Pratt Center staff to create structures and processes that address operational challenges. S/he will play a key role in procedures such as contracting, financial management and reporting, records management, facilities management, human resources, scheduling, and events management. In performing these functions, the OM will play a critical role in ensuring that the organization achieves its mission and embodies its values; s/he will lead and support efforts to foster the development of organizational capabilities and structures needed to support Pratt Center’s strategic plan.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or related experience.
Experience: A minimum of 3 – 5 years of successful experience in an administrative capacity is required. Must have demonstrated experience in one or more subject areas that fall under this position: contract management, operational systems management, human resources, financial management, or events management. Must have demonstrated experience as a member of an administrative or operations team where collaboration, problem solving, and implementation of administrative procedures was required. Experience managing interns or volunteers is a plus.
Skills: Must have excellent oral and written communication and problem-solving skills, and be capable of managing multiple priorities simultaneously. Must demonstrate sound strategic thinking and display a systems-oriented approach to problem solving. A high level of internal accountability, self-organization, attention to detail, and discipline is required. Excellent computer skills, including, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and demonstrated understanding of structures of complex databases, is required. Must excel at working with people at all levels with an openly engaging, energetic, and diplomatic personality, and must have an aptitude for positively encouraging a team environment. Must have the ability to maintain composure and flexibility, demonstrate discretion, and make sound and safe professional judgments.
Interested applicants are required to apply online through Pratt Institute’s hiring portal.
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.