Project Director, Made in NYC

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Pratt Center for Community Development is looking for a solutions-oriented and driven individual who believes in uplifting communities through economic development to serve as our Made in NYC Program Director. This person will provide management-level guidance in shaping overall program strategy and catalyzing new initiatives that enhance the goals of Made in NYC, and have at least 5 years of related experience, with at least 2 years in program management. We are excited to meet candidates who are looking to join an energetic and values-driven team, and who exhibit true dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their own work and workplace culture.

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, Pratt Center leverages professional skills—including participatory planning, community organizing and education, research and policy advocacy—to advance innovative solutions to social, economic and environmental inequalities in partnership with small businesses, community-based organizations, and policymakers. As Pratt Center’s signature local manufacturing initiative, Made in NYC provides skills-building programs, marketing and promotional platforms, and small business resources to manufacturers and makers in NYC.

On a typical day you will:

Operations and Personnel Management

  • Oversee Made in NYC’s daily operations, including supervision and management of staff and graduate fellows
  • Manage a range of off-site events and partner meetings
  • Work in collaboration with the Center’s fiscal, operations, development and communications staff to support and advance the work of the program.

Budget, Grant, and Data Management

  • Lead fundraising and grant management activities, including identifying new funding opportunities
  • Draft/organize proposals and progress report
  • Develop and maintain mechanisms to ensure that contractual goals and deadlines are met.

Stakeholder Coordination & Community Engagement

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with community leaders, community-based organizations, elected officials, local businesses, and community stakeholders
  • Coordinate branded Made in NYC events and related initiatives (e.g., annual Made in NYC Week) and lead the launch of the new Made in NYC brand identity and website


Education:  Bachelor’s degree or higher in marketing, communications, public policy, metropolitan studies, urban planning, or another related field.

Experience:  5+ years of experience working at a firm/organization related to community engagement and/or business development in a leadership role. Entrepreneurial experience is a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with systems thinking translated into decisive action and execution – the ability to assess a process, improve it, and implement it.
  • Expertise in economic development, with a focus on supply chain innovation and inclusion, as well as understanding of manufacturing policy and small business development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and awareness of how to adapt communications towards a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritize tasks in a self-directed work environment and maintain high levels of productivity without direct supervision.
  • Facility with using cloud-based platforms (Asana, Airtable, Salesforce, etc)  to create systems to track and monitor a variety of inputs such as those related to contracts and awards, project management, staff performance etc.
  • Committed to equitable systems that are racially just and more connected communities.