Senior Program Manager, Commercial Revitalization
The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a community development
organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities.
We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings
are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong
communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all
the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school
programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. See
www.whedco.org for more information.
WHEDco seeks a dynamic Senior Program Manager to join our Community Development Department.
The Community Development Department engages in neighborhood advocacy and planning,
commercial revitalization, expansion of green, mixed-use developments, and creative place-affirming
initiatives, to build more equitable spaces and communities where people, arts, and the economy thrive.
The Senior Program Manager will help coordinate WHEDco’s business and neighborhood revitalization
efforts in the communities surrounding WHEDco’s buildings, with a main focus on the
Highbridge/Concourse area around Urban Horizons—our mixed use, economy-supporting affordable
development and hub near the rezoned Jerome Avenue. Primary responsibilities may include:
- Community Revitalization: Manage revitalization initiatives in the Highbridge/Concourse area to
assess and improve neighborhood and commercial corridor conditions. Identify and follow-through
on opportunities to leverage area strengths, bridge gaps and respond to area residents’ needs, from
cleanliness and pedestrian safety to jobs. Assess impacts of historic disinvestment and more recent
neighborhood rezoning and pandemic, including changes in land use, vacancies and assets. Build
relationships with local organizations, elected officials, community boards, community members
and other partners across sectors and in coalitions to build community power, advocate, and spur
change to improve community outcomes.
- Business Engagement: Provide direct in-person outreach, resources, assistance and referrals to area
micro and small businesses to help them stabilize and adapt from the pandemic and other impacts.
Channel passion for economic inclusion into actively engage business owners, most of them
immigrants, women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) struggling to recover. Coordinate
with Business Coach and partners to help assess business’ needs and deliver marketing, business
planning, technology, legal and other support for them to grow, attract more shoppers, hire locally
and galvanize the area’s economy.
- Communications, Reporting and Innovation: Leverage project management and data tools
(including Salesforce) to manage, document and monitor outcomes. Report on program outcomes
for quality improvement, program and partner communications, reporting to funders and media
requests. Become immersed in department and organization-wide initiatives to maximize impact
and integrate well onto team. Be a thought leader driving economic equity and justice in
underserved communities of color. Explore and engage economic democracy models rooted in racial
justice, community ownership and shared governance (ex. cooperatives, community finance, etc.).
- College degree and minimum 5 years of relevant experience in community economic development,
small business development, neighborhood planning/policy and/or commercial revitalization.
- Some Spanish proficiency required. Arabic, Asian and/or African languages a plus.
- Excellent project or contract management experience with supervisory ability.
- Experience supporting small business development or running/owning a business preferred.
- Motivated, creative, and resourceful team-player who takes initiative and follows-through.
- Skilled in MS Office. Salesforce, graphic design, web design, or GIS a plus.
- Self-directed with strong sense of accountability and good judgment. Sense of humor a plus.
- Committed to serving multi-ethnic communities that are majority immigrant or BIPOC.
- Solid communication skills for reporting, presentations and customer service.
- Willing and able to work effectively and collegially in current hybrid setting (in-person/remote).
- Available for events, meetings or sessions in evenings and/or weekends as needed to fulfill duties.
Must be willing and able to work a hybrid in-person/remote schedule, and a fuller in-person schedule
NOTE: All new hires must provide proof of having received at least one dose of a U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (“FDA”) authorized COVID-19 vaccine by their first day of employment, and proof of
full vaccination within 30 calendar days.
WHEDco offers a generous paid time off policy and a comprehensive benefits package, including
medical, dental and vision plans.
TO APPLY: please email your résumé and cover letter to email@example.com, with SENIOR
PROGRAM MANAGER in the subject line.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Interdependence (DEI)
WHEDco represents our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and interdependence in our work
supporting Bronx families, our employment practices and our respect for each other. We stand firm as
an organization in our support of equality and justice. We reject and disavow false narratives of
criminality, otherness, poverty, and marginality that are used historically to subjugate Black, Indigenous,
People of Color (BIPOC) and other underrepresented and oppressed groups in the communities we
serve. Our strength is rooted in our diversity, in how we celebrate and value our differences as much as
the things we share in common. WHEDco’s commitment is to build safe, supportive places and spaces
for staff and community members where racism and discrimination are not tolerated.
WHEDco affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunities without discrimination
because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age,
disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any
other category protected by law. WHEDco follows the requirements of the New York Human Rights Law
with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.