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Public Works at the 2017 MAS Summit

In October, we participated in the Municipal Art Society’s Annual Summit, focusing on ways stakeholder engagement can help communities participate in and prepare for large-scale, urban shifts. This year’s theme – Pushing the Limits – challenged attendees to consider solutions to the pressures felt as cities push the limits of physical and financial resources, from infrastructure to housing.

Celeste Frye moderated a panel, “New Tools for Equitable Engagement,” driving the discussion on how communities can meaningfully participate in debate and decisions that impact their neighborhoods. ​The conversation explored opportunities to modernize traditional outreach methods to address changing communication mediums, and if technology is the way to encourage more democratic city-building.

​ ​Panelists included Story Bellows, Chief Innovation and Performance Officer from the Brooklyn Public Library; Gabe Klein, Co-Founder at CityFI & Special Venture Partners at Fontinalis Partners; and Damon Rich, Partner of Hector.

​Check out the video below for the full panel discussion:

October 2017 Newsletter: Risks of Rent-to-Own Purchases | New CUF Report | What We’re Reading

This month found us conducting a secret-shopper survey and launching new trainings, plus participating on civic communication panels and bringing on new communications staff. We’re also very excited to see recent releases from our colleagues at the Center for an Urban Future and the HOPE program that drive innovative solutions to workforce training and growing job opportunities. Take a look at a few things on our plate, and our reading list.

We learned a few things about Rent-to-Own practices that might be useful for the communities you serve.

Did you know that purchasing household goods or appliances through a rent-to-own agreement might result in paying over twice the retail value of the product? We recently conducted a survey of the RTO industry in New York City – in which retailers allow consumers to pay off large purchases in recurring installments – to understand how rental agreements are structured and ways in which consumers can identify potential risks. Read our full blog post for more findings on RTO business practices and how you can raise awareness about these issues in your own work.

 

We supported the newest CUF Report, Making the Connection: Aligning Small Businesses and the Workforce Development System.

We were grateful for the opportunity to contribute to CUF’s latest report covering the importance of small businesses in workforce development. The piece lays out how the city’s thousands of established small businesses are arguably one of the city’s greatest opportunities for future job growth, yet do not have easy access to job trainings and placement programs. Many thanks to CUF for this thoughtful analysis and including some perspective from Celeste, “Most of the jobs in New York City are in small businesses. We are leaving a lot of jobs on the table.” Recommendations are made on how to align small businesses with the city’s workforce development system. Read more here.

 Congratulations to the HOPE Program on receiving a Criminal Justice Investment Initiative grant to build its social enterprise.

The HOPE Program received $1.9 million in funding for its Intervine program, which provides participants skills training and job opportunities in the green sector. This will undoubtedly increase job opportunities for at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. We look forward to supporting them in designing and implementing this new initiative through project planning and performance management.

Please join us in welcoming our new Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

We’re excited to have Jiwon Kim on board supporting our content and outreach efforts. Jiwon is currently pursuing a graduate degree at NYU Wagner’s School of Public Service, focusing on public and nonprofit management. She brings significant experience in programs and communications strategy, not to mention that she’s a beat-writer on innovation and tech in her spare time. We know that her passion for social issues and cross-sector collaboration will advance our work in-house and in building new partnerships.

It was also a great month of events and engaging around strategies to address complex civic issues.

During the Municipal Art Society 2017 summit, Principal Celeste Frye moderated a panel – “New Tools for Equitable Engagement” – on opportunities to improve traditional outreach and engagement methods so community-members can actively participate in decisions that shape their neighborhoods. The discussion covered the potential of new technology to drive democratic practices and included insights from panelists Story Bellows, Chief Innovation and Performance Officer from the Brooklyn Public Library; Gabe Klein, Co-Founder at CityFI & Special Venture Partners at Fontinalis Partners; and Damon Rich, Partner of Hector.

Director Allison Quigney participated in a panel at NYU Wagner to discuss how management can be used to improve public policy. NYU Wagner’s Management and Leadership Organization invited professionals to discuss their experiences on how they leverage management skills and tools to shape public policy. The diverse group of panelists shared their unique stories and shared their insights on how coursework in management can help public service leaders create effective change in every policy area.

What We’re Reading:

Sam Facas: A Brookings piece on the vital importance of a fully-funded 2020 Census to ensure our communities are properly studied and counted.

 

 

Favio German: A report exploring racial disparities in nonprofit leadership and opportunities to address this gap.

 

 

Julia Deutsch: This NYT piece outlining the current federal debate on how to expand apprenticeship programming.

 

 

Job Posting: Analyst, Consulting

Public Works Partners is a mission-driven planning and consulting firm in NYC serving public and nonprofit clients. We are committed to creating a team that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work. People who succeed with our firm:

  • Thrive when given the space to bring a nimble, creative approach to the thorniest problems;
  • Enthusiastically tackle tasks big and small; and
  • Inevitably wind up talking about public policy at parties.

Analyst, Consulting

Public Works Partners is looking for an Analyst to join our practice and to play a significant role in high-profile engagements with clients, including public sector agencies and major nonprofit organizations. We’re looking for someone who brings a mix of sharp analytical and keen interpersonal skills, and who is excited to work in a mission-driven consulting practice. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator with problem-solving and analytical skills who is comfortable working on projects with tight timeframes and is adept at both directing his/her own work and working in teams.

Required qualifications:

  • Project management experience supporting complex initiatives to their completion through the development of presentations and meeting agendas, synthesis of notes from project meetings, and organization and tracking of project tasks
  • Experience conducting primary and secondary research, including interviewing stakeholders and conducting journal and best practices research
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple deadlines while operating with speed and accuracy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelors degree in a related field such as urban planning, policy, or economics
  • Strong interpersonal skills; experience in a client-facing role preferred
  • One to three years of professional experience in the public and/or nonprofit sector preferred; responsibilities may be adjusted based on candidates’ previous experience
  • Experience working with nonprofit and government agencies, particularly in New York City and State preferred

Preferred qualifications:

  • High proficiency analyzing and manipulating data in Excel
  • Experience using GIS to conduct spatial analysis
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator and InDesign to create and manipulate content

This position will be based at the Public Works Partners office in New York City. In-town travel and to other parts of New York State may be required.

To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to jobs@publicworkspartners.com and indicate that you are applying for the Analyst position in the email subject line.

About Public Works Partners

Public Works Partners is a management consulting firm serving mission-driven organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. We assist leaders to identify and implement innovation in their organizations. We help sharpen focus on key challenges, develop strategic solutions to pressing issues, and improve service delivery to organizations’ clients. We specialize in program design and implementation, organizational and financial development, economic and financial analysis, project management and business process re-engineering. Our approach is tailored to each organization’s unique circumstances, and we field project teams with the right mix of skills and experience to match each client’s precise needs.

Our clients benefit from our deep experience at the nexus of public policy, strategic management, and program operations, as well as our work across a range of policy areas from economic development to public health to human services. Our principals have run programs and led organizations with a strong track record of building capacity, establishing accountability, and producing results.

This job description is for an at-will position which is non-exempt under the FLSA. Public Works Partners provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment regardless of their age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence status, sex offense of stalking victim status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws.

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(347) 619-2892
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