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December Newsletter

2017 has been one for the books, and we were glad to cap it off with some exciting outcomes from our work facilitating stakeholder engagement and planning processes that help strengthen communities. We’re also glad to take this moment to send holiday cheer and wishes for a happy new year.

We celebrated a big win for New York City tenants.

Council Member Brad Lander joins housing partners and advocates to announce the CONH legislation.

We are proud to have supported new legislation led by Council Member Brad Lander, NYC Housing Preservation and Development, and many housing policy partners that protects tenants from harassment and displacement. The “Certificate of No Harassment” (CONH) legislation requires building owners seeking to demolish or make significant alterations to their building to go through a process to prove they have not engaged in any tenant harassment prior to obtaining the permits needed from the NYC Department of Buildings.  If a landlord is found to have harassed tenants, they will be unable to retain the necessary permits for five years–unless they commit to converting a portion of their building to affordable housing for low-income families. To help inform elements of the legislation, we facilitated a series of working sessions for the Tenant Harassment Prevention Working Group, comprised of several city council members and housing policy experts from advocacy groups, the real estate industry, city agencies, and research organizations. The Working Group process leveraged data analysis and diverse perspectives to prioritize actionable opportunities in process and regulation to protect tenants. The resultant legislation will help ensure that tenants are protected and not driven out—all necessary steps to safeguard vulnerable low-income renters from being displaced.

And, we joined the City of Trenton in celebrating its vision for the future.

A Trenton resident participates in one of the Trenton250 public hearings to create a community-driven vision for the future.

Looking ahead to its 250th anniversary in 2042, the City of Trenton has developed a master plan as a blueprint to position itself as a leading 21st century city, encompassing economic development, education, housing, land use, and transit policies. The plan, Trenton 250, reflects a community-driven vision that will drive opportunities for citizens, businesses, and government, and includes key investments in civic institutions and the construction of inclusive public spaces. We worked with a team of consultants led by Group Melvin Design, applying our expertise in stakeholder engagement and workforce development policy to work on education and workforce strategies that benefit both youth and adults. By working with local government, residents, schools and colleges, we were able to determine  opportunities to support residents in pursuing educational and career goals. We helped outline over 20 education and workforce initiatives to improve the lives of Trenton residents. Read our blog post for the full story of Trenton250’s evolution.

Clearly, ‘tis the season to celebrate!
From our team to yours, all the best for a joyful holiday season and healthy new year. We look forward to great things in 2018.

Job Posting: Senior Manager, 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.

Senior Manager/Engagement Lead

Public Works Partners is looking for a strategic and analytical leader to lead high-profile engagements with clients, including public sector agencies and major nonprofit organizations. As a member of the firm’s senior team, the Senior Manager will play a key role in supporting the company’s growth, cultivating new clients, and delivering dynamic consulting engagements. This opportunity demands a vision for building out a robust, mission-oriented consulting practice, creative problem-solving, and an entrepreneurial mindset. The ideal Senior Manager should be innovative and curious, a superb communicator, adept manager, and expert in his/her field. She or he would also have experience leading complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Essential for your success:

  • Demonstrated success keeping projects on-time and on-budget, including experience using standard project management tools and approaches to monitor a project’s progress
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds; the ability to communicate persuasively and concisely in speech and in writing
  • Skill in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment
  • A strong customer orientation and ability to discern and meet the needs of a diverse client base
  • An ability to drive a team toward big-picture goals while maintaining attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations and/or government agencies, particularly New York City and State
  • 8-10 years of progressive professional experience; supervisory positions preferred
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field; graduate degree in public policy or administration, management, urban planning, or related field preferred

The ideal candidate would possess one or more of the following:

  • Experience working with populations that reflect the diversity of New York City and State, and engaging with communities and stakeholders on a range of sensitive issues
  • Experience designing and implementing new programs or managing program evaluation
  • Experience with performance management, including data capture and the creation and management of performance monitoring tools

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 and indicate you are applying for the Senior Manager 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 stakeholder engagement, program design, organizational and financial development, 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.

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.

November Newsletter: Things We’re Thankful For

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and we’re grateful for fun projects, amazing partners, and the opportunity to help strengthen communities. We’ve had the privilege to work on two recent program evaluations to help nonprofit clients assess service outcomes, refine strategy, and identify opportunities to increase programmatic impact. We’re also glad to be partnering with Public School to offer strategic planning training for City agencies, and to have participated in the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’s Summer Jobs Connect Convening to discuss strategies for helping youth in summer employment programs build financial habits to prepare for long-term financial success.

We evaluate programs and strategies to drive organizational health and increased impact.

We recently completed an effort with the Osborne Association, to update their workforce organizational structure and develop new programmatic tools for a sector-based strategy. Osborne has served currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families for over 80 years, and sought to enhance its sectoral employment strategy to connect more clients with meaningful, sustainable employment. We conducted an assessment and provided a set of recommendations to support employer engagement and improve the coordination of job seeker supports across different programs within Osborne. We applied design thinking methods and worked closely with various levels of staff to develop program workflows, standard operating procedures for front-line staff, a resourcing structure, and other tools to position the Osborne team to manage employer relationships and serve clients in a sector-based strategy.

We’ve just begun working with Lincoln Center Education to evaluate its Scholars Program, a teacher training model that educates and places art teachers in New York City public schools. We’re working closely with current Scholars and alumni, program partners, and public school stakeholders to gain a nuanced understanding of the program components that drive success. By pairing quantitative and qualitative analysis, we are supporting LCE to measure outcomes and identify strategies for enhancing Scholars’ training as well as the impact they have through their school placements and ongoing careers in arts education.

We had a blast at the first-ever Summer Jobs Connect Convening, exploring best practices for incorporating financial empowerment into youth programming.

Last week, we joined our colleagues from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and youth-focused service providers from across the country for the Summer Jobs Connect Convening. Summer Jobs Connect is a national initiative that integrates safe banking products, services, and education for young adults participating in municipally-led summer employment programs. Principal Celeste Frye had the opportunity to present our research on how SJC participants perceive mainstream financial services and plan to use them, including findings from surveying 3,200 program participants and conducting focus groups in eight partner cities. The results of our analysis are also featured in CFE’s newly released report Summer Jobs Connect: Where Strong Financial Futures Begin. Take a look to learn more about ways service providers and government agencies can most effectively make banking products available through summer youth employment programming to help youth learn how to budget and save, and start on a path for long-term financial stability.

We’re offering a new strategic planning training for City agencies.
Been thinking about starting the new year with a fresh strategic plan, but not sure where to get started? We’ve recently launched a training with Public School that will give your team the tools to set a vision, align activities to achieve that vision, and establish an implementation plan. Learn more and contact us to see how our training could support your agency.


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