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Program Officer Needed in NYC


The Office of Financial Empowerment is seeking a Program Officer for Financial Services and Asset Building. The Program Officer will be a key player within New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE). OFE’s mission is to educate, empower and protect low-income New Yorkers in the financial services marketplace so that they can make the most of their financial resources and build assets. Reporting directly to the Deputy Director for Financial Empowerment Programs, the Program Officer for Financial Services and Asset Building will be responsible for designing and implementing programs, campaigns and initiatives focused on increasing access to safe and affordable financial services and asset building opportunities for low-income New Yorkers. Such efforts may include: developing and promoting basic financial accounts; advancing a structured savings program, and identifying debt management opportunities.

Duties shall include, but are not limited to:

*         Envisioning new ideas on how to best serve OFE’s target population

*         Implementing new and existing programs and initiatives such as those listed above

*         Developing the approach, timelines, work plans and reports to coordinate projects

*         Maintaining relationships with roster of financial institutions that OFE has relationships with

*         Identifying and fostering new partnerships with financial institutions to develop and/or promote products and services

*         Building and maintaining a network of academic institutions, businesses, organizations and agencies to participate in these OFE programs and initiatives

*         Liaising with OFE’s Research team and the DCA policy group to develop programs informed by best practices and experiments

*         Planning, organizing, and participating in various events including conferences and meetings

*         Tracking and reporting on OFE program activities

*         Working with senior management to develop fundraising proposals, project reports, and other materials

*         Acting as the principal liaison between OFE and program partners including City Hall, other NYC agencies and community-based organizations

Qualification Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or 2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or 3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above.

However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.

PLEASE NOTE: New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

Essential Skills

*         Bachelors Degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, or other related field

*         Experience in and strong knowledge of financial services, particularly issues of consumer/personal finance relative to people with low incomes;

*         Strong interpersonal skills and a passion for supporting people with low incomes to build greater self-sufficiency

*         Strong written communications, plus comfort with research and policy analysis

*         Effective program manager with the ability and willingness to both take initiative and work collaboratively

 *         Responsive to the protocols, challenges, and political sensitivities of operating within a high-profile city program

 *         Attention to detail and production of quality work, along with ability to work quickly and under pressure

*         Bilingual Spanish preferred

DCA and the City of New York is an equal employment opportunity employer.

To apply:  Email resume and cover letter indicating JVN 85494 to: (MS Word only)

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