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Special Projects Coordinator

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development


Job Description

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of
community-based organizations (CBOs) to alleviate the effects of poverty and to provide opportunities
for New Yorkers and communities to flourish.

DYCD’s initiatives include COMPASS, the City’s comprehensive afterschool system, Beacon Community Centers, adult and youth literacy programs,
youth employment programs, services for runaway and homeless youth, antiviolence initiatives and
community development programs.
DYCD also collaborates with other City agencies on a range of mayoral initiatives to improve City services and ensure greater opportunities for minority and immigrant youth and families.

This role is situated within the Bureau of Planning, Program Integration, and Evaluation (PPIE), which
promotes data-driven and evidence-informed decision-making across DYCD and provides training and
technical assistance to service providers to ensure high-quality services in communities through
capacity building. This role is part of the Office of Capacity Building and Professional Development,
which aims to enhance the management and organizational capacity of nonprofit organizations to
better serve their communities.

The unit improves the quality of programs and services by developing
the knowledge and skills of front-line and supervisory staff at these organizations and utilizes an
approach that involves continuous learning, evaluation, and the adoption of data-driven decision-making practices to support nonprofit organizations effectively.


Minimum Qualifications

For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) 

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

  • A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  • Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

  • Direct community safety programming and/or crisis management system program experience. Excellent writing, editing and analytic skills.
  • Excellent project and event management skills, including ability to develop and manage processes involving multiple stakeholders, coordinate logistics and adhere to deadlines. -Excellent facilitation, communication, and consensus-building skills.
  • Ability to engage with diverse stakeholders and work closely with a team to accomplish strategic goals.
    Knowledge of best practices, adult learning and instructional design. -Critical thinker with a mindset rooted in solutions. 
  • Ability to change course or adapt initial plans based on stakeholder input.
  • Skilled in creating visuals for presentations, including Powerpoints, infographics, data visualizations, etc.
    Ability to maximize use of Zoom, Teams, or other virtual meeting platforms. 
  • Comfortable learning new data and administrative systems.


Reporting to the Director, Office of Capacity Building and Professional Development, the Special
Projects Coordinator will:

  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge related to community-based programming and initiatives
    to support the integration of anti-violence and community safety programs into DYCD’s ecosystem of
    services and capacity building offerings.
  • Build strong relationships across the agency to identify and support capacity-building strategies and
    interventions that address barriers to employment and create support networks to improve community
    safety and program quality.
  • Oversee special projects and initiatives by defining scopes, timelines, coordinating tasks, and
    managing logistics to facilitate meaningful interactions and engagement opportunities for participants.
  • Assist in coordinating, planning, and implementing capacity-building resources, training, and
    professional development activities for nonprofit staff of DYCD-funded organizations and internal
    DYCD staff.
  • Oversee capacity building contracted vendors to provide services and ensure they are aligned to the
    agency’s priorities.
  • Manage vendor contracts and coordinate with PPIE operations staff to ensure timely contract
    registration and payment and that contract deliverables are met.
  • Curate targeted outreach campaigns and leverage relationships to enhance strategy development and
    provider connections.
  • Collaborate with PPIE colleagues to guide and support TA provider practice changes, ensuring they
    have the necessary tools and resources to meet agency priorities.
  • Design and facilitate intra-agency meetings to establish policies and encourage consistent
    implementation practices. Implement collaborative process design and change management to
    support new practices and policies.
  • Monitor performance and progress towards programmatic outcomes. Develop, collect, and
    communicate the impact of capacity-building support by interpreting data, analyzing results,
    implementing data collection systems, and maintaining databases.
  • Perform additional tasks as needed, including interacting with other DYCD bureaus, community-based
    organizations (CBOs), and other City agencies to coordinate joint initiatives, identify untapped
    resources and potential partners and contribute to field building.

How to Apply

Apply with application URL below.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at

Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally 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. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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  • Date Posted

    July 10, 2024

  • Salary

    $82,506.00 – $103,548.00

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