Job Posting

Published on November 15th, 2018 | by GrowWNYAdmin


Job Posting: Deputy Director of Movement Building

Title: Deputy Director of Movement Building
Reports to: Executive Director
Department: Executive
Status: Full time, exempt

Who We Are:

PUSH Buffalo is a member led community-based organization located on the West Side of Buffalo, NY. PUSH’s mission is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities and to advance economic justice in Buffalo. Central to this mission is a theory of change grounded in issue-based organizing, leadership development, community control of resources, and democratically planned neighborhood development.

Deputy Director of Movement Building Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and serving as an integral member of the leadership team, the Deputy Director of Movement Building (DDMB) will have overall strategic responsibility for PUSH’ Organizing and Policy and Strategy departments and will manage those department directors. As the chief program officer of PUSH, s/he/they will provide leadership to the strategic planning process and will implement new programmatic strategic initiatives. The DDMB must be a leader who is able to help others deliver measurable results that make the vision a reality. Importantly, the successful DDMB will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission. While it is essential that the DDMB bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization, it is also critical that the team retain the creative spark that drives the PUSH concept. The DDMB will partner closely with the ED to chart PUSH’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-­‐increasing demand for the organization’s Organizing and Strategic Policy platforms locally and abroad.


Team Development / Leadership:

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership, as well as stewardship, of PUSH by being actively involved in all Organizing and Policy programs and services. The department goals are Organizing to build power and Policy and Strategy on anti-­‐displacement strategies, community energy planning, climate justice, and energy burden reduction by centering people who are currently the most impacted. The work is action and result driven.
  • Implement and lead a continuous quality improvement process throughout the Organizing and Policy program and service areas, focusing on strategic planning, and systems/process improvement.
  • Promote regular and ongoing opportunities for respective department staff to give feedback on program operations.
  • Lead a high performing team of program directors to the next level by further developing and implementing recruitment, training, and retention strategies.
  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of all programs.
  • Identify opportunities for PUSH to leverage cross-­‐program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and/or to address organizational challenges.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain PUSH’s leadership team that are direct reports with an emphasis on developing capacity in strategic analysis and planning and program budgeting.
  • Develop and implement training programs and retreats to expand the capacity of all staff.
  • Prepare and submit an annual operational budget for departments you lead alongside Finance Controller, Deputy Director of Administration and rest of Senior Managers, manage effectively within this budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality control.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership:

  • Contribute to the development PUSH’s strategic goals and objectives and management of PUSH’s movement building.
  • Develop and implement a system for tracking and reporting on the progress of the strategic plan implementation.
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities.
  • Ensure that PUSH is adhering to the strategic plan, delivering status reports to the Board.
  • Provide analytical support to PUSH’s leadership team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
  • Inform the annual operations plan and budget in conjunction with the Deputy Director of Administration.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the ED informed of all critical issues.
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary.
  • Partner with the ED to represent PUSH with external constituency groups, including community, governmental, philanthropic and private organizations.
  • Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of PUSH.
  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for the organization
  • Provide Organizing and Policy and Strategy staff a strong day-­‐to-­‐day leadership presence; bridge national, regional and local operations and support an open-­‐door policy among all staff
  • Increase key impact measurements
  • Communicate the branded message internally and externally
  • Implement the Balanced Scorecard metric throughout the organization
  • Cultivate the values of PUSH within the organization

Communications and Marketing

  • Work with Director of Policy and Strategy to develop and oversee implementation of annual marketing; PUSH Green outreach,  education and communications materials, plan and budget
  • Oversee organizational publications including electronic newsletters for PUSH Green, members and donors, and print monthly newsletter for members.  
  • Oversee development and publication of collateral materials for organization and programs

Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Minimum of two­‐year degree is required, bachelor’s degree or 5+ years working as a community organizer, community based economic development or policy analyst in community based organizations preferred.
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish or other languages spoken in Buffalo’s refugee community, Burmese, Karen, Arabic, Somali, etc. strongly preferred
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills   
  • Must  have solid computer skills, especially in Microsoft Word and Excel, online database management, typing, etc.  
  • Knowledge of community organizing practices  
  • Experience of work in Just Transition or Climate Justice a plus.

Join our team and build your career with us! We offer:

  • Supportive, stimulating, and collaborative environment with passionate colleagues dedicated to building community, equity, and justice
  • Competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and paid time off

How to Apply

Proposals should include a letter of application, resume, and contact information for two professional references.

Proposals will only be accepted by email, and should be sent to:

Rahwa Ghirmatzion
Executive Director

PUSH Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and inclusion as these principles are central to our mission.

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