Design for Civic Change

Design for Civic Change is a professional development program for government workers interested in implementing community-engaged design within their work. This program is for people working within city, state, regional, or tribal governments in the United States, who work directly with marginalized communities in a planning, direct service, community engagement, or design role. To support the successful implementation of the skills and knowledge learned during the program, applicants are asked to apply as teams of two to three individuals working in the same agency or on the same initiative. Throughout the program, these teams will workshop a specific project and create an implementation plan.

During this program, participants will learn about effective community engagement from CUP and other leaders practicing community-engaged design in the field, learn principles of anti-oppressive facilitation, get peer feedback and one-on-one coaching as you implement your community engaged design project, and build a community of practice to support ongoing implementation and development of this work in the field.

After the program, you’ll be able to deepen your work with new techniques for stakeholder analysis, facilitating design conversations, communicating complex ideas in accessible ways, and addressing bias. You’ll also be able to center equity and marginalized communities in your work and build confidence and trust within the communities you work in.


About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, in partnership with and following the lead of historically marginalized communities. We use design to make important public policy and social justice issues easier to understand so people impacted by them can more easily navigate and change them.

CUP’s methods center the self-determination of marginalized communities, by organizing our work around efforts communities have initiated and have asked for support in. Our practice is a nationally-recognized, community-engaged design process that engages the expertise of our multidisciplinary teams - CUP staff as facilitators and communicators, a design team as translators of information into visual form, organizers as experts on the social justice issues our projects address, and community members as experts with lived experiences of the systems we are working to explain.


Program Structure

The cohort will participate in monthly half-day virtual gatherings that include workshops led by CUP staff, conversations with guest speakers, and space to develop and refine team projects with peer feedback. These sessions will have interactive, hands-on activities that will teach participants how to engage community members in the planning and decision-making processes that impact them. Workshops and activities will help participants practice skills related to goal setting, project scoping and management, facilitating design conversations, managing conflict, and integrating community feedback. Teams will also have monthly one-on-one sessions with CUP staff for additional support and advice as they implement their projects.

This 6 month program will run from July-December 2022. The program will culminate with an in-person convening (if conditions allow) to celebrate the completion of the program. All cohort days will run from 12-5PM Eastern Time online, unless otherwise noted. 

Required dates

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • Wednesday, August 17
  • Wednesday, September 21
  • Wednesday, October 19
  • Wednesday, November 16
  • TBD December in-person event

Participants are expected to attend all required dates and to notify us if you anticipate any scheduling conflicts. Participants should expect to spend around 10 hours per month on program responsibilities. 


Project Team Criteria

To support the successful implementation of the skills and knowledge learned during the program, applicants are asked to apply in teams with a specific issue area or project in mind where they would like to use CUP’s methodologies. 

Participants will be selected based on your commitment to advancing equity and social justice, your identification of a project to workshop throughout the program, and your ability to integrate community-engaged design approaches into your work.

Project teams should:

  • Be 2-3 individuals working in the same team or on the same initiative. Each team should be working in city, state, tribal, or regional government across the country.
  • Have a planning, direct service, community engagement, or design role. This program is most appropriate for teams who have the authority and capacity within their duties to implement the project.
  • Work directly with marginalized communities.
  • Be able to commit to the dates and to sending a full team at every gathering.


How to Apply

All applications are due by 12:00pm Eastern time on Monday, June 13, 2022.

To apply, you will need to create an account on Submittable. Making an account will take no more than 2 minutes. Once you have an account, you’ll be able to answer the application questions, which are listed below. You’ll also need to upload a current resume for each member of your group and a letter of support from your government agency. If your team has people across agencies or departments, you'll need to upload a letter of support from each agency.

Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials. No phone calls, please.

CUP hosted a webinar to give an overview of the program and answer any questions. You can check out that webinar here

CUP staff will update all applicants on their status by the end of June.

Application Questions

  • Tell us about your government organization, the work you do, and the services you provide.
  • How does your organization work towards advancing equity? Which marginalized communities are you engaging in your work? How do you engage with them?
  • Please describe the project you'd like to workshop throughout the program. How do you think the project would benefit from participating in this program?
  • What is each team member's role in the project?
  • What work has your organization already done on this issue? How does this project connect to past or present initiatives?


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be based in NYC to apply?

No. With the exception of the closing event, this program will be held virtually and is open to all agencies and jurisdictions. We welcome applications from government agencies working in local, regional, tribal, and state contexts all across the United States!

Are the dates flexible?

The cohort meets 6 times over the course of the program so full participation is very important. Participants are expected to attend all required dates and notify us in your application if you anticipate any schedule conflicts.

Do I need to be a designer or familiar with design?

No. We know not everyone may have the resources or familiarity with design and our process will teach you our methods and how to use them in your work.

What if I have more questions?

We’ll hosted a webinar on May 11 to answer any questions people may have. You can rewatch that here. You can also email clair@welcometocup.org with any questions during the open call.

CUP is Hiring a Director of Operations & Development

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is looking for a Director of Operations and Development  to manage and develop our financial and administrative operations, including fundraising, budgeting, people and culture, facilities, and information technology. The person in this role will play a critical role in advancing our mission and increasing the impact of our work.


About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement in partnership with marginalized communities.

CUP’s work addresses the needs of communities organizing for social change around complex public policies and decision-making processes that impact their lives, from affordable housing to labor rights. By collaborating directly with communities to create accessible and visual explanations on issues important to them, CUP provides individuals with the tools to claim their rights, advocate for their needs, and fight for social justice.

In 2021, our work reached over 60,000 people in New York City and beyond. In recent years, our work has expanded to the national scale, as with our collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Court Innovation on graphic novels for child victims and witnesses of crime. We have expanded and deepened our training programs on community-engaged design practices with a racial justice and equity lens, focusing on designers with the support of the Ford Foundation, and launching a training academy for local government workers across the country, with support from the Luce Foundation. Our work has been nationally recognized with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Institutional Achievement and the Curry Stone Design Prize, and has been featured in publications and exhibit around the world, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver’s exhibit Citizenship: A Practice of Society.

CUP’s programs continue to deepen and expand their impact. We are completing a 5-year strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth and development in a sustainable and equitable way over the next five years. The Director of Operations and Development will play a critical role in implementing that plan and continuing to build the strong foundation for CUP’s future growth.

CUP is also a great place to work and grow! We have an amazing staff and board, made up of fun, creative, and hardworking people committed to racial justice and equity and to the power of design in effecting change. 

Find out more about our work and our values at: http://welcometoCUP.org


Director of Operations and Development

The Director of Operations and Development is an exciting, critical role in advancing CUP’s mission and impact. This is a full-time position, located at our office in Gowanus, Brooklyn. In this role, you will have a chance to engage with all aspects of CUP’s operations, and will be part of our Leadership Team, with the Executive Director and the Director of Programs.

The Director of Operations and Development will report to the Executive Director, work closely with the board and in partnership with the Director of Programs, and act as the central point of focus for our mission-sustaining development work.  CUP has  a full-time staff of 11 and an annual budget of $1.5 million. The person in this role will manage CUP’s core operations and supervise a staff of two team members as well as external partners and contractors.

This role is a great opportunity for someone to demonstrate and further develop the breadth of skills needed to eventually grow into an executive role in the nonprofit world. The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with several years of increasingly complex experience in nonprofit development and operations, a desire to work in a collaborative setting with a broad range of partners; a belief in the power of design to effect change; and a commitment to racial justice and equity.

We ask that you specifically address these areas, as well as other qualifications, in your cover letter.


Responsibilities

The Director of Operations and Development’s responsibilities include:

DEVELOPMENT

The Director of Operations and Development creates and manages all aspects of fundraising and development plans including:

GRANTS.

  • Leads key prospecting, cultivation, relationship and donor management in partnership with the Executive Director and program staff
  • The Director of Operations and Development also oversees staff to ensure proper documentation, tracking and reporting of all new and existing grants

INDIVIDUAL GIVING.

  • Manages appeal campaigns, crowdfunding, donor communications, and working with board members and staff to engage their networks and resources in events and other fundraising opportunities.
  • Supervises Development Coordinator’s maintenance of Salesforce CRM, including securing additional training and support as needed.
  • Works with Executive Director to develop individual donor strategy and implement it with Executive Director and board.
  • Maintains relationships with major donors and secure gifts for specific initiatives.

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

  • Works in close partnership with Executive Director on all aspects of strategic planning and successful execution of organizational mission
  • Contributes to leadership team decision-making on key issues impacting the organization, and participates in efforts that help CUP to thrive and to actively work towards making our programs and processes more anti-racist

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Plays lead role in overseeing the organization’s finances, with support from outside contractors, including budgeting, audits, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll
  • Develops, manages, and monitors the annual organizational budget; oversees collaborative process for drafting budget with all staff; partners with the Executive Director on development, final approval, and board submission of the budget
  • Oversees and manages the annual financial audit and all related documentation, with support from external bookkeeper
  • Supervises staff on expense, invoicing payments, and reconciliations, with bookkeeper support
  • Keeps organization in full compliance with government and funder requirements, including annual audits, grant tracking, insurance coverage, and document retention

BOARD RELATIONS

  • Actively engages a highly collaborative board on a number of topics including fundraising, development, and strategic planning
  • Manages the board’s External Committee, which is responsible for activating CUP’s individual fundraising efforts and providing strategic guidance on external communications

HUMAN RESOURCES AND VENDOR MANAGEMENT

  • Creates, manages, and oversees CUP’s human resources practices, including personnel policies, benefits administration, and general compliance, with support from external contractors
  • Acts as key liaison with outside support resources such as the PEO (JustWorks), bookkeeping (YPTC), legal counsel, IT consultants, property manager, as well as managing multiple vendor relationships and contracts
  • Supervises two team members in development/communications and administration roles
  • Hires, supervises, trains, and motivates staff and contractors in accordance with job scope, approved budgets, and organizational policies & values

FACILITIES & IT MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manages CUP physical office facilities and IT, with support from outside contractors and other staff, including managing supplies, equipment, repairs, and maintenance
  • Identifies, negotiates, and manages relevant vendor contracts and relationships


Who should apply?

Requirements for this position are listed below.

We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed on this job description, but may not meet all of the qualifications. If much of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Core Skills & Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of increasingly complex work experience in nonprofit development and/or organizational management
  • Demonstrated success in multiple areas of nonprofit development including: grants, individual giving, and event planning
  • Demonstrated experience in nonprofit management, including long-range budgeting, cash flow management, business planning, audits, overseeing bookkeeping and accounts payable/receivables, board engagement, contract management, managing external human resources vendor, and compliance
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak and write in a clear and accessible way for multiple audiences
  • Experience successfully working with a broad range of partners in a variety of communities, particularly with a strong understanding of racial justice and an ability to engage respectfully with individuals from historically marginalized communities (whether or not you come from one yourself); our stakeholders and partners include members of many different communities, community organizers, funders, government agencies, designers, teaching artists, and high school students
  • Experience successfully supervising, training, and managing staff
  • Understanding of racial justice and ability to apply an anti-oppressive lens to our work and out internal processes and policies. The ideal candidate can be reflective in their own growth around racial justice, and is eager to participate in ongoing efforts to create more just and anti-oppressive practices.
  • A high level of organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Ability to work in an intensely collaborative, non-hierarchical environment
  • Interest in working with a growing organization, and flexibility to adapt as the organization grows and identify opportunities to support development of organizational infrastructure
  • High level of proficiency with digital tools relevant to this role, particularly Mac platform, Microsoft Office and databases, and familiarity with CRM systems

In addition, any of the following skills and experience are a plus

  • Experience using fundraising databases/CRM systems
  • Experience coordinating events
  • Experience with fee-for-service work and/or business development
  • Lived experience related to the issues our work addresses


Culture, Salary & Benefits

CUP is committed to fostering equity and racial justice in the work we produce, the way we produce it, and the way we function as an organization. We seek to be an organization where people with different abilities and from different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds can thrive together, and where our practices create opportunities, not barriers, to achieving greater social justice.

In support of our commitment to achieving these goals, CUP strives to be a healthy, positive, and sustainable place to work. To that end, we provide free health insurance benefits, professional development opportunities, and a reasonable work schedule that allows our staff to have a healthy life both inside and outside of work. We are also committed to working together as a staff to better understand issues of race, equity, and justice and to continue to further our own education on how we engage with and address those issues as individuals and as an organization. We support all staff members in pursuing continuous professional development, and use our annual review process to identify individual goals for each year.

This is a full-time, salaried position. The salary range for the position will be in the range of $80,000 to $95,000, commensurate with skills and experience. We also provide fully paid health insurance, an optional 401(k) plan, optional dental insurance, a paid time off package starting with 15 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays per year.

CUP is an 11-person organization with an annual budget of $1.5 million. Our office is based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, but we work with community partners all over New York City and travel throughout the five boroughs regularly. This position may also entail occasional travel outside of New York City in the future. Work hours are flexible, but generally around 10 am to 6 pm. (Staff have the option to set their start time between 8 am and 11 am Eastern for more flexibility.) Our work requires occasional evening and weekend events, such as launch events, workshops, presentations, and fundraisers. Staff members work in the office a minimum of 3 days per week, with flexible hours, and can work remotely the rest of the time.

All employees who work onsite are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination before entering the office. “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine. Vaccines must be approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. CUP will maintain the confidentiality of information about employee vaccinations. For job applicants, requests for reasonable accommodation may be submitted after receiving a conditional offer of employment, and will be considered on an individualized basis.


Timeline & Selection Process

Applications will be accepted until the Submittable portal closes at  noon Eastern time on Wednesday, May 25th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to submit their materials early.

A hiring committee made up of CUP staff members and a board member will review all complete applications and schedule interviews in early June.

Finalists may be asked to complete a short assignment, and will be compensated for their time.

Applicants will be notified by late June, with an expected start date in July.


How To Apply

If you’re interested in the position, you can apply online via this Submittable page.

To apply, you will need to create an account on Submittable, fill in your contact information, and upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter, in which you address why you are interested in this position, how your experience qualifies you for it, and why you would like to work at CUP
  • A current resume
  • A short writing sample (3 pages maximum), preferably that demonstrates your ability to write in a communications or development context
  • A list of 3 references, including name, how you know them, and their  contact information. (No need to provide letters. We will not contact these references until later stages in the review process and will let you know before we do so.)

Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials.

No phone calls, please.

CUP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fair and inclusive employment practices, and strongly encourage Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color; women; LGBTQ individuals; people with disabilities; people who have experienced incarceration; and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas to apply.

CUP is Hiring our next Executive Director

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is looking for our next Executive Director, to guide the organization into a new chapter in its story. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a leader to work with our highly skilled and committed staff and our deeply engaged board to build on CUP’s legacy of using design to support meaningful, community-led change.


About CUP
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement in partnership with marginalized communities.

CUP’s work addresses the needs of communities organizing for social change around complex public policies and decision-making processes that impact their lives, from affordable housing to labor rights. By collaborating directly with communities to create accessible and visual explanations on issues important to them, CUP provides individuals with the tools to claim their rights, advocate for their needs, and fight for social justice.

In 2021, our work reached over 60,000 people in New York City and beyond. Building on 20 years of deep collaboration with NYC based organizations, our work has expanded to the national scale, as in our collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Court Innovation on graphic novels for child victims and witnesses of crime. We have recently expanded and deepened our training programs on community-engaged design practices with a racial justice and equity lens, focusing on designers with the support of the Ford Foundation, and launching a training academy for local government workers across the country, with support from the Luce Foundation. Our work has been nationally recognized with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Institutional Achievement and the Curry Stone Design Prize, and has been featured in publications and exhibits around the world, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver’s exhibit Citizenship: A Practice of Society.

CUP’s programs continue to deepen and expand their impact. We are completing a 5-year strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth and development in a sustainable and equitable way over the next five years. The new Executive Director will play a critical role in implementing that plan and continuing to build the strong foundation for CUP’s future growth.

CUP is also a great place to work and grow! We have an amazing staff and board, made up of fun, creative, and hardworking people committed to racial justice and equity and to the power of design in effecting change. Find out more about our work and our values at: http://welcometoCUP.org


The Executive Director Role

CUP is seeking a forward-thinking, values-driven Executive Director to lead and manage the organization, shepherd its mission, and provide ongoing vision in line with the organization’s core values.

The Executive Director reports to CUP’s Board of Directors; runs the organization with the support of the leadership team, made up of the Director of Operations & Development and the Director of Programs; and oversees a budget of $1.5M and a team of 12 members. This is a full-time position, located at our office in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with a deep understanding of community-engaged design practices, nonprofit management, and collaborative leadership; a desire to work in a collaborative setting with a broad range of partners; a belief in the power of design to effect change; an ability to articulate CUP’s story and impact verbally and in writing to increase its reach and its financial sustainability; and a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and equity.

This is an exciting moment in CUP’s story. The next leader will build on the past 20 years of impact, and shape how CUP’s work will respond to community needs and priorities in the coming years.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:

STRATEGIC VISION & LEADERSHIP

  • Provide strategic vision for CUP’s work and next phase of impact by drawing on the recently completed strategic plan and translating it into executable goals and ensure that daily decision-making is led by shared strategy and values
  • Periodically develop new, values-aligned strategic plan through collaborative process with staff, board, and other stakeholders
  • Provide support needed for staff to understand and translate strategic vision and priorities into their daily work and successfully execute on the plan
  • Ensure that all programs, projects, and other activities align with CUP’s values and meet the standards of quality our partners expect from us
  • Support the conception, design, execution, and evaluation of new programs, and the revision or sunsetting of programs that no longer meet the organization’s goals
  • Actively engage board in mission and critical decision-making for the organization, drawing on their knowledge and experience strategically as thought partners who actively contribute to CUP’s development


FUNDRAISING & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Strengthen existing and cultivate new relationships with institutional funders (foundations, government, and corporate) and CUP’s devoted individual donors, in line with our strategic priorities and values
  • Continue to build on CUP’s strategy of diversifying funding sources to ensure organizational stability, including further developing CUP’s growing fee-for-service income stream
  • Provide strategic vision and guidance to development and program staff in fundraising efforts
  • Create and manage the organizational budget in a way that is consistent with organizational values and priorities, and program commitments


PARTNERSHIPS & EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Steward and expand on CUP’s meaningful relationships and reputation of trust with our key stakeholder communities, including community organizing and advocacy groups, designers and teaching artists, high schools, elected officials, and others
  • Increase awareness of CUP and our partners’ mission, work, and impacts, in order to deepen those impacts and to ensure our services are widely known and our materials are accessed and widely used; Be a visible voice for CUP’s mission and provide space and a model for staff and board members to do the same
  • Identify and pursue strategic opportunities for financially sustainable work that expands and deepens the impact of CUP’s mission
  • Engage and inspire CUP’s staff, board, and devoted network of supporters around our mission to increase the organization’s impact by ensuring it is sustainably resourced and staffed
  • Strategically guide CUP’s branding, messaging, and communications efforts to increase awareness of our work, engage collaborators and project partners, and increase financial support; Ensure that CUP’s communications are consistent with our organizational values;
  • Contribute to thought leadership in the fields CUP participates in, such as community-engaged design, participatory democracy, and civic engagement; share lessons learned from CUP’s work on the ground to support continued advancement and critical dialogue in those fields.


PEOPLE & CULTURE

  • Lead our committed team by providing direction and vision, and clearly articulating the relationship between our values and vision and our day-to-day decision-making, and ensuring all staff have clear roles and responsibilities
  • Support continued professional development of all staff individually and the team as a whole; ensure clarity in pathways for staff promotion and leadership development
  • Lead with active communication, collaborative and transparent decision-making, and genuine relationship building
  • Continue to build a team of individuals with relevant skills, training, and lived experience and providing training and support so they can excel in their roles and build a rewarding career at CUP and beyond
  • Provide direct supervision to Director of Programs and Director of Operations & Development
  • Partner with board to recruit and train new members in line with CUP’s values and strategic needs; support board with ongoing development and training in alignment with organizational priorities and values


STRENGTHENING INFRASTRUCTURE & OPERATIONS

  • Lead the assessment and development of organizational infrastructure and systems in a way that manages risk, supports the organization’s emerging needs, and plans for its future ones, including technology, physical plant, HR policies, internal controls, financial management, board development, legal compliance, and other areas as needed
  • Ensure that organizational structures, policies, and procedures are consistent with our values and are continually evolving to reflect our commitment to and ever-deepening understanding of racial justice and equity
  • Support program evaluation and continual learning and improvement to ensure that CUP’s programs and processes meet partner needs, continue to evolve, and are aligned with our values


Who should apply?

Requirements for this position are listed below.

We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed on this job description, but may not meet all of the qualifications. If much of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply.


CORE SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

Content area expertise

CUP’s work takes place at the intersection of public policy, community organizing, and design. The Executive Director must be able to show proficiency in and build credibility with partners and staff in:

  • Design and visual culture — Demonstrate strong visual literacy and knowledge of the fields of design and/or visual art, whether through formal training and/or work experience in a design or visual arts field
  • Community-engaged design practice — Experience successfully leading community-engaged design, human-centered design, or other participatory design processes from an anti-oppressive perspective and centering directly impacted communities
  • Public policy — Demonstrated understanding of American urban policy and planning issues, through a racial justice lens, and demonstrated ability to read, understand, and interpret public policy
  • Lived experience related to the topics we work on and/or cultural competency to participate in and facilitate conversations on challenging issues related to power, oppression, and racial justice


Alignment with CUP’s values

  • Strong belief in the right of marginalized communities to build power and a political voice, and in the power of design to support community-led change
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and ability to apply an anti-oppressive lens to CUP’s policies, processes, programs, budgets, and communications. The ideal candidate can be reflective in their own growth around racial justice, and is eager to participate in ongoing efforts to create more just and anti-oppressive practices.
  • Ability to be flexible and open to learning and growing as the organization does


Organizational leadership experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of increasingly complex work experience in a relevant field, including leading an organization, department, or other unit of multiple staff members (relevant fields may include public policy, government, communications design, service design, arts/culture/curatorial management, urban planning, as well as others)
  • Demonstrated ability to raise revenue from diverse sources including foundations, government entities, fee-for-service work, and individual donors; Experience successfully creating, raising, and overseeing annual budget of at least $1M
  • Track record with program design, oversight, financial reporting and evaluation with a focus on supporting continual improvement and learning, and overseeing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Previous experience collaboratively developing and executing strategic plans, including engaging board, staff, and external partners around priorities and supporting their implementation


People, culture & collaboration

  • A track record building, training, and empowering strong, highly collaborative teams & culture where vision and values drive decision-making
  • Ability to build transparent and trusting relationships with broad range of stakeholders, including staff, as well as external partners including grassroots community organizations, designers, educational partners, funders, and government entities


Communications

  • Ability to craft compelling, clear narratives that engage partners, collaborators, and other stakeholders in the mission and vision
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability write in a clear and accessible way for multiple audiences
  • Track record as a compelling public speaker who is able to engage a wide range of audiences


Culture, Salary & Benefits

CUP is committed to fostering equity and racial justice in the work we produce, the way we produce it, and the way we function as an organization. We seek to be an organization where people with different abilities and from different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds can thrive together, and where our practices create opportunities, not barriers, to achieving greater social justice.

In support of our commitment to achieving these goals, CUP strives to be a healthy, positive, and sustainable place to work. To that end, we provide free health insurance benefits, professional development opportunities, and a reasonable work schedule that allows our staff to have a healthy life both inside and outside of work. We are also committed to working together as a staff to better understand issues of race, equity, and justice and to continue to further our own education on how we engage with and address those issues as individuals and as an organization. We support all staff members in pursuing continuous professional development, and use our annual review process to identify individual goals for each year.

This is a full-time, salaried position. The salary range for the position is $95,000 to $115,000, commensurate with skills and experience. Our benefits program also includes comprehensive, free health insurance; affordable dental coverage; financial security with long term disability insurance; a 401(k) plan to help prepare for retirement; paid personal and sick leave; leadership and managerial coaching support; and a professional development stipend.

CUP is a 12-person organization with an annual budget of $1.5 million, and poised to continue growing. Our office is based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, but we work with community partners all over New York City and travel throughout the five boroughs regularly. This position may also entail occasional travel outside of New York City in the future. Work hours are flexible, but generally around 10 am to 6 pm. Our work requires occasional evening and weekend events, such as launch events, workshops, presentations, and fundraisers. Staff members work in the office a minimum of 3 days per week, with flexible hours, and can work remotely the rest of the time.

All employees who work onsite are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination before entering the office. “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine. Vaccines must be approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. CUP will maintain the confidentiality of information about employee vaccinations. For job applicants, requests for reasonable accommodation may be submitted after receiving a conditional offer of employment, and will be considered on an individualized basis.


Timeline & Selection Process

Applications will be accepted until the Submittable application portal closes at noon Eastern time on Thursday,, June 23rd. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to submit their materials early.

A hiring committee made up of CUP staff and board members will review all complete applications and schedule interviews in late June/early July.

Finalists may be asked to complete a short assignment, and will be compensated for their time.

Applicants will be notified by August, at the latest, with an expected start date in late August or September.


How To Apply

If you’re interested in the position, you can apply online via Submittable, on this page.

To apply, you will need to create an account on Submittable, fill in your contact information, and upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter, in which you address why you are interested in this position, how your experience qualifies you for it, and why you would like to work at CUP
  • A current resume
  • A short writing sample (3 pages maximum), preferably that demonstrates your ability to write about a topic that is relevant to CUP’s work
  • A list of 3 references, including name, how you know them, and their contact information. (No need to provide letters. We will not contact these references until later stages in the review process and will let you know before we do so.)

Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials.

No phone calls, please.

CUP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fair and inclusive employment practices, and strongly encourage Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color; women; LGBTQ individuals; people with disabilities; people who have experienced incarceration; and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas to apply.