| May 28, 2024

Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships in Urban Development

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  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • DC: $102,850 – 108,900 NY: $113,135 – $119,700 USD / Year

Website Living Cities


Founded in 1991, Living Cities is a member collaborative of prominent foundations and financial institutions. We foster transformational relationships across sectors and connect leaders, stakeholders, and policy influencers committed to closing racial income and wealth gaps in America’s cities. We partner with cross-sector leaders in cities across the country to imagine and create an America in which all people are economically secure, building wealth, and living abundant, dignified, and connected lives. Our staff, investments, convenings, and networks support efforts that operationalize racial equity and inclusion in local government, create inclusive narratives, bring communities together to strategically address systemic racial inequities and build wealth among BIPOC communities through specific tactical pathways, i.e., entrepreneurship, homeownership, and access to capital.

Living Cities harnesses the collective and collaborative power of philanthropy, financial institutions, and local governments to close racial income and wealth gaps in U.S. cities. Our committed membership, leadership, staff, community network, partners, investments, and strategic direction all support our efforts to eliminate systemic barriers and inequities in entrepreneurship and business growth, access to capital, and homeownership for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Our shared vision is that people in U.S. cities are economically secure, building wealth, and living abundant and connected lives.




Living Cities is seeking an Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships to help identify, design, and manage strategic partnerships that will further the goals of Living Cities, a collaborative of financial, philanthropic, and other institutions who are working together to close the racial wealth gap in all U.S. cities.

The Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships reports to the Chief Strategy Officer and sits on the Strategic Partnerships team, which maintains and expands strategic relationships and innovations to drive Living Cities’ impact, partnerships, and financial resources. The Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships will help forge strategic partnerships with public and private institutions, public officials, academics, and others who are focused on building inclusive economies to build collaborative partnerships that will work together to close the racial wealth gap.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall support to the Chief Strategy Officer, coordinating strategic partnerships and innovations horizontally throughout the organization and achieving collective impact goals toward closing the racial wealth gap.
  • Design and manage key strategic partnerships, creating models, MOUs, and outcomes for partnerships.
  • Design and management of special projects that will further the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting partnerships through research, networking, special events and other strategies.
  • Create, maintain, and update organizational profiles and other information in Salesforce, keeping the broader staff team informed and updated about partnerships.
  • Identify stories, images, and other collateral from partnerships, including convenings, site visits, and other events that are suitable for Member updates, strategic fundraising, and stewardship.
  • Effective coordination with Strategy Team and Office of the President to align cultivation, prospecting, and engagement opportunities for current and prospective members.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Policies, Organizational Development, or related field
  • Five years’ experience in a related role or field or 10 or more years’ experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience in City Hall or other relevant experience or familiarity with local government, especially with the mayor’s offices, is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with private and corporate philanthropy and inclusive economic development. Understanding of philanthropy/financial institutions broadly; direct experience in /both sectors preferred.
  • Familiarity with our Board members’ focus areas, and other philanthropic collaboratives relevant to our goals.
  • Experience managing people and projects and demonstrated comfort working across teams.
  • A history of building strong relationships and partnerships; experience facilitating collective action a plus.
    Commitment to addressing economic inequality and racial disparities; experience in the urban, social change field is a significant asset.


Salary is commensurate with experience and background and follows our internal compensation strategy.
DC: $102,850 – 108,900
NY: $113,135 – $119,700



This job operates in a professional office environment.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

As much of our work is performed on a computer, the employee must be able to remain in a position that allows them to do so effectively. Additionally, they may require some movement around the office to access files or other equipment or technology. As collaboration and communication are a large part of our work, the employee must also be able to accurately exchange information in these situations, whether verbally or written.



This is a full-time position.



Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.



Living Cities is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive team at all levels. We are an equal opportunity employer and provide opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.



Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



To apply for this job please visit livingcities.org.