Executive Director for Community Reconstruction, Infrastructure & Small Business
The Executive Director for Community Reconstruction (CR), Infrastructure & Small Business has the overall responsibility for leading the work of the Community Reconstruction, Infrastructure, Small Business and Living with the Bay Rebuild By Design Programs. Client is led via a small executive team which includes the Executive Director for CR, Infrastructure & Small Business. The executive team comprises the highest-ranking officers and is responsible for the achievement of GOSR’s mission and oversight of the organization.
The $625M Community Reconstruction Program consists of implementation of more than 300 community-led recovery and resiliency projects across New York State. Projects include but are not limited to hardening of critical facilities, stormwater/drainage improvements, green infrastructure, transportation improvements and shoreline restoration. Currently, most of the portfolio is in the design or in construction phase.
The $575M Infrastructure Program consists of larger scale infrastructure improvements that will enhance the resilience and economic strength of New York State. Projects include but are not limited to wastewater improvements, critical facilities, FEMA Public Assistance Match payments and recovery and resiliency improvements within State parks. Currently, most of the portfolio is in the construction or closeout phase.
The Small Business Program provides grant assistance to small businesses across NYS. The program provided more than $55M in CDBG-DR grant funding to help business repair, recover and mitigate from future events. The program is currently in the closeout phase.
The $185M Rebuild by Design (RBD) Program contains two projects awarded by HUD via the Rebuild by Design competition. The Executive Director for Community Reconstruction, Infrastructure & Small Business has primary oversight of the $125M Living with the Bay RBD project, which is a variety of stormwater and resiliency initiatives within Nassau County’s Mill River watershed. All initiatives within the Living with the Bay project are in the design phase. The Executive Director will also assist in progressing of the $85M Living Breakwaters RBD project as determined by the executive team.
Strategic Vision and Leadership
• Collaborate with the Governor’s Office to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring budget, staff and priorities are aligned with the clients core mission
• Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all staff, ensure continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization; establish effective decision-making processes that will enable the client to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives
• Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Governor’s Office and the general public and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals
External Relationship Management (Federal Funding, HUD, Public Engagement, etc.)
• Ensure the client makes continuous progress toward the achievement of its mission through external collaboration and partnership
• Coordinate responses to external monitors to ensure continued program compliance and address any questions
• Rationalize the delivery of programs through new and existing offices and partnerships
• Increase efficiencies and consistency throughout the organization by developing and implementing standardized programs and services
Infrastructure and Operations
• Oversee the delivery of high quality services through the facilitation of cross-departmental collaboration and strong internal communications
• Oversee the financial status of the CR, Infrastructure and Small Business programs, including the development of long and short-range financial plans, monitoring the program budgets and ensuring sound financial controls are in place. Set financial priorities accurately to ensure the programs are operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program staff
Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA, MPA or related advanced degree
• At least 15 years of overall professional experience, with 10 years of leadership experience
• Prior government experience ideal; federal, state or city experience preferred
• A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen, analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
• Excellent coalition building and influencing skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions
• Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and ability to be an outgoing spokesperson and relationship builder