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Fellow, Economic Development

New York, New York, United States


Bloomberg Philanthropies works to create catalytic change across five areas of focus: arts and culture, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. Our mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. Our approach is rooted in Mike Bloomberg's unique experience and success across the field of business, government, and philanthropy.

Bloomberg Associates

Bloomberg Associates is an international consulting service founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture. We provide pro-bono services to mayors to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens. Although we are a philanthropic enterprise, we function and work as a private-sector management consulting firm. Directed by a team of globally recognized experts and industry leaders, Bloomberg Associates works to improve urban environments by collaborating with cities to develop actionable best practices, build consensus and foster key relationships.  With experience in both the public and private sector, the Bloomberg Associates team is well-equipped to undertake any short or long-term municipal challenge.  Through its guidance and mentorship, Bloomberg Associates delivers actionable insights and plans across multiple disciplines.  For each City engagement, Bloomberg Associates offers expertise across eight disciplines:

- Sustainability

- Transportation

- Social Services

- Media & Digital Strategies

- Municipal Integrity, Efficiency & Transparency

- Cultural Assets Management

- Marketing & Tourism

- Urban Planning

Position Description

The Economic Development Team at Bloomberg Associates is seeking a Fellow to support the team on a range of economic and workforce development projects with US client cities.  The Team supports clients on economic strategy, sector based business development, small business support, neighborhood development, workforce development, commercial real estate development and regeneration projects, tourism promotion and strategic support. 

This role will be part-time, working on average 20 hours per week. The Fellow would be on an initial 6-month contract.  Must be located in the New York Metro area.

Key Responsibilities

Help to plan, arrange and execute a multi-day convening of senior economic development leaders from around the US. This will involve, but not be limited to:

- Working with the econ dev team to develop the program and format

- Helping to identify and secure site visits and speakers

- Communicating with participants (clients and speakers)

- Liaising with the host city to manage all logistics

- Liaising with admin support and travel agency to book at travel and accommodation

- Making last minute changes and trouble-shooting in real time

Conduct independent in depth research, best practice review and policy analysis in areas which could include but not be limited to:

- Workforce Development: Programs and services mapping, labor market analysis, career pathway development, program development.

- Business Sector Ecosystem Development: Models and strategies for business ecosystem development in tech, manufacturing, life sciences and emerging industries with a focus on startup ecosystems.

- Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization: Neighborhood retail activation / vacancy abatement, downtown recovery vis-a-vie COVID and work from home, place based redevelopment projects

- Financing and Incentives: Tax incentive evaluation, opportunity zones, development support, and other business financing programs

- Economic Strategy: Equitable economic development strategies, economic recovery

- Other research as assigned

Develop memos, research papers, case studies and presentations based on research findings.

Identify, outreach to and conduct interviews with senior government, academic, nonprofit and business leaders as part of research projects.

Engage, coordinate with and present to project clients

Desired Qualifications

Bachelor degree in related field and a minimum of two years’ relevant professional experience in business, government and/or nonprofit organizations. Master’s degree is a plus.

A strategic and analytical mindset with attention to detail and a complete focus on delivery

A proven track record of strong project execution, policy research, project management and results driven impact

Strong communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders

Clear and concise writing skills

Ability to convey complex data in simple PowerPoint design (ability to use Tableau software would also be helpful)

Comfortable working through ambiguity to create paths forward

An entrepreneurial self-starter can do approach with the ability to think and plan creatively

A quick learner, able to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information

Salary Information

Pay Range Per Hour: $25-30

This role will be part-time, ranging from 15 – 20 hours per week.

The referenced pay range is based on the Company's good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.