• Chief Resilience Officer

    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/11/2018 5:01 PM)
    Req ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Mayor's Ofc - Administration
    May Mayors Office
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  • Overview:

    Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


    The City of Boston seeks a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) to direct implementation of Resilient Boston , the City’s resilience plan, released in 2017. The CRO will plan, coordinate, and direct resilience efforts across City departments, and will collaborate with external organizations engaged in resilience efforts, as outlined in the plan.


    Under direction from the Mayor’s Chief of Policy and Planning, the CRO tracks, coordinates, develops, and manages the implementation of Resilient Boston as part of the City’s membership in 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. The ideal candidate is an exceptional leader, listener, and executer who can energize various community and stakeholder groups to foster collaboration.


    The CRO must have a broad and detailed knowledge of government functions. The CRO will be responsible for implementing a multi-faceted strategy that takes into account the many definitions of urban resilience, including: 1) social/cultural resilience (poverty reduction efforts, community capacity building, addressing and responding to the challenges of racial and socio-economic inequity);  2) economic resilience (economic diversification, business preparedness, land use/redevelopment); and 3) physical resilience (sea level rise, flooding, storm preparation, disaster planning).


    The CRO will establish a compelling vision and drive the resilience conversation in the city and serve as senior advisor and expert on resilience in the city, ensuring that the city applies a resilience lens so that resources are leveraged holistically.


    Examples of key duties include:


    • Coordinating Dialogue to Action, a citywide series of neighborhood-based conversations on racism, for which planning is already underway;
    • Regularly convening internal and external stakeholders to monitor progress on the initiatives contained within Resilient Boston and helping accelerate progress when necessary;
    • Ensuring that as City departments implement parts of Resilient Boston, they utilize a resilience and racial equity lens, as defined within the plan;
    • Maintaining communication with the numerous advisory bodies set up during creation of the plan and keep stakeholders apprised of progress;
    • Ensuring continued community contribution by convening external community and stakeholder groups in conversations about challenges to Boston's social/cultural, economic and physical resilience;
    • Prioritizing implementation of short and long term initiatives and outcomes within the resilience strategy;
    • Working across City of Boston departments and plans to assess and analyze the effectiveness of existing resilience strategies; -
    • Ensuring that City of Boston policies and operations related to urban resilience are strategically aligned across departments;
    • Regularly reviewing the resilience strategy to identify and recommend opportunities for improvement and adaptation; - Providing policy and planning advice on resilience concepts and priorities;
    • Serving as the main point of contact with 100 Resilient Cities and acting as liaison to the 100 Resilient Cities network and its platform partners;
    • Driving a practice of resilience within and across City agencies, ensuring that projects and initiatives are evaluated for their holistic benefits
    • Representing the City of Boston at the local, regional, state, federal, and international levels at seminars, conferences, public meetings, and in meetings with colleagues, the Rockefeller programs, the 100 Resilient Cities network, employees and employee organizations related to resilience initiatives.



    Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

    The following qualifications are strongly preferred:


    • Ten  (10) years of senior-level executive management experience preferably in a large, sophisticated, diverse, urban municipal, corporate, military and/or large non-profit organization;
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration or a related field (Master's degree or higher a strong plus);
    • Experience leading strategic planning and operations in the areas of public policy, urban planning and/or economic or community development;
    • A proven track record of working across populations and stakeholder groups, particularly historically underserved populations; 
    • A proven track record of implementing a major project that required coordinating with and executing across multiple sectors or disciplines; 
    • A demonstrated knowledge of municipal government (experience working with municipal governments preferred ; 
    • Led public/private collaborative efforts, including authentic partnerships with diverse community-based organizations;
    • A proven track record as an effective organizational leader;
    • Managed a team including both direct reports and peers, as well as consultants or contractors;
    • Experience with the Boston local community or region with the demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relations with all levels of government, businesses, non-governmental agencies and community leaders.



    Salary RANGE: $90,000 - $100,000 per year.



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