City of Boston

Deputy Commissioner, Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Posted Date 11 months ago(2/22/2021 10:15 AM)
Req ID
Boston Cntr - Youth & Families
Regular Full-Time
BCC-Central Office
Contact Email


This is a provisional appointment.


Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for improving the productivity of BCYF and to help achieve its set goals and mission by supporting the Commissioner in planning, overseeing, and evaluating BCYF programs, partnerships, and initiatives. Oversees the Development & Strategic Initiatives, Programming Operations, and Data & Marketing teams. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Commissioner.


Leadership & Administration:

  • Supports the development of BCYF’s communication strategy; monitors, manages and improves the efficiency of services and communication.
  • Facilitates coordination and communication between BCYF and internal/external parties.
  • Supervises the Development & Strategic Initiatives, Programming Operations, and Data & Marketing Teams, and other staff as needed. Conducts an annual and ongoing evaluation to support professional development and optimize performance of approximately 6 direct reports.
  • Stays abreast of all City and state policy developments that directly impact BCYF programs, services, and constituency.
  • Supports the Commissioner in the annual budget process, ensuring the alignment between budget proposals and allocations with center programming based on community needs.
  • Serves as an executive member of the BCYF Leadership team and actively contribute to long-term institutional planning and strategic leadership.
  • Attends and represents the Commissioner at internal and external meetings/events as needed.
  • Meets regularly with the Commissioner to brief, discuss, plan and assess projects.
  • Manages the existing relationship between BCYF and the different site councils, the Foundation for BCYF, monitoring and ensuring the Memorandum of Agreement between BCYF and site councils are being followed; plan and facilitate the monthly meeting with site councils. Plans staff/leadership meetings as required and requested.
  • Meets regularly with BCYF leadership, providing follow-up as needed.
  • Contributes to team effort by performing additional duties as needed to reach the mission of BCYF.

Programming Operations:

  • Manages and monitors new and existing BCYF projects, programs and initiatives implemented by the Programming Team ensuring they are driven by community aspirations and needs, advance racial equity and are aligned with BCYF and City of Boston strategic goals.
  • Ensures the collection of data measures impact and outcomes of programs and the use of data to inform practice.
  • Facilitates collaboration among the staff of the different centers and sites to share best practices and sustain a professional learning community committed to providing quality intergenerational programming.

Development & Strategic Initiatives:

  • Assists in the development and oversight of the implementation of strategic plans for BCYF.
  • Develops, and has oversight of all developments activities for BCYF relating to all funding sectors including but not limited to grant writing, solicitation, donor research, tracking and communications, and event planning.
  • Oversight of all aspects of a Planning & Development Team, including the responsibility of leading the development effort related to BCYF's strategic plan.
  • Creates targeted donor strategies for current and new donors in collaboration with BCYF's Executive Leadership Team.
  • Develops and implements fundraising strategies to meet established objectives through cross-team collaboration.
  • Represents BCYF at fundraising activities.
  • Drives process for developing annual projections that support the development of BCYF funding structure as well as monthly fundraising projections used to monitor progress; provide updated information on revenue projections to leadership.
  • Responsible for the overall leadership of BCYF's largest fundraising events and all aspects of planning and implementation, including goal-setting and fundraising, volunteer staffing, management of vendors and consultants and overall theme and design of event program.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and development of volunteers and stewards for BCYF.
  • Serve as the BCYF point person leading the Foundation for BCYF’s Board activities.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five (5) years in an executive leadership team, preferably in a City Government. 
  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated capacity to develop and implement practical strategies, plans, and solutions to identified issues and problems. 
  • Superior critical thinking skills, including the capacity to identify and appropriately assess and order competing interests and priorities. 
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and the ability to converse easily with program partners and leaders in the community. 
  • Track record of taking initiative in managing competitive organizational priorities and to work effectively under pressure when facing extremely short deadlines. 
  • Innovative thinking with a results-focused work ethic.
  • Commitment to the mission of the City of Boston and service to all its residents.
  • Preferred bilingualism in Spanish and/or one of the top five languages of Boston residents.





Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Non-Union/Non-Graded.

Hours Per Week: 35.


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