City of Boston

Economic Mobility Program Manager

Posted Date 5 months ago(10/19/2022 11:21 AM)
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Office of Equity
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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This role lives in the Equity & Inclusion Cabinet. Please read below to understand our larger vision.

Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Mission

The mission of the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet is to ensure that every resident has fair access to City resources and opportunities. We achieve this by embedding equity and inclusion into our current City practices, building our collective capacity on issues of racial and social justice, and fostering a more welcoming and accessible city. The departments in the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet take an anti-poverty approach to their work, focusing on the following areas:

1. Improving outcomes for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities, in particular immigrants,
women, and LGBTQ+ residents.
2. Increasing access for people with disabilities and those who speak a language other than English.
3. Eliminating barriers to fair housing and human rights.

This is not your typical 9-5pm role. We are looking for folks that share our core values of people-first leadership, intentional strategy, and justice.



Brief Job Description: 

Under the direction of the Chief and Chief of Staff for the Equity and Inclusion (E&I) Cabinet, the Economic Mobility Program Manager is responsible for developing and driving innovative and scalable solutions that promote economic advancement for communities harmed by inequitable systems. Working in partnership with external and internal stakeholders, the Economic Mobility Program Manager will:

Conduct community-informed research on the barriers to economic security and mobility.
Design, test, and scale pilot initiatives/programs that address gaps or leverage opportunities in the City of Boston’s economic mobility ecosysteml.
Review the impact of pilot programs/initiatives to determine the most effective approaches to maximizing the safety net for Boston residents.




Research and Analysis:

  • Spearhead community-informed, partner-driven research to generate data on the underlying factors and barriers to economic mobility.
  • Convene interviews and focus groups with community leaders and organizations to find out what works and what hinders their economic security.
  • Review and analyze existing City programs and policies, address gaps, and leverage interventions that are most effective.

Pilot Initiatives/Programs:

  • Oversee the implementation and management of innovative and scalable solutions
  • Develop and facilitate Economic Mobility working groups to operationalize pilot initiatives/programs.
  • Partner with local community-based organizations to organize and conduct pilot studies in communities of color.
  • Coordinate connections across City departments to strengthen economic mobility strategies and maximize the safety net for Boston residents.

Impact Assessment:

  • Conduct assessment of pilot initiatives/programs for effectiveness and long-term impact
    • Create metrics to measure impact and manage data tracking and reporting
  • Develop reports, publication materials, and testimony to increase public understanding of:
    • Barriers to economic mobility
    • Strategic initiatives/programs that promote economic advancement
    • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, as well as three (3) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in program design, management, and implementation, preferably in the public sector. A Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or a similar area may be substituted for the required experience.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suites.

  • Strong ability to lead projects and work independently.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Adept at analyzing data and translating numbers into a concise story that can be shared with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent listening skills; able to distill insights from listening and make recommendations accordingly.
  • Critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Self-starter with strong attention to detail and process-oriented.
  • Excellent at building internal and external relationships and collaborative work environments.
  • Experience writing reports, memos, and press releases is highly desired.
  • Experience in designing and leading pilot research studies.
  • Adaptable and able to manage multiple and evolving priorities.
  • Experience analyzing and using quantitative and qualitative data to inform strategies and initiatives.
  • Candidate must perform all work in an equitable manner, with a strong commitment to the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet’s mission.
  • Ablity to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston residency required.


Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MM2-9
Hours per week: 35


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