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Executive Director

The Urban Jobs Task Force of Syracuse (UJTFS) seeks its first full-time Executive Director who will lead the organization in its mission to realize a Syracuse where all prosper through good paying jobs and meaningful careers. UJTFS is a collaboration of individuals and organizations advocating for and with disadvantaged Syracusans for equitable employment and economic opportunity.


The Executive Director directs and coordinates UJTFS advocacy and public/community outreach activities; engages collaborating agencies and UJTFS membership; achieves goals and objectives consistent with agency mission and contracts; and develops organizational activities, budget and grant management, funding applications, and reporting. Interested applicants should refer to Job Description below and forward cover letter and resume to:


Applications will be accepted through May 18th, 2023.

Job Description

Position Title:     Executive Director – Urban Jobs Task Force of Syracuse

Reports to:         UJTFS Board of Directors

UJTFS Mission and Vision  
The Urban Jobs Task Force of Syracuse (“UJTFS”) is a collaboration of individuals and organizations advocating for and with disadvantaged Syracusans for equitable employment and economic opportunities. UJTFS has a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it’s what will get us to tomorrow. Our vision is a Syracuse where all prosper through good paying jobs and meaningful careers.

Job Summary  

  • Direction and coordination of UJTFS advocacy and public/community outreach activities

  • Engagement with collaborating agencies and UJTFS membership

  • Communication with the Board

  • Achievement of goals and objectives consistent with agency mission and contracts  

  • Collaboration with the Board to:

    • organize direction and policy development 

    • develop organizational activities 

    • manage budgets and grants

    • develop funding applications, and reporting to funder(s)

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Serves as liaison with funders, partner agencies and organizations, the UJTFS Board and other relevant local entities

  • Fulfills reporting requirements for existing and new grants or funding sources

  • Assists with identifying and developing fundraising opportunities

  • In collaboration with UJTFS Board, directs the development/revision of policies and procedures for UJTFS operations to achieve all goals and objectives associated with UJTFS mission and projects

  • In collaboration with the UJTFS Board, develop and review strategic plan

  • Implements strategic planning activities

  • Supervises the design, development and implementation of internal data collection and reporting systems for UJTFS activities and projects

  • Works with UJTFS membership and Board to identify potential advocacy and community organizing campaigns that align with UJTFS mission and vision

  • Creates campaign plans with measurable goals

  • Represents the agency and its priorities to the public as requested, including print and social media outreach and public speaking; serves on advisory or steering committees and focused working groups or coalitions

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Necessary Skills

  • Experience working with elected officials and other administrative stakeholders

  • Excellent public speaking, writing, and communication skills

  • Strong ability to prioritize and complete tasks, with a proven ability to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on campaign efforts

  • Self-motivation and an ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Competency with MS Suite and related workplace software

  • Experience in utilizing print and social media for outreach, community education and general communication


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Minimum two years of political, community and/or issue advocacy organizing. Coalition building experience desired.

  • Familiarity with the Syracuse/Onondaga County region, workforce and economic development organizations and stakeholders strongly preferred

  • Candidate must have access to reliable transportation 

  • Commitment to the goals and mission of the UJTFS

Working Conditions

  • The individual is expected to be able to meet in-person with local officials and organizations as necessary

  • Candidate has the ability to work from home

  • Needed equipment  and software will be provided by UJTFS

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer

  • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 15 pounds

  • Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions

Terms of Employment

  • Salary – this is a salaried full-time position of $60,000 per year. Pay periods may be bi-weekly or monthly based on the preference of the incumbent.

  • Benefits will include health benefits and Personal Time Off (PTO) used for sick, vacation and personal time off totaling no more than 20 days yearly. Up to five days PTO may be carried over into the next year.

  • Except for sick days, vacation and time off requests must be submitted to the board no less than 5 days prior to the requested time off.

  • Paid holidays will include all federal holidays and are in addition to above PTO.

  • Probationary Period – this position will have a probationary period of 6 months at the end of which time the Board and incumbent will meet to determine if the incumbent will continue in the Executive Director position.

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