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Opening: Managing Director of Programs

Publication date: 
August, 2022
Position: Managing Director of Programs
Organization: Living Cities
Location: Washington, DC


Living Cities seeks nominations and applications for the Managing Director of Programs. Reporting directly to the President & CEO, Joe Scantlebury, the Managing Director (MD) will lead a strong team in next level strategy and implementation of Living Cities’ work in cities to identify and advance innovative policy and practices that support economic mobility and wealth building, including through entrepreneurship, and homeownership, to close racial wealth gaps in cities across the country.

Living Cities is a collaborative of our nation’s most prominent foundations and financial institutions that exists to close the racial income and wealth gaps in American cities. The organization aims to connect leaders within local government with philanthropy, financial institutions, business, and community organizations by helping them to identify opportunities to establish and increase equitable economic opportunity as a model response to racialized economic inequities.

The MD will lead a team that will help city government, capital provider, and nonprofit leaders bridge gaps in access to public and private capital and shift the practices, policies, and mindsets of private and public sector organizations and leaders to remove obstacles to access to capital and redress the effects of systemic barriers to equitable economic opportunity with a distinctive focus on access capital. The MD will lead a team that helps the organization leverage its voice and influence to foster hope that a fair and equitable economy is possible and that shared prosperity in American cities begins by including all its people in all levels of its economy. Cities served by Living Cities under the leadership of the MD will specifically increase the number of people of color who start, preserve, and grow businesses. In partnership with the Managing Director for Capital for the New Majority, this role will influence private capital to invest in BIPOC managers, hire BIPOC senior and mid-level staff, and influence investors in private equity and related organizations. The new MD will oversee Living Cities’ strategic approach to engaging and sharing information about the efforts and innovations across a growing network of cities seeking to advance equitable economic opportunity, including, but not limited to, the 21 geographically dispersed cities in the Closing the Gap Network and the Truist Foundation Equitable Economic Ecosystem cities. The MD will also share leadership and partnership with cities that expand the rate of homeownership among Blacks, Latinos, and other racial and ethnic groups who have faced historical and persistent exclusion from access to equitable homeownership and housing. Under the MD’s leadership, the City team will ensure that each city has access to cross-city learning opportunities, collaboration opportunities, technical assistance, and other support. Finally, the MD will lead future strategic initiatives with public, private, civic, philanthropic, and financial sector leaders in select cities committed to equitable economic opportunity.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and agile leader who is an expert in strategy, has prior national community development experience, and/or has the economic policy influence experience needed to close racial wealth gaps in American cities. They will bring 10+ years of leadership experience in municipal systems, public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, housing, and/or other relevant fields. They will have demonstrated the ability to collaboratively develop, manage, evaluate, and adjust strategies that advance innovation and systemic support for wealth generation in underserved communities while also advancing internal team cohesion and support. They will also bring significant organizational management and leadership experience relevant to supporting a high performing team to achieve measurable results.

To Apply

More information about Living Cities may be found at:

This search is being led by Katherine Jacobs and Sharon Gerstman of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

If you would like to submit a nomination for this role, please email

Living Cities is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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