Website leadership4SJ Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice

Position Description

Two schools at the City University of New York (CUNY) – the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies – are establishing a national institute to recruit, develop and connect diverse leaders for social change who can imagine and implement visionary solutions for the enormous challenges we face in the 21st century. The new Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice sees a compelling opportunity in the abundant talent of an emerging generation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders and will meet a vital need for a scaled initiative that prepares leaders early in their careers in social justice traditions, ideology, literature and history in order to achieve power in all sectors.

The flagship programs of the Leadership Institute will be intensive cohort programs for early and mid-career participants that will provide a broad, ecumenical curriculum to give leaders a grounding in the history and theory of social change, in addition to real-world practice and experience. Leaders in the cohorts will participate in paid internships, have options to connect to degree-granting academic programs, and have access to robust wrap-around services including mentorship, career services, and community building.

The Leadership Institute is hiring a Finance Coordinator to spearhead operations functions for the cohort programming including logistics and events management, financial operations, and other duties to ensure cohort participants’ needs are met and programs are run smoothly. The ideal candidate will be excited about creating structures and systems for the burgeoning program and embrace the idea that responsive and accountable operations are critical to an overall positive and healing experience for cohort participants. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the start-up team for this new initiative and be part of a dynamic, responsive learning culture that seeks to meet the needs of social justice organizations and emerging leaders of color. This position reports to the Co-Executive Director.

Core responsibilities:

  • Financial management:
    • Developing a partnership with the Colin Powell School Finance Office team to ensure disbursements are received, approved, and sent to the Central Financial Accounting office for processing
    • Updating disbursement tracker timely that is utilized by LDSJ Finance operations team and the Colin Powell School Finance Office team
    • Ensuring complete and timely submission of paperwork for financial disbursements for Fellows’ stipends, consultant and faculty invoices, and speaker and trainer honoraria
    • Provide proper receipts and back-up for all disbursement requests and credit card reconciliation
    • Managing invoicing for organizations who are sponsoring Fellow participation
    • Co build systems and structures
  • Standardize billing and financial systems along with central Finance team
  • Standardize program operations tools (e.g. timelines, checklists) 
  • Build database of venues and vendors to work with, with focus on BIPOC-owned and mission-aligned vendors 
  • Envision ways of gaining efficiency in operations management
  • Communicate in a thorough and timely manner to Fellows, faculty, and trainers on operations logistics and be responsive to questions


  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice 
  • Minimum 3 years experience in finance or similar role 
  • A passion for building systems and infrastructure;
  • A passion for effective operations as a means of communicating care and providing wellness to people;
  • Enthusiasm for working at a public university;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity based on race, gender and class; demonstrated cultural competency skills and ability to connect with people from historically marginalized identities; 
  • Strong self-starter and self-organizer; demonstrated history of building programs from scratch; can translate ideas and vision into real programs and products;
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail;
  • Works well under uncertainty and seeks opportunities to try and learn; willing to experiment, take risks, and is not afraid of failure; constantly seeks feedback and uses feedback to improve; 
  • Flexible, positive attitude and someone who brings joy to their work.

The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $65,000 annually. This position will be expected to work in-person in New York City, dependent on public health guidelines (currently a hybrid work schedule, with 3 days in the office, subject to change). The office is located on the City College campus, and this position will be part of the staff team of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. This position will be an employee of the CUNY Research Foundation, which provides a comprehensive benefits package.

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership includes all of the social science departments at CCNY as well as most of the core leadership development and public service programs of the College. Graduating the most CCNY students annually, the Colin Powell School promotes the values of service and engagement. The School supports a faculty of more than 250 tenure, tenure-track, and adjunct professors dedicated to the highest standards of research and to the university’s democratic and public obligations; the School is committed to disseminating research in usable forms, especially that which furthers equality, prosperity, stability, and peace for all people—in Harlem, in New York, and around the world.

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Labor Studies and Urban Studies that are designed to meet the needs of working adults as well as traditional-age college students who seek to learn more about the challenges confronting poor and working class populations in the workplace and in the community. It also collaborates with other units of CUNY to offer a range of college-credit programs designed to give workers the academic and technical skills they need for professional advancement. Its faculty includes distinguished scholars in the social sciences as well as expert practitioners in government, labor, and public service. In addition to its academic programs, SLU sponsors research; organizes forums and conferences; and publishes a national journal, New Labor Forum: A journal of ideas, analysis, and debate.

EEO Statement

The Colin Powell School is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to equity and inclusion and strongly value the experiences of historically marginalized people and encourage them to apply. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

In order to be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document to with “[Full Name] – Financial Coordinator” as the subject of the email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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