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Chhaya seeks an energetic and dynamic Program Associate to engage in its Small Business Program to promote, protect, and preserve the immigrant-owned and immigrant-serving small businesses of Jackson Heights. The Program Associate will work with small business owners and other stakeholders to prevent the dislocation of culturally-significant commercial spaces from the neighborhood, which is facing rapid gentrification resulting in residential, commercial, and cultural displacement.
The Small Business Program Associate will help Chhaya CDC deliver commercial revitalization programs and services as the organization ends its three-year Avenue NYC grant funded by the New York City Department of Small Businesses Services. This position will work in partnership with the organization’s leadership to assist local Jackson Heights businesses and other projects that address the needs of South Asian small business owners.
Chhaya staff are primarily working remotely and will continue to do so until the COVID-19 pandemic abates. At that time, applicants must be able to work from our offices. Periodic visits to local businesses following social distancing and safety protocols will be required.
The position is a part-time and temporary role ending June 30, 2021, with the possibility of the role being extended and/or expanded to full-time (subject to funding). The Small Business Program Associate reports to the Director of Programs.
Chhaya is the only South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Community Development Corporation (CDC) in the nation. Our mission is to build community power, housing stability, and economic well-being of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities in New York. Since our founding in 2000, Chhaya has helped prevent hundreds of foreclosures; assisted first-time homebuyers in obtaining thousands of dollars in down-payment assistance, led the basement legalization campaign in New York City, provided individuals with key immigration services to better navigate daily life, empowered families with financial management tools and skills, and fostered the civic engagement of thousands of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean New Yorkers. As a leader in New York City’s housing and economic justice sector, Chhaya is poised for significant organizational growth and development. Our main office is in Jackson Heights and we have a second location in Richmond Hill – two neighborhoods with vibrant South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities.
As a member of the Chhaya staff, additional responsibilities may be added related to special events, critical initiatives, and other special cases that require full staff participation (some evenings and weekends). Each staff member’s duty is to help build a culture of ownership, accountability, fairness, inclusiveness, and fun at Chhaya.
$20 per hour – $30 per hour commensurate with experience
Please send a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and a brief writing sample to
email@example.com with the subject line “Small Business Program Associate – Application”.
Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2021.
Chhaya CDC is an equal opportunity organization that celebrates and embraces diversity. Chhaya does not discriminate on the basis of caste, race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or any other identities covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational need.
37-43 77th St, 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Contact: 718.478.3848; firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond Hill Center:
121-18 Liberty Avenue, 2nd Floor, Richmond Hill, NY 11419
Contact: 718.374.3371; email@example.com
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