ONE|NB Seeks Deputy Director

By October 22, 2019Uncategorized

We are excited to announce that ONE|NB is looking for a qualified individual to fill the newly-created Deputy Director position. For more information, please refer to the job description below. Interested applicants must e-mail a resume and thoughtful cover letter (with salary requirement) to Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director, at before November 30, 2019.

ONE|NB is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Position Summary

The Deputy Director (DD) is a newly created position reporting to the Executive Director (ED). The DD will regularly serve as the ED’s surrogate at internal and external meetings and will be the agency’s primary resource for fund development, and an essential partner with the ED for strategic improvements, program/project management, and staff supervision. As the ED’s ‘trusted counsel’, the role requires a highly resourceful individual with strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and strong analytical skills. The ideal candidate is mission-driven, entrepreneurial, and a skilled writer and oral communicator.

About ONE|NB

ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONE|NB) is a community development organization with a mission to promote equity, public health and community safety in Providence’s neighborhoods. We accomplish our mission through:
• Strategic real estate development to increase the availability of affordable homes, spur economic development, and protect our natural resources;
• Engagement of residents and community-based organizations to build trust and collective problem-solving;
• Development of individuals’ financial capabilities so that they may realize their personal asset building goals.

Olneyville Housing Corporation, founded in 1988, changed its name to ONE Neighborhood Builders when it merged with Community Works Rhode Island in 2015.

At full complement, ONE|NB has 16 full-time equivalent team members. ONE|NB is a NeighborWorks America charter member and is governed by an active Board of Directors consisting of ten members. The organization’s annual operating budget is ~$2.5 MM.


Real Estate Development


ONE|NB has developed over 500 affordable homes in historically-disinvested Providence neighborhoods since 2000. The agency presently owns 374 apartments, providing high-quality, affordable housing for Rhode Island families, including individuals who have experienced homelessness. ONE|NB has completed 10 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, totaling over $100 million of investment.


ONE|NB has developed more than 50,000 square feet of commercial space currently leased to twelve local businesses and community-based organizations – supporting entrepreneurs, artists, and child development agencies. The agency will be breaking ground on an 8500sf Head Start center in spring of 2020.

New Projects

ONE|NB’s current development projects include: King Street Commons – a $17 MM project consisting of 30 new, affordable apartments that will replace a blighted and environmentally-contaminated site along with the preservation and recapitalization of 32 existing homes; Sheridan Small Homes – a five-unit affordable, zero-energy condominium development adjacent to the neighborhood’s park and bike path; Manton Live/Work Townhomes – four innovative mixed-use properties along the neighborhood’s commercial corridor with a living space, personal work-studio, and attached rental apartment; and Delaine Street Apartments – an eight-unit rental project that will replace three nuisance and abandoned properties with new housing for low-income families.

Homeownership & Financial Capability Promotion

ONE|NB works with over 250 families per year providing budgeting assistance, credit counseling, financial capability coaching, homeownership education, as well as, eviction and foreclosure prevention – ensuring ONE|NB renters and home-buyers are financially secure and have the foundation to achieve their personal goals. ONE|NB recently opened its Elmwood Financial Center on Broad Street, which provides a central, highly visible, drop-in location where clients can request information, set up appointments, receive time-sensitive financial counseling and coaching, and attend classes.

Community Building

Health Equity

ONE|NB leads the Central Providence Heath Equity Zone charged with reducing health disparities through place-based interventions in Olneyville and three adjacent Providence neighborhoods. As of summer 2019, the agency also manages a Community Health Worker Registered Apprenticeship program with five other local employers through which community members connect their peers to health and social services, provide social support, and promote self-advocacy.

Community Organizing

ONE|NB believes in the importance of meaningful resident engagement in community-building efforts. The agency is the convener of The Collaborative, a coalition of over 25 neighborhood organizations. The Collaborative hosts several annual projects including a community festival, a neighborhood clean-up, and a neighborhood newsletter. We also work with residents through the Homeowner’s Club to improve awareness of key community resources/events, identify and encourage advocacy around issues impacting residents, and provide valuable training opportunities to increase residents’ sense of being agents of change.

Strengthening Community Institutions

ONE|NB works closely with local service providers to connect individuals with vital resources to improve community health, education, and safety. In summer 2019, ONE|NB received an award through the RI Department of Education for the 5-year renewal of William D’Abate Elementary School’s afterschool and summer enrichment programming. This 21st Century Community Learning Center, a collaboration with Brown University’s Swearer Center, is intended to help students build academic skills and develop socially and emotionally, while teaching the value of responsible decision-making and critical thinking. Additionally, in June 2019, ONE|NB launched the Central Providence Healthy Aging Network, a membership “Village” designed to equip older adults with tools to age-in-community.

Key Responsibilities

This full-time position is comprised of five key responsibilities:

  • Resource development

This includes everything from researching, writing, and editing funding applications to support ONE|NB’s various projects and initiatives, to developing and maintaining an annual grant work plan and strategic relationship-building with potential partners/funders. The DD may also be required to work closely with ONE|NB staff to produce regular fundraising events and an annual appeal.

  • Program management & Staff supervision

Ensure that staff execute work related to ONE|NB’s programs/projects in a timely manner in line with the organization’s mission and the ED’s direction. Facilitate communication between staff and the ED – this means working with all staff to ensure that the ED’s needs are conveyed, and vice versa, and that any demands on the ED’s schedule are understood and agreed upon. The DD directly supervises the Program Associate, and with expansion may supervise additional personnel.

  • Strategic development

Work towards continuous improvement of ONE|NB’s operational efficiency, data management, marketing/branding, and financial management. This includes pursuing and/or leading new initiatives that align with these themes and ONE|NB’s mission. In the immediate term, the DD will serve alongside the ED as project lead for the following:

o NeighborWorks’ Sustainable Business Initiative (projected date for Salesforce tech launch: February 2020);
o ONE|NB’s 2020-2022 Strategic Planning (projected date of completion: March 2020); and
o Rhode Island Foundation’s Financial Resiliency program (ongoing through spring 2020).

  • Surrogacy for the ED

Serve as the ED’s surrogate at internal and external meetings. This also includes preparation for, and facilitation of, “critical path” ED meetings (e.g. meetings with current or potential partners, funders, government officials, peer executives, etc.) and development of draft communications on behalf of the ED.

  • Liaison to the Board of Directors

Second only to ED, the DD will serve as the primary contact for ONE|NB’s Board of Directors. This includes: scheduling quarterly and committee meetings, conducting regular correspondence with members, preparing meeting materials, and assisting the ED will membership recruitment efforts.


The successful candidate will be discrete, strategic, proactive, direct, highly-organized, and committed to the vision and values of ONE|NB. In addition, the following standards will generally define the successful incumbent:

• Bachelor’s degree (minimum);
• Minimum of 10 years senior management experience related to the following: resource development, financial management, programmatic implementation, and/or strategic development;
• Experience supervising staff, and leading teams through growth and change;
• Enjoys fast-paced work environment and collaborating with a broad diversity of staff and partners;
• Skilled at multi-tasking;
• Highly adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity in the workplace;
• Mission-driven and passionate about ONE|NB and related constituencies;
• Good sense of self and strong personal presence;
• Willingness to work hard and take direction—but also creatively solve problems for which the answers aren’t always obvious; and
• Knowledge of ONE|NB and key stakeholders desirable, but not essential.

The DD will be required to work a full-time schedule with some flexibility required on nights and weekends.  ONE|NB offers a robust benefits package (including health, dental, and vision insurance), a retirement plan with matching contribution, a generous allotment of paid holiday and personal/vacation time, flexibility to occasionally telecommute from home, and an inspiring & innovative organizational culture.


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