Community Board Five Manhattan

District Manager

To Apply

Community Board Five Manhattan has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner and CEO
 Anne J. McCarthy, COO
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY  10168


Please put “CB5 District Manager” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.

Community Board Five in Manhattan is an autonomous City agency serving the midtown Manhattan community.  The area it serves stretches from 59th Street to 14th Street, between 8th Avenue and Lexington Avenue; at 26th Street, its border narrows to between 6th Avenue and Irving Place.  As an independent, non-partisan organization, the Community Board, which is a 50-member, all volunteer Board, oversees the delivery of municipal services. It addresses complaints from residents and business owners and works closely with city agencies, as well as city, state and federal elected officials, to address concerns and find solutions.  Meetings are open to the public and take place monthly.

The Position:
The District Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Community Board office.  Reporting to the Board, they will be a key person to address the needs of the Community Board’s constituents.  They will manage the two-person staff, establish the budget and manage the finances, carry out the directives of the Board to achieve goals.

They will need to be someone who is passionate about New York City, experienced in government and community relations, knowledgeable about public space and urban planning, and familiar with local and state government rules and regulations.  They need to have gravitas, be respected in the community, be able to respond quickly to changing conditions, and be a cheerleader for the area the Community Board serves.

The District Manager will have excellent management and communications skills and work effectively with a complicated and layered set of stakeholders that include the local community   property owners and residents, local businesses, City and State governments and agencies, appointed officials, and private sector institutions. They must also be able to navigate a dynamic and engaged board of directors, build relationships and networks, and demonstrate leadership across all levels.

They must be able to work closely with the board members and staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego.  They must have the ability to promote an open, inclusive work environment that emphasizes cooperation, teamwork and consensus.  Candidates should demonstrate a long and diversified track record of accomplishment. In addition, they should be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • With the Board, set the long-term vision and short term goals for the organization
  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the Community Board
  • Develop operating financial and strategic projections and plans, as well as materials and presentations to articulate the organization’s needs
  • Expedite the delivery of City services and resolve complaints identified through the 311 system
  • Participate at the District Service Cabinet meeting and manage the logistics of all Board and Committee meetings
  • Represent the Board before government agencies and at community meetings
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key figures in government, non-profits, community and civic organizations and other stakeholder groups
  • Carry out the directives of the Community Board; follow up and report on the status of actions taken as a result of Board resolutions


  • Undergraduate degree is required. Master’s degree in public administration, urban planning, public policy, business, not-for-profit management or a related field is preferred.
  • Experience in government, public policy, and urban planning highly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong editing and presentation skills; public speaking experience
  • Ability to develop, organize and balance multiple projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of civic engagement issues; passionate about public service
  • Personal qualities that include integrity, passion for the work of the Community Board; respect for diversity; and the ability to inspire and motivate
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Experienced leader with at least 10 years senior management experience for a complex organization, preferably in the public or nonprofit sector
  • Knowledge of the New York City political landscape as well as laws, rules and regulations affecting the work of the Community Board

For more information about the Community Board, please visit their website at www.cb5.org

All positions at Community Board Five Manhattan are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168