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Deputy Director of TDI Operations

MassDevelopment is accepting applications for a Deputy Director of Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Operations. The TDI Operations team is located in MassDevelopment’s Boston office; consideration will also be given to candidates who want to work primarily in one of our satellite offices throughout the state, although frequent travel to the Boston office and various TDI Districts will be required.

Established in 2014, TDI is an innovative accelerator program for Massachusetts Gateway Cities designed to stimulate economic growth within focused districts. The program works with cross-sector partnerships to engage community members in actionable planning, implement local economic development initiatives, and spur further public and private investment. While doing intensive community engagement and partnership development, TDI commits to deploy its economic development “toolbox” in districts over a term of years on projects involving real estate, small business, arts and culture, place making/place keeping, and other areas that influence the vibrancy and vitality of diverse commercial districts. TDI is now part of the agency’s newly created Community Development Division that seeks to leverage placed-based strategies for transformational economic development through all of MassDevelopment’s programming. Please see the TDI webpage for more information.

This position will oversee many of the daily operations of the program and the broader Community Development Division, and will work directly with the Director of Transformative Development and other TDI staff on program strategy and design. The TDI team is dynamic and operates horizontally, with a strong internal culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. The leadership and growth possibilities with this position are substantial—the Deputy Director of TDI Operations will be a jack-of-all-trades with the opportunity to take ownership over a wide variety of work. 

Other direct responsibilities include assisting the Director of Transformative Development in all aspects of program management, scoping and managing technical assistance projects for TDI Partnerships, designing changes to and overseeing various TDI funding programs deployed in the districts, and supervising a wide variety of special projects, currently including the Small Developer Cohort and the Partnership Development Districts. 

Essential Functions

TDI Program Management

  • Assist the Director of Transformative Development with overall program strategy, including the selection of TDI Districts and deployment of additional tools while evaluating overall program effectiveness.
  • Work with the Director to plan for and deploy future rounds of TDI Districts, including the onboarding of new districts and fellows. 
  • Support existing TDI Fellows in the field by meeting with them and TDI Partnerships as needed, including making numerous district visits throughout the year.
  • Manage the day to day of the TDI budget and expenses, including ensuring that program and financial targets are on track. Assist the Director with yearly and multiyear strategic budget planning for the department. 
  • Serve as budget liaison to the TDI Fellows and assist their resource management; oversee program policies and procedures as well as report on budget to internal and external audiences.
  • Facilitate staff training and professional development opportunities, including structuring unique curricula for TDI Fellows based on needs identified by the Director.
  • Manage departmental procurement needs for external consultants, including helping manage a priority effort to significantly diversify the department’s contractor base.
  • Under the supervision of the Director, work with TDI staff on data needs, program storytelling, and continuous program evaluation and improvement.
  • Develop and maintain overall program schedule.

Technical Assistance 

  • Work with TDI Fellows to determine strategy and sequence for a wide variety of technical assistance provided through third-party consultants throughout a TDI District’s designation.
  • Work with TDI Fellows, TDI Partnerships, and consultants to scope and budget for individual projects, ensuring that scopes and budgets are adhered to and that payments and progress are tracked for all technical assistance projects. 
  • Oversee review process for consultant work to ensure that work is part of broader district data evaluation and storytelling.
  • Supervise TDI Fellows and other staff in project management roles for technical assistance to ensure work product meets expectations and is properly integrated into broader district goals and work.

Grants Management

  • Manage existing core TDI grant programs and help develop new programs to add to or modify our toolkit in response to district needs. This currently includes TDI Local, a resource for small business development, and TDI Challenge Grants, a resource to improve municipal regulation and policy in TDI Districts. Work with the Director to help manage TDI Equity, our primary tool for supporting real estate investment in districts. 
  • Oversee the creation of processes for funding opportunities, building off of previous project rounds and successful applications of funding models across our TDI cities and beyond.
  • Review and organize grant applications, conduct preliminary screening, and facilitate review panel processes.
  • Oversee issuance of RFPs and program guidelines, and organize related program communications.
  • Supervise report collection and data gathering around all TDI grant programs.
  • Meet with grant recipients during program’s administration for deeper discussion of process and potential improvements.

Special Projects and External Relations

  • Create and administer special projects, including:
    • The Emerging Developers Cohort—a program to help builders and developers in TDI Districts scale up their work to take on increasingly complex projects and build neighborhood equity.
    • Partnership Development Districts—the key period where partnerships are built and tested prior to providing the full TDI District resources, including a TDI Fellow.
    • Other special projects (program-wide or in TDI Districts as needed).
  • Continue to broaden field of community partners, including researching potential funders of additional tools and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Travel throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience in place-based economic revitalization through direct professional or volunteer experience, or related experience in public or private sector in an entrepreneurial program-management role. A combination of education and experience may substitute for a formal education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to holistic planning and economic development work rooted in the needs and vision of communities served.
  • Ability to manage a variety of project scales and multiple deadlines in a highly accountable environment, without heavy supervision.
  • Ability to thrive in entrepreneurial, fluid, ambiguous environments.
  • Exceptional problem-solving, presentation, and communication skills. Ability to connect with, and work effectively with, a wide variety of people.
  • Ability create and maintain databases and proficiency with using Excel to track data and model budgets.
  • Ability to travel independently throughout the Commonwealth.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in planning, policy, or business or extensive experience above the minimum requirements related to core functions may serve as substitutes for a formal education in the field.
  • Humility and tenacity—the ability to learn from mistakes and use them to adapt and iterate. 
  • Proficiency (speak/write) in any of the following is a significant plus: Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Vietnamese, Mandarin. 
  • Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) full certification or completed classes.

About MassDevelopment

Offering a wide range of finance programs and real estate development services, MassDevelopment supports economic growth, development, and investment across all sectors of the Massachusetts economy: public and private; commercial, industrial, and residential; and nonprofit, including health care, educational, cultural, and human-service providers. Our staff works in collaboration with developers, businesses, and banks to identify investors and leverage funds to support economic growth. For more information about MassDevelopment, please visit www.massdevelopment.com.


MassDevelopment offers a number of benefits including but not limited to: generous paid time off, 12 paid holidays, health and dental insurance, employer contributions into retirement savings plans, tuition and fitness reimbursement programs, and matching gift donations.

Equal Opportunity Employer

MassDevelopment is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

This posting remains open until filled.  

Interested candidates should click on the link below to apply

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