Chief Opportunity Zones Officer (Newark)

The City of Newark’s Chief Opportunity Zones Officer (COZO) will further advance Mayor Baraka’s Newark Forward agenda in creating a more empowered, safer, educated, collaborative and equitable city. The COZO will report jointly to the President & CEO of the Newark Alliance and the City’s Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development.

Newark Alliance is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the ongoing economic revitalization of Newark, striving to transform our city into a better and safer place to work, live, learn, play and do business. Supported by corporate and community partners, the Alliance has successfully leveraged Newark’s competitive assets to generate economic growth for the city, state, region and beyond. Through innovative partnerships with key stakeholders, the Alliance has developed creative solutions and supported major citywide initiatives that are delivering transformational change for residents and visitors alike, further advancing Newark’s renaissance into one of America’s great cities.

The COZO is charged with attracting responsible investment that promotes economic community priorities without displacing existing residents, particularly communities of color and immigrant communities who, historically, are the most impacted. The Chief Opportunity Zones Officer is largely an information clearinghouse role, with a focus on matchmaking and encouraging investment, tracking rules and best practices nationally (including local policy coordination), engaging communities and monitoring investments and impacts on socio-economic outcomes (including identifying tools to ensure equity) and coordinating local stakeholder and departmental efforts.

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Resume and cover letter should be sent to: with “Chief Opportunity Zone Officer Position” in the subject line.