August 8, 2018

Workforce Weekly

  • Council Members Lancman and Brannan Introduce Bill to Improve City's Contracting System and Late Payments
  • NYC Comptroller Stringer Releases Neighborhood Economic Profiles with a Focus on Workforce
  • NY Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon Unveils Development Agenda: "Invest in Communities"
  • Welcome to the Coalition! 16 New Members Join NYCETC in 2018
  • iFoster Seeks Volunteers to Assess Foster Youth's Job Readiness
  • Job Openings Within Our Community + Programs and Events
Council Members Lancman and Brannan Introduce Bill to Improve City's Contracting System and Late Payments

Today,  Council members Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) introduced legislation to the NYC Council that would require city agencies to inform contractors about the reasons for late payments on contracts. The bill would also require that agencies provide reports on any such late payments to the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, who would in turn provide a report to the Mayor and Council every 6 months with information about the late payments from all City agencies. 

Calls for action on contracting and payment issues between service providers and the City have been steadily growing over the last two years, spearheaded by the Human Services Council in partnership with a wide coalition of organizations including NYCETC.

"We are pleased that the City Council has chosen to propose legislation to address the city's broken contracting system, and we commend Council members Rory Lancman and Justin Brannan for championing this issue. As emphasized in the Op-ED NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and I co-authored on June 13th called "Fixing the City's Broken Approach to Nonprofit Financing” this issue is vitally important to our members and the entire workforce community," said Joey Ortiz, Executive Director of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC). "We're hopeful that legislation will hold agencies accountable, and decrease the risk of nonprofits having to cut back on the indispensable services that we provide to our clients."

In May, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report analyzing the City contracting process, in particular as it relates to human service contracts, and the prevalence of contracts being registered after the start date of the contract has passed. Through this analysis, the Comptroller found that an astounding 90 percent of contracts were submitted to the Comptroller’s Office for registration by a City agency after the contract start date had already passed, with half of them arriving six or more months late. Some agencies, including the Department of Homeless Services and the Department of Education, submitted over 99% of their contracts late. Some of the recommendations from this report and our co-authored op-ed, such as the development of clear metrics and increased public accountability, can be found within this bill. 

For more information on the bill and this issue, read the full bill (Int 1067-2018), the NYNM article "Human services nonprofits show how city drives them into the red," and the New York Post article on this announcement. 
NYC Comptroller Stringer Releases Neighborhood Economic Profiles with a Focus on Workforce

Local Job Growth, by neighborhood and race, 2010-2015

Last week, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer released the 2018 update to his Neighborhood Economic Profiles, and focused his attention on the lack of connections for jobseekers of color in gentrifying neighborhoods to the new jobs appearing around them.
The Comptroller's office put together a wealth of information to make a compelling case: that gentrification, the urgent social problem so many leaders agree our city faces, is primarily a problem of the labor market, not the housing market. 

The communities of color that have long lived in now-gentrifying neighborhoods are not so much being physically displaced as they are being shut out of opportunity near where they live. What makes this all the more unacceptable is that the quantity and quality of jobs in these areas is growing rapidly.

As Comptroller Stringer summarized: “The economic growth in our neighborhoods is good news, but only if it means real opportunities for the working families, seniors, and immigrants who built these communities in the first place. This report clearly shows that local residents are getting left behind as already struggling New Yorkers are finding it harder than ever to afford living here. We need to fully fund workforce development programs, build community partnerships, and prepare local residents with the necessary skills and training so that they can thrive in their growing neighborhood economies.”

Read more of the report here
NY Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon Unveils Development Agenda: "Invest in Communities" 
Yesterday, NY Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon unveiled her economic development agenda for New York State, and included several proposals relevent to workforce providers. 

Her campaign framed her plan as a contrast to the incumbent Governor's approach, with the title "Invest in Communities, Not Corporations." Included in that approach was what she described as a "bottom-up" approach to growing New York's economy, focusing on workers - their education, training, wages and protections, rather than on big employers. Of particular note to our community: a promise of state-supported free tuition for workforce programs.

Elements of Nixon's plan echoed long-standing proposals from worker and workforce advocates, including increased support for SUNY and CUNY, worker co-ops, an equity framework to guide economic development grants, accountability and transparency over incentive packages for corporations, and major investments in green jobs and public infrastructure.

Read coverage of her plan from the Associated Press here, or look at her full plan on her campaign website here
Welcome to the Coalition!
16 New Members Join NYCETC in 2018
We are happy to have welcomed 16 new organizations to the Coalition family this year, who represent the diversity of the workforce development community in NYC. If your organization is interested in joining the 150+ members within NYCETC, you can learn more about membership here or by contacting Annie Garneva at 646-866-7098 or
Association for a Better New York (ABNY) is a non-profit organization and coalition of organizations and leaders dedicated to the constant growth and renewal of NYC’s people, businesses and communities. 
Big Reuse works to protect the environment, reduce the impact of climate change, and conserve natural resources by diverting materials from landfills, while providing the local community with quality, low cost building materials and home furnishings.
Catholic Guardian Services provides a variety of human services in foster care, family support, and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, including workforce training and respite.
The Center for an Urban Future is an independent, nonpartisan policy organization that uses fact-based research to elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen New York.
The Central Queens Y provides life enhancing services, cultural and educational experiences, and a diverse array of programs, including youth and adult employment and training programs.
The College of Staten Island is a senior college within CUNY, whose Office of Workforce Development and Innovation develops training programs designed to address critical skill gaps in high growth industries.

The Community Service Society of New York works to address the root causes of economic disparity through research, advocacy, litigation, and innovative program models that strengthen and benefit all New Yorkers.
Cozen O’Connor is a national law firm with a breadth of practice areas, including government relations, labor and use, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, and communications.
Friends of the High Line maintain the operations, stewardship, and innovative programming (including workforce programs for young adults in cultural event production, horticulture, informal education, and civic participation) on and around the High Line.
Hot Bread Kitchen is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates economic opportunity through careers in food through its employer-driven workforce development and business incubation programs, Bakers in Training and HBK Incubates.
Metropolitan College of New York is a non-profit educational institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed for working professionals, with a focus on public affairs and administration, human services, education, and business. 
The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy & advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York.
The Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation works as a catalyst for the Rockaway’s revitalization by implementing community development activities that remove barriers to economic growth, stimulate the local economy and create jobs.
The City College of New York is the founding institution of the City University of New York, fostering research, creativity, and innovation across academic, artistic, and professional disciplines since 1847. The college provides both undergraduate and continuing education and professional studies.
The Knowledge House is a non-profit social enterprise with the mission to build a diverse pipeline of technologists and entrepreneurs coming from low income communities.
West Harlem Skills Training Center promotes increased economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community through workforce development and summer employment programs. 
iFoster Seeks Volunteers to Assess Foster Youth's Job Readiness
iFoster is seeking volunteers to dedicate 2 hours of time to help foster youth gain permanent employment. iFoster is a national non-profit that provides the resources and opportunities foster youth need to succeed. iFoster trains and supports foster youth to earn competitive employment with major corporate employers, and is looking for volunteers to lend their expertise in interviewing and assessing youth's readiness to achieve competitive, permanent employment. Volunteers who have HR or managerial experience would support youth during the upcoming August 18 assessment day from 9 to 11:30 am at WeWork (25 Broadway, 9th Floor, Manhattan). If interested, reach out to Jill Bloch at
Programs and Events from Our Community
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation's (NMIC) Train & Earn program is a 5-week paid certification and training program for opportunity youth ages 16-24 who are out of school and not working at the time of enrollment. Candidates receive a stipend of $500 once they complete certifications, program benchmarks and trainings. There are also opportunities to earn incentives, and candidates will receive Metrocards while enrolled in programming. See here or below for more info.

Youth Resource Fair by Queens Connect
August 15  /  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
More info here

The #FutureOfWorkers and the Gig Economy
Tuesday, August 21  /  6:30 - 8:30 pm
More info here

NYNMedia Conference: Nonprofit Check Up
Thursday, September 13  /  8 am - 5 pm 
More info here.

Trainings and Professional Development

Workforce Professionals Training Institute - Retention Strategies that Get Results
Wednesday, August 15  /  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
More info here.

Program Recruitment

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation's (NMIC) Train & Earn Program
Now recruiting for September 10 cohort
More info here.

Rebuilding Together NYC Construction Skills Training
For more info, call (718) 488-8840 x18

Bronx Educational Opportunity Center Security Guard Training
See registration info here and class schedule here.
Job Openings from Our Community

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Director, Workforce Development Initiatives 

Project Renewal

Vocational Counselor

New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS)
Research Associate

Catholic Charities
Case Manager

Red Hook Initiative
Employment Coordinator

Jericho Project
Career Counselor  •  Veteran Mentor (SSVF)  •  Young Adult Peer Mentor  •  Program Director, RRH  •  Case Manager, RRH  • Assistant Director, RRH  •  Career Counselor, RRH  •  Office Manager, RRH   •  Life Coach  •  Case Manager – Scatter Site Program

Assistant Director  •  Job Developer  •  Career Services Coordinator  •  Career Readiness Instructor  •  Orientation Facilitator  •  Director of Workforce Development

The HOPE Program
Government Grants Assistant • Building Coordinator:  NYC  °coolroofs • Crew Leader: Intervine • Horticulture Superindendent: Intervine • Work Readiness Instructor

Policy and Communications Associate
The Door
College Advisor – Bridge to College  •  Case Manager  •  Engagement Specialist •  Job Placement Specialist - Out of School Youth •  Supervisor of Programming  •  Youth Council Coordinator  • Assistant Director of Career Service  •  Prep Navigator  •  Career Advancement Coach

Henry Street Settlement
Administrative Assistant  •  After School Program Staff • Grant Writer • Volunteer Program Assistant • Case Manager • Worksite Coordinator  • Youth Opportunity Hub Social Worker • ABE/Pre-HSE Instructor •  ESL-Job Readiness Employment Coordinator 

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Business Partnerships Manager

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
College Access Counselor  •  Communications & Marketing Manager  •  Chief of Employer Partnerships and Workforce Innovations  •  Director of Community and Government Affairs   •  Community Outreach Specialist  •  Youth Program Director   •   Job Developer   •  English/Public Speaking Instructor   •  Young Adult Literacy Instructor   •  Senior Counselor  •  Youth Coordinator (YAIP)   •  Child Care Navigator   •  Career Readiness Counselor

Workforce Professionals Training Institute
Chief Operations and Development Officer

The Fortune Society
Mentor  • Rikers Island Operations Supervisor  •  Social Worker  •  Employment Specialist

Job Developer  •  Special Education Instructor  • Veterans Program Job Developer
NYC Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC)
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