Participatory Budgeting Project Seeks Project Coordinator (NYC)

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people across the US and Canada to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting (PB) processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.

Purpose of Position

The Project Coordinator supports the implementation of the Participatory Budgeting Project’s programs, primarily our technical assistance for local participatory budgeting (PB) processes. The coordinator will also support campaigns under the network-building work area to build awareness about PB in communities. The position reports to the Project Manager and is based in our Oakland or Brooklyn office, with some national travel.


Important responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with development, revision, and design of materials, including facilitation guides, educational materials, and project management tools.
  • Deliver trainings and presentations for community members, organizations, and government employees.
  • Interact with local government officials, local government staff people, community organization representatives, and community members.
  • Respond to and liaise with PB volunteers, and communicate with clients as necessary and relevant.
  • Contribute to blog posts, website content, newsletters, presentations, reports, and other communications.
  • Assist with entry and management of program data.
  • Perform operational and administrative duties and functions as necessary to ensure smooth functioning of the organization.
  • Support other projects and programs within the organization as requested.

Desired Education, Experience, and Skills

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least two years of relevant experience with community-facing and administrative work.
  • Experience and familiarity with public participation, community engagement, local government, or participatory budgeting.
  • Excellent facilitation and public speaking skills.
  • Comfort with creating space for conversation among diverse stakeholders. Experience with navigating power dynamics between community members and institutions a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • Experience conducting community outreach with Latino, Black/African-American, LGBTQ, and/or Asian-American communities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team; demonstrated ability to work on challenging, dynamic, and multifaceted projects.
  • Attention to detail, and an ability to organize, prioritize, and process large volumes of work.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Excellent judgment, decision-making skills, and creativity; ability to exercise discretion.
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Google apps and Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Proficiency in an additional language a plus.
  • Flexibility to adapt as our organization and work changes rapidly.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting. Position requires significant travel to attend meetings and events. Up to 25% of time may be spent travelling in North America and beyond.

This is a full-time, 5-8 month contract position with the possibility of extension.

Annual Salary Range Equivalent: $42,000-$54,000


Proficiency in English is required and proficiency in an additional language spoken by communities in Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY are a plus




No requirement


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to ASAP. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis.