The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) was founded in 1972 by a group of business executives and community leaders. Its mission was urgent: reverse the flight of businesses and jobs from the South Bronx. It was the first and most fundamental step toward rebuilding a community whose name evoked images of burned out buildings, crime, poverty, and drugs. Today, SoBRO is one of many major players in the area which has had a significant and distinguished role in reversing this trend and rebuilding what is today a vibrant and growing community for residents and businesses. SoBRO addresses all aspects of community development: attracting and assisting businesses to expand thus increasing employment for local residents, the provision of training programs according to the needs of these employers, developing educational programs for youth as well as creating affordable housing projects together with industrial and commercial facilities – all of which help to stabilize and develop our community.
Since our founding in 1972, SoBRO has served over 20,000 students, helped to create and retain more than 40,000 jobs for area residents, developed over 500 units of affordable housing together with 250,000 sf of commercial and industrial space, all of which have created the climate for hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investment to flow into the South Bronx.
Attention Community Economic Development Professionals: The Board of Directors of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), a 45 year old Community Economic Development Corporation in New York City, is starting its search for a replacement for its retiring President & Chief Executive Officer.
The organization has a $15 million annual budget and over 200 full- and part- time employees. Its range of community development activities includes administering educational programs, creating affordable housing and industrial/commercial spaces as well as the development of workforce and economic initiatives, all of which holistically address the diverse challenges facing the South Bronx community.
Interested candidates must have demonstrated experience in organizing and managing public/private partnerships, experience in managing a complex nonprofit organization and have a working knowledge & experience in fundraising activities. Familiarity working with NYC Government, Community Organizations and a Board of Directors is a plus.