United Neighborhood Houses

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United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is the membership organization of 38 NYC settlement houses and community centers that collectively serve over 750,000 New Yorkers annually.  UNH promotes and strengthens the neighborhood-based, multi-service approach to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need and the communities in which they live.  Rooted in the history and values of the settlement house movement, UNH supports its members through policy development, advocacy and capacity-building activities.


UNH seeks a dynamic and committed individual to join its Policy & Advocacy team.  The analyst will have primary responsibly for leading UNH’s work in the older adult and mental health policy areas and be prepared to take on additional related issues of importance to human services providers and community members as they emerge.


UNH’s member organizations embrace a strengths-based model of community programming across a range of populations and needs, including older adults and individuals with mental health needs. The primary focus of the Policy Analyst’s work will be to identify challenges and opportunities related to the well-being and health of these populations as well as to advance solutions in the context of the settlement house model. Key aspects of this work will include drawing upon the experience of UNH member organizations to develop and advance UNH’s policy priorities in the areas of older adult and mental health policy, forging effective partnerships with colleague organizations to advance a common agenda, and supporting UNH member organizations in the transition to a value based payment model under Medicaid Redesign.   The successful Analyst will be able to effectively build relationships with UNH member organization staff, coalition partners, agency administrators, and elected officials. 



  • Meeting with, and convening UNH member organization staff in order to learn about ongoing issues and provide opportunities for information exchange and peer support;
  • Developing collaborative relationships with coalition partners at other advocacy organizations;
  • Lobbying to protect and/or enhance funding of critical human services in City and State budgets, as well as analyzing and tracking such investments over time;
  • Educating policymakers and agency administrators on UNH priorities by writing and delivering testimony at public hearings;
  •  Representing UNH at relevant conferences, policy forums and ad-hoc workgroups;
  •  Proposing and crafting timely policy briefs based on member organization experiences and expertise;
  • Convening public events and forums to share new information and showcase the work of UNH member organizations;
  • Mobilizing grassroots support to advance recommended policy changes or respond to emerging issues;
  • Contributing to the overall goals and work of the Policy and Advocacy Department, and UNH at large.


QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a policy-related field.  Candidate should have experience with, and knowledge of city and/or state government.  Two years’ experience in policy or advocacy is strongly preferred. Knowledge of older adult issues and/or mental health services is strongly preferred, but not required. Candidate must have a strong commitment to the community-based service paradigm, be a self-starter and able to work independently as well as collaboratively, possess strong organizational and communication skills, and be detail-oriented.

Salary Information

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent medical, dental and retirement plans.

To Apply

Send resume, writing sample and salary expectations to: Policy Analyst Search Committee, United Neighborhood Houses, 45 Broadway, Suite 2210, New York, NY 10006. Or email Unhjobs@unhny.org Application deadline: Feb 28th.

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