United Neighborhood Houses

Job Title

POLICY ANALYST

Job Description

United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is the membership organization of 39 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 policy and advocacy engagement on older adult issues, as well as support UNH’s behavioral health work. The policy analyst must also be prepared to take on additional related issues of importance to settlement houses and the community members they serve 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 behavioral 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 older adults   and 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 adults and behavioral health policy. The successful Analyst will be able to effectively build relationships with UNH member staff, coalition partners, government agency administrators, and elected officials. 

 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • 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 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 government 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.  At least two years of experience in a policy or advocacy role is strongly preferred. Competitive candidates will have familiarity with the older adult social services landscape in New York City and/or a demonstrated commitment and interest in advocating on behalf of the City’s older adults. 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 and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent medical, dental and retirement plans.


How to Apply Send cover letter, 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      Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Salary Information

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

To Apply

How to Apply: Send cover letter, 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.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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