Deputy Director of Policy and Research

Development & External Affairs · New York, New York
Department Development & External Affairs
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Job Description


We are looking for a Deputy Director for Policy and Researchwho will be responsible for all policy and research work at the Center. The Deputy Director for Policy and Research is an exempt position that reports to the Vice President for Development & External Affairs. Direct reports include the Senior Data Manager and the Senior Manager of Research and Policy.










Essential Functions 

  • Supervise Policy and Research staff, including Data and Salesforce team, and manage lobbyist. 

  • Collaborate with our current data-driven research team by bringing qualitative research experience and incorporating methodologies that are participatory and community focused and that encourage the buy-in and equal partnership of community members. Set strategies to harness relevant policy and data expertise across the full staff of the organization. 

  • Set strategy for and develop the Center’s policy and research agenda and priorities, in consultation with Center leadership and staff.

  • Lead the Center’s policy, legislative, and budget advocacy efforts in Albany, New York City, and, to a lesser extent, Washington, D.C.

  • Set and implement strategy to inform Center leadership and staff of relevant policy, regulatory, and legislative developments, identify opportunities to impact policy, and develop strategies for doing so.

  • Be a thought leader in the areas of affordable homeownership, consumer protection, community development, and housing climate resiliency. Represent the Center in speaking engagements and in written work.

  • Lead and/or conduct research, aggregate and expand upon best practices, policy, legislative action, and other related efforts in order to advance the Center’s policy goals. 

  • Collaborate actively with Communications team on strategy around release and engagement of research and other publications. 

  • Lead development of policy content for publications, speaking engagements, and events, including the Center’s annual conference agenda, reports, blog posts, and other mixed media materials—to inform and engage stakeholders. 

  • Write and give testimony related to the Center’s policy goals before City Council, State Assembly and Senate, and other bodies. Draft testimony for others at the Center to deliver. 

  • With Policy and Research staff, lead the Coalition for Affordable Homes.

  • Participate in and contribute to local, state, and national policy coalitions to further the Center’s policy agenda and goals.  

  • Supervise the Center’s data management and Salesforce administration and advocate for good data practices at an organization-wide level.

  • Other tasks and duties reasonably related to job responsibilities. 
  • Demonstrate Ownership by showing initiative, acting conscientious, and putting team results above individual accomplishments.

  • Demonstrate Growth Mindset through resilience, engaging in expansive thinking, and showing curiosity.

  • Works collaboratively by demonstrating the ability to work in teams, exhibiting emotional intelligence, and having positive energy.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Lived experience or experience working with and engaging our core constituencies -- communities of color in neighborhoods across New York City. 

  • Experience with qualitative research approaches. Experience with community-based participatory research or research justice frameworks preferred.  

  • Written and verbal presentation skills are critical and any applicant should amply demonstrate experience and abilities in both these areas.  

  • Advanced degree in public policy, urban planning, or relevant degree, or experience in housing policy, law, or finance preferred.

  • Minimum of six years experience in the nonprofit, public, or community development sector. 

  • Minimum of four years experience in a research and policy analysis or advocacy capacity.

  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to work independently and motivate and coordinate a team, possibly across departments.

  • Demonstrated experience managing qualitative and quantitative research projects.

  • Demonstrated experience managing a team.

  • Able to multitask and work efficiently to meet diverse organizational needs.

  • High level proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive, Asana, and other standard office tools, or a willingness to become proficient within a relatively short time period.

Essential Mental and Physical Functions:

  • Regularly required to speak English clearly and hear the spoken word well.

  • Regularly required to physically operate routine office equipment such as telephones, computers, etc.

  • Regularly required to lift heavy equipment such as boxes, posters, etc. especially for special events.

  • Frequently required to travel throughout New York and utilize public transportation.

  • Regularly required to utilize near vision ability to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.

Work Environment

  • Noise level is consistent with levels usually present in an office environment.

  • Hazards present are consistent with those common to an office environment.


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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Development & External Affairs
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience