JOB TITLE: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ASSOCIATE
UNITED NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSES (UNH) is the membership organization of 37 NYC settlement houses and community centers that collectively serve over 500,000 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 an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join its Policy & Advocacy Department. The Civic Engagement Associate will play a key role in expanding UNH member organization capacity and participation in advocacy activities, including trainings, peer groups, voter registration drives and community mobilization. The Civic Engagement Associate will work closely with the Department’s Co- Directors and Policy Analysts in support of existing UNH initiatives, including campaigns for early childhood education, after-school programs, youth employment, adult literacy, older adults and other community-based services. The Civic Engagement Associate must be prepared to take on additional responsibilities and engage on related issues of importance to UNH members and their communities as they emerge.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Developing collaborative relationships with human services and youth services providers and other sector colleagues;
Mobilizing grassroots support to advance recommended policy changes or respond to emerging issues;
Organizing UNH member settlement house participation in advocacy trainings and activities, as well as facilitating on-going engagement;
Educating policy makers on critical human services programs and relevant policies in City and State budgets;
Supporting the operations of existing advocacy campaigns led by Policy and Advocacy Department; and
Contributing to the overall goals and work of the Policy and Advocacy Department.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in an advocacy/organizing position. Candidate should have experience with, and knowledge of city and/or state government. A minimum of two years’ experience in policy or advocacy is strongly preferred. Knowledge of services for youth and young adults is preferred, but not required. Candidate must have a strong commitment to community- based services, 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.
Send resume, writing sample and salary expectations to: Civic Engagement Associate Search Committee, United Neighborhood Houses, 70 West 36th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: February 28th, 2016.
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