United Neighborhood Houses

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United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH) is the membership organization of New York City’s settlement house network. UNH’s mission is to promote and strengthen the network’s neighborhood-based, multi-service approach to improving the lives of low and moderate-income New Yorkers and the communities in which they live. The goal of our work with member settlement houses is to strengthen and sustain their contribution to the economic vitality, health, and cultures of their communities, and New York City as a whole. Today, this network includes 38 settlement houses, which collectively serve more than 750,000 people across all ages annually, in more than 660 locations throughout New York City’s five boroughs.


UNH seeks a dynamic and committed individual to join its Policy & Advocacy team for the role of Policy Analyst. The Analyst will have primary responsibility for developing and promoting UNH’s neighborhood affordability agenda. This is a new position created in response to the growing affordability crisis impacting the individuals and families served by UNH’s member organizations—as well as the broader communities in which they live—and requires an analyst capable of thought leadership, data analysis, and the ability to proactively forge partnerships with nonprofit and government stakeholders.


The frames through which UNH anticipates promoting neighborhood affordability are 1) an affordable housing development and preservation approach (policies relating to both public and private housing), and 2) an economic development approach (policies that promote the ability of individuals to earn family-sustaining wages). Within the housing frame, an immediate area of focus will include the New York City Housing Authority, with other potential areas of focus including, but not limited to: zoning, rent regulation, tenant protections, homelessness prevention and anti-displacement policies. Within the economic development frame, an immediate area of focus will include a workforce development agenda, with other potential areas of focus including, but not limited to: linkages from economic development to workforce development and other human service interventions, and equitable neighborhood development policies (access to healthy food and basic services such as banking, business development, etc.).


UNH’s Policy & Advocacy work is carried out in the context of our member organization’s long histories of working alongside community residents to deliver services and build stronger neighborhoods.  As such, key aspects of the Analyst’s role will include drawing upon the experience of UNH member organizations to inform UNH’s policy positions, joining in and building partnerships with UNH colleague organizations to advance a common agenda, and assisting staff from UNH’s member organizations with challenges relating to implementation of government contracts and policies. In addition, a successful Analyst will have comfort and facility with independent research, data analysis, and the development and articulation of compelling policy positions.


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;
  • Proposing and crafting timely policy briefs, reports, op-eds and other policy products related to UNH’s neighborhood affordability agenda;
  • Educating policymakers on UNH priorities by writing and delivering testimony at public hearings;
  • Lobbying to protect and/or enhance funding of relevant funding streams in City and State budgets, as well as analyzing and tracking such investments over time;
  • Developing collaborative relationships with coalition partners at other advocacy organizations;
  • Mobilizing grassroots support to advance recommended policy changes or respond to emerging issues;
  • Representing UNH at relevant conferences, policy forums and ad-hoc workgroups;
  • Contributing to the overall goals and work of the Policy and Advocacy Department and UNH as a whole.


QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a policy-related field such as urban planning.  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 housing and/or economic development policy is strongly preferred. Candidate must have a strong commitment to community-based services and social justice, 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 and Benefits: Salary is competitive and 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: December 1st 2017; no phone inquiries please. UNH is an equal opportunity employer.

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