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Center for New York City Neighborhoods

Policy and Communications Intern, Summer 2014

Center for New York City Neighborhoods


Description
Background The Center for New York City Neighborhoods (The Center) is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and protect affordable and sustainable homeownership in New York City, focusing on those neighborhoods hardest hit by foreclosure. The Center has a strong history of providing training and support to a group of 39 housing counseling and legal service providers - known as "Network Partners." Assisted by three expert consultants - Legal Services NYC, the New York Mortgage Coalition, and the New Economy Project - The Center offers a wide array of support including monthly group trainings, individualized assistance, and regular task force meetings. The Center is the downstate Anchor Partner to the New York Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for grants provided in New York City under the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). At present, The Center has two main policy goals: (1) reducing defaults and foreclosures in New York City and ensuring that policy makers are aware of the continuing impact of mortgage distress on New Yorkers, and (2) ensuring that homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy are provided with the assistance, information, and support needed in order to recover, and to keep their homes affordable for the long-term.

Responsibilities:
The Policy and Communications intern will be involved in all aspects of the Policy and Communications Team work. The Policy and Communications intern’s primary responsibilities will be to:
• Conduct research, aggregate and expand upon best practices, policy, legislative action, and other related efforts in order to advance the Center’s policy goals.
• Assist in outreach with network partners and at other community events.
• Assist in the crafting of communications, such as press releases, white papers, blog posts, and other mixed media materials.
• Assist in preparations for events such as conferences, panels, etc.

Qualifications:

• Current graduate student in law, urban planning, public policy, or a related field.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience conducting legal, policy, and/or social science research. Quantitative analysis skills and experience preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively; ability to set and meet deadlines and balance multiple projects simultaneously. Page 2 of 2
• Experience working with legal services, housing counseling, single and small multi-family finance, community development grant making, or related field desired.
• Familiarity with the causes and proposed interventions and solutions related to foreclosure and the subprime / credit crisis.
• High level proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office tools. Proficiency in data analysis platforms a plus.

Preferred:
Duration

This position is for Summer 2014. Applicants should expect to work between 30 to 40 hours per week.

Salary Hourly wage of $15.

How TO APPLY:
Please send a cover letter and resume to info@cnycn.org. Please note “Policy and Communications Intern” in the subject line.


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