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Center for New York City Neighborhoods

Policy and Communications Fellow, Summer 2014

Center for New York City Neighborhoods


Description
The Center for New York City Neighborhoods (The Center) is a non-profit 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 provides training, support, and funding to a group of 37 neighborhood-based housing counseling and legal service providers - known as "Network Partners." The Center also offers a wide array of technical assistance and training 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 the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). At present, The Center has two main policy goals: (1) promoting affordable housing by 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. The Center's current projects support our policy goals and respond to a range of issues affecting homeowners in New York City, including advocating for the extension of New York State's Settlement Conference Law, developing web-based tools to inform homeowners on flood insurance changes that may affect them, and partnering with legal advocates to promote mortgage scam awareness. The Center is also exploring the feasibility of, and uses for, a community land trust in New York City.

Responsibilities:
The Policy and Communications Fellow will be involved in all aspects of the Policy and Communications team’s work. The Policy and Communications Fellow’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 and events with Network Partners, elected officials, and community-based groups. ? Assist in the crafting of communications, such as press releases, white papers, blog posts, and other mixed media materials. ? Assist in preparation for events such as conferences, panels, etc.

Qualifications:
Current or recent 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. 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 Salesforce and data analysis platforms a plus.

Preferred:
This position is for Summer 2014. Applicants should expect to work between 35 to 40 hours per week.

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

Hourly wage of $15


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