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Center for New York City Neighborhoods

Policy and Communications Fellow, Fall 2014

Center for New York City Neighborhoods

Background 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. 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. These include consumer education and advocacy regarding flood insurance reform, researching and developing consumer education tools to prevent mortgage rescue scams, reforming the City's tax lien sale process, and researching the feasibility and benefits of a community land trust for foreclosed homes in New York City.

Position Description

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 to advance the Center's policy goals.

Provide project support to the Center's advocacy coalitions.

Assist in outreach and events with partner community-based organizations, 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.


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 multifamily 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.


This position is for Fall 2014. We are open to either part-time or full-time Fellows.

Submissions Please send a cover letter and resume to Please note “Policy and Communications Fellow” in the subject line. We ask that you limit your resume to 1-2 pages and send us your cover letter and resume combined as a single pdf file. Please note that we will not consider submissions that do not meet the criteria for this position, particularly the requirement that the Fellow be a current or recent graduate student.



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