Senior Director of Policy
Job Details
LIC - Long Island City, NY

Title:                           Senior Director of Policy

Unit:                           David Rothenberg Center Public Policy (DRCPP)

Reports to:                 Associate Vice President of Policy

Status:                        Full Time: Exempt

Location:                    Long Island City, NY 11101


In 2007, The Fortune Society (Fortune) launched the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) to focus on Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, research, and community education efforts. DRCPP works to build equitable legal systems and alternative approaches to justice, change counterproductive laws and policies, advance effective program models, and shift public perception.


Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Policy will have a deep personal commitment to and professional knowledge of legal system reform and other corollary policy issues (employment, education, housing, etc.). The Senior Director of Policy will manage the daily on-site operations for DRCPP and may include supervising interns/fellows/volunteers. The Senior Director of Policy will work with the Associate Vice President of Policy to develop and guide the vision and issue priorities annually for DRCPP. The Senior Director of Policy will represent and speak on behalf of the agency in various forums. This role will participate and oversee all research on administrative and policy changes that could remove barriers which are currently preventing formerly incarcerated people from thriving as leaders in the community. The Senior Director of Policy will play a key role in leading the strategy to maintain and expand The Fortune Society’s network of partners engaged in advocacy by conducting critical research, developing strategies, developing and documenting our housing model and building relationships with key players and stakeholders, including policy makers, who can help advance the needs of people directly impacted by the justice system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and analyze policy issues and related developments around a portfolio of legal issues.
  • Work closely with the AVP of DRCPP to advance Fortune’s policy issues, including staffing Fortune’s current litigation work on employment and housing discrimination.
  • Formulate drafts for bills that address Fortune’s Policy Priorities.
  • Prepare written materials for a wide range of audiences and purposes, including policy analyses, funder reports, testimony, conference proposals, presentations, model policies, Board meetings, etc.
  • Represent Fortune at advocacy and outreach activities (such as: press conferences, rallies, coalition meetings, and community education events) with relevant government agencies, key coalition partners and other organizations.
  • Manage and participate in all aspects of research on existing legal policing policies and national best practices related to criminal and social justice reform on the city, state, and federal levels to help determine and advance a yearly advocacy strategy.
  • Provide support to the Development Team regarding generating ideas for crafting DRCPP grant proposals and reports.
  • Create a timeline and execute hosting internal advocacy/policy trainings, community education activities, and advocacy events that bring together diverse audiences to advance our mission and priority issues for DRCPP.
  • Manage DRCPP’s grant and funding portfolio to ensure that deliverables are met and that all required reporting is performed.
  • Utilize innovative approaches to engage clients and staff in DRCPP’s daily workload.
  • Perform other job-related duties as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Provide supervision to full-time and/or part-time staff, DRCPP’s Policy Center Collective and volunteers/fellows/interns as needed.

  • Master’s or Juris Doctor degree valued but not required (preferably in criminal justice, social work, human services, public health, or related field); equivalent, transferable life/professional experience accepted.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience (in a non-profit, social service, advocacy, or academic setting).
  • Committed to criminal justice reform, systems change work, and social justice.
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, critical thinker, with excellent personnel and project management skills.
  • Must possess excellent research, writing, communication, analysis, and public speaking abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate research into compelling and persuasive, issue-oriented information, and educational materials.


The Fortune Society encourages individuals to apply who have successfully made the transition from incarceration and/or substance abuse into a stable, productive lifestyle in the community. 


Travel and Scheduling Requirements – Travel within and outside of New York City, for meetings, conferences, and events. Willingness and ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and events, and to work flexible hours as needed.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.