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