Policy Associate
Job Details
LIC - Long Island City, NY

Title:                            Policy Associate

Unit:                            David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP)

Reports to:                  Associate Vice President of Policy

Status:                         Part-Time, Regular, Non-exempt           

Location:                     Long Island City, NY 11101

Days/Hours:                5 Days per week/35 hours per week/mostly 9am-5pm with some evening and weekend events


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 provides the leadership role in 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 Policy Associate will conduct 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 Policy Associate will play a key role in analyzing and interpreting policies, maintaining and expanding The Fortune Society’s network of partners engaged in advocacy by conducting critical research, developing strategies, 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:

  • Conduct research and analysis on existing legal policies and national best practices related to criminal and social justice reform on the city, state, and federal levels to help determine a yearly legislative strategy;
  • Write research and data analysis summary briefs that explain and advocate for criminal justice reforms
  • Gather and/or help write model policies and presentations on issues relevant to DRCPP’s mission
  • Provide up-to-date maintenance of internal tracking system logging details for advocacy and policy activities;
  • Participate at stakeholder events, rallies, town hall meetings, coalition meetings, and community education events;
  • Attend and potentially offer testimony at relevant legislative hearings on behalf of the agency;
  • Assist with planning and preparation to host internal advocacy/policy trainings, community education activities, and advocacy events that bring together diverse audiences to advance our mission and priority issues for DRCPP;
  • Help develop informational materials, advocacy resources, social media content, and grant proposals and reports; and
  • Utilize innovative approaches to engage clients and staff in DRCPP’s daily workload, and perform other job-related duties as needed.
  • BA/BS degree with two years professional experience or equivalent, transferrable life/professional experience;
  • Committed to criminal justice reform, systems change work, and social justice;
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, critical-thinker, with excellent project management skills;
  • Ability to speak eloquently at public events on behalf of the agency;
  • Great oral and written communication abilities with proficient computer skills including Microsoft suite;
  • Ability to work autonomously to meet deadlines and be collaborative and supportive with team members;
  • Recognizes the importance of utilizing humanizing language when referencing our mission, clients, and staff;
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a qualified disability or sincerely held religious belief or other legal basis). Applicants should not provide medical or genetic information in their applications; and
  • We seek talented, dedicated individuals who possess a strong, personal commitment to our mission.


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. Relevant personal experience is a plus.