Office of Climate Policy and Programs
Senior Policy Advisor, Social Resiliency Planning
Job ID Number: 19815
About the Office:
In April 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio released One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), which provides the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) the mission to strengthen social and economic resiliency; upgrade buildings; adapt the region’s infrastructure systems; and enhance the city’s coastal defenses in response to the evolving risks associated with climate change and other 21st century threats. OneNYC builds off of prior climate resiliency plans, including A Stronger, More Resilient New York released in 2013 that laid out a strategy for (1) rebuilding and making stronger those neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and (2) improving the City’s infrastructure to ensure greater resiliency in the face of future climate change impacts. To learn more about OneNYC and the New York City’s resiliency initiatives, please visit: www.nyc.gov/onenyc.
About the Role:
The Senior Policy Advisor is a key member of ORR's Social and Economic Resiliency (SER) team which develops and implements initiatives to a) strengthen community and small business preparedness planning, b) support and expand sustainability and environmental quality of life programming, and c) promote social cohesion. This team also implements strategies to mitigate and adapt to health risks related to rising temperatures and the urban heat island effect. This position reports to the Deputy Director for Social and Economic Resiliency and will coordinate several multi-stakeholder initiatives to develop and advance climate mitigation and adaptation legislation, policy and programs. The Senior Policy Advisor will also work closely and collaboratively with staff across ORR and multiple external agencies to effectively promote the team’s policy priorities to key stakeholders, and to achieve increased cooperation for community resiliency to extreme heat and other climate hazards.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Develop, implement, and manage all aspects of discrete initiatives of the SER team, as outlined in the “Neighborhoods Goal” of “Vision 4: Our Resilient City” of OneNYC;
• Lead on efforts to identify and secure philanthropic and City funding, including preparing grant proposals to support current and future team initiatives and projects;
• Coordinate and manage key projects (agency, inter-agency and otherwise) that increase overall city resiliency, sustainability, and consistency of policy recommendations;
• Provide support and management expertise to specific ORR initiatives so that they improve the health, safety and economic well-being of New Yorkers;
• Quantitatively and qualitatively assess policies and initiatives on an ongoing basis to develop appropriate responses and recommendations and formulate team positions;
• Foster relationships with civic groups, community boards, community-based organizations, government agencies and others to develop and sustain positive relationships and networks and to advance program implementation;
• Identify, address and mitigate stakeholder concerns by developing creative solutions to evolving community relations issues; and generate cooperation and buy-in to policy and programmatic initiatives;
• Represent ORR at meetings, public forums, conferences, and other relevant events;
• Support public engagement efforts; assisting in organizing meetings with internal and external partners, and community groups (occasionally on weekends and evenings);
• Originate and/or oversee the generation of project-related documents including schedules, project plans, presentations, meeting agendas, minutes, status reports, etc.;
• Assist with special projects as needed, and lead other duties, as assigned.
• An Undergraduate or Master’s degree in an appropriate field of environmental or social science, and at least five (5) years of full-time relevant professional experience in a responsible, supervisory, or administrative capacity in a field related to this position;
• A background in public policy, law, urban planning, sustainability management, emergency preparedness and recovery planning, community planning, or program development for community-based organizations;
• Demonstrated experience leading and managing interactions with senior stakeholders to achieve program objectives and ability to interface with senior level management;
• Demonstrated experience with building relationships with government and community stakeholders and in coordinating projects involving multiple constituents;
• Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including the ability to gather and synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate technical information into accessible forms. Clear, effective writing style is a must.
• Demonstrated experience working in urban communities with skills in creating linkages, building coalitions, and developing strategic partnerships;
• Prior government work experience; knowledge of New York City or New York State’s governmental structure and policy context, and a firm grasp of legislative affairs a plus;
• An understanding of the interplay of resiliency, sustainability, and adaptation planning;
• Excellent task and information management, including adhering to targeted deadlines; interpersonal, and organizational skills, with willingness and ability to work as part of a team, to adapt well to change; to problem solve and pay close attention to detail;
• Ability to complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives;
• Ability to communicate in a highly engaging and enthusiastic manner;
• Willingness to travel in the 5 boroughs and work after hours or on weekends, as required.
• Fluency in a second language a plus.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter to https://a002-oom03.nyc.gov/IRM/EventRegistration/RegForm.aspx?eventGuid=4645fdd8-310d-4db6-884b-e64d4d17fefd&jobid=19815&pos=Senior%20Policy%20Advisor%20Social%20Resiliency%20Planning
New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days Of Appointment
The City Of New York And The Office Of The Mayor Are Equal Opportunity Employers