Director of Policy and Planning

Location
New York, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted
Mar 22, 2021
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


Director of Policy and Planning

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Open Date: Mar 19, 2021
Deadline:

Description
Pratt Center for Community Development is searching for a Director of Policy and Planning (DPP) to develop and lead policy & advocacy initiatives around community development, economic and workforce development, sustainability and environmental justice.

Founded in 1963, the Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. We leverage professional skills in planning and policy research and analysis to work on the ground with community-based organizations to challenge systemic inequities and advance sustainable development.

The DPP will supervise a staff of urban planners who manage data-driven research projects, community planning technical assistance projects, and other collaborations with research and community-based partners. They will lead the acquisition and development of new grant-funded or client-based policy and urban planning projects; and will oversee project implementation and development of deliverables including community plans, data products, and policy platforms. The DPP will be responsible for the delivery of all of Pratt Center's policy-related communications, including positions and testimony, policy reports and issue briefs, and other communications.

If you are looking for an opportunity to collaborate on setting the goals and objectives that enable the Center to meet its mission, then this could be the position for you!

Key Essential Duties include the following:
  • Lead the development of Pratt Center's policy and advocacy campaigns
  • Oversee policy research, collect (or oversee collection of) and analyze original and secondary data, develop policy reports and other products
  • Oversee the community planning team; responsible for the development of work plans and budgets and implementation of all project tasks and creation of deliverables.
  • Coordinate the use of a wide range of methods (planning, demographic, economic, and statistical research; GIS; participatory action research and surveys; etc.) to identify key issues, develop public policy solutions, and advocate for policy change.
  • Support policy research projects being conducted by program staff, from inception to publication, in coordination with communications staff.
  • Serve as lead staff member to research and write reports for select policy projects.
  • Represent Pratt Center in meetings with community-based organizations and clients, collaborating colleagues, at general community and coalition meetings, and with other stakeholders, including policymakers, and press.
  • Supervise staff, interns and consultants as assigned


Qualifications
Education: Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Policy or related field; or equivalent work experience.

Experience:
  • Five years minimum experience in urban policy and planning-related projects, research and/or policy development, and/or experience working in community-based organizations in low-income communities/communities of color.
  • Experience with community and/or political organizing and a strong understanding of the various roles played in that process.
  • Must have a high level of comfort in group settings with diverse stakeholders, and experience designing and implementing data-driven policy projects where racial, social and economic justice are a central theme.
  • Must have considerable experience and comfort with public speaking, persuasive argumentation in group settings, and media advocacy.
  • Some project management experience is required.

Skills:
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated community planning skills
  • Strong data manipulation and analysis and spatial visualization skills
  • Fluency and knowledge of community-based planning issues, including zoning and land use policy
  • Familiarity with transportation, environmental justice, racial justice, real estate development, and affordable housing issues - as well as the New York City advocacy community working in these issue areas
  • Strong personnel management skills
  • Must be adept with Microsoft Office and other tools of team collaboration such as Slack, online Project management platform such as Asana, Airtable


Application Instructions
Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.


To apply, visit https://apply.interfolio.com/85227

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.



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