Posted on September 20, 2012
Community Solutions - Policy Associate
Community Solutions (CS) is a national nonprofit organization that supports communities in transforming their response to vulnerable people so that all are housed, safe and healthy.
The Brownsville Partnership is a comprehensive community development initiative in Brownsville, Brooklyn sponsored by CS that involves government and not for profit organizations and local residents. Through this collective approach we are building a safer, healthier, and more prosperous community. Our approach combines innovations in physical and social development and a strong reliance on data to guide investments and measure progress in a neighborhood of concentrated poverty.
The Policy Associate, under the supervision of the Director of Research and Evaluation, will analyze the impact of internal CS programs in Brownsville and community-wide efforts to increase the safety, health and prosperity of Brownsville residents. The Policy Associate will also provide research and analytic support for the combined group of stakeholders working together in the Partnership and will assist in gathering and visualizing data consistently from partner organizations and other local and public sources.
The Policy Associate's responsibilities will include:
- Analyze and visualize key data on the neighborhood and Partnership initiatives;
- Assist with the development and regular updating of a dashboard for all team members to assess the impact of various initiatives consistently and quickly;
- Gather and analyze data for program Quality Assurance monitoring;
- Producing case studies, reports, blogs, talking points, PowerPoint presentations, for both internal and external audiences;
- Assisting the Director of Research and Evaluation to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, including interviews, surveys, and statistical analysis of "collective impact" in community development;
- Meeting with key stakeholders to gather input for research, and for how impact is measured and tracked;
- Assisting with grant-writing and reporting;
- Providing additional project support including but not limited to RFP preparation and special event coordination.
- Bachelor's Degree required, Urban Studies, Urban Planning, Public Policy or related degree preferred;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate with a diverse set of community members and stakeholders;
- Works well in a team;
- Entrepreneurial and resourceful;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Ability to analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and quickly;
- Training in social science research methods and a strong understanding of basic statistical concepts;
- Basic background knowledge of community development, revitalization, and/or housing policy.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
- Experience working in high poverty communities;
- Proficiency with statistical software (SPSS syntax, STATA, and/or SAS), and experience analyzing and manipulating large data sets;
- Proficiency in the use of GIS software, and experience using GIS to analyze neighborhood characteristics and trends.
Community Solutions offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance; 403(b) retirement plan with matching benefit; 3 weeks of vacation.
Send resume and cover letter to:
Catherine Craig, Director, Healthy Communities