The Network Seeks a Director of Policy and Planning

Categories: New York City


Primary functions include policy and advocacy management and coordination.

The Governor of New York State and Mayor of NYC recently committed to creating 35,000 units of supportive housing statewide, the majority of which will be developed in NYC. The Supportive Housing Network’s Director of Policy and Planning will 1) lead NYC policy and planning efforts to ensure these commitments are implemented in coordination with NYS; 2) work to identify and address barriers to implementation; 3) represent the Network and membership on key committees and task forces that further the mission; 4) provide ongoing support to members; and 5) provide active leadership in the NYC Continuum of Care.

Policy and Advocacy Management/Coordination includes:

Initiating and executing new programs and initiatives involves working with providers, funders, advocates and other stakeholders to generate the policies, programs and systems change that can grow and improve supportive housing in New York.  This includes writing policy briefs, spearheading campaigns, conducting surveys and other methods of research, and hosting policy events to generate interest, ideas and coalition building. Similarly, the Director of Policy and Planning is also expected to represent the Network on housing and homelessness related task forces and committees.

Providing direct guidance and technical assistance to staff is also an essential part of the position. This is done for providers, government partners, corporate members and others to support the financing, development, management and operations of supportive housing.

The Director of Policy and Planning is part of the senior management team and works to set direction for the organization. In addition, the position supports foundation and fundraising activities, communication strategies and ongoing staff and board support.


Candidates must have a BA, Masters a strong plus. Strong leadership and management skills. Superb communication, presentation and analytic skills. Ability to organize, manage and motivate effective work teams. Strong sense of ownership of organization performance. Experience/expertise in the following areas important: government policy related to homelessness, supportive housing and/or affordable housing. nonprofit housing development. government affairs strategies. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on manager combining an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to develop productive, collaborative relationships with a diverse group of colleagues. Commitment to ending homelessness by increasing the supply of supportive and affordable housing. Minimum five years’ experience in nonprofit or government related fields.

Strong cover letter required.  Send with resume to

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