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Director of NY Policy

Job posted by: Housing Works Inc.

Posted on: September 8, 2014

Summary Description:

The Director of Policy analyzes the impact that Global, National, City and State HIV/AIDS, health, housing, and human services law and policy will have on people living with HIV and AIDS and those providing AIDS health care or housing services. People living with AIDS and HIV of special consideration include those who are substance users, homeless, poor, Latino/a, African- and Caribbean-American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and from the gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender communities. The Director of Policy and keeps abreast of new developments in the above-mentioned existing policies and of emerging trends in these areas. S/he develops and implements effective responses to existing, proposed and/or new public policies affecting homeless people and people living with AIDS and HIV.

Essential Job Functions:

Research, track, and develop policies and strategies for influence and action around the following Global, National and New York City and State issue areas:

  • The Ryan White CARE Act, its reauthorization and implementation at the state and local levels including the NYC HIV Planning Council.
  • New York City politics and administrative maneuvers around HIV and AIDS, homelessness and housing, budget (mis)management and related issues, the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), the Human Resources Administration, and the activities of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayors, the City Council, the agency Commissioners and other advisors, and various Community Boards.
  • New York State politics and administrative maneuvers around HIV and AIDS, homelessness and housing, budget (mis)management and related issues, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the Office of Medicaid and Medicare, and the activities of the Governor, the
  • Governor’s cabinet, the AIDS Institute, the New York State legislators, the Commissioners and other advisors.
  • United States national politics and administrative maneuvers around HIV and AIDS, homelessness and housing, budget (mis)management and related issues, the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services (including the Health Resources and
  • Services Administration (HRSA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)), and the activities of the President, the President’s cabinet, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and other advisors.
  • HIV primary and secondary prevention issues and efforts at the National, State and City levels of government.
  • Public benefits and entitlements issues.
  • Drug policies and harm reduction issues.
  • Arrest, incarceration and discharge issues.
  • Additional issues as they appear on the landscape.
  • Work in close collaboration with Housing Works Advocacy staff in the areas of Organizing and Communications and with other organizations and activists around the issues outlined above.
  • Participate at public hearings, press conferences, meetings, and other political events pertaining to the issues outlined above.
  • Research and write position papers and public hearing testimony.
  • Contribute to the weekly New York AIDS Issues Update.
  • Participate as appropriate in legislative meetings and district office visits.
  • Participate in demonstrations and civil disobediences, phone/fax zaps and other direct action advocacy activities.
  • Participate in Advocacy groups to educate and train clients, staff and volunteers on essential policy issues.
  • Work to build an effective and empowering political culture with the Advocacy team and clients, staff and volunteers in all groups. Help develop group policies and procedures that reward effective advocacy.
  • Create and strengthen activist coalition relationships between the Housing Works Advocacy Department and other activists and organizations.
  • Contribute to the long-term strategy planning
  • Development and implementation of plans to end AIDS as an epidemic by stopping AIDS-related deaths and preventing new HIV infections, including the NYS plan to end AIDS by 2020 and Housing Works’ participation in and leadership of the U.S National End of AIDS Coalition.

Housing and Homelessness.

  • Social drivers of HIV and poverty and the related global goals to end AIDS and extreme poverty by the year 2030.
  • National, State and City implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid redesign, including the work of the New York State Medicaid
  • Redesign eam (MRT) and relevant working groups, the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) process and Housing
  • Works’ participation in and leadership of the National Housing is Health Care Coalition.

Education/Skills Requirements:

  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • Good analytic skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good decision-making skills, especially under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and creative.
  • Clear understanding of agency goals, policies, and philosophy.
  • Ability to coordinate work with other people and organizations.
  • Literacy with computer and office equipment.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2-4 years in a related field.
  • History of activism or desire to become an activist.
  • Work in main office approximately 60% of the time.
  • Attend meetings outside of the office approximately 40% of the time.
  • Some evening and nighttime meetings, weekend and overtime hours required.
  • Some travel to Albany and/or Washington DC.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish

Working Conditions


Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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