Policy and Advocacy Director – Child and Adolescent Health

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan child advocacy organization. CCC educates and mobilizes New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Their advocacy combines public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. They cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated, and safe. CCC’s core advocacy areas include early childhood education; education and youth services; children’s health and mental health; income and food security; housing and homelessness; child welfare; and juvenile justice.

Policy and Advocacy Director – Child and Adolescent Health

The Policy and Advocacy Director for Child and Adolescent Health will lead CCC’s focus on budget, policy, and legislative issues that impact child and adolescent health and mental health as well as early childhood education. The Policy and Advocacy Director will develop and maintain solid relationships on behalf of CCC with those in State and City agencies, the State Legislature and Governor’s office and the City Council, all aimed at improving early child development and child and adolescent health and mental health.

The Policy and Advocacy Director will report to and work closely with the Executive Director, specifically on planning and engaging in prominent policy analysis and visible advocacy efforts related to early child development and child and adolescent health and mental health.

The Policy and Advocacy Director will work collaboratively with the Associate Executive Director of Policy and Advocacy and members of the CCC policy/advocacy team on the key building blocks of CCC’s core work: documenting the facts, community education, and advocacy. For example, CCC policy/advocacy team members analyze policy, budget, and legislative proposals; testify at budget and legislative hearings; draft memos on specific legislative proposals; coordinate large-scale advocacy efforts including building, leading, and participating in coalitions; coordinate rallies and advocacy days in NYC and Albany; meet with elected and appointed government officials; and participate in government workgroups.

Candidate Profile and Key Qualifications

The successful Policy and Advocacy Director candidate will bring:

  • At least 5 years of work experience in government or advocacy including a demonstrated record of success in effectively advancing budget, policy, and/or legislative priorities;
  • An interest in topics related to children;
  • A preferred knowledge of Medicaid, healthcare, and/or health-related funding;
  • Experience managing advocacy campaigns;
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills;
  • The enthusiasm and confidence to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Ability to work with a diverse cross-section of individuals and organizations including lay volunteers, professionals in child-serving fields, advocates, elected and appointed officials, direct service providers and foundations;
  • Professional approach to developing and maintaining relationships with colleagues and government officials; and
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience public policy, healthcare, social welfare, law or a related field.

How to Apply
This search is being conducted by Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC. Interested candidates should email (noting “CCC Policy and Advocacy” in the subject line) a thoughtful cover letter and resume, in confidence, to:
Steven Schall, Schall & Russo Planning Works, Tel: 917-207-7191

Citizens’ Committee for Children seeks a diverse pool of candidates for this position and is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disabling condition.


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 22 vacation days per year
  • 4 personal days per year
  • 18 sick days per year
  • 403b plan with employer/employee contribution
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