Policy and Advocacy Director


Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC) is a 73-year-old non-profit, multi-issue child advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure that every New York child is healthy, housed, educated and safe.  Our unique approach to child advocacy is fact-based, relies on partnerships between our professional staff and our lay and professional volunteers on CCC’s Board and Advocacy Council, and requires the ability to effectively engage elected and appointed government officials, City and State agency leaders, direct service colleagues, philanthropic partners, and New Yorkers at large.


The Policy and Advocacy Director will report to the Associate Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy and will help to lead the team of policy associates, on budget, policy and legislative issues that impact children and their families.  The Policy and Advocacy Director will enhance CCC’s ability to advocate for budgets, legislation, programs and policies that make New York City a better place to be a child at the state and local level and to a lesser degree, federal level.

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.  The Policy and Advocacy Director will be responsible for managing a large portfolio of issue areas pertaining to early child development, including child health, mental health and early education services.

The Policy and Advocacy team focuses on three core components of work:  documenting the facts; community education; and advocacy.  This includes analyzing policy, budget and legislative proposals; testifying at budget and legislative hearings; drafting memos of support or opposition to specific legislative proposals; coordinating large-scale advocacy efforts including building, leading and participating in coalitions, coordinating rallies and advocacy days in NYC and Albany, and meeting year-round with elected and appointed government officials; and participating in government workgroups.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with capacity to multi-task, and can work both independently and collaboratively.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in government or advocacy on topics related to children, including a demonstrated record of success in effectively advancing budget, policy or legislative priorities.
  • Knowledge of and interest in Medicaid and children’s health and mental health a plus, but not required. Ability to work with a diverse cross-section of individuals and organizations including but not limited to 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.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in related field of public policy, social welfare, or law.
  • New York City residency.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefit package.

Citizens’ Committee for Children is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disabling condition.

Please send a resume, cover letter, three references, and a writing sample to:

Lorraine Tate, Executive Assistant


  • 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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