Advisor - Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline

As part of a comprehensive effort to reform and reinvent New York City’s approach to criminal justice and policing, the City of New York is launching an “Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline” initiative that addresses the recommendations surfaced in the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative draft plan. Within this initiative, NYC Opportunity will be focused on developing solutions and furthering recommendations that connect low-income and justice-involved clients and their families to new or improved streamlined services and supports that center community needs, and prevent or reduce justice system contact.

The Advisor will support the work of the Programs and Evaluation team. Working with colleagues at NYC Opportunity, the Advisor will focus primarily on a new “Ending Poverty to Prison Pipeline” initiative and will help to coordinate the design, implementation, program management, performance monitoring and evaluation for multiple initiatives and projects. This position will be managed by the NYC Opportunity Programs and Evaluation Team, and will work closely with the NYC Opportunity Service Design Team.


  • Support the overall work of the Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline initiative, including research, organizing learning network activities, managing outreach to City agency partners, data collection/analysis, and identifying evidence-based practices and promising models.
  • Work with NYC Opportunity program leads to support the oversight and management of programs, evaluations, and special projects in the NYC Opportunity and YMI portfolios; support work with City agencies, evaluation firms and other partner organizations to develop and implement project work plans and budgets, and to prepare internal and public-facing deliverables.
  • Work with NYC Opportunity program leads to ensure development of appropriate metrics and targets across the unit’s full portfolio; analyze performance data to monitor City agency progress in implementing programs and special projects; ensure data quality.
  • Capture input and feedback from stakeholders (affected people, advocates, agencies, etc.) to guide service delivery improvements and establish new practices which more consistently incorporate the voice and perspective of affected communities.
  • Assist with managing external evaluators in developing, implementing, and finalizing evaluations; coordinate and track the dissemination of evaluation findings to various constituencies, translating technical evaluation information to policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Generate summary reports and develop written products on program operations, evaluations, and related topics. Support NYC Opportunity communications efforts with writing reports and articles, preparing public facing presentations, stories to highlight, draft releases, talking points and other materials.
  • Respond to rapid research requests and participate in the preparation of summary data reports, case studies, and research briefs on program operations, best practices, evidence-based policy, and related topics for senior leadership, NYC Opportunity staff and external partners.
  • Support the development of new programs and policy initiatives, and identify and pursue funding opportunities for the expansion of NYC Opportunity and YMI initiatives.
  • Develop and foster productive working partnerships with policymakers, government agencies and departments, and partner organizations. Engage agency partners and external audiences including policymakers through helping to organize meetings, conference presentations and other events.
  • Execute special projects as necessary.

  Skills We're Seeking

We understand that candidates may not have all of the skills we are seeking below. We encourage those interested to apply even if they do not meet all of them. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Commitment to the mission of advancing greater equality and opportunity.

Experience working closely with communities who are engaging with public services and programs and/or has lived-experience engaging with public services and programs.

Experience in policy, government or non-profit, in particular with low-income and vulnerable youth and families is a plus.

Ability to think creatively and develop solutions to intricate problems.

Familiarity with data analysis, and policy research practices generally.

Willingness to perform the full range of tasks required in a dynamic and rapidly responsive organization.

Ability to work independently and within a fast-paced environment, as well as thrive in a collaborative team environment.

Strong project management skills. Highly organized and detail-oriented.

Experience with project and program management, program evaluation, and knowledge of policies/strategies to support low-income populations.

Exceptional interpersonal skills and judgment.

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and basic descriptive statistics.

Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.

  Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and at least one year relevant work experience.

  Benefits and Compensation

This is a permanent, full-time position offering competitive salary and benefits. To learn more about the New York City's Employee benefits, visit the NYC Office of Labor Relations.

The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  How to Apply

Please fill out the application form. The form will prompt you to upload a resume and coverletter.

Due to the volume of applications received we may not be able to respond to every application.