Senior Advisor

The Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) helps the City apply evidence and innovation to reduce poverty and increase equity. We advance research, data, and design in program and policy development, service delivery, and budget decisions. Our work includes analyzing existing anti-poverty approaches, developing new interventions, facilitating the sharing of data across City agencies, and rigorously assessing the impact of key initiatives.

As part of the Programs and Evaluation Team, the Senior Advisor will coordinate the design, implementation, program management, evaluation, and related policy initiatives for multiple initiatives and projects, as well as assist with key communications efforts. The position will manage a portfolio of programs and evaluations for projects generated by NYC Opportunity and YMI, as well as other initiatives of the Mayor focused on low-income populations.


The Senior Advisor has experience with program design and management, evaluation, research, and public policy related to poverty and equity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage a portfolio of new and existing initiatives and evaluations across a range of issue areas affecting low-income New Yorkers. Programmatic areas of focus may include workforce development, education programs, out of school youth, and others.
  • Work with City agencies to develop and implement programs, including developing program implementation work plans, budgets, data collection protocols, and performance management strategies in alignment with NYC Opportunity’s existing practices and systems. Provide ongoing feedback to City agency partners on performance data and fiscal management.
  • Manage external evaluators in developing, implementing, and finalizing evaluations; coordinate 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 into program and service areas, effective research-based practices to assist low-income populations, Mayoral policies, State/Federal anti-poverty programs, and other areas as needed.
  • Coordinate with diverse City government partners and manage inter-agency partnerships.
  • Regularly analyze data and research, reflect on lessons learned from NYC Opportunity’s work, and share insights via meetings, written products, speaking engagements, etc.
  • Research best practices and develop standards and criteria for program outcomes.
  • Work to develop and support the launch of new programs and policy initiatives, and to identify and pursue funding opportunities for the expansion of NYC Opportunity and YMI programs. Develop funding proposals for new initiatives as needed.
  • Engage City agency partners and external audiences including policymakers through meetings, conference presentations and helping to organize events.
  • Supervise staff, fellows, and/or interns and tasks assigned to others, as needed.
  • Execute special projects as necessary.

  Skills We're Seeking

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

Mastery of analytic and evaluative principles and concepts which includes the ability to analyze and recommend policies and procedures.

Ability to take initiative, problem solve, prioritize duties, and balance competing priorities while paying close attention to detail, meeting deadlines and working well under pressure.

Self‐motivation to guide a project through design, execution, and completion while engaging the support of the team/ management.

Ability to establish productive and collaborative relationships with all levels of staff, inside and outside of the city and other governmental and non‐governmental agencies.

Highly organized and detail‐oriented.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Self-starter who positively contributes to a learning culture and collaborative team and is willing to perform the full range of tasks required in a dynamic and rapidly responsive organization.

Commitment to the mission of advancing greater equality and opportunity.

  Education and Experience

Masters degree (MPA/MPP or related degree preferred) + at least 3 years relevant work experience or Bachelors degree + at least 8 years relevant work experience.

Experience in government a plus.

  How to Apply

Please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references.