Senior 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.

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. Working with colleagues across teams in NYC Opportunity, the Senior Advisor will focus on planning, coordination and oversight of the “Ending Poverty to Prison Pipeline” initiative, as well as other related projects that help low-income residents navigate to services that meet their needs. This position will be part of NYC Opportunity’s Programs and Evaluation Team, and will work closely with the “Ending Poverty to Prison Pipeline” Program Manager on the Service Design Team.


The Senior Advisor will help to lead four areas of activity related to the Poverty to Prison Pipeline:

  1. Identifying evidence-based practices and promising program models to enable new or expanded approaches to support people connected with criminal justice.
  2. Capturing input and feedback from stakeholders (affected people, advocates, agencies, local and national experts, etc.) to guide service delivery improvements and establish new practices which more consistently incorporate the voice and perspective of affected communities.
  3. Coordinating a cohort of new “Agency Navigator Liaisons” and facilitating new cross-agency institutional practices to enable more seamless access to holistic services.
  4. Helping support the development and use of a new user-friendly digital “service catalogue” and related data tools that support better service navigation, referrals and access to resources.

The Senior Advisor will also lead and manage a portfolio of related programs, special projects and evaluations for projects generated by NYC Opportunity and YMI, as well as other initiatives of the Mayor focused on low-income populations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct strategic planning, evidence-based policy research, stakeholder consultation and coordination, service design, and City agency oversight in support of the “Ending Poverty to Prison Pipeline” initiative. This may involve examining current agency practices around service referrals, contracting and budget processes, and conducting assessments of effectiveness of existing programs.
  • 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 will include human service navigation reform and services for those impacted by the criminal justice system, and may also include workforce development, education programs, health/behavioral health 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 and research-based practices to assist low-income populations, Mayoral policies, State/Federal anti-poverty programs, and other areas as needed.
  • Coordinate and support the work of diverse City government partners, and manage inter-agency partnerships.
  • Develop standards and criteria for program outcomes. 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 translate research into actionable information for policymakers and service providers.
  • 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

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

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. Persistence and a pro-active positive attitude.

Familiarity and expertise with analytic and evaluative principles and concepts which includes the ability to analyze and recommend policies and procedures. This includes but is not limited to knowledge of evaluation methodologies, ability to analyze complex systems and propose innovative approaches to multi-faceted problems facing low-income New Yorkers. Experience managing evaluation consultants a plus.

Exceptional interpersonal skills and judgement; ability to establish productive and collaborative relationships with all levels of staff.

Self-motivation to guide a project through design, execution, and completion while engaging the support of the team/ management as appropriate. Ability to think creatively, embrace new approaches and pioneer innovative solutions to intricate problems, while working collaboratively with a diverse constituency.

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

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.

Ability to quickly become familiarized with new issue areas and relevant research base as needed.

Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.

  Education and Experience

Masters degree (MPA, MSW, MPH or related degree preferred) and at least 4 years relevant work experience


or Bachelors degree and at least 6 years 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 $65,000 - $90,000 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.