Advocacy Fellow, Streets Democracy Project

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary and title are commensurate with education and/or experience.




One Whitehall
16th Floor
New York
United States


Regional Plan Association is seeking an experienced, self-motivated, dynamic individual for as an Advocacy Fellow for our Streets Democracy Project. The Advocacy Fellow will report to the Senior Vice President of State Programs and Advocacy on a two-year contract.

The Fellow will advance RPA’s work to develop more inclusive planning in New York City, focused on the use of our streets. The Streets Democracy Project is an advocacy effort to build a planning and public input process that allows the residents of New York to help make streets safer and more people friendly.  The Fellow will work closely with RPA staff, Open Plans, Streetsblog, Streetfilms, Transportation Alternatives and other partners on this initiative.

The Fellow will work with a variety of agencies, departments and bureaucratic structures within the New York City government to build new planning and decision making structures to empower local residents.  This advocacy will be both high level and visionary and low level and tactical. Work may occasionally include evening or weekend meetings. This position is based in RPA’s New York office.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing proposals to democratize decision making in New York City government
  • Work with partner groups and leaders in NYC government to pilot programs that build out a micro-democratic planning process
  • Developing a coalition of support for reforms with elected officials, agency leaders and other stakeholders
  • Research, writing, and public speaking
  • Managing the project will the help of RPA staff, Open Plans, and other stakeholders

The successful candidate will have the following experience and characteristics:

  • An undergraduate degree and 3-5 years of work experience
  • Be results oriented with a track record of both academic and professional success 
  • Be intelligent, and a dynamic, creative, and a strategic thinker
  • Care deeply about urbanism, public space, city planning, New York and the democratic process
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of the nuances of New York City government
  • Government experience prefered working in City agencies or in a local elected official’s office
  • Must be dedicated, determined and eager to tackle huge new challenges

About RPA

RPA conducts research, advocacy, and planning on regional and national priorities, including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development, and governance. Our team of talented professionals is passionate about developing and sharing ideas that foster thriving, healthy cities and communities.

We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, CT, and Princeton, NJ. We encourage a challenging, collaborative and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.

RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


This is a full-time, two-year position with health, vision, and dental benefits. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit resume, a brief (one page maximum) cover letter, three references, a writing sample and/or portfolio to the Jotform link above. Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to every applicant. We kindly request no phone calls or e-mails.