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Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel

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The Fortune Society
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Queens, NY

The Fortune Society


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Published 11 days ago


Unit:               David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP)

Reports to:      Associate Vice President of Policy

Status:            Full Time; Regular; Exempt

Location:         29-76 Northern Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11101

Days/Hours:    5 Days per week/35 hours per week/mostly 9am-5pm with some evening and weekend events - as

needed



In 2007, The Fortune Society (Fortune) launched the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) to focus and provide the leadership role on Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, research, and community education efforts. DRCPP works to build equitable legal systems and alternative approaches to justice, change counterproductive laws and policies, advance effective program models, and shift public perception.


Position Summary: 

The Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel will have a deep personal commitment to and professional knowledge of housing policy and litigation, including housing discrimination and other corollary policy issues (employment, education, etc.). The Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel will work specifically on identifying Landlords who discriminate against formerly incarcerated New Yorkers and will pursue legal, and policy actions to combat this discrimination. The Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel will work with Fortune’s participants and other stakeholders, including staff, to test housing discrimination and engage with Fortune’s pro-bono law firms to take on housing discrimination. The Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel will work with the Associate Vice President of Policy and Senior Policy Counsel to develop strategies for addressing housing discrimination and inform the vision and issue priorities annually for DRCPP. The Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel will represent and speak on behalf of the agency in various forums. This role will participate and oversee all research on administrative and policy changes that could remove barriers to housing and employment which are currently preventing formerly incarcerated people from thriving as leaders in the community. The Housing Policy and Litigation Counsel will support in leading the strategy to maintain and expand The Fortune Society’s network of partners engaged in advocacy by conducting critical research, developing strategies, developing and documenting our housing model and building relationships with key players and stakeholders, including policy makers, who can help advance the needs of people directly impacted by the justice system.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify landlords who discriminate against formerly incarcerated New Yorkers
  • Work with pro-bono law firms to take on housing discrimination against individuals with records
  • Work closely with Fortune staff to coordinate and identify participants (and others) to test housing discrimination by applying for housing and seeing if they are discriminated against
  • Work with the Associate Vice President of Policy and Senior Policy Counsel to advance the Prison to Shelter Pipeline campaign
  • Prepare written materials for a wide range of audiences and purposes, including policy analyses, funder reports, white papers, testimony, conference proposals, presentations, model policies, Board meetings etc.
  •  Represent Fortune at housing advocacy and outreach activities, such as press conferences, rallies, coalition meetings, and community education events, with relevant government agencies, key coalition partners, and other organizations
  •  Manage and participate in all aspects of research on existing housing policies in NYCHA and housing generally
  •  Identify the best practices related to housing reform on the City, State, and Federal levels to help determine a yearly legislative strategy
  • Provide support to the Development Team regarding generating ideas for crafting DRCPP grant proposals and reports
  •  Create a timeline and execute hosting internal housing advocacy/policy trainings, community education activities, and advocacy events that bring together diverse audiences to advance our mission and priority issues for DRCPP, and
  • Utilize innovative approaches to engage clients and staff in DRCPP’s daily workload, and perform other job-related duties as needed.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Provide weekly supervision to volunteers/fellows/interns/testers as needed


Qualifications:

  • JD and New York State Bar membership required
  •  A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in housing or employment discrimination or policy change (in a non-profit, social service, legal, advocacy or academic setting)
  • Committed to criminal justice reform, housing and employment equity, systems change work, and social justice.
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, critical thinker, with excellent project management skills.
  •  Must possess excellent legal or social justice research, excellent writing, ability to communicate with diverse audiences, possess strong analytical skills, and strong public speaker.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate research into compelling and persuasive, issue-oriented information, and educational materials.


The Fortune Society encourages individuals to apply who have successfully made the transition from incarceration and/or substance use into a stable, productive lifestyle in the community. 


Travel and Scheduling Requirements – Travel within and outside of New York City, for meetings, conferences and events. Willingness and ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and events (when necessary). Meeting attendance and work may be partially or fully remote in accordance with New York State guidelines for COVID-19.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status. Relevant personal experience is a plus.


Unit:               David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP)

Reports to:      Associate Vice President of Policy

Status:            Full Time; Regular; Exempt

Location:         29-76 Northern Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11101

Days/Hours:    5 Days per week/35 hours per week/mostly…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision,403(b), Long and Short term disability, Tuition Reimbursement

Medical, Dental, Vision,403(b), Long and Short term disability, Tuition Reimbursement

Location

29-76 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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