Senior Policy Advisor, Living Streets

Organization: Mayor's Office of Climate & Environmental Justice

Posted: July 3, 2023 | Closing: July 14, 2023

Job Description

The Senior Policy Advisor is a member of MOCEJ’s Living Streets and Public Spaces team. This position
reports to the Deputy Director and will work collaboratively with staff across MOCEJ and multiple agencies
to promote the team’s policy priorities and to achieve increased cooperation for sustainability and to
evaluate and implement results from best practices from around the world for use in policy and program
development. This position will convene internal and external stakeholders and oversee a portfolio of
initiatives related to transportation resiliency and sustainability, waste management policy, green
infrastructure planning, air quality, equitable parks and open space access, and/or extreme heat
mitigation, while working to increase environmental quality of life and sustainability for all New Yorkers.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
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• Provide thought leadership on MOCEJ initiatives to help improve neighborhood environmental
quality and the health, resiliency, and well-being of New Yorkers
• Coordinate with and lead city agencies to develop, plan and implement strategies that increase
and improve green transportation and public transit resiliency & sustainability advocacy; solid
waste and right-of-way planning; open and green space; zoning & land use coordination; public
realm activation; and/or other work that achieves MOCEJ climate and environmental justice
• Synthesize research and keep up to date on current literature as well as agency and external
organizations’ plans related to urban planning, transportation, waste management, natural
resources, etc., and identify work streams that support the goals of MOCEJ, the NYC Streets Plan,
Electrifying New York, NYC Forest Management Plan and/or the NYC Solid Waste Management
Plan, among others.
• Track and evaluate policies, initiatives, incentives and legislation at the City, State and Federal
levels that support the enhancement of environmental justice; identifying opportunities to apply
them in the NYC context. Develop appropriate responses and recommendations in coordination
with the MOCEJ Legislative Affairs team and coordinate appropriate external engagements in
coordination with the MOCEJ Partnerships and Environmental Justice teams.
• Foster relationships with civic organizations to develop and sustain positive relationships and
networks that advance policy and program implementation, including agencies such as
Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Department of Parks and
Recreation, Department of Sanitation, Department of City Planning, Economic Development
Corporation, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Citywide Administrative
Services, etc.
• Represent MOCEJ at meetings, public forums, conferences, and other relevant events.
• Assist with special projects as needed, and lead other duties, as assigned.
About You
• A master’s degree from an accredited college or university, specializing in a relevant field (transportation
policy, urban planning, waste management policy, sustainability, architecture, or related physical and
social science fields) and at least five years of relevant, responsible, full-time experience.
• A background in transportation or waste management policy, urban planning, sustainability or natural
resource management, environmental health, or environmental program management
• An understanding of the interplay of sustainability, health and climate adaptation, and an awareness of
existing policies and trends that support sustainable communities.
• Demonstrated presentation skills. Candidates must be comfortable with public speaking and advocacy
group engagement.
• Strong data analysis skills including proficiency in statistical and analytical software, geographic
information systems, and/or desktop publishing. Candidates must be comfortable with quantitative
analysis and have an ability to synthesize data and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate technical information
into accessible forms. Clear, effective writing style is a must.
• Knowledge of New York City or New York State’s governmental structure and policy context.
• Attention to detail and excellent organization skills, which include and are not limited to the ability to
manage complex projects; coordinate interagency programs; and maintain control of analytical details
while balancing broadly defined work objectives.
• Willingness to travel in the 5 boroughs and work after hours or on weekends, as needed.
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• Fluency in a second language a plus. Work in NYC communities a plus

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