Open Position: Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy

Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy

This position serves as the principal staff for NAMI-NYC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and government affairs in New York City. The Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy directs and manages local advocacy efforts, and works with our colleagues at NAMI New York State to support our state-level governmental affairs efforts.

This is a full-time, exempt, position, located in New York City (working remotely for now due to the pandemic) and reports to NAMI-NYC’s Executive Director.


  • Recruit, train, and engage advocates, to be involved as Ambassadors for members of the New York City Council, New York State Senate, and New York State Assembly
  • Create and manage campaigns to mobilize advocates on local and state issues
  • Serve as a public policy spokesperson for NAMI-NYC for internal and external audiences; represent NAMI-NYC at community events, panels, coalitions, key workgroups and trainings.
  • Develop and deepen relationships with city elected officials and state legislators with districts in New York City, as well as other relevant government officials
  • Lead NAMI-NYC’s Advocacy Committee of the Board of Directors (with support of the Committee Chair)
  • Develop the strategy – and oversee all efforts and activities – to achieve state and local level public policy priorities, including working with the policy makers agencies at both the city and state level
  • Monitor committee meetings and legislative action during the legislative session as well as between sessions
  • Coordinate monthly The Advocacy Group (TAG) public education events
  • Conduct policy research and create documents to explain NAMI-NYC policy positions
  • Craft and deliver testimony for legislative and budget hearings
  • Coordinate with NAMI-NYS and NAMI National to create a cohesive advocacy agenda
  • Maintain database of advocacy volunteers
  • Coordinate with other staff members to respond to advocacy related press inquiries
  • Coordinate with marketing and communications department to provide advocacy updates
  • Support and participate in NAMI-NYC events as requested
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in New York City
  • Experience building and working with coalitions.
  • Respect and compassion for people affected by serious mental illness
  • Basic knowledge of and experience with mental illness, recovery, and the mental health system – either personally, professionally or through a family member.
  • Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers, Google Apps and Microsoft applications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy/administration, political science and social services, government, or related field required. Postgraduate degree strongly preferred. Work experience also taken into consideration.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations and/or working in city-level government affairs.
  • Current contacts within New York City government, and with potential partners and collaborators.
  • Experience with digital advocacy tools and software, especially OneClickPolitics
  • Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.


Generous Benefits Package including: Employer paid healthcare, Transitchek, FSA/HSA, generous PTO bundle, 401K


To apply, send a resume and cover letter to No telephone calls please.