Senior Research Scientist/Senior Director, Policy & Research
New York University
Location: New York, NY
Internal Number: 91825
The NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research is committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action through policy and best practices.
We are seeking to recruit a new member of our team to lead research and policy initiatives for the Institute with a special focus on our newly launched Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hub. The AI Hub at McSilver has been established to investigate how artificial intelligence-driven systems can be used to equitably address poverty and challenges relating to race and public health, and to provide thought leadership on the implications. The AI Hub at NYU McSilver will address a dearth of information about how AI can impact the lives of people in marginalized communities. Among the hub's initial areas of focus will be building on the institute's work to answer whether AI can be used to better predict suicide rates and behaviors by race, geography, income and other demographic variables, with other innovative public health research and interventions to follow.
Reporting to both the Executive Director and the Chief Operating Officer, and working in collaboration with the executive and senior leadership teams, the Senior Research Scientist/Senior Director for Policy & Research will be responsible for developing research and advancing policy and advocacy goals for the NYU McSilver Institute. They will work in close collaboration with the executive leadership team to both set NYU McSilver's policy recommendations and advocacy strategies and work closely with the Chief Communications Officer to rapidly translate research findings to impact policy at the federal, state and local levels. The Senior Research Scientist/Senior Director for Policy & Research will develop white papers, analyze legislative developments and data with regard to poverty policy, and will develop policy briefs, articles, press statements, grant proposals, and related materials.
Develop and implement research plans, policy priorities and strategic initiatives in support of the goals of the AI Hub at NYU McSilver;
Lead in the development of coalition building strategies and cultivating relationships with key policymakers and influencers in NYC, Albany and Washington, DC in service of McSilver's mission;
Provide reliable, timely data, policy analysis and strategic guidance to the executive leadership team on proposed legislation and legislative activities at the city, state, and federal levels and recommend appropriate actions;
Monitor and identify relevant federal, state and local policies and prepare appropriate policy and data analysis, as needed;
Effectively collaborate with the Communications team to develop and disseminate materials related to legislative and regulatory developments to relevant constituencies and increase stakeholder engagement through the strategic use of diverse media platforms;
Work in collaboration with the executive leadership team to submit grant applications to the appropriate funders and develop strategic partnerships to further policy work for the institute;
Collaboratively develop and disseminate research conceptual frameworks and research agenda;
Plan, direct, coordinate, and lead the implementation of defined research projects to ensure that goals and objectives are met within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters;
Design and implement strategies for engaging with external AI policy stakeholders, and develop content for op-eds, position papers, publications, present at conferences, etc. to further NYU McSilver's legislative and public policy positions.
JD or other advanced degree in policy, research, government or other related discipline required, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and federal legislative and regulatory work experience;
Eight to ten (8-10) years of professional experience in public affairs, public policy, technology, advocacy and government relations in the fields of research, behavioral health, food security, housing, immigration, health care and child welfare;
Deep commitment to social and racial justice with an understanding of the needs of the marginalized communities within NYC and across the US;
Understanding of and strong commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of people to change their communities and to participate directly in changing public policies;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with strategic partners and other external stakeholders to impact policy at the local, state and national levels;
Excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to lead and prioritize multiple projects while meeting deadlines within a fast-paced environment of competing demands;
Proven track record in accomplishing major legislative, regulatory and policy agendas of similar size and complexity;
A keen understanding of poverty fighting political landscape and an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies;
A proven track-record of high-level impact on policy issues related to social and economic equity;
Experience managing multifaceted portfolios including writing proposals and managing grants from foundations and other philanthropic organizations;
Demonstrated ability and experience in developing and/or interpreting materials on complex public policy issues for varied audiences
Please submit a cover letter and resume as attachments for this application.
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