Urban Pathways serves as the first point of contact for New York City's most vulnerable residents - people living on the streets, in subways, or in public areas. An innovative and data-driven leader, Urban Pathways is known for the effectiveness of our "housing first" approach. We engage individuals where they are in the cycle of homelessness. Through outreach and drop-in center services, transitional, long-term and permanent housing, and comprehensive support services, Urban Pathways annually helps nearly 4,000 homeless men and women take control of their lives and find their way home. Urban Pathways is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. We seek to hire talented and highly motivated individuals who will partner with us to provide excellent service to our clients.
Reporting to the Director of Policy, the Advocacy Associate’s duties include:
•Provide technical assistance and support to Tenant Advisory Boards at Urban Pathways’ program sites
•Design and facilitate trainings for the tenant leaders of Tenant Advisory Boards
•Facilitate committees and/or workshops for consumers on special topics, per interests shown by the Consumer Advocacy Group
•Work one-on-one with Consumer Advocates to assist in preparation for specific advocacy activities, including but not limited to sharing their personal story with elected officials, writing testimony for city and state legislative hearings, and preparing short speeches for press conferences or rallies
•Outreach consumers for advocacy events or meetings being hosted by the organization and relevant campaigns, and coordinate participation (e.g. reminder phone calls, giving directions, designating meeting spot, distributing MetroCards, etc.)
•Assist with Consumer Advocacy Group
•Assist with annual Voter Registration Drives, and other community outreach efforts
•Administrative tasks, (e.g tracking attendance, etc.)
•Additional assignments, as required.
•Experience conducting community organizing or related work.
•Bachelor’s degree preferred.
•Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.)
•Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as both part of a team and independently.
•Strong written and verbal communication skills.
•Group facilitation experience.
•Experience working with individuals who have experienced homelessness or who are living with a mental illness preferred.
•Knowledge of the City and State political processes, including legislative and budget, a plus.
•Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.
•Flexibility in schedule required to occasionally work evening and weekend hours.
•Commitment to Urban Pathways’ mission and to uplifting the voices of people with lived experiences of homelessness and mental health disorders.