Policy Analyst/Compliance Specialist

29 Aug, 2023


Policy Analyst/Compliance Specialist

Hispanic Federation (HF)
Albany, NY/New York, NY

Who We Are
The Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization.
Founded in 1990, HF supports Hispanic families and strengthens Latino institutions through
grantmaking, advocacy, and direct services in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic
engagement, economic empowerment and the environment. Values that drive our work include
equality, fairness, diversity, and empathy. Headquartered in New York City, HF has offices in Albany, NY
and in Florida, Puerto Rico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Illinois, and Washington, DC.
Who We Seek
The Hispanic Federation seeks a Policy Analyst/Compliance Specialist to advance HF’s New York State
policy priorities and campaigns, carry out public policy analysis and prepare issue briefs and other
materials to support the organization’s advocacy efforts – especially K-16 education advocacy efforts –
and manage tracking and compliance for all HF’s lobbying activities. This includes working with staff in
multiple offices and with HF Finance staff to ensure that time and costs for such activities are
appropriately reported and categorized and required reports submitted. The Policy Analyst/Compliance
Specialist must have both direct public policy and advocacy experience and be trained in regard to both
federal and New York State lobbying rules and reporting requirements.
This individual must have the ability to prepare concise and effective public policy and advocacy
materials, sound oral communications skills, and the ability to establish and maintain positive
relationships with public officials and other advocates. The Policy Analyst/Compliance Specialist should
be well organized, results oriented, and effective at multi-tasking. The analyst will mainly support K-16
education advocacy efforts in New York supporting work with our education focused coalitions, funders,
and organizing in person and virtual events to advance our education advocacy efforts.
The role will also support advocacy efforts in other issue areas as needed. The position provides an
excellent opportunity for gaining broad experience in public policy and advocacy work for a highly
respected, growing Latino organization.
Position Location: Albany, NY or New York, NY
Reports to: Senior Director for Policy and Social Impact
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Public policy and advocacy:
• Advance HF’s New York State Policy Priorities and Campaigns through:
− Maintaining up-to-date knowledge about state policies affecting Latino communities,
primarily in education, but also in immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement,
and health.
− Creating and maintaining an advocacy network to further the initiatives of HF in New York.
− Working with HF’s New York-based Policy Directors to inform advocacy efforts.
• Carry out policy and data analysis and related research (mainly in education, but across issue areas):
− Monitor and evaluate New York State policies and legislation.
− Develop a plan for evaluating and analyzing relevant public and social policies in New York
State that affect the Latino community.
− Do substantial writing, including preparation of issue briefs, talking points, testimony, and
advocacy letters.
− Perform data analysis and research related to identified policy areas.
− Prepare portions of policy reports in support of Policy Directors in various issue areas.
− Draft rapid response policy statements as needed.
• Serve as a representative of HF:
− Schedule and attend meetings with legislative staff, policymakers, experts, and issue
stakeholders to effectively communicate HF policy priorities
− Serve as an advocate and representative of HF in meetings, policy forums, coalitions, and
Compliance with lobbying rules and reporting requirements:
• Support HF’s lobbying time tracking system:
− Provide day-to-day support for the lobbying time tracking system across state offices.
− Maintain work plans for all projects and advocacy tracking systems and assist in the
development of new systems as needed.
− Ensure full documentation of HF lobbying activities by staff and consultants in all HF offices
• Ensure full HF compliance with federal and state lobbying rules and reporting:
− Work with HF Finance staff to ensure correct categorization and full documentation of time
and costs of lobbying activities.
− Monitor and report on overall agency lobbying activities and compliance efforts.
− Prepare and file federal and state lobbying registration and reports as needed.
− Provide training for personnel as needed to ensure compliance with federal and state
lobbying requirements.
− Work with Office Directors and other senior staff as needed to ensure a shared
understanding of both federal and differing state lobbying rules.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree, preferrable with a focus on government, public policy, and/or research,
minimum three (3) years of professional experience in policy research, analysis, writing, and
advocacy required
• Demonstrated ability to carry out applied research and analysis to assess policy needs and
evaluate current and proposed public policies
• Willingness to gain knowledge of federal and New York State requirements and limitations on
legislative advocacy by nonprofit organizations
• Familiarity with one or more of HF’s public policy issue priorities
• Demonstrated skills in writing effective, concise policy-focused materials
• Strong verbal communications skills
• Strong ability to develop work plans, synthesize complex policy information, meet deadlines,
and manage multiple policy projects simultaneously
• Strong commitment to the Latino community and to HF’s mission and values
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with a flexible and collaborative spirit
• Computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
• Training in law or a graduate degree in Public Administration, Political Science or Public Policy
• Experience working with the New York State Legislature and managing relationships between
advocacy groups, government officials, and Latino and immigrant communities.
• Public policy and advocacy experience focusing on the Latino community
• Familiarity with federal reporting requirements for entities electing 501(h) and with
requirements under the New York State Lobbying Act
• An understanding of HF’s priority issue areas, especially immigration, education, economic
empowerment, and health
• Bilingual (English/Spanish)
• A high-energy self-starter who is curious and a quick learner
The salary range for this position is $65k-$75k and is commensurate with experience. Compensation
includes fully subsidized medical, dental, vision insurance, access to flexible spending for medical and
transportation, and a 403 (B) retirement plan with match after 6 months of service.
To Apply
Please submit a résumé, cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, and two relevant writing
samples via e-mail to careers@hispanicfederation.org. No telephone calls. For more information about
the Hispanic Federation, go to www.hispanicfederation.org.
Hispanic Federation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against actual or
perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, creed, disability,
marital status, sexual orientation and/or other protected categories.

Job posted: 2023-08-29