Senior Policy Analyst

04 May, 2023


Senior Policy Analyst

New York, NY



FPWA is an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to advancing economic opportunity, justice, and upward mobility for New Yorkers with low incomes. Since 1922, FPWA has driven groundbreaking policy reforms to better serve those in need. We work to dismantle the systemic barriers that impede economic security and well-being, and strengthen the capacity of human services agencies and faith organizations so New Yorkers with lower incomes can thrive and live with dignity.

FPWA’s work aims to address the historical, structural, and institutional inequities that continue to foster cycles of poverty and prevent economic mobility for individuals with low income and communities of color.


The Senior Policy Analyst will spearhead FPWA’s engagement in disrupting the systemic structures and barriers that inhibit New Yorkers rights to live with dignity and power. The selected candidate will take a cross-disciplinary approach to tackling interconnected systems which criminalize poverty and impede economic security and justice. FPWA is looking for a candidate who understands the way in which law, policy, poverty, and race intersect in disadvantaging and marginalizing low-income New Yorkers. The successful candidate will be conversant in a wide array of social and economic issues – including but not limited to criminal justice, land-use/zoning regulation, health equity, education reform, environmental justice, transportation, etc. – and understand how those interlocking systems create a web of inequities that advantage some and impede others. The Senior Policy Analyst candidate must have an outstanding knowledge of the New York City/State and federal policy and advocacy community with both an eye toward relationship and coalition building and finding opportunities for FPWA to innovate and lead.


  • Research and evaluate the various systems that impede economic insecurity culminating in a roadmap and strategic analysis for FPWA to deepen its work in dismantling systemic barriers;
  • Research, interpret, monitor, and conduct timely analysis of relevant proposed and enacted policies, legislation, and regulations on the city, state, and federal levels as they relate to the economic well-being of New Yorkers;
  • Identify and track key issues of concern to FPWA and develop initiatives to address those concerns;
  • Execute a strategic analysis of the policy and advocacy landscape and identify areas of FPWA’s engagement;
  • Develop and maximize strong and effective organizational relationships with peer organizations and government officials and their staffs;
  • Produce high-quality written work to promote FPWA’s policy positions and priorities to various audiences (e.g., policy statements, articles, testimony, memos of support or opposition, op eds, fact sheets, data briefs, etc.).


  • Must have 5+ years of relevant experience working in, government, community-based organization, faith-based organization, a public policy organization, an advocacy organization, or a related environment.
  • Must have a graduate degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Education Policy, Criminology, Urban Planning, Law, Social Work/Sociology, or a related social science or professional field;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations and a variety of policymakers as well as enthusiasm for collaboration with colleagues internal and external to FPWA;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner;
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and take a proactive approach to problem-solving;
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in verbal forms and facilitate meetings, with particular emphasis on the ability to communicate with policy-making audiences;
  • Have strong research, analytical skills, including ability to synthesize complex issues into audience-appropriate policy considerations and recommendations;
  • Deep commitment to social justice, policy advocacy and research; understanding of the needs of the communities that FPWA serves;
  • Team oriented, but also comfortable being an individual contributor.


  • Salary range: $70,000 minimum to $85,000 maximum, commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent Benefit Package including medical, dental, vision, life, 403(b) with match and more
  • Ample Vacation Time: Four weeks of paid vacation accumulated during the year plus 12 company holidays
  • Professional Development: Resources committed to bolster professional and personal growth
  • Modern & Flexible Work Environment: Our staff work out of a beautifully designed open workspace with flexible and tech-equipped meeting spaces to support different workstyles, promote team building and collaboration


As part of building a culture where employs can do their best work, FPWA currently employs a hybrid model. Employees are in-office twice per week and senior leadership is in-office three times per week. We observe a company-wide remote day on Fridays.

Work performed by this role is expected to happen in or near New York, NY given FPWA’s work policies and practices.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

FPWA requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


No phone calls or other inquiries please.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. We will be interviewing applicants on a rolling basis and will fill the position quickly. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


FPWA is committed to employing people who reflect the diversity of our member agencies and the communities and people they serve. Those with lived experience of justice involvement are strongly encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged.


Job posted: 2023-05-04