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Posted by: Crystal Boadu - 10/3/2018
Job Expires: 10/13/2018
Policy and Government Relations Coordinator

Policy & Government Relations Coordinator Full Time

Albany, New York


Empire Justice Center, a highly respected, statewide nonprofit law firm, is seeking a Policy Coordinator to join our team. This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low income individuals and families in New York State.


Empire Justice Center attracts and employs dedicated, determined and passionate advocates who, together, make a significant positive impact on the lives of low income New Yorkers. We achieve our successes in three ways: through direct legal representation; through systemic change efforts, including high impact litigation and legislative and administrative advocacy; and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.


Our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic working environment and a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and personal/professional development.


Policy & Government Relations Coordinator Position

The Policy Coordinator is a critical member of the Policy Team, which is focused on creating systemic change to reduce poverty and promote social justice, especially through legislative and administrative advocacy.  Empire Justice Center focuses on New York State but we also work at the local and federal levels of government.

 The Policy & Government Relations Coordinator should be passionate about Empire Justice Center's mission, work well as a member of a team, and be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the New York State legislative process. This position is an opportunity to work across multiple areas of poverty law and advocacy, including consumer, public benefits, domestic violence, LGBTQ issues, immigration, civil rights, education, employment, and health. The candidate must have the ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities in a fast paced environment and have excellent communications skills.

The Policy & Government Relations Coordinator is responsible for working with the Policy Team to support the development of the organization's annual policy agenda, working with the Team to implement the agenda through a variety of means including the coordination of legislative and administrative advocacy campaigns, to support and participate in coalition work with fellow advocates across the state, the organization of and participation in lobby days, and to engage in policy writing, research, and legislative tracking and analysis.The Policy & Government Relations Coordinator will also participate in other internal organizational efforts and processes, including working with the Marketing and Communications and Policy Teams.


The Position

This position is based in Albany and reports to the Vice President for Policy and Government Relations, who is also based in our Albany office.



  • Required experience: at least 3 years of New York State policy experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office 2010.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging social media and other digital platforms.
  • Experience with government relations databases such as Statewatch a plus

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization's salary scale. Empire Justice offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, pension and life insurance, vacation, holiday, personal and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance.

Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted until close of business Friday, October 12, 2018.

If interested, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample (legislative memo, letter, or fact sheet not to exceed 3 pages) and three professional references to: (no phone calls or hard copies please)

Policy & Government Relations Coordinator Hiring Team Empire Justice Center 
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