Policy Associate, Prevention and Community Development


Center for Health Policy and Programs


At The New York Academy of Medicine, we are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of people living in cities. We do this through our Institute for Urban Health, home of interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy, and program initiatives; our world class historical library of medicine and public health and its active programming in history, the humanities, and the arts; and our Fellows a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health.

We approach our current priorities of healthy aging, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities—all critical issues of our time—with a deep and long-standing commitment to understanding the complex factors that determine health in cities.

Since our founding in 1847, the Academy has a legacy of over 160 years of pioneering progress in urban health—making a lasting impact on health in New York City and beyond.

The Center for Health Policy and Programs provides evidence-based guidance to public and private sector leaders to help shape policies and programs that promote long, active, healthy lives and healthy communities through various activities including, but not limited to: research, stakeholder convenings, technical assistance, participatory planning, coalition-building and expert testimony.  The Center collaborates with all the various work units within the Academy to lend its expertise towards achieving the Academy’s goals in its current priority areas. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Policy Associate reports to the Director for Prevention and Community Development (DPCD) in the Center for Health Policy and Programs. Under the DPCD Director’s supervision, s/he is responsible for:

Technical Assistance

  • Manage the development and implementation of webinars, learning collaboratives, and convenings to support local health departments, health systems, and community coalitions collaborate to implement the New York State Prevention Agenda, Health Across All Policies, and Age friendly New York State policy frameworks
  • Identify content experts, schedule and coordinate activities, and facilitate trainings
  • Design and conduct needs assessments and evaluations
  • Manage the internal tracking of technical assistance participation and outcomes
  • Design, research, and draft technical assistance support documents such as factsheets, tool kits, and primers


  • Support research activities by conducting literature reviews and assisting in data collection, preparation, and analysis using qualitative and quantitative techniques
  • Draft documents that translate research findings and other technical information for diverse audiences, including government officials, community based organizations (CBOs), businesses, and health advocates
  • Assist in writing peer reviewed articles, conference abstracts, white papers, reports, testimonies and issue briefs


  • Track, analyze, and advise NYAM leadership about city, state, and federal legislation, executive orders, budgets, and other policies
  • Develop advocacy related content for social media (Twitter, Facebook, blog) and websites
  • Support advocacy and lobbying activities in New York City and New York State by organizing webinars, action alerts, and drafting sign-on letters
  • Represent the Academy at community meetings, conferences, and other events and foster collaborative relationships with coalitions, partners, funders, and elected officials 

Other Duties

  • Staff high-level committees and work groups and plan and implement meetings and conferences that engage multiple sectors and provide opportunities for working on solutions to public health problems.
  • Supervise paid intern and volunteer staff as needs arise
  • Support participatory planning and design efforts
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding proposals to government and private funders
  • Other duties as assigned by the DPCD


  • Knowledge of public health practice and the broader determinants of health and health equity
  • Highly motivated, high-capacity individual with exceptional analytic, communication and writing abilities, and strong project management skills
  • Strong understanding of NYS and NYC public policy processes
  • Experience or interest working with vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Academy’s core values and competencies
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Access), remote meeting platforms (GoTo Meeting), and data analysis platforms (NVivo, SPSS)
  • Previous experience managing complex projects, cross-functional teams, committee-staffing, and event planning
  • Must enjoy a fast-paced environment and be highly organized, efficient and effective
  • Must possess exceptional communication and writing skills; strong analytic thinking; and demonstrated facility in networking and developing partnerships
  • Experience lobbying and/ or developing political or social marketing campaigns preferred
  • Experience working with any level of government and/or staffing coalitions and committees preferred
  • Familiarity with hospital community benefit, harm reduction, trauma informed systems, and participatory research and planning preferred
  • Understanding of land use planning, community development, housing and economic development preferred
  • Experience using ArcGIS or other mapping software preferred
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred


Undergraduate degree in a related field and a minimum of five years of experience in health advocacy, analysis, and/or research, or a graduate degree and minimum of three years of experience

To Apply

Please email your resume to hr@nyam.org. Please include "Policy Associate" in the subject line.


The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.