Appointed as Community Engagement & Policy Advocate, Grant St. Settlement


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, English, University of Texas at Austin

Position Description

Grand St. Settlement expands opportunities for low-income families and individuals by providing culturally relevant services that support community-building, advocacy, self-determination, and an enriched quality of life. Since its founding in 1916, Grand St. Settlement has offered a continuum of innovative programs ranging from early childhood and youth development to community support for adults and seniors. Each year, we serve more than 7,400 New Yorkers in the Lower East Side as well as some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Brooklyn. In 2016, Grand St. Settlement will celebrate our 100th anniversary, and launch an advocacy program to better meet the needs of the communities we serve for our next 100 years.

The Board and executive team are committed to The Community Engagement & Policy Advocate will be a part of the Development and Communications team, which builds public awareness and engagement, secures revenues, and manages special initiatives. S/he will help develop and implement an advocacy program that will leverage our direct human services activities, impact public policy, create systematic change, and build upon a deep commitment to social justice. S/he will begin his/her work with a three-year strategic blueprint to be finalized in January 2016 and will also work closely with the executive leadership, managers across our sites, and program participants to develop short-term priorities and a longer-range plan.