The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is the voice of the Jewish poor and the first line of defense for the community’s needy. They fight poverty through comprehensive social services and passionate advocacy to care for every individual with integrity and respect. Met Council’s network of 75 food pantries, affordable housing sites and JCC’s strengthen families and neighborhoods across New York.

Public Policy Innovator

Supervisor: Managing Director of Government Affairs; Chief Policy Officer
Job Theme: Community Empowerment, Policy & Leadership


The Innovator will be a critical member of the government relations and public policy team assisting Met Council in its efforts to pass laws and change policies that will benefit the neediest New Yorkers. In this role, the Innovator will learn about the front-line work that Met Council does fighting poverty.

The Innovator will work with the communications team to engage supporters of their grass-roots efforts to amplify the voice of the neediest via newsletters, policy updates and action items. The Innovator will also join Met Council at New York City Hall and in the State Capitol to advocate and testify at hearings on key public policy issues relating to fighting poverty. The Innovator will accomplish these goals by working closely with senior Met Council staff to research and write policy papers, memos, testimony, as well as correspondence for government stakeholders on issues ranging from affordable housing to benefits access and domestic violence.


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to research and synthesize information.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently to move tasks forward.
  • Must be computer-literate with ability and interest to learn new software (Met Council currently uses the Outlook platform plus special programs-focused software).
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Additional languages helpful but not required (e.g., Russian, Yiddish, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, etc.).