NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE

Social Services & Community Empowerment

The Urban League is a nonpartisan, civil rights and community-based movement that serves over two million people each year, providing direct services, research, and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their fullest potential.

New York, NY

Job Title: Social Impact Associate
Supervisor: Senior Vice President and General Counsel

JOB DESCRIPTION


National Urban League’s economic development initiative seeks to unlock capital for investment in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by poverty; encourage and support socially responsible investment and development in underserved communities; ensure urban revitalization meets the context-specific needs of investees in underserved communities; and support access to capital at the ecosystem level to enable an MSME and MWBE entrepreneurial pipeline leading to robust job creation.

The Social Impact Fellow will advance Urban League’s efforts by:

  • Advising the President and the Executive Leadership Team on ways to enhance large-scale economic development in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods located in Opportunity Zones (“OZs”) and other underserved communities in ways that promote social justice, healthy environments, inclusive economies, advanced infrastructure and thriving cultures.
  • Assisting Urban League’s partners across various sectors of the U.S. economy including social impact investors, opportunity zone funds, public companies and real estate developers to implement successful development strategies that preserve housing affordability and small business growth.
  • Researching best practices to revitalize neighborhoods and capitalize on development opportunities while enhancing local participation and including key community stakeholders.
  • Identifying metrics to track, measure, report on and rate the social impact, sustainability and inclusiveness of opportunity zone projects and other urban revitalization programs focused on communities of color.
  • Identifying and analyzing issues relevant to gentrification, inclusive economic development, infrastructure investment, Opportunity Zones and social and economic barriers to entry.
  • Developing databases of Minority or Women-Owned commercial real estate investment or development firms eligible for participation in Opportunity Zone investments and other urban revitalization projects.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of economic development goals, objectives, and priorities by Urban League’s partners; recommending relevant policies and procedures.

 

DESIRED SKILLS
  • A deep interest in, and passion for, the mission of the National Urban League
  • Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse staff, clients, and consultants across varied geographies. A team player who can add value to the National Urban League team beyond his/her area of expertise
  • Ability to work in a small team setting
  • Inquisitive, self-starter, with ability to work independently and flexibly in a high-pressure environment
  • Excellent writing skills and oral presentation skills. Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple, often conflicting deadlines and work demands; establish and negotiate timelines and ensure timely delivery of high-quality work.
  • Familiarity with common social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter) and knowledge of social science research and online research
  • Ability to travel; must be available to attend evening and weekend events and meetings
  • Bachelor’s degree in social science (history, political science, etc.), economics, urban planning, pre-law, research, public policy or business

Washington, DC

Job Title: Policy and Advocacy Associate
Supervisor: Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy and Executive Director, Washington Bureau

JOB DESCRIPTION


As a Policy and Advocacy Associate, the Innovator will work with the policy and advocacy teams to support the work of the Washington Bureau in representing the interests of the National Urban League mission and its affiliates before policy and decision makers. Working within the Washington Bureau, the Associate will be responsible for refining strategies to champion public policy initiatives at the Federal, State and Local level that promote economic and social justice as it relates to criminal justice reform, voting rights, education, health, workforce, housing and civic engagement. The Associate will work closely with members of the National Urban League Executive Staff in Urban League projects, programs and initiatives, and will:

  • Conduct relevant and targeted qualitative and quantitative analysis on topics important to the National Urban League’s mission, programs, advocacy and constituents.
  • Conduct relevant policy and content area specific, and legislative research, developing policy fact sheets, one-pagers, and offering support to Executive Staff at Urban League convenings.
  • Provide Executive Staff with support in research and analysis on various topics, organizations, and key influencers related to the work of the National Urban League.
  • Attend conferences, briefings, and forums as a representative of the National Urban League.
  • Assist in the preparation of Urban League advocacy, communication, events and research materials.

 

DESIRED SKILLS
  • A deep interest in, and passion for, the mission of the National Urban League
  • Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple, often conflicting deadlines and work demands; establish and negotiate timelines and ensure timely delivery of high-quality work.
  • Creativity, flexibility, sound judgment, and ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse staff, clients, and consultants across varied geographies
  • A team player who can add value to the National Urban League team beyond his/her area of expertise
  • Inquisitive, self-starter, with ability to work independently and flexibly in a high-pressure environment
  • A good sense of humor, demonstrated ability to collaborate, and willingness to work with a team

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE

Social Services & Community Empowerment

The Urban League is a nonpartisan, civil rights and community-based movement that serves over two million people each year, providing direct services, research, and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their fullest potential.