Director of Education Policy and Insideschools

The Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA) is an applied public policy research organization based at The New School’s Milano School for Policy, Management and the Environment. The Center offers analysis and solutions to pressing social and economic challenges. Using rigorous analysis, journalistic research, public convenings, and collaborations with government, nonprofits, and community residents, we seek to strengthen neighborhoods, support families, and improve public services. CNYCA seeks a Director of Education Policy and Insideschools to lead our education portfolio, which includes providing practical information to parents and cutting-edge policy research. InsideSchools is the premier source of information on NYC public schools and the website serves more than 1.5 million students and parents each year. Recent policy research has focused on racial and economic integration, including offering strategies for schools to recruit and retain diverse families, highlighting the inequities in the specialized high schools admission process, and pressing the city to set more ambitious integration goals.

The Director of Education Policy and InsideSchools leads the Center’s education policy agenda, develops and executes research projects, manages the InsideSchools website and parent engagement, supervises staff and students, and fundraises for the education project. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Center for New York City Affairs.


  • Serve as an expert on education issues

  • Develop education agenda and lead policy research

  • Engage in local policy discussions and develop actionable policy proposals

  • Prepare reports and policy briefs, contributing regularly to the Center’s on-line Urban Matters feature, organizing and presenting at public forums, and cultivating effective relationships with the news media, public officials, and community partners.

  • Provide editorial leadership for all content areas of the InsideSchools website including school reviews, blog posts and “how-to” guides for parents. 

  • Oversee technical improvements and updates to the InsideSchools website, including adding new features such as a guided search.

  • Supervise team of staff and student workers.

  • Responsible for active fund-raising, including grant and report writing and cultivating relationships with funders, to support the salaries and program expenses for InsideSchools and education policy projects. 

  • Contribute ideas and support the work of others at the Center to ensure the broader success of the organization in fulfilling its mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 10 of years of experience

  • Proven track record of successful fundraising.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information clearly to a range of audiences in writing, through public speaking and to the media. 

  • Experience in leadership roles in sectors such as government, public policy, and nonprofit management. 

  • Deep knowledge and experience on issues concerning New York City government, schools, education, community advocacy and engagement, and policy analysis.

Operations Manager, Institute for Transformative Mentoring

The Center for New York City Affairs is an applied public policy research organization based in the Milano School at the New School. The Center offers analysis and solutions to pressing social and economic challenges. In early 2017, the Center launched the Institute for Transformational Mentoring (ITM), a dynamic new training program focused on the development of credible messengers – formerly incarcerated mentors – working in the social services fields throughout New York City. These mentors help young people navigate community violence and avoid the criminal justice system. The Institute was developed in partnership with social service employers and responds to the need for professional development and support for this vital workforce. The Institute also offers a program for young adults that includes an intensive summer program and a new year-round training and subsidized work experience for aspiring peer mentors.

The Operations Manager will be responsible for programmatic and administrative logistics. This position is a critical member of a small team where staff members work collaboratively and are often expected to pitch in on a wide range of projects. This position reports to the Program Director of ITM.

This position is funded by and contingent upon external fundraising.


- Manage the daily operations of the program. 
- Manage and track ongoing budget expenditures.
- Direct all event planning for ITM.
- Oversee course planning working directly with Academic Planning in the Executive Dean’s Office.
- Manage student registration.
- Maintain database of a range of student information for new, continuing and prospective students.
- Track student enrollment, student activities and learning outcomes.
- Support reporting, evaluation, and development.
- Supervise ITM program staff and student workers as needed.
- Additional tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience.
- Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task.
- Strong analytical abilities and technical skills; able to analyze and evaluate data, develop reports, and make recommendations based on analysis.
- Ability to work effectively with faculty, students, administrators, alumni, and the University community. 
- Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, problem solve; can work well both independently and in team-based settings.
- Strong attention to detail skills, and demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to supervise staff/students.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Master’s degree
- 3 years relevant work experience.
- Strong organizational skills with strong ability for creative problem solving skills and diligent follow up.

People with histories of arrest, conviction and/or incarceration are encouraged to apply.
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