Senior Advisor

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
New York
Full Time
3 years ago

About the Office:

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services expands access to social services for all, supports and advances the health of New Yorkers where they live, learn, work, play, and pray; and ensures agencies that oversee the City’s most vulnerable populations, including children in foster care and families living in homeless shelters, receiving food assistance, or supported by job training programs are run compassionately, equitably and effectively. With a portfolio that amounts to approximately $24 billion, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services has an unprecedented opportunity to build a team focused on implementing bold efforts within and across nine City agencies and Mayor’s Offices: Administration for Children’s Services, Department of Social Services (Department of Homeless Services & Department of Human Resources Administration), Center for Innovation Through Data Intelligence, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Health + Hospitals, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Senior Advisor will work within the human service portfolio of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and be the lead for actualizing the Mayor’s commitment for a comprehensive homeless services plan, focused on prevention, rehousing, street homelessness, and improved shelter services. This Senior Advisor will advise on and monitor new capital initiatives focusing on new shelters, rehabbing of existing shelters, the closing of clusters and hotels as well as advise on supportive housing strategy.

The Office is looking to fill a unique Senior Advisor position that will perform qualitative and quantitative assessments at the intersection between community development, rehousing and homelessness prevention. The Senior Advisor should have a strong grasp of community development, affordable housing, supportive housing, urban planning, capital projects, and real estate transaction. The Senior Advisor will play an integral role in the office - coordinating at the nexus of shelter and affordable housing. The Senior Advisor will work to assure that our cross - portfolio planning and policies support our most vulnerable clients with an eye towards disrupting intergenerational cycles of poverty.

About the Role:

Working in the NYC Mayor’s Office at City Hall under the direction of the Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff, the Senior Advisor will focus on:

  • Analysis and Advice – A Senior Advisor will perform qualitative and quantitative assessments focusing on the project management of capital projects, including budget review, and make recommendations and presentations to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chief of Staff, and other senior officials within the Mayor’s Office.

  • Project Management – A Senior Advisor, in coordination with appropriate City agencies and other governmental entities, will oversee human services policy projects during the planning and approval phases in order to ensure that appropriate goals and timelines are met.

  • External Stakeholder Communication – A Senior Advisor will act as a liaison to major nonprofits, foundations, and advocacy groups, elected officials, and other City, state, and national organizations on behalf of the Office of the Mayor and the Office of the Deputy Mayor.

  • Agency Liaison – A Senior Advisor will serve as the primary liaison between agencies within his/her portfolio and the Office of the Deputy Mayor, to monitor projects, day-to-day issues, and long-term planning.

  • Interagency Oversight and Coordination – A Senior Advisor will coordinate with relevant agencies, boards, commissions, organizations, and institutions to pursue initiatives, meet project goals and timelines, review agency and interagency work products, coordinate communications and outreach strategies, and ensure positive and efficient relationships between all stakeholders.

  • Negotiations – A Senior Advisor, in coordination with appropriate agencies, will assist in negotiations with private entities and public sector partners to ensure the appropriate fulfillment of the City’s interests, priorities and policy objectives, as well as the timely completion of projects and processes.

  • Hiring and Appointments – A Senior Advisor will be responsible for assisting the Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff with oversight of structural or organizational issues facing agencies within his/her portfolio, as well as advising on key hiring or appointments.

  • Personnel Management: A Senior Advisor may provide project-based or managerial support to team members in the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, as assigned.


  • A master’s degree in, urban planning, public administration, public policy, business, law, social work or related fields, and 7+ years of related work experience; or A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, and 10+ years of related experience

  • A comprehensive understanding of New York City’s government agencies, community development and housing entities.

  • A comprehensive understanding of project management of capital projects, community development, urban planning, capital projects, and real estate transaction.

  • An understanding of the City’s community-based organizations a plus

  • Excellent communication, writing, research, analytical and organizational skills, with ability to rapidly

    problem solve and pay close attention to detail

  • Ability to complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited review of

    overall results

  • Demonstrated commitment to social service and equity

  • Ability to interface with executive level management and deliver senior level presentations

  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, collaborative, and dynamic team culture

  • Previous personnel management experience a plus


Salary:Commensurate with experience. 
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and, three (3) references to Candidate Application

New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days Of Appointment
The City Of New York And The Office Of The Mayor Are Equal Opportunity Employers