Placement Organization: Single Stop
Placement Location: New York, NY
Eligible Citizenship: American
About: Piloted by the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City in 2001, Single Stop works holistically through a range of community-based partnerships to help families access existing resources to build economic security and move toward long-term self-sufficiency. In 2007, Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit organization, was created to bring the local program to national scale. Currently, Single Stop USA operates approximately 90 sites at locations across the country. In 2010 alone, Single Stop helped more than 120,000 families access more than $412 million in such benefits and services as health insurance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), financial, legal and tax preparation services. That’s an average of $3,400 per family.
Single Stop works through community based organizations and community colleges – targeting low-income families and students to help them access multiple public benefits (including health insurance and nutrition assistance), legal counseling, financial counseling and free tax preparation. Single Stop’s national community college initiative focuses on helping students access the financial resources they need to help them stay in school and graduate.
Position Overview: The Policy Assistant will have the opportunity to be involved with a range of responsibilities to support a key priority of Single Stop’s work. The fellow would be responsible for supporting Single Stop’s policy work through research, writing and strategic planning.
- Research policy areas, including health care reform implementation, to keep abreast of how states are implementing such policies
- Develop research papers, policy briefs and web features about health care reform implementation and the broader cause of streamlining access to health and human services benefits
- Analyze census and related poverty data to make a case for policy changes
- Represent Single Stop USA in coalition based policy work, providing input based on our on the ground experiences and informing Single Stop USA’s programmatic work
- Provide vital logistical and communications support to Single Stop’s policy work
Required Skills and Experience:
- Commitment to Single Stop USA’s poverty-fighting mission
- Very strong written and oral presentation skills
- Flexibility and ability to multitask
- Experience with and commitment to working with low-income families and individuals
- Exposure to activism, advocacy or political campaign work
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
- Excellent time management, organizational and computer software skills
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Attention to detail
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Experience with data analysis and/or public policy research and writing
- Knowledge and understanding of public benefits, including public health insurance, nutrition assistance, housing vouchers, etc.
- Training in public policy, public health, public administration, social work and/or counseling helpful
- Bilingual Spanish/English (or other) strongly preferred
- Experience working with clients/direct service
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $750/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.