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District 31

Selvena N. Brooks-Powers

Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Jamaica (parts), Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens (parts)

Policy and Budget Director

Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers is hiring a Policy and Budget Director. This position will be responsible for overseeing all legislative and budget matters for the office. The Legislative & Budget Director will work closely with the Council Member, the City Council Legislative Division, advocates, constituents, and government partners to advance equity and uplift the Member’s constituents.


$65,000 – $75,000


  • Serve as policy and budgetary lead for New York City Council Majority Whip and Chair of the Council’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Craft legislation and usher to passage bills sponsored by the Council Member. Secure sponsors, build support among stakeholders, generate educational and promotional materials, and ensure successful and efficient legislative progress.
  • Administer allocation of Council Member budget toward in-district capital projects and organizations providing community-based programming and services. Provide research and policy support with respect to citywide budgeting process.
  • Architect legislative and oversight hearings of Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Manage and help to facilitate negotiations over land use items (e.g., rezonings) in Member’s district that come before the Council.
  • Write public-facing content, and supply talking points, relevant data, and other briefing materials for Council Member.
  • Liaise with community members regarding budget, legislation and represent Council Member at rallies, forums, community meetings, etc.


  • 3+ years of policy experience in government or advocacy organizations.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Effective researcher, data analyst, and coalition builder.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment, often under short and shifting deadlines and in high-pressure situations.
  • Creative, flexible thinker and strategic problem-solver.
  • Highly organized and carefully attentive to detail.
  • Ability to effectively work with a team and independently, and capable of interacting with a broad range of individuals.
  • J.D. or graduate degree in urban planning, public policy, or related fields preferred.
  • Commitment to equity and a passion for making New York City a better place for all its residents.


New York City residency required within 90 days of appointment.

For eligible employees, health, dental and vision insurance coverage are offered upon hire. Retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, group life insurance, paid time off and paid holidays, training resources, health & fitness reimbursement and wellness programs are also available. 

The New York City Council makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


Qualified candidates should forward their cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to:


While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The New York City Council is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.