Are you interested in building power in low-income communities to end the AIDS epidemic, end the drug war, and end mass incarceration to create healthy and just communities? See our below opportunities!

Policy Analyst:

The Policy Analyst will undertake policy analysis, research, communications, coalition building, and other work to win VOCAL campaigns related to ending the hepatitis C epidemic, promoting harm reduction strategies to address drug use, and drug policy reforms that promote health and safety in place of punishment.

A substantial portion of the Policy Analyst’s role will be to support the growth of a campaign to end New York’s hepatitis C epidemic, including through the support of a newly established NYS Hepatitis C Coalition. This work will include working closely with community organizing staff to promote the involvement of people affected by hepatitis C.

The Policy Analyst will also be expected to support a variety of campaigns related to harm reduction and drug policy reform. Examples of current campaign activities include:

  • Expanding sterile syringe access by passing legislation to fully legalize syringe possession and budget appropriations to increase harm reduction funding.
  • Efforts to establish supervised injection facilities through the SIF NYC campaign.
  • Activism targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers for price gouging on essential medicines.
  • Work toward increasing drug policy coordination across NYC government agencies.
  • Track federal funding for housing and housing needs in NYC and surrounding counties and produce campaign materials to support campaigns for increased housing resources.

See our posting here for how to apply for the Policy Analyst position.

Community Organizer:

VOCAL-NY is seeking a talented individual interested in building grassroots political power as part of a dynamic team. The community organizer will primarily support leadership development, community empowerment, and civic engagement among people living with or at risk of HCV infection, as well as families, allies and healthcare providers in support of action to end the epidemic in New York State. The successful candidate will also work on VOCAL’s other campaigns related to HCV, such as our work to promote access to harm reduction services, authorize supervised injection facilities, and reform NYC and NYS drug policies.

Examples of campaign activities include:

  • Expanding access to HCV prevention services by passing legislation to fully legalize syringe possession or appropriations to increase harm reduction funding.
  • Coordinating a statewide network of people living with HCV, healthcare providers, and allies in order to undertake original research, policy analysis, and develop advocacy positions related to ending the epidemic.
  • Activism targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers for price gouging.

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; creating public education and advocacy materials; and administrative tasks as needed.

See our posting here for how to apply for the Community Organizer position.