Type of Job
$45,000 to $55,000
Apr 21, 2023
About the job
ABOUT US: At New Jersey Future (NJF), we believe that great places help build great lives. To help create and
preserve our great places, we promote sensible and equitable planning, redevelopment, and infrastructure
investments that foster vibrant cities and towns; protect natural lands and waterways; enhance
transportation choices; support a strong economy; and provide access to safe, affordable, and aging-friendly
neighborhoods for everyone. We do this through original research, innovative policy development,
coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on strategic assistance. Embracing differences and advancing fairness
is central to our mission and operations, and we are firmly committed to pursuing greater justice, equity,
diversity, and inclusion in our work and culture. NJF offers a fast-paced and supportive work environment.
NJF is located in downtown Trenton, NJ. For more information, visit www.njfuture.org.
POSITION SUMMARY: New Jersey Future is seeking a highly skilled, organized, and motivated individual to
join the team working to change the state laws, rules, programs, investments, and other policies that govern
land use issues. The coordinator will work to shape and articulate policy positions, conduct research,
coordinate program activities, facilitate consensus-building among stakeholders, and advocate for change.
The successful candidate will work independently and in a team, and take on expanding responsibilities in a
fast-paced, fun, and collegial environment while managing many priorities. The Policy Coordinator will report
to the Policy Director, Land Use. There is considerable room for personal and professional growth within our
dynamic, mission-driven organization.
The Policy Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
● Assist in shaping state policy, which includes:
○ Conduct research and analysis on state policy issues by tracking policy proposals and
legislation, data, news stories, and best practices, and summarizing and sharing findings.
○ Manage projects to meet deadlines, such as by preparing work plans, coordinating partners,
and convening meetings.
○ Contribute to the writing and production of external-facing materials such as blog posts, fact
sheets, reports, and position statements including legislative testimony, and internal-facing
materials such as meeting notes and funding reports.
The organization’s current land use policy priorities include climate change adaptation and
mitigation, transportation, housing, redevelopment, state and regional planning, and the geography
● Work closely with the Policy Director to coordinate New Jersey Future submissions, keynotes, and
plenaries at the annual Planning and Redevelopment Conference.
● Manage the work of committees, such the Jersey Water Works collaborative’s Climate Change
● Support broader organizational efforts: Assist with special projects, committees and
organizational events. Attend weekly government affairs meetings. Attend weekly staff meetings
and quarterly all-staff events. Support the evolving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts
and organizational development culture.
● Bachelor’s degree, with at least two years experience in policy, advocacy, government, or related
fields and/or an advanced degree in a relevant field.
● Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, one or more of the following key policy areas: state
policy, transportation, climate change, planning and redevelopment, the environment,
sustainability, or strong communities.
● Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and employing these values in all aspects
of their work.
● Demonstrated ability to assume responsibility, make sound decisions, and interact with a diverse
group of individuals and sectors.
● Excellent writing skills.
● Strong verbal communication skills.
● Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to organize meetings,work independently, and
manage multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines.
● Motivated by the organization’s issues and a strong mission-driven work ethic.
COMPENSATION: The salary for this full-time position is in the range of $45,000 to $55,000 and depends on
the candidate’s experience and skills. Salary is negotiable.
BENEFITS: New Jersey Future values hard work and a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible,
family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes 100%
employer-sponsored medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance coverage
for staff and partial sponsorship of dependents. In addition, we offer a generous health reimbursement
account and options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. New Jersey
Future employees enjoy a defined contribution 401(k) retirement plan with a variable employer match, flexible
work schedules including the opportunity to work partially remotely, generous paid time off policies, and paid
holidays. To encourage use of public and active transportation, we offer commuter transit subsidies and access
to a company car for work meetings. New Jersey Future is committed to the growth and development of staff
and fostering a creative, inclusive workplace culture.
New Jersey Future employees are working on a hybrid work-from-home and in-office schedule.
APPLICATION: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to
HR@njfuture.org. If selected to advance, a brief writing sample that is original content (not edited or
contributed to by someone other than the applicant) will be required and a brief assignment may be given.
Relevant references will also be required. NJF currently is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an
employment visa at this time. If hired, employment eligibility verification will be carried out upon selection.