The Good Shepherd Office of Government and Community Relations develops, coordinates, and implements public policy and advocacy initiatives to support the mission and programs of Good Shepherd Services. Good Shepherd Services operates more than 80 programs in high-need communities throughout New York City united by a common goal: to help vulnerable youth and families find a safe passage to self-sufficiency. The Office of Government and Community Relations acts as a bridge between the public policy realm and Good Shepherd Services programs.
The GSV in this position has the unique opportunity to learn how policies (laws, regulations, and administrative directives) and various funding translate into practice at the program level. The GSV may be involved in local and state advocacy activities to promote funding for programs that provide trauma-informed strength-based services for youth, families and communities. The GSV may attend both coalition meetings and site visits to learn more about policy issues affecting Good Shepherd programs. The GSV will work collaboratively with other departments to learn about program models and outcomes, assist with special events and programming, conduct research on current policy and best practices, and aid in researching information to apply for public and private funding.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Good Shepherd Volunteers offers ongoing support and formation opportunities throughout the time of service. While GSV does offer a broad range of support, it is up to each volunteer to take the initiative to utilize these supports as fully as they wish. GSV provides each volunteer with housing, health insurance, transportation, a monthly living stipend, relocation reimbursement upon completion, retreats, workshops, site supervision, community support people, staff support, and spiritual direction (optional).
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check