City of Boston

Policy Advisor

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/24/2023 11:17 AM)
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Immigrant Advancement
Regular Full-Time
May Community Participate
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The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) works to strengthen the ability of immigrants and Boston’s diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the economic, civic, social, and cultural life of Boston. Under the direction of the Chief of Staff, the Policy Advisor will focus on tracking, interpreting, and advising MOIA Director and internal stakeholders (including Mayor’s Office, MOIA, Intergovernmental Relations and Equity & Inclusion Cabinet) on policies, laws, proposals, research, current events, and best practices that affect immigrant rights and integration.

This role lives in the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet inside the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement department. Please read below to understand our larger vision.


Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Mission 

The mission of the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet is to ensure that every resident has fair access to City resources and opportunities. We achieve this by embedding equity and inclusion into our current City practices, building our collective capacity on issues of racial and social justice, and fostering a more welcoming and accessible city.


The departments in the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet take an anti-poverty approach to their work, focusing on the following areas: 

  1. Improving outcomes for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities, particularly immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ residents. 
  2. Increasing access for people with disabilities and those who speak a language other than English.
  3. Eliminating barriers to fair housing and human rights. 


This is not your typical 9-5 pm role. We are looking for folks that share our core values of people-first leadership, intentional strategy, and justice


  • Provides advice and technical assistance to City Departments on policy and program development related to immigrant advancement.
  • In collaboration with MOIA Director, develops strategic partnerships with City Departments (and external stakeholders where needed) to propose, draft and establish internal city policies, plans, and programs that make the City of Boston more accessible to immigrant communities and facilitate their integration. 
  • In collaboration with City Departments, leads in the research of local and national policies related to immigrants.
  • Acts as a liaison and partner to other local and/or national government offices of immigrant affairs.
  • Maintains relationships with and provides thought leadership to external policy advocates. 
  • Collaborates and coordinates with policy and research staff within the City on intersecting work, particularly within the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet.
  • Prepares and delivers reports and presentations on MOIA initiatives as needed; this will require evening and weekend participation.
  • Serves on committees and boards as assigned by the Director and Chief of Staff.
  • Exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Performs work and special projects as required. 

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred, Bachelor's degree required. 
  • 4-6 years of experience in public policy/administration, law, social work, government, humanitarian aid, refugee protection/resettlement, population research, or political science. 
  • Ability to organize and inspire cross-sector collaborations.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of the diverse communities across Boston.
  • Bilingual a plus. 
  • Excellent oral and written communications and organizational skills.


Boston Residency Required



Salary Plan: MM2-8

Hours per week: 35


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