Policy Advocate

John Burton Advocates for Youth
San Francisco, California
Dec 06, 2018
Jan 05, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

About John Burton Advocates for Youth

John Burton Advocates for Youth is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s most vulnerable children, including those who are homeless, in poverty and in foster care, by providing direct support today and developing policy solutions for tomorrow. JBAY works in three key areas: housing, education and health. This position will be based in JBAY’s San Francisco office.  For more information, visit www.jbay.org.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop and advance JBAY’s policy agenda.
  • Implement identified strategies, working in tandem with other team members, external consultants and organizational allies. 
  • Conduct research to inform and develop well-substantiated policy proposals.
  • Develop strong, collaborative relationships with state agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, legislators and staff, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals. 
  • Develop strategies to educate and engage stakeholders on JBAY’s policy agenda.
  • Write extensively, including issue briefs, newsletter articles, fact sheets, press releases, and opinion pieces among others.
  • Recruit youth and adult supporters to testify at public hearings.
  • Testify at public hearings and prepare young adults and other stakeholders to provide public testimony.
  • Conduct grassroots organizing.
  • Schedule and conduct visits with members of the State Legislature and their staff.
  • Analyze and summarize legislation and the state budget.
  • Collaborate with JBAY staff members who conduct technical assistance to identify systemic solutions to the issues that arise in their work.
  • Provide technical assistance to local government agencies on the implementation of adopted policies.
  • Make public presentations on topics related to child welfare, juvenile probation and homelessness.
  • Integrate policy activities with media, research, community-based and fundraising activities.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences and seminars on behalf of the organization.
  • Support the development of grant proposals and prepare periodic grant reports.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings and other JBAY team meetings as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The successful candidate should either have a bachelor’s degree and at least seven years’ experience in politics or government; or a post-bachelors graduate education and at least five years of relevant experience.
  • JD or master’s degree preferred.

Skills and Competencies

The candidate will also be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:

  • Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Deep knowledge in the fields of child welfare, juvenile probation and/or youth homelessness.
  • Proven experience building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision, but also have the ability to know when to seek help or support from supervisor or colleagues.
  • Excellent collaborative problem-solving with a high level of maturity and judgment.
  • Technology savvy.
  • Detail oriented.

Personal Qualities

  • Strong commitment to the mission of the organization.
  • Energized, creative, proactive and enthusiastic - willing to take initiative with confidence.
  • A strong team player, who thrives in a collaborative setting.
  • Resilient, with the ability to work to deadlines and maintain high levels of professionalism under pressure.
  • Comfortable working on assignments outside the office. Regular travel to Sacramento is associated with this position.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, exempt and at-will position. JBAY provides full benefits including health/dental, paid leave time and 401(k) plan. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: 

Send cover letter and resume with specific information about current/previous experience along with salary requirements. Position will remain open until filled.

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