Policy Advocate or Policy Associate - Southern CA

Location
Southern CA: Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/San Bernardino, or San Diego
Posted
Apr 26, 2019
Closes
May 26, 2019
Ref
2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School

We are seeking either a Policy Advocate or a Policy Associate.  Scroll down for both descriptions.

 

Job Description: Policy Associate

Southern CA: Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/San Bernardino, or San Diego

Reports to Managing Advocate or Senior Advocate

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Daily activities may include:

  • Promoting CFPA’s agendas among government agencies, decision makers, and community stakeholders with support from staff;
  • Engaging with a variety of community organizations, individuals, and external partners
  • Helping to gather stories and stakeholder perspectives; analyze data, and synthesize research or other evidence to inform proposed and existing policies;
  • Contributing to policy memos, factsheets, reports, and other written publications as well as summarizing content into visually appealing materials for a variety of audiences;
  • Actively developing the skills and knowledge necessary to independently promote CFPA’s agendas and advocate policy change;
  • Providing logistic and programmatic support for a variety of projects, policy campaigns, and day-to-day operations; and
  • Carrying out grant deliverables and contributing to grant proposals and grant reports.

Note: To carry out the above responsibilities, same-day travel within the state is required. Occasional overnight travel is required. Travel requirements will vary by project and assignments and are not always predictable.

 

Qualifications

Required skills and experience

  • At least three years of relevant work experience. Relevant coursework may contribute to this requirement -OR-

Bachelor's degree and one year of relevant work experience;

  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Strong verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and think critically;
  • The ability to work independently, coordinate projects, and respond appropriately to multiple priorities;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Google Docs, and Internet browsers; and
  • A strong commitment to improving nutrition, health, and well-being for low-income Californians through policy change.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of issues affecting low-income populations
  • Experience working with advocates or other organizations addressing poverty, health, nutrition or a related social movement
  • Working knowledge of legislative and/or government decision- and budget-making processes
  • An understanding of and a willingness to address institutional and structural racism, implicit and explicit bias, and their impacts on under-resourced and underrepresented communities
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, particularly under-resourced and under-represented communities, in policy, programmatic, or operational decisions
  • Experience considering the impacts of proposed and existing policies or programs on multiple communities, particularly under-resourced and under-represented communities
  • Experience with GoogleApps and WordPress
  • Demonstrated fluency and/or literacy in more than one language a plus

 

CFPA is actively working to build a talented team that’s inclusive of diverse cultures, experiences, and communities. Underrepresented individuals and those with a personal connection to our mission are encouraged to apply. All applicants are given careful consideration.

 

For instructions on how to apply, visit http://cfpa.net/career-opportunities

 

Job Description: Policy Advocate

Southern CA: Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/San Bernardino, or San Diego

Reports to Managing Advocate or Senior Advocate

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Daily activities generally include developing, advocating, and implementing policy solutions; analysis; research; writing for a variety of audiences; and speaking with numerous, varied stakeholders. More specifically, daily activities may include:

  • Crafting and delivering persuasive arguments; identifying key messages and messengers; mapping power and influence; and otherwise advocating to increase access to nutritious, affordable food for Californians with low income;
  • Engaging with diverse groups of stakeholders, including, but not limited to, individuals experiencing hunger and food insecurity; community-based organizations; researchers; advocacy organizations; government administrators; and elected officials;
  • Gathering stories and perspectives; analyzing data; and synthesizing research or other evidence to inform proposed and existing policies;
  • Drafting of policy memos, factsheets, reports, and other written publications as well as summarizing content into visually appealing materials for a variety of audiences;
  • Actively representing CFPA at state and local meetings relevant to CFPA’s mission, priorities, and agendas;
  • Coordinating special projects, including local and statewide educational and advocacy events; and
  • Carrying out grant deliverables and contributing to grant proposals and grant reports.

Note: To carry out the above responsibilities, same-day travel within the state is required. Occasional overnight travel is required. Travel requirements will vary by project and assignments and are not always predictable.

 

Qualifications

Relevant skills and experience include advocacy, leadership, communication, strategic thinking, and a strong commitment to improving nutrition, health, and well-being for low-income Californians.

Required skills and experience

  • At least five years of relevant work experience. Relevant coursework may contribute to this requirement -OR-

A graduate degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, public health, social welfare, or nutrition and at least 2 two years of relevant work experience;

  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills;
  • The ability to work independently, coordinate projects, and respond appropriately to multiple priorities; and
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Google Docs, and Internet browsers.

 

Desired skills and experience

  • Demonstrated skills and experience with respect to
  • Strategic communications or media advocacy;
  • Policymaker education and lobbying;
  • Community organizing and engagement;
  • Policy-relevant research and data analysis; and/or
  • Data visualization and mapping
  • Advocacy experience with poverty, health, nutrition or a related social movement
  • Knowledge of issues affecting low-income populations
  • Experience working with elected officials and/or administrators in education, health, or human services
  • Working knowledge of legislative and/or government decision- and budget-making processes
  • Public speaking experience
  • An understanding of and a willingness to address institutional and structural racism, implicit and explicit bias, and their impacts on under-resourced and underrepresented communities
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, particularly under-resourced and under-represented communities, in policy, programmatic, or operational decisions
  • Experience considering the impacts of proposed and existing policies or programs on multiple communities, particularly under-resourced and under-represented communities
  • Experience with GoogleApps and WordPress
  • Demonstrated fluency and/or literacy in more than one language a plus

 

CFPA is actively working to build a talented team that’s inclusive of diverse cultures, experiences, and communities. Underrepresented individuals and those with a personal connection to our mission are encouraged to apply. All applicants are given careful consideration..

 

For instructions on how to apply, visit http://cfpa.net/career-opportunities