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Manager, Office of the Founder in Residence · Oakland, California

Oakland, California
The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $100,000 per year, dependent upon experience.
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021
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About PolicyLink

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®.  Please visit our website at: to learn more about our work, values, and impact.

Position Overview

The Manager, Office of the Founder in Residence (“Manager”), is a critically important role and enables the Founder in Residence to work effectively with PolicyLink staff and external stakeholders, through speaking, writing, crafting narratives and frames, providing advisory services, teaching a graduate-level course, and hosting a podcast.  

The Manager directly reports to and supports the Founder in Residence, and requires an individual who is resourceful, diplomatic, and a quick study. We are looking for a candidate with top-notch writing and research abilities; strong organizational skills; high intellectual curiosity; interpersonal savvy; and the ability to successfully navigate within a fast-paced environment. 

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn from a high-visibility Founder; gain experience with  speechwriting and other forms of written and audio communication; develop knowledge of multiple policy issues and programmatic initiatives; obtain an up-close understanding of leadership and decision-making; and  be exposed to senior executives in multiple sectors.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prepare the Founder in Residence for all external commitments, including speeches, funder pitches, board meetings, and press interviews; work jointly with program staff, Development, and Communications to manage timelines with multiple moving parts.
  • Draft speeches, briefings, talking points, and messages for the Founder; conduct research and assemble relevant background information, as needed. 
  • Review and edit briefings and articles prepared by others for the Founder to ensure  consistency with tone and messaging. 
  • Expertly manage the overall operation of the Office of the Founder in Residence: 
    • Receive and screen communications to the Founder, using independent judgment to determine those requiring priority attention and, where appropriate, refer to other PolicyLink staff. 
    • Write/edit general correspondence, including emails and memos, on behalf of the  Founder.
    • Manage the logistics of the office: prioritize meeting requests; schedule meetings and appointments; coordinate the Founder’s travel; process expense reimbursements; and delegate other administrative duties.  
  • Serve as the primary contact and liaison on behalf of the Founder with program staff and external contacts; build and maintain constructive relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders. 
  • Attend meetings and engagements on behalf of the Founder, as needed/appropriate.
  • When requested, staff the Founder at speaking engagements, including assisting with media coordination and logistics.  
  • Staff the Founder in her capacity as Professor of Practice, including assisting with the development of teaching materials, overseeing the work of the teaching assistant, liaising with students and faculty, and assisting with grading as needed. 
  • Participate as a core member of the Radical Imagination production team, and coordinate engagement between internal and external podcast teams.  
  • Work with the development team to prepare funding proposals and reports for the Office of the Founder in Residence. 


  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field. 
  • High intellectual curiosity and interest in learning and continuous development. 
  • Very strong writing and editing skills, including the ability to distill and clearly convey information about complex topics to a variety of audiences. 
  • Excellent research and analytical skills. 
  • Impeccable interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical and creative thinking while working independently and  within/across teams. 
  • Exceptional project management, problem solving, and collaboration skills; detail-oriented organizational skills to manage a wide range of incoming requests and responsibilities.
  • Ability to screen, prioritize, and track a consistently high volume of emails. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions regarding time-sensitive or  confidential communications. 
  • Ability to thrive under conflicting deadlines and in a fast-paced environment where change can be a constant; entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, “can do” attitude. 
  • Flexibility to work/be reachable before and after hours, and on weekends (as needed).
  • Passion for the PolicyLink mission. 

Work Environment

  • Because of COVID-19 this position will be remote through at least fall 2021. Once restrictions are lifted, the primary work location will be our downtown Oakland office (PolicyLink Headquarters). 
  • May include weekend and evening work assignments.
  • May be asked to travel (when safe to do so), based on needs.
  • Fast-paced, complex work environment.
  • Leading and participating in frequent remote video and telephone conferences is required. All employees driving on PolicyLink business must hold a valid driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record, safe vehicle, and insurance. Driver record checks may be required as well.

Position Type

Exempt, 100% full-time, 40 hours per week.


The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $100,000 per year, dependent upon experience. Additionally, PolicyLink provides an excellent and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k match, ancillary benefits, access to Flexible Spending Accounts, commuter expenses, and generous leave benefits.

To Apply:

We accept online applications only.

Please apply using link below:

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected to participate in our hiring process will be contacted.

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PolicyLink strongly values equity and believes in a just and fair society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We work towards a more inclusive world and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.

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Through the approach of Lifting Up What Works, our programmatic initiatives are organized within three interlocking, mutually reinforcing areas of work. Through these initiatives, we advance policies that enable everyone to participate in an equitable economy, live in a community of opportunity, and thrive in a just society.

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