SUMMARY: The Policy Associate is responsible for assisting the policy team in research, reporting, and tracking of homelessness and affordable housing policy; coalition administration and partnership building; communications support, and other activities that advance the mission of Housing California in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Support the Advancement of Housing CA’s Legislative Agenda
- Track, analyze, and report on state legislation, administrative policy, and budget requests that impact homelessness and land use and finance. Contribute to the development of position letters, fact sheets, policy briefs, and reports. Conduct research to inform policy proposals and strategy development
- Track implementation of state programs related to homelessness and affordable housing, and provide recommendations for improvements where necessary.
- Represent Housing California on policy issues at public events. Develop content to support communications related our policy agenda and related policy issues in newsletters, email, Housing California and coalition websites, and social media.
Coalition and Network Engagement
- Support and partner with the Residents United Network (RUN), Housing CA’s locally connected, regionally organized, statewide community organizing network.
- Represent Housing California on a variety of membership coalitions.
- Provide administrative support to Housing California’s Homelessness and Land Use and Finance Policy Committees, and to Housing California-led coalitions, including Bring California Home and the Stable Homes Coalition.
- Contribute to Housing California and the Residents United Network’s electronic publications.
- Participate in the selection and development of workshops for the Annual Conference.
- Collaborate with the RUN organizers to coordinate planning, scheduling, and administration of Housing California and RUN Lobby Day events and activities.
- Engage in and contribute to other strategies to advance Housing California’s goals, including media campaigns, outreach, and organizing.
- Assist the Executive Director, Policy Director, and other staff members in fundraising and reporting for the organization.
We are seeking candidates who have:
- A demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, disability, economic, and housing justice
- A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships and collaborations with and among partners with many different backgrounds
- A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done, even in a fast-paced work environment or in the face of obstacles or multiple competing demands
- A proven ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, including policymakers, community-based organizations, people who live in affordable homes or are experiencing homelessness, and the media
- An ability and willingness to travel periodically and attend occasional evening obligations
Other Desired Qualifications
- Strong understanding of California politics
- Experience working in the California State Capitol
- Experience working with or leading multi-sector coalitions
- Strong facilitation skills
- Lived experience of homelessness or housing insecurity
Our ideal candidates may have experience that doesn’t directly match the qualifications above, and we encourage people with equivalent experience to apply.