Program Coordinator - (Oakland, CA)

Position Overview

We are seeking a Program Coordinator to support the Center for Infrastructure Equity team and PolicyLink efforts to advance equity in California.

The coordinator will help facilitate the delivery of place-based, local, state, national, and federal work of the Infrastructure team. This includes leading the administrative work of the team on strategic planning; advancing the team’s deliverables for the national Sustainable Communities capacity-building field of practice; interfacing with HUD and national partners on contracts that advance equity in housing and metropolitan planning; developing and implementing outreach to the field on the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule; providing administrative support to the Director and to the efforts of the Center for Infrastructure Equity; shepherding written materials through the editorial process; communicating with the field about the initiatives of the Center through web, social media, and publications.

This position will also support the California Equity Network — a statewide network of change agents committed to improving the life chances of California’s low-income and communities of color. Inclusive of youth, community organizations, foundations, and leaders in government, education, and public health, the Network works closely with the California Legislature to pass policies that advance sustainable communities, climate justice, infrastructure investment, affordable housing, workforce inclusion, and other equity-focused legislation. 

The Program Coordinator will work in close collaboration with other PolicyLink staff working to advance equity. In this role, the Program Coordinator will report to the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Equity and the Director of California Policy at PolicyLink.

Areas of Responsibility

The Project Coordinator will play a pivotal role in coordinating the implementation of work in the following  teams:

  • Center for Infrastructure Equity’s federal initiatives, including Sustainable Communities, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, transportation equity, and infrastructure finance.
  • California Equity Network strategies of supporting local and statewide campaigns, communications, youth organizing, and network learning.

Additionally, the Project Coordinator will be required to manage a combination of administrative, programmatic, and communications-related responsibilities.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • The Project Coordinator will assist the Infrastructure Equity team with developing a robust state and national network of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of residents in disinvested communities by passing and implementing policies that target new infrastructure investment in communities of color, improve life outcomes through the implementation of that infrastructure, and target workforce inclusion in infrastructure development and operations.

Specifically, the Program Coordinator will maintain responsibility for executing the following tasks:
Administrative Support:

  • Assisting the Director with monitoring the progress of implementation of the Center for Infrastructure Equity strategic goals and objectives.
  • Developing and circulating meeting summaries and monthly tracking of Center for Infrastructure Equity action items.
    • Filing and organizing team documents and folders according to a logical and systematic process.
    • Tracking and processing consultant contracts and invoices.
    • Coordinating travel.
    • Managing the Director’s travel and expense reports.


    • Implementing “take action” communications strategies for policy campaigns in California.
    • Sending network email correspondence using web and data technology platforms.
    • Managing project databases in partnership with the PolicyLink Database Manager including managing and editing contacts and downloading reports.
    • Uploading new content directly onto the website, tracking length of time items are on the website, and creating and following a maintenance calendar for content rotation.
    • Supporting the management of social media and delivering new content to the PolicyLink Social Media Manager.


    • Conducting literature reviews, summaries, and reports of relevant content areas.
    • Conducting qualitative research on promising practices and policies, including interviewing local leaders, analyzing findings, and drafting case studies.
    • Finding, tracking, and monitoring innovative programs and policies.
    • Analyzing and summarizing legislation, other policies, and resources.
    • Contributing to the development of written reports, proposals, policy briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, online tools, talking points, and other materials for publication.

Event Coordination:

    • Planning and managing logistics of partner gatherings, policy briefings, hearings, and other internal and external convenings.
    • Scheduling and preparation for internal and external team meetings, including monthly Center for Infrastructure Equity meetings.
    • Designing and developing meeting agendas, helping to coordinate, participating in, and supporting all team meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Two to five years of experience in project administration and management.
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Strong knowledge of Salesforce, MS Office Suite, Exact Target or Vertical Response, and Desktop Publishing Software.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Advanced degree in urban planning, public administration, public policy, or equivalent experience in relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects.
  • Well-organized, hard worker, able to work well under pressure and meet shifting deadlines.

Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink – Program Coordinator Search Committee
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612


Fax to 510-587-1113 or e-mail to (include subject line: “[your name]
(Project Coordinator–Oakland).  Position open until filled.
Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment.

Associate-Convergence Partnership – (Oakland or New York City)

Associate-Convergence Partnership – (Oakland or New York City)
100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This professional-level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at:

Program Description

PolicyLink serves as Project Director working to coordinate the various efforts underway and assist in strategic thinking about goals and strategies. The national Convergence Partnership is a collaborative of national funders and health-care institutions seeking to create "healthy people in healthy places" through multifield, equity-focused efforts focused on policy and environmental change. In regions and communities across the country, the Convergence Partnership is engaging a consortium of funders, advocates, and community leaders to build new collaborations to advance this agenda, particularly in the arenas of access to healthy food and the built environment. Specifically, the Convergence Partnership developed a national network of more than 80 philanthropic organizations representing more than 40 local and regional sites across the country, leveraging significant resources from philanthropic and public sources. The national steering committee includes representatives from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Ascension Health, The California Endowment, the Kresge Foundation, and Nemours; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serves as a technical advisor to the Partnership.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic guidance and support to the national network of local and regional convergence partners.
  • Conduct analysis to identify new policy opportunities and assess strategic directions.
  • Track and assess model policy and environmental change strategies that increase food access and improve built environments.
  • Work with partner organizations to coordinate activities and events.
  • Build relationships with staff at foundations and other relevant groups to foster connections and communications between the national partnership and national network.
  • Create and oversee tracking and monitoring systems to manage TA requests, inquiries, and outreach efforts.
  • Develop memos, policy briefs, tools, and other written documents; conduct trainings and presentations as needed.
  • Travel approximately twice a month.


  • Strong experience working in and/or with philanthropic organizations. Minimum of 3 years of professional experience.
  • Expertise in public health and/or public policy, particularly in the areas of health equity, food and built environments, and other related fields. Minimum of 7 years of professional experience.
  • Master's degree in public health, planning, or policy (e.g., MPH, MPP, MPA).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and analytical skills.
  • Experience in advocacy, technical assistance, writing reports and articles, public speaking, and conducting trainings.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.

To apply

Send Cover Letter and Résumé to (include subject line: "[Your name] (Associate-Convergence Partnership)" or fax to (510) 663-4358.

You can also mail to:
PolicyLink—Associate—Convergence Partnership Search Committee
55 West 39th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Position open until filled. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.

Scheduler/Administrative Professional

This position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. For more information, please visit our website at:

Position Overview

PolicyLink is looking for a highly skilled Scheduler/Administrative Professional to support the Office of the Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell at our headquarters in Oakland, California. The Scheduler/Administrative Professional will report to the Special Assistant to the Founder and CEO (Special Assistant).

Under the supervision of the Special Assistant, the position provides administrative support to the office of the Founder and CEO; schedules and coordinates meetings and calendars; and manages travel logistics and reimbursements.

The candidate must have a minimum of two years of solid administrative and scheduling experience. Prior experience working with the schedules of top-level executives in an administrative capacity is strongly preferred.

He or she will have exceptional organizational and communication skills, strong people skills, experience with the Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook), the ability to manage multiple assignments, pay careful attention to detail, and work in a fast-paced environment.

Additionally, the Scheduler/Administrative Professional is part of the Operations Team at PolicyLink. While this position will provide dedicated support to the office of the Founder and CEO, it also functions in other capacities and provides general administrative backup for other PolicyLink projects, as time permits.

The Scheduler/Administrative Professional is a non-exempt position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Schedule and re-schedule a high volume of small and large meetings, both internal and external, and in-person and conference calls.
  • Oversee meeting logistics, e.g., location, phone/dial-in information, and communication with attendees.
  • As guided by the Special Assistant, receive and screen communications to the Founder and CEO (telephone calls and e-mail messages) and refer inquiries to other staff members as appropriate.
  • Diligently and tactfully follow up all scheduling requests via email and phone directed to the office of the Founder and CEO.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for the Founder and CEO with PolicyLink travel agent.
  • Track and submit travel and honoraria reimbursement requests, timesheets, and expense reports for the Founder and CEO to the Finance team.
  • As Board Liaison, work closely with the Founder and CEO and the Chief Financial Officer to schedule and organize board meetings two times a year, coordinate travel arrangements for Board members, and distribute Board meeting materials.
  • Open, review, and distribute mail for the office of the Founder and CEO.
  • Provide administrative backup for other PolicyLink projects and processes, when required and as time permits.


  • Minimum of two years of direct scheduling and administrative experience in an office environment.
  • High level of comfort working electronically, i.e., operating a computer, organizing and tracking email, maintaining an online filing and folder storage system.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively, crisply, and quickly interact with all levels of staff, including senior-level leadership.
  • Must be a quick learner who can absorb new processes and follow communications templates.
  • Ability to maintain regular, clear, and open check-ins with the Special Assistant regarding workload/capacity, priorities, and any challenges or difficulties with assignments.
  • Ability to scan, prioritize, and track a high volume of emails and scheduling requests.
  • Ability to multitask and make sound decisions regarding time-sensitive communications.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment where change is a constant.
  • Must have some room for flexibility in schedule and be reachable on certain weekends or nights, if a scheduling or traveling emergency arises for the Founder and CEO.
  • Enjoy and excel at work that is detail oriented.
  • Ability to effectively operate standard office equipment such as scanners, photocopiers, and multiple-line telephone systems.
  • Ability to take initiative, use good judgment, and ask questions as needed.
  • Ability to operate independently and as part of a team—this position will work closely with administrative staff across the organization.

How to Apply

Email Résumé and Cover Letter to: (include subject line: “[Your Name] (Scheduler/Administrative Professional)”)

OR fax to (510) 663-4323

OR mail to:

PolicyLink –Search Committee (Scheduler/Administrative Professional)
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612

Position open until filled.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment.



Policy Analyst, Equitable Economic Growth, PUBLIC FELLOWS, AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES (Oakland, CA)

The Policy Analyst will work with the Equitable Economy team at PolicyLink to identify the policies, business models, and strategies that advance equitable economic growth, and share these strategies with community leaders and policymakers. Since 2011, PolicyLink has been advancing the idea that equity – the economic and social inclusion of low-income communities and communities of color – is essential to secure our future economic prosperity, particularly in the context of our demographic transition to a majority people of color nation by 2043. The frame of equity as the superior growth model serves as the foundation for our work to advance an equitable economy. This work includes data and research, policy development, place-based initiatives, and strategic communications including the production of a bimonthly national newsletter, America's Tomorrow, which lifts up promising practices, thought leaders, and new research on how equity is an economic imperative, as well as the National Equity Atlas (, an online data and policy tool. In 2015, the team plans to expand and refine the foundations for this case-making and home in on a few key policies and strategies, and to provide more in-depth analysis to those working at the local, regional, and state level to implement them, while gathering the broader array of strategies into an online policy toolkit.

The Policy Analyst will:

  • Help the team select and research these priorities as well as develop the broader policy toolkit and other documents which elaborate on “the business case” for equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Monitor and assess recent literature and public debates on inequality, mobility and economic equity;
  • Research innovative public and private sector models, best practices, and state and local policy initiatives that advance an equitable economy, including strategies to raise the floor on low-wage work, strengthen the capabilities of our diverse workforce, remove barriers to employment, create good jobs, and build wealth in low-income communities and communities of color; and
  • In consultation with senior staff, search out, assess, and then report about new areas of policy change and community capacity building which could become important new areas of focus for PolicyLink.


• PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences; 
• Commitment to social equity issues;
• Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking while working within and across teams;
• Strong research and analytical skills;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and maintain flexibility and a sense of humor while meeting deadlines;
• Good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects;
• Familiarity with current themes and debates in economic issues concerning growth and development, including income inequality, intergenerational mobility, access to educational opportunity, economic inclusion, and implications of demographic change; and
• Experience working with low-income communities of color and familiarity with public policy and the legislative process are desirable. 


• Information on the ACLS Public Fellows Program:
• All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application System (
• Application deadline: March 17, 2015, 6 pm Eastern Daylight Time