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Senior Communications Associate (New York)

Senior Communications Associate, New York
100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

Program Description

The senior communications associate (SCA) is a member of the communications team, reports to the vice president for communications, and works in partnership with PolicyLink program teams. Together, with others, the SCA uses communications tools to achieve policy goals and create opportunities for people of color and low-income communities. These communications tools include strategic communications, framing and messaging, media relations, social media, writing and editing.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic communications counsel to PolicyLink project teams that include PolicyLink staff and frequently external partners; develop communications strategies that support policy agendas at the state or federal level.
  • Identify media opportunities; work with program staff to develop a pitch, and prepare for interviews.
  • Write or edit reports, articles, press releases and advisories, fact sheets, talking points, op-eds, blog posts/web content, letters to the editor, and commentaries.
  • Monitor and assess media coverage related to PolicyLink issue areas to plan and implement media strategies.
  • Work with the PolicyLink communications team to integrate use of social media and all communications strategies across all programs and projects.
  • Develop and implement print, broadcast, and online media strategies to achieve program goals and enhance PolicyLink image and identity as a leader in advancing economic and social equity.
  • The candidate should have a strong interest in political advocacy and the communications necessary to achieve policy change.
  • Stay current and informed about policy developments related to PolicyLink issue areas to identify appropriate media hooks, be an avid reader and keen observer of politics and policy strategy, and be experienced in framing issues and developing messages.

Qualifications/Skills

  • BA degree; minimum five years’ experience in nonprofit communications.
  • Experience in journalism with policy advocacy focus desired.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking.
  • Experienced in using social media in advocacy campaigns.
  • Passion for social justice and appreciation for the role of policy in addressing the needs of low- income people and communities of color.
  • Well-organized, hard worker, able to work well under pressure and meet shifting deadlines.
  • Sense of humor, able to work as part of a team in developing and implementing strategies, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, good interpersonal skills, and willingness to travel occasionally.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter with salary requirement to:

PolicyLink—Senior Communications Associate Search Committee
55 West 39th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018 or
Fax to (510) 663-4358 or email to jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: “[Your name] (Senior Communications Associate)”. 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.

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

Senior Designer (position located in Oakland, CA)

Senior Designer (Oakland, CA)
100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

The Senior Designer, reporting to the Vice President for Communications, will conceive, design, and produce print and digital materials for all areas of visual communication representing PolicyLink.  
Requirements and Skills

  • Strong command of latest Creative Suite software, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as Microsoft Office software.
  • Expert knowledge of branding, layout, color theory, and typography.
  • Demonstrated experience to develop and drive design and production schedules.
  • Ability to execute a design and brand aesthetic for print, video, web, and social.

Experience / Training

  • Minimum 4-year degree—BA or BFA in Graphic Design or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a fast-paced environment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement PolicyLink graphic guides and specs.
  • Work with Editorial Manager to take publications from the written stage through the design process.
  • Design and produce materials, including event graphics, reports, brochures, business cards, advertisements, social media assets, and other collateral. Occasional press checks required.
  • Manage multiple projects and timelines and be able to prioritize based on organizational needs.
  • Consider how each design project will fit into the overall brand system, best understanding how the design solution can be implemented across all forms of media and across all devices and platforms.
  • Drive design, production, and print schedule creation, maintenance, and adherence and be mindful of any budgetary or technical constraints.
  • Responsible for all communication of design project schedules and updates between Oakland headquarters and New York, DC, and Los Angeles offices as well as external partners.
  • Write design briefs to explain design and production needs from external partners and internal teams.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • Maintain inventory and archive of publications.
  • Stay current with necessary programs, software, and processes.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to:

PolicyLink—Senior Designer
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612 or

Fax to (510) 587-1113 or email to jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: “[Your name] (Senior Designer)”.

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.

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

Senior 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: www.policylink.org.

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.

Qualifications/Skills

  • 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 jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: "[Your name] (Senior Associate-Convergence Partnership)" or fax to (510) 663-4358.

You can also mail to:
PolicyLink—Senior 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.

Senior Associate – Infrastructure Equity (Oakland, CA)

Senior Associate– Infrastructure Equity (Oakland, Ca)
100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

PolicyLink is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated professional to join the Center for Infrastructure Equity. The ideal candidate will be passionate about improving the lives of residents in low-income communities and communities of color. The associate will assist in developing and implementing a growing PolicyLink program area focused on promoting equitable development through focused policy, effective planning, and targeted, thoughtful public infrastructure investments (affordable housing, transportation, basic water services, parks, schools, and other infrastructure). This PolicyLink program area also seeks to strengthen and expand policies, programs, and investments that leverage infrastructure projects to bring greater workforce development and job opportunities to disadvantaged communities. The Senior Associate will be supervised by the Senior Director for the Center for Infrastructure Equity. The associate will work closely with other program and communications staff, consultants, and partner organizations and agencies.  This position will include a focus on national-, state-, regional-, and local-level policy issues related to equity and sustainable communities development; housing policy; and other related areas of infrastructure. 

Essential Responsibilities

The associate will play a leadership role in developing and implementing a growing PolicyLink program area focused on promoting equitable development through focused policy, effective planning, and targeted, thoughtful public infrastructure investments (affordable housing, transportation, basic water services, parks, schools, and other infrastructure). This PolicyLink program area also seeks to build greater public will to strengthen and expand workforce education and community college programs that prepare low-income youth and adults for new job opportunities associated with infrastructure development.   The Senior or Program Associate will conduct both quantitative and qualitative research, analyze legislation and other policies, write reports and policy memos, build and maintain strategic alliances with partners in the field and with elected officials and public agency leaders, provide technical assistance to key constituencies, and conduct policy advocacy. Some tasks include:

  • Conduct research on key issues related to the intersections between planning, infrastructure investment, housing, health, workforce, and economic development. Key research in the upcoming year will include health and housing, affirmatively furthering fair housing, anti-displacement policy agenda in Sustainable Communities, water infrastructure workforce and procurement best practices, and more.
  • Plan and staff convenings, facilitate meetings, and give presentations.
  • Conduct housing research to advance policy agendas at the local, state, and federal levels that advance equity, opportunity, and fair housing.
  • Work with the Sustainable Communities team to deliver capacity-building activities to federal Sustainable Communities grantees working to advance social equity and equitable economic development.
  • Track and assess trends in the Sustainable Communities field as it specifically relates to equity, and work with the Center’s Senior Director and staff to continue to evolve the PolicyLink work in this field.
  • Work with program staff to deepen and maintain relationships with key partners, constituencies, coalitions, elected officials, and other systems leaders.
  • Work with the team to support a diverse network of equity leaders from across the nation.
  • Work with the team to identify and manage technical assistance needs and requests among key partners and constituencies.
  • Work with team members to develop, advance, and analyze policy proposals at the regional, state, and federal level with a specific focus on advancing policies and practices that support equitable outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Commitment to social equity issues and experience working with low-income communities of color.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in equitable development, sustainable communities, infrastructure policy/finance, land-use planning, or other closely related field.
  • Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, Public Policy, or other related field.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking while working within and across teams.
  • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and maintain flexibility and a sense of humor while meeting deadlines.
  • Strong research and analytical skills (ability to conduct qualitative research is necessary; ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research is preferred).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects.
  • Experience with public policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Familiarity with GIS preferred but not required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred but not required.

To Apply:

Send Résumé, Cover Letter, and three Professional References to:

PolicyLink – Infrastructure Equity Search Committee – Sr. Associate
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA  94612 

or:

Fax: 510-587-1123 or e-mail (Word Format – please) to jobs@policylink.org (please include in subject line: Your Name – Infrastructure Equity).  Position is open until filled.

Excellent benefits including paid vacation plus paid week of holiday at end of the year, health insurance including vision and dental care, life insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

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

Project Coordinator (position located in Oakland, CA)

Project Coordinator (position located in Oakland, CA)
100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

Position Overview  

We are seeking a Project Coordinator to support the Boys and Men of Color team and PolicyLink efforts to advance equity in California.

This position would support the California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color — a statewide network of change agents committed to improving the life chances of California’s boys and young men of color. Inclusive of youth, community organizations, foundations, and leaders in government, education, public health, and law enforcement, the Alliance works closely with the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.

Additionally, the candidate would support the Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA), a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors committed to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys through systemic change.

The Project Coordinator will work in close collaboration with other PolicyLink staff working to advance equity in California and may provide support to other California projects that include a focus on issues of Boys and Men of Color.

In this role, the Project Coordinator will report to the Director of the Boys and Men of Color team and the Director of California Policy at PolicyLink.

Areas of Responsibility

The Project Coordinator will play a pivotal role in coordinating the implementation of the PolicyLink team’s:

  • Alliance for Boys and Men of Color strategies of supporting local and statewide campaigns, communications, youth organizing, and network learning.
  • IBMA strategies of supporting networks and promoting the field of black male achievement.

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 Boys and Men of Color team with developing a robust state and national network of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of boys and men of color and black males respectively.

Specifically, the Project Coordinator will maintain responsibility for executing the following tasks:

Communications:

  • 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.
     

Research:

  • 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 internal and external team meetings.
  • Designing and developing meeting agendas, helping to coordinate, participate in, and support all team meetings.

Administrative Support:

  • Filing and organizing team documents and folders according to a logical and systematic process.
  • Tracking and processing consultant contracts and invoices.
  • Assisting the Director with the tracking and management of team responsibilities.
  • Coordinating travel.
  • Managing the Director’s travel and expense reports.
  • Providing other administrative support to the Boys and Men of Color team.

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 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.
     

APPLICATION PROCESS
Send cover letter and résumé to:
PolicyLink – Project Coordinator Search Committee
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612

OR

Fax to 510-587-1123 or e-mail to jobs@policylink.org (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.