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Senior Fellow, Arts, Culture and Equitable Development (Oakland, CA or New York, NY)

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

Position Overview

PolicyLink is seeking a senior fellow for a one-year appointment to provide leadership to its initiative—Arts, Culture and Equitable Development.

This professional-level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink.  PolicyLink is a national research and action institute that works to advance policies at the federal, state, and local level to achieve economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at: www.policylink.org.

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, this program seeks to document and lift up programs and policies that integrate arts and cultural activity into place-based community development work as a critical means for strengthening cultural assets and providing agency for community change.

The Fellow will help PolicyLink advance three key objectives:

  • Identify policies and best practices within the PolicyLink portfolio of work and our place-based partnerships (Infrastructure, Sustainable Communities, Health Equity, Boys and Men of Color, Promise Neighborhoods, Promise Zones, Equitable Economy) that integrate and rely on culture and community arts as a key aspect of equitable development and engagement of city neighborhoods and spaces.
  •  Develop an inventory of equity-focused policies that support arts and culture investments while protecting communities of color from displacement.
  • Engage cultural leaders, community artists, and community developers to develop a policy framework that integrates arts and cultural practices into comprehensive community development practice.

The Fellow will advance these objectives within PolicyLink, with our partners across the nation, and within the equity-focused field.

This Fellowship will entail visiting exemplary projects that are part of PolicyLink ongoing work and throughout the country:

  • Interviewing leaders and community members where the arts and culture work is rooted.
  • Developing a database that inventories policies in support of arts and culture in building and sustaining communities of opportunity.
  • Documenting best practices.
  • Reviewing and contributing to the literature.
  • Seeking to understand successes and challenges.
  • Convening arts and culture leaders to share practices and consider policy ideas.

As the project moves forward, the initiative’s findings will be lifted up and discussed as models for how honoring old and new artistic and cultural traditions in a place are essential to communities of opportunity.  Venues for such sharing will include PolicyLink print and online materials, special reports, the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit, and at podiums and panels at which PolicyLink staff frequently appear. 

Background

The initiative is rooted in the belief that equitable arts and culture investments made in concert with other place-based efforts support community-building practices and foster the sustainability of communities of opportunity.  It also positions people of color and residents of low-income communities to be fully engaged as contributors to, participants in, and producers of strategies, tools, and developments—as workers and consumers—that reflect the cultural and artistic perspective of those communities.  Building food markets, transit hubs, upgrading parks, remodeling schools, supporting entrepreneurial and job opportunities—all are influenced by and benefit from the artistic and cultural traditions of the places where they exist and in the world around them.  The project will capture what is happening nationally to weave arts and cultural thinking, actions, and policy supports into the community tapestry.

Position Requirements 

The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual who is steeped in a comprehensive understanding of arts and culture, and place-based community development approaches. She or he should possess a deep appreciation of the value of community cultural orientation and the impact on community institutions and practices that both nurtures, and is nurtured by, it. 

The senior Fellow will work in partnership with the equity and culture team at PolicyLink, which also partners with the Kresge senior advisor for arts and culture. 

  • Strong commitment to arts, culture, and equity as essential tools in place-based strategies to nurture the growth of opportunity in communities of color and in low- income communities, and to build and sustain communities.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equity and social justice.  
  • Knowledge of a range of efforts to use arts and culture as community-building tools and connections in the field to identify others.
  • A synergistic point of view, one that senses or teases out connections that unite and create potential for outcomes greater than the sum of the parts.
  • A demonstrated interest—through vocation or avocation—in arts and culture as a necessity in supporting community change efforts; years of work in the field(s) trumps advanced academic degrees.
  • Cultural humility and sensitivity in approaching a wide range of arts and cultural activities in diverse communities and ranges of artistic expression, and cultural arts practices.
  • Outstanding writing, editorial, and communications skills.
  • Ability to travel frequently.
  • The position is expected to last one year.
  • Spanish bilingualism is a plus.

Senior Fellow Responsibilities:

  • Review materials supplied by Kresge and others and continue to build the literature review and policy agenda that supports creative place making.
  • Build on existing literature reviews related to arts, culture, equity, place making.
  • Conduct an analysis of public policies and place-based initiatives that might impede or support equity outcomes in arts and culture.
  • Suggest visits to sites across the country to capture models of equity, arts, and cultural activities related to building and sustaining places.
  • Document the literature review, public policy recommendations, and site visits—in print, online, and through multimedia—to disseminate the findings to the field.
  • Develop a tool for reporting findings that can be widely shared.
  • Develop an interview protocol and schedule for collecting information from individuals and organizations engaged in creative place making efforts across the country.
  • Develop prioritized list of key interviewees.
  • Conduct interviews and prepare written summaries that can be used to help build a consensus about the field, identify best practices and models for replication, and build a policy inventory.
  • Participate in conferences as audience-participant and/or presenter to gain new knowledge and to test ideas and suppositions about creative place making among peers engaged in this work.
  • Convene key leaders and informants to evaluate policy ideas and refine them into a working policy agenda.
  • Develop a track called Building Communities of Opportunity for All by Linking Equity, Arts, Cultural, and Place-based Strategies for the PolicyLink Equity Summit 2015 that highlights findings from this work and engages the field in policy strategy.
  • Work with PolicyLink staff towards the long term sustainable integration of this work within the organization.

To Apply

Send résumé and cover letter with salary requirement to:
PolicyLink— Senior Fellow, Arts, Culture and Equitable Development
1438 Webster, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612

or

Fax to (510) 663-4358 or email to jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: "[Your name] (Senior Fellow, Arts, Culture and Equitable Development". Position open until filled.

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

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.