Program Associate, Convergence Partnership – (Oakland or New York City)

This professional-level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff supporting the Convergence Partnership 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:

As Program Director of the Convergence Partnership, PolicyLink provides programmatic and administrative support and leadership to the Partnership, including coordinating the various efforts underway and assisting 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 consortia of funders, advocates, and community leaders to build new collaborations to advance this agenda, particularly in the arenas of food systems; resilient equitable development; impact investing; and prevention and health system transformation. To date, the national Convergence Network includes 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 Ascension Health, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Kresge Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Nemours, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serves as a technical advisor to the Partnership. Please click here for more information.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic guidance and support to the national network of local and regional foundations and grantmaking institutions.
  • Conduct analysis to identify new policy opportunities and assess strategic directions for philanthropic practice.
  • Track and assess policy and environmental change strategies for the issue areas listed above.
  • Review quantitative and qualitative data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations to advance strategies and activities.
  • Coordinate activities and events, including in-person convenings, trainings, and webinars.
  • Build relationships with staff at local and regional 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, including writing monthly newsletters and updating website content.
  • Conduct presentations as needed.
  • Travel as needed to support CP meetings, events, and other activities.


  • Master's degree in planning, policy, or public health (e.g., MPP, MPA, MPH).
  • Experience working with/in philanthropy is preferred.
  • Strong expertise in public health and/or public policy, particularly in the areas of racial and economic equity, food systems, prevention, community economic development, and other related fields. Minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Strong experience in policy analysis and advocacy, equity strategies, technical assistance, writing reports and articles, and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and make sound decisions regarding time-sensitive assignments.
  • Proven ability to anticipate problems before they arise using solid problem-solving skills to develop solutions.
  • Comfort working with a diverse group of funders, colleagues, and partners. 
  • Detail oriented, accurate, and timely with assigned tasks.
  • Ability to multitask and work effectively in a fast-paced environment where change is a constant, as part of a team and independently.


Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612

Fax to 510-587-1123 or e-mail to (include subject line: “[your name]

(Program Associate–Convergence Partnership at PolicyLink). The position is 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.

Director, All-In Cities Initiative (Oakland, CA)

We are seeking a dynamic leader to successfully implement the All-In Cities initiative, an effort to support cities in implementing new models of inclusive growth and development at a time when many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into good jobs, living wages, and ownership opportunities for their low-income residents and communities of color. The initiative provides capacity-building and policy development and implementation support, data and policy tools, and strategic research to local governments and community organizations/coalitions as they develop and implement a range of solutions to increase racial economic inclusion and foster equitable growth in cities and metropolitan regions. This position is an excellent opportunity for a social entrepreneur who is passionate about cities and equity to build out an initiative that is just getting off the ground and eager to work in a creative, fast-moving, start-up environment.

The Director will be responsible for:

  • Initiating, managing, and coordinating the team’s place-based engagements (in partnership with community leaders working inside and outside of government) that implement the All-In Cities policy framework and related private sector, capital, and systems-change strategies that advance inclusive growth.
  • Developing a methodology for assessing community readiness for engagements and using the findings of that assessment to develop a suite of offerings (bootcamps, trainings, webinars, office hours, etc.) to build capacity for inclusive growth.
  • Implementing the policy research and communications strategies for the initiative, including the production of relevant research that advances the theory and practice of inclusive growth, and the development and maintenance of an online policy toolkit.
  • Supervising and collaborating with other team members and consultants to deliver high-quality products and strategic support in a timely manner and effectively add value to locally driven change efforts.
  • Bringing a results-based framework and discipline to the overall initiative and its place-based engagements.
  • Collaborating with national networks and partners working to advance inclusive growth, economic justice, and racial equity in cities.

The initiative Director will report to the Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives and work closely with senior leadership in developing the team’s strategy and activities and ensuring synergy with other teams at PolicyLink. Equipping city leaders with actionable data and metrics is a key strategy of the initiative, and the Director will work closely with the National Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity to produce relevant data and analyses to support the initiative.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in urban planning and development, economic and business development, and place-based initiatives, including substantive experience in an area of inclusive growth practice (e.g., targeted employment and workforce training efforts, entrepreneurship and small business development, cooperatives, wage and job standards, etc.). Minimum 10 years of professional experience.
  • Advanced degree in urban planning/policy, public policy, economics, or related social science.
  • Ability to continually refine and evolve the vision for this multiyear initiative and select strategies to implement that vision.
  • Understanding of how to advance equitable growth strategy and policy in diverse market/political contexts.
  • Ability to frame the economic case for equity and inclusion and facilitate productive and action-oriented dialogue on addressing racial inequities with communities ranging from very progressive to moderate.
  • Experience developing and implementing inside/outside strategies that integrate work with leaders inside and outside of government and other power structures.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of community partners, including high-level officials and CEOs as well as grassroots activists and community-based organization leaders, facilitating them to select policy goals, then launch and sustain collective action to achieve them.
  • Proven project management and event-planning skills and ability to meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience writing publications for a broad audience, and demonstrated public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Willingness to travel regularly (estimated one to four trips/month) and maintain team and organizational connections from afar.


Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink Director, All-In Cities Search Committee
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612


Fax to 510-587-1113 or e-mail to (include subject line: “[your name]
(Director, All-In Cities Initiative–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.