Careers

Senior Communications Associate (Oakland, CA)

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This 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.

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. The position requires excellent writing, editing, and strategic communications skills and a commitment to communicating the importance of economic and social equity, especially for low-income communities and communities of color.

The PolicyLink communications office is based in New York City and the holder of this position will be expected to travel frequently to New York for meetings.  In addition to strategic communications duties, this SCA position will focus heavily on developing and implementing social media strategies across the organization and the incumbent will be a member of the digital strategies team.  Duties will include: providing direction across the organization to ensure consistent framing and messaging, providing tutorials and trainings, managing and reporting social media analytics.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide content editing for reports and articles, and write press releases and advisories, fact sheets, talking points, op-eds, blog posts/web content, letters to the editor, and commentaries.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and assess media coverage related to PolicyLink issue areas to plan and implement media strategies for all platforms.
  • 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.
  • 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 (especially social media) or journalism.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in planning and implementing social media strategies and using social media in advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking.
  • 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 (as leader and/or colleague) in developing and implementing strategies, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, good interpersonal skills, and willingness to travel occasionally.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink – Senior Communications Associate, 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])

(Senior Communications Associate–Oakland). 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.

Senior Associate, Equitable Economy (Oakland, CA)

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This 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.

Position Overview

We are seeking a skilled policy researcher and advocate who brings experience and passion around issues of racial economic inclusion and equitable economic development to join our Equitable Economy efforts. This associate would work on the new All-In Cities initiative (www.allincities.org), providing capacity-building support and policy research to local governments and community organizations/coalitions as they craft and implement equitable growth and development strategies. The associate would also work on research and policy development projects undertaken by the National Equity Atlas team which is a partnership between PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (www.nationalequityatlas.org).
This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to work in a creative, fast-moving environment to advance an equity agenda. The Senior Associate will report to the Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives.
Responsibilities would include:

  • Implementing and informing the research agenda for the All-In Cities initiative and National Equity Atlas, both of which focus on understanding current issues at the intersection of race, place, and economic growth and inclusion, and identifying and advancing effective and winnable strategies for equitable growth.
  • Working with team members to implement a suite of offerings (bootcamps, trainings, webinars, office hours, etc.) to build capacity for inclusive growth as a part of the All-In Cities initiative.
  • Conducting qualitative research and data analysis and authoring research briefs, analyses, and articles, including comparative analyses and equity profiles/research reports focused on particular regions/communities.
  • Providing research and technical assistance to local partners and to inform place-based engagements.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in urban planning/policy, public policy, economics, or related social science and at least five years of research or policy-related experience, ideally in a fast-paced work environment characterized by multiple ongoing projects.
  • Experience in urban planning and development, economic and business development, or 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.).
  • A commitment to advancing racial justice and economic and social equity, experience working with low-income communities of color to develop and implement solutions, and a well-developed practice of analyzing the equity impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities.
  • Self-starter with good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including the ability to produce clear, rigorous, accessible, policy-relevant documents; and familiarity with research methods and design including interviews, surveys, case studies, and content analysis.
  • Demonstrated public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Willingness to travel (estimated one to two trips per month).

 

APPLICATION PROCESS
Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink – Senior Associate, Equitable Economy Search Committee
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612

OR

Fax to 510-587-1113 or e-mail to jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: “[your name])

(Senior Associate, Equitable Economy–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.

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: www.policylink.org.

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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

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

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This 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.

Position Overview

We are seeking a dynamic leader to successfully implement the All-In Cities initiative (www.allincities.org), which aims 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 political leanings 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 1 to 4 trips/month) and maintain team and organizational connections from afar.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS
Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink – Director, All-In Cities Search Committee

1438 Webster Street, Suite 303

Oakland, CA 94612

OR

Fax to 510-587-1113 or e-mail to jobs@policylink.org (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.