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.

Research Associate, Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas (Oakland, CA)

Position Overview

PolicyLink is working to advance policies and strategies to build an equitable economy — one in which everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. In 2010, we formed a formal research partnership with the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California to provide equity advocates, practitioners, and policymakers with clear, convincing data and cutting-edge analyses to make the case that equity is both a moral imperative and the key to economic prosperity in their own communities and nationwide. In October 2014, we released the National Equity Atlas, a unique online resource to track and measure data, and to make the case for equity in the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States as a whole. The Atlas democratizes data, providing those working to build stronger and more inclusive local economies with essential information on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity through a user-friendly interface. Tens of thousands of people are now using this tool and our team is working to continue to evolve this living resource to make it an even more useful and powerful tool. 

PolicyLink is seeking a Research Associate to join our team and partnership. The ideal candidate is passionate about producing data and research that is relevant and actionable for those working on the frontlines to advance racial economic inclusion. He or she is skilled at analyzing data, producing compelling data displays and maps, and writing data analyses in an engaging and accessible way — and is looking for an opportunity to further grow skills and leadership by joining our dynamic team.
Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and contribute writing to research briefs, analyses, and articles, including comparative analyses and equity profiles/research reports focused on particular regions/communities.
  • Develop creative solutions to communicate complex data and research findings, including through data visualizations (graphs, charts, and maps), presentations, and websites.
  • Participate in the development of new research and analyses and the selection of new indicators to incorporate into the Atlas.
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of the National Equity Atlas site among our team and the consultants who design and manage the website.
  • Participate in developing and implementing outreach and dissemination strategies, including webinars.
  • Conduct trainings and presentations on the National Equity Atlas.
  • Stay current with pertinent literature, developments, and data visualizations around issues of demographic change, inequality, mobility, and equitable growth.
  • Occasionally conduct short-term data and mapping analyses for other teams at PolicyLink.
  • The position may involve travel.


  • Master’s degree in urban planning, community development, economics, public policy, public health, or related social science (e.g., political science, sociology).
  • Two years of relevant work experience conducting research to support policy development, advocacy, or organizing.
  • Excellent writing and research skills.
  • Experience with data analysis and quantitative research, including statistical analysis and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Ability to translate complex data and analyses for mainstream audiences, including facility with using Excel for data analysis and the generation of graphs and charts.
  • Self-starter with good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects.
  • Experience working with low-income communities of color and familiarity with public policy and the legislative process are desirable.

How to Apply

Email Résumé and Cover Letter to: (include subject line: “[Your Name] (Research Associate-Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas)

OR fax to (510) 663-4323

OR mail to:
PolicyLink –Search Committee (Research Associate-Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas)
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.

Development Assistant (Oakland, CA)

100% FTE
Salary Commensurate with Experience

This professional administrative level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink supporting the Development department. 

Position Overview 

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, savvy, effective and experienced in providing high level support to a Development and/or Fundraising team.  The Development Assistant is responsible for all administrative aspects of development activities. This position will primarily work closely with the Development Associate and the Vice President for Strategic Direction, but will also play a critical role in collaborating with all staff, as development works with the entire program team.   

Scope and Impact

This position reports to all members of the Development Team, composed of the Vice President for Strategic Direction, the Director of Development and the Development Associate. The Development Assistant plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development Office and participating in all fundraising activities including proposal preparation, grant management and reporting, donor and public relations, direct mail appeals, and special events.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
  • Create weekly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.
  • Coordinate productions and dissemination of donor spring and year-end appeal.
  • Send appropriate documentation to process credits to donors.
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fund-raising and development events.
  • Prepare media materials for distribution. (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing)
  • Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings.
  • Schedule meetings for development team with both internal and external parties.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Development team.

Possible performance measures:

  • Success in maintaining accuracy of database records.
  • Accuracy of reports.
  • Success in coordinating the production of appeals and email blasts.
  • Success in maintaining files.

Preparation and Knowledge

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of three years' experience in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office
  • Proficiency in Microsoft  Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Database management experience – Salesforce and Raiser's Edge
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to communicate workflow progress and challenges in a timely manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: this position interfaces with everyone in the organization and is the first point of contact with many external stakeholders, so a pleasant, articulate and efficient demeanor is a must!


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

To Apply:

If you meet the description above, please send your Resume and Cover Letter, with salary requirements, to:

In order to be considered, the subject line must read: “your name” - Development Assistant

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

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multi-cultural working environment.