We're Hiring: Temporary Program Associate – Boys and Men of Color

Temporary Program Associate – Boys and Men of Color (Position located in Oakland or Los Angeles, CA)

Temporary Assignment for 1 year at 100% FTE - Grant Supported Position

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 that works to advance policies at the federal, state, and local level to achieve racial and economic equity. Please visit our website at www.policylink.org.

Position Overview

The Program Associate will work on the Boys and Men of Color Team and report directly to the Senior Director leading the work. The Program Associate will have primary responsibility for the planning, coordination, and management of a youth power summit as well as other duties as assigned. The youth power summit is a four-day event for 200-plus youth, adult allies, and members of a variety of youth networks and racial justice coalitions, including the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. The summit will be a catalytic event which will mark the launch of the race and gender justice policy platform and a host of coordinated youth-centered advocacy and civic engagement activities throughout California. The Program Associate will support these statewide activities post-summit.

Background on the Race and Gender Justice Policy Platform & Youth Power Summit

The platform aims to drive policy and systems changes to improve the health, social, and economic well-being of all Californians. As constructed, the platform is a unifying framework and a bold call to action to address the most pressing issues facing youth of color, their families, communities, and California as a whole. Universal in nature, the platform articulates a vision of a new social compact for California—one that aims to secure a more inclusive and prosperous state for all and serves as a policy roadmap for elected officials and systems leaders at all levels of government.

At the youth power summit, leaders who contributed to the development of the platform will have several unique opportunities to build their civic engagement and advocacy capacity to bring the platform to life. These leaders represent the geographic, issue, gender, and racial diversity of California. Their communities face our state's, and the nation's, most pressing challenges. And it is their collective power, their unity, and the solidarity among the many movements they represent that will manifest their dreams. Youth-led advocacy and civic engagement activities occurring after the summit will emphasize the vision, rights, and demands articulated in the platform.

What differentiates the youth power summit from other mobilizing efforts is the focus on activating young people more deeply in the democratic process, an area in which we have seen low turnout and engagement in the last two election cycles.

The mobilization seeks to build youth and community power by:

  • Advancing policies that deliver results for low-income communities and people of color while changing perceptions and furthering asset-based narratives centered on equity and inclusion.
  • Deepening youth and community leaders' knowledge around advocacy and civic engagement as a strategy for policy and systems change while also strengthening their skills for engaging elected officials, systems leaders, and decision makers.
  • Cultivating relationships and the peer-to-peer exchange of skills and knowledge among youth and community leaders across racial/ethnic groups, the gender spectrum, issue areas, and geographies across California.

Following the summit, the Program Associate will play a significant leadership role in further cultivating the policy platform and rolling out the advocacy and civic engagement activities set to take place before and after federal, state, and local elections in 2018 and 2019.

Background on the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is a network that works to ensure that males of color:

  • are physically and mentally healthy;
  • live in safe neighborhoods;
  • succeed in school and work; and
  • contribute to their families and communities.

Originating in California, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is led by grassroots organizations in the following communities (listed below):

  • Coachella
  • East Salinas
  • Fresno
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland
  • Richmond
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana
  • Stockton

In 2018, the network will expand to the national stage with the participation of 24 new states outside of California.

As a member of the Boys and Men of Color team, the Program Associate may also support other efforts on that team, such as, but not limited to, coordinating the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Catalyst Fund at Community Partners.


  • Coordinating an advisory committee and staff planning team for the summit.
  • Program content development and management in collaboration with the advisory committee and staff planning teams.
  • Overseeing complex logistical details related to summit planning and participation, including but not limited to: participant lodging, catering, multimedia and audio/visual needs, and transportation coordination.
  • Developing and/or coordinating summit materials and resources for participants.
  • Liaising with and coordinating vendors to successfully execute the summit.
  • Outreach and recruitment of youth and participating organizations.
  • Volunteer coordination and management (i.e., adult chaperones, regional liaisons, etc.)
  • Ability to develop a strategy for coordinated civic engagement and policy advocacy activities.
  • Management of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Catalyst Fund and advisory committee to support the strategy for coordinated civic engagement and policy advocacy activities.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with key racial justice organizations and networks centering youth leadership.
  • Develop guiding principles for engagement of youth and youth organizations as well as tools and resources to support the strategy.


  • Demonstrated experience organizing large conferences/events and developing strategy.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to foresee potential logistical challenges.
  • 5-7 years' experience and/or training in issues of concern to boys and men of color.
  • Significant experience working within coalitions and supporting campaigns.
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal with experience producing research reports, messaging, framing, and talking points.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Commitment to racial equity and other social justice issues.
  • 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.
  • Sense of humor, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, good interpersonal skills, and willingness to travel.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Performance Measures:

  • Successful execution of the youth power summit
  • An actionable advocacy and civic engagement strategy
  • Deployment of tools and resources to support advocacy and civic engagement


How to Apply

Email Résumé and Cover Letter to: jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: "[Your Name] (Temporary Program Associate - BMOC)

OR fax to (510) 663-4323

OR mail to:

PolicyLink –Search Committee (Program Associate-BMOC)

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.