Advancement Project

Organizational Background:

Advancement Project California champions the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation. Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Advancement Project California envisions a world where all communities have equitable access to public resources and opportunities to thrive.

Sep 09, 2019
Position Summary: The Policy & Research Analyst will report to the Director of Political Voice and will work with community-based organizations, civil rights organizations, and government offices across the state to eliminate racial and economic disparities in political participation and government responsiveness. This work will include: Advocating for public policies and administrative practices that expand opportunities for political participation and enhance government responsiveness, particularly in low-income communities of color; Researching issues of political participation and government responsiveness, particularly as those issues are experienced by residents in low-income communities of color; and Building coalitions to develop collaborative strategies to address disparities in political participation and government responsiveness. Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Analyzing public policies and administrative practices related to political participation and government responsiveness. Building partnerships with and providing technical support to community and civil rights groups as they prepare and launch campaigns to improve political participation or government responsiveness. Building partnerships with and providing technical support to government offices as they prepare and launch initiatives to make government more participatory. Conducting online research and literature reviews to support development of policy and advocacy agendas related to public engagement, the decennial census, redistricting, and/or voting and election systems. Tracking national, state and local developments in policy forums including legislative activity around democracy issues. Representing Advancement Project in key policy and advocacy stakeholder networks. Developing policy briefs, reports and quantitative analyses. Preparing materials and reports for meetings. Scheduling and/or organizing meetings. Serving as primary liaison with community-based organizations and coalitions. Identifying, initiating, and deepening relationships with community stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership. Participating in organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as needed, and ensuring adherence to Advancement Project goals and policies within the project area. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Qualifications: Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social and/or racial justice progress for the highest-need communities. 2-4 years of experience in civil rights and social justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy and/or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships). Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered. Experience and success working in partnership with community-based and civil rights organizations, including experience building and participating in coalitions and collaborating with community outreach teams. Strong interpersonal, meeting/group facilitation, and presentation skills. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, both in writing and verbally, relaying complicated information in a straightforward, culturally, and linguistically appropriate manner. Experience with skills- and/or issue-based training. Demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis and research (qualitative/quantitative), as well as synthesizing complex information/data for policy and planning. Demonstrated familiarity and confidence with reviewing and analyzing data and statistics on political participation and government responsiveness from a variety of sources preferred. Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope. Demonstrated experience in organizing large-scale events. Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders and staff. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting. Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities. Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications. Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on-time and onbudget. Must be able to travel locally and statewide. Physical demands: Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15 pounds across the office. Salary : Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement benefits. To Apply: Jorge Jimenez Please send cover letter and resume to:  Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration hr@advanceproj.org Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Advancement Project Entry level
Aug 29, 2019
Position Summary : The Associate Director will report directly to the Director the Educational Equity (“Director”) program to lead advocacy that elevates education issues across the Birth to 12th grade systems and advances racial equity and economic justice in state and local policy and practice. The Associate Director will support the Director with the overall management of the program, including fund development, fiscal oversight, program development, supervision and staff development, research, policy and advocacy initiatives, partnership building, and external relations. The Associate Director will also help lead strategic planning of the Educational Equity team and work in partnership with community-based organizations to support advocacy campaigns that advance equity and reflect community priorities statewide, with a particular focus on Los Angeles City and County. This position requires understanding a broad range of educational equity issues, including school finance. The successful candidate will be skilled at making a case for change by identifying persuasive facts and crafting compelling messages and developing campaign strategies and recognizing political opportunities.   Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to : Provide leadership in research, policy, and advocacy in the areas of early care and education, birth to 12th grade policy and practice, racial equity and economic justice in education, educational opportunities analysis for highest need communities, gap analysis in educational funding, dual language learner/English learner education, and promising and best practices across the birth to 12th grade system. Support the Director in supervision and oversight of the Educational Equity staff and day-to-day operations, promoting a culture of high performance, supportive and collaborative leadership, and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality. Assist the Director to manage grants, projects and contracts: Work with staff and partners to articulate project goals, scope of work and deliverables, timelines and progress toward achieving grant milestones. Provide leadership to support workflow and accountability between policy, research, communications and technical staff to execute project deliverables with highest quality. Help set and implement strategic goals and policy and advocacy development for state and local educational equity initiatives. Develop and successfully implement policy and research frameworks, fund development and budget management, and grant/client development activities. Lead research and integrate emerging trends in educational equity, as well as best practices ensuring uplifting of diverse community-based organizations. Policy/research duties include, but not limited to: Extensive literature reviews, online research and interviews on various policy topics. o Lead development of policy briefs, report writing, and quantitative/qualitative analysis. Prepare materials and reports for advocacy efforts. Provide leadership in the team’s efforts to collaborate with partner organizations, analyze political opportunities and develop winning campaign plans and strategies. Lead strong internal communication, and overall staff professional development and mentorship. Represent Advancement Project in key policy and advocacy stakeholder networks and serve as liaison with community-based organizations and coalitions. Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with broad array of policy, research and communitybased stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership. Provide leadership in project implementation for current and emerging APCA cross-programmatic efforts. Support coordination of the Birth to Twelfth Grade Water Cooler convening of advocates across the state, including annual 500-person conferences in Sacramento, through outreach, publicity, event logistics (e.g. registration, catering, travel, contractors, etc.) and content-planning for events. Stay apprised of developments related to state and local policy and advocacy efforts. Participate in and help lead organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as needed, and ensure adherence to Advancement Project goals and policies within the project area. Serve as a member of the Management Team. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Qualifications : Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial and economic justice for the highestneed communities. 8 years of experience in civil rights and social justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy and/or organizing, ideally with 3-4 years in a leadership role, and 5 years of supervision experience. Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered. Ability to conduct policy analysis, research (qualitative/quantitative), and analyze complex information/data for policy and planning. Demonstrated success building coalitions/partnership with community groups representing a wide range of racial and ethnic communities. Deep understanding and experience in California’s early care and education, K-12 education systems, and racial and economic justice frameworks and inclusive community development. Solid knowledge base of educational policy and advocacy, as well as understanding opportunities to increase the current education system’s ability to efficiently and appropriate serve high need communities of color. Direct experience in working with legislative or administrative sources of influence. Working knowledge of community-based research, innovative technologies and GIS mapping. Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills including presenting to a variety of audiences, including large audiences (e.g. community partners, academics, policy-makers, philanthropists, the general public, supervisees, teammates). Strong writing and research skills. Demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking capabilities. Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrated track record for successful project management and staff management. Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders and staff. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Self-starter, organized, analytical and detail oriented. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting. Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities. Excellent computer skills, including strong internet research skills; proficient with MS Office applications. Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on-time and on-budget. Must be able to travel locally and statewide. Physical Demands : Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15 pounds across the office or during events. Salary : Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement benefits. To Apply Please send cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample to: Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration Jorge Jimenez hr@advanceproj.org Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  
Advancement Project Senior Management - Director
Aug 21, 2019
Position Summary Reporting directly to the Director of Government Relations (GR), the Legislative Advocate will represent APCA before the state legislature; help develop legislative proposals, analyze state budget and legislation, statues, regulations, policies and do intelligence gathering. The Legislative Advocate will also develop, summarize and maintain reports and records including Fair Political Practice Commission filings (FPPC) and perform related work required in the Sacramento office. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing and maintaining contacts with members and staff of the legislature, executive branch, various state departments, and other statewide partners working in Sacramento.   As assigned by the Government Relations Director, the Legislative Advocate will assist in coordinating several aspects of GR processes, including but not limited to, preparing written materials relative to legislative and budget matters, including bill position correspondence; managing and overseeing bill tracking; handling Sacramento office related work, legislative deadlines, and overseeing analytical and other projects, as needed.   Legislative Advocate’s specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Serves as one of APCA’s advocates and spokespersons in Sacramento with the guidance of the Director of GR Serves as a liaison between the Sacramento and LA offices, including facilitating dialogue between Sacramento and LA staff to ensure high quality policy development. Support the development and implementation of strategic goals set by the Director of GR and APCA leadership. Develops and maintains working relationship with members of the legislature, staff, committees, executive branch representatives and other partner organizations on subject matters pertaining to APCA issues. Monitors and provides basic analysis of legislation to determine policy and fiscal implications of key bills highlighted as priorities for APCA. Drafts position letters, legislative language and testimony; and represents APCA at various hearings and meetings. Works with other organizations to gain support and/or opposition on issues important to APCA. Builds and maintains APCA strategic coalitions in Sacramento. Assists with providing information that enhances the legislature’s and new administration’s understanding of APCA’s purpose and new projects. Reads, analyzes and interprets legislative proposals, state laws and other policy issues. Assists with identifying legislation and budget priorities for APCA’s policy programs and recommends position to the Director of GR. Engages in communication with legislative offices, legislative policy and fiscal consultants, and the Governor’s office on legislative matters. Tracks legislation and budget issues related to APCA.   Reviews introduced and amended bills to identify those that would affect APCA program areas and in consultation with policy program staff, recommends APCA position. Monitors and testifies in legislative and budget hearings on assigned issues. Prepares material for hearings and meetings. Manages and oversees the bill tracking system. Submits FPPC filings. Maintains and updates APCA’s Government Relations webpage and legislative information. Works with APCA Communications Team to write quarterly blogs and update social media of Sacramento happenings. Supports organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities, as needed and ensures adherence to APCA’s goals and policies. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social, economic, and/or racial justice progress for the highest-need communities. 3+ years of legislative and/or advocacy experience required. Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy or law preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered. Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work product on a consistent, reliable basis in a fast-paced work environment with ambitious goals. Demonstrated success in leading complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope, including successful legislation. Strong interpersonal, written, analytical and verbal communication skills are required. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. General knowledge of the organization, functions, process and procedures of the California Legislature are required. Ability to analyze, evaluate and respond to legislative, budget and regulatory proposals, complex data and other information on APCA related issues and legislation. Ability to create and present effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to governmental leaders and partner organizations in a timely manner, often on short notice. Must have an intuitive ability to recognize and appropriately convey the sensitive nature of any situation and the ability to keep all matters appropriately confidential. Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to details are required.   Ability to multi-task various assignments, prioritize work, and adjust to multiple demands.   Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines. Excellent computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications. Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities. Proficiency with social media, online communication and webinar technologies is preferred.  Must be able to travel locally and statewide. Salary Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement benefits.   To Apply Please send cover letter, resume and two policy-related writing samples to:   Jorge Jimenez - No Calls Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration hr@advanceproj.org with the subject line: Legislative Advocate   Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Advancement Project Officer / coordinator level