Jun 18, 2019

Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager

  • Friends of the Los Angeles River
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Legal Environmental Social Justice

Job Description

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this is an extremely fast-paced and dynamic role. The Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager acts as the internal and external face of advocacy for the organization. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, experience building strong partnerships, a proven track record of success with policy analysis, and interactions with policy makers. Experience in project management, personnel management, and public speaking is preferred. S/he will be largely self-directed, motivated, and innovative.

Working with a small team of interns and part-time staff, the Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager will develop strategy and implement campaigns to ensure FoLAR’s key issues and projects geared towards a restored LA River are accomplished at the local and state levels, with some occasional focus on the federal level as well. The Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager is a top expert on River policy and planning issues and will work with FoLAR staff and partner organizations to develop strategies that influence decision-making and policy at the local, state, and federal level.

The successful candidate will be expected to remain current with events and trends that relate to LA River restoration, the LA River community, and the activities and internal projects of FoLAR, as well as comply with policies and procedures of FoLAR.



o  Develop strategy and direct advocacy campaigns as they relate to FoLAR’s mission

o  Track various issues and planning and policy decisions at the local and state levels

o  Assist in the development of the annual policy budget and department work plan

o  Manage policy department, which may include interns and part-time staff

o  Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager to strategize and execute advocacy campaigns that focus on inside and outside games

o  Ensure each primary campaign includes aspects of community organizing, engagement, education

o  Manage government relations contractors

o  Assist ED in monitoring and analyzing the political landscape to determine programmatic goals and adjust priorities appropriately

o  Educate and engage agency and elected officials at the local, federal, and state levels on priority issues

o  Build and maintain FoLAR’s strong coalition of disparate interests, including a broad range of organizations, elected officials, agencies, and community leaders

o  Assist ED and Development staff in securing policy and advocacy funding

o  Plan, coordinate, and implement advocacy-related programs

o  Identify new and creative approaches to integrate policy objectives into organizational activities and programming

o  Communicate effectively internally to ensure that policy and organizational priorities are clear to staff

o  Staff the Policy and Legislative Committee with heavy oversight from the ED, attend Board meetings; help present issues/proposals to full Board and achieve buy-in



o  Bachelors degree in planning, public policy, environmental science or related area required. Masters degree preferred.

o  At least three years of progressively responsible experience in issue advocacy, legislative affairs, and/or campaigns; or other relevant experience/education.

o  Confidence in public speaking and offering persuasive and often times dissenting opinion to field experts and/or positions of power

o  Ability to absorb, retain, and strategically apply highly technical information

o  Personnel management experience preferred

o  Spanish speaking strongly preferred

o  Demonstrated ability in working on collaborative projects that involve multiple organizations, stakeholders, and decision-makers

o  Knowledge of government affairs and processes related to achieving policy change and funding

o  Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively when writing and speaking

o  Ability to multi-task and manage many projects simultaneously with scrupulous attention to detail

o  Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters professionally


To Apply

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to resumes@folar.org with “Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins. 

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