Catalyst California,


19 days ago
Employment type
Full Time
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Organizational Background:

Catalyst California (formerly known as Advancement Project California) advocates for racial justice by building power and transforming public systems. We partner with communities of color, conduct innovative research, develop policies for actionable change, and shift money and power back into our communities.

Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Catalyst California envisions a world where systems are designed for justice and support equitable access to resources and opportunities for all Californians to thrive.

The primary programs are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, Political Voice and Reimagine Justice & Safety.

About this job

Position Summary:

The primary goal of the Equity in Community Investments (ECI) program is to support campaigns led by community-based organizations for more equitable policies and investments in high-need communities of color. We accomplish this through policy and budget analysis, advocacy, narrative development, and capacity-building efforts for our partners.

The Associate Director will report to the Director of Equity in Community Investments and lead partnership efforts with community-based organizations to support local advocacy campaigns that aim to provide equitable policies and investments of public resources to support community priorities. The Associate Director will supervise staff and will oversee capacity-building and research requests by community partners across the California region.

The successful applicant must have a strong research and analytical background, demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, documented project management skills and experience overseeing multiple streams of work at the same time, a record of involvement in racial justice/systems change campaigns, ability to engage with local government decision-making processes, and be self-motivated, flexible, and skilled at fostering creative and collaborative spaces.

Roles & responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•Strong quantitative data and analysis skills.

•Knowledge of local budgeting principles, the budget development process, and politics of developing budgets.

•Demonstrated ability in developing budget demands and analyzing budget requests with an equity lens.

•Demonstrated ability to establish equitable and effective methodologies for allocating local and state funds.

•Demonstrated ability to review and analyze demographic data from a variety of sources (Census, government reports).

•Providing strong project management and coordination of our research, communications, and partner engagement efforts.

•Serve as primary liaison between Catalyst California and community-based organizations and coalition partners.

•In collaboration with partner organizations, analyze political opportunities and develop successful campaign plans and strategies.

•Develop and conduct rigorous and accessible training curricula for a wide range of stakeholders (including staff of community-based organizations, community members, funders, and media) to understand the policy development to the implementation process and engage in effective advocacy campaigns.

•Prepare policy briefs, memos, and other materials as needed for advocacy campaigns.

•Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with community stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership.

•Some travel on a quarterly basis to be expected.

•Experience managing and supervising individuals with an eye towards development and growth, and strong social emotional skills

•Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities, as needed, and ensure adherence to Catalyst California 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 performs 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.

Education & Experience

•Bachelor’s degree required;

•Graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred.

•An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties will be considered.

•6+ years of experience in racial justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy and or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships).

•3+ years of prior experience with project management.

•Experience supervising and supporting the growth of team members.

•Experience managing coalitions and campaigns, including partnerships with residents, community organizations and engaging with senior government leaders.

Candidate Profile, Skills, and Abilities

•Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and economic justice issues for the highest-need communities.

•Robust interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills – experience translating technical analyses into accessible advocacy messages is especially preferred.

•Ability to conduct policy analysis, research (qualitative/quantitative), and synthesize complex information/data for policy, planning, and communication.

•Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills.

•Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work products on a consistent, reliable basis in a fast-paced work environment with ambitious goals.

•Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.

•Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders, and staff.

•Strong analytical, writing, and problem-solving skills.

•Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and demonstrated ability to work in small team settings.

•Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situations and changing priorities.

•Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications including Excel.

•Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on time and on budget.

•Bilingual English-Spanish a plus: the ability to speak, read, and write Spanish.

Physical Requirements:

•Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer

•Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times


In the spirit of pay transparency, we are excited to share the base salary range for this position is

$97,500 - $120,000. If you are hired at Catalyst California, your final salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills, education, and/or experience. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the range mentioned above is the full salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.


•Medical, dental, and vision benefits for eligible employees and their spouses and/or dependents, including registered Domestic Partners.

•403B retirement plan with employer matching benefits after 90 days.

•Flexible Spending Account for eligible employees to allocate pre-tax money throughout the year.

•Fifteen (15) vacation days, six (6) personal days, eight (8) sick days, along with national and office holidays.

•Organizational and team Wellness Days to build team cohesion and camaraderie.

•Opportunity to work in a flexible work culture that is sensitive to employee wellbeing and encourages work-life balance.

•Provide scheduling flexibility for parents and caregivers and telework stipend.

•Opportunity to see the meaning and impact of your work at an organization actively building more equitable communities and systems across California.

•Opportunity to work in an organization dedicated to pay equity and diverse work culture.

•Yearly professional development allowance and support of personalized professional development goals.

To apply

To Apply:

Please send an email with the subject title “ECI Associate Director” that includes an attached cover letter, resume, and a relevant writing sample as one PDF attachment titled last name_first name_ECI AD.pdf (e.g., Davis_Carmen_ECI AD.pdf) to:

Carmen Davis

Associate, Administrative & Operations

Interview Process:

•Phone interview with Equity in Community Investments team

•Two-panel interview (via Zoom)

•Writing prompt

•Reference Checks

Catalyst California is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.