Policy Specialist

Employment type
Full Time
3 months ago
Los Angeles

The #1 reason survivors stay in or return to abuse is because they can’t afford to leave or stay safe. FreeFrom, a Los Angeles-based organization with a national agenda, is working to dismantle the nexus between gender-based violence and financial insecurity so that survivors can thrive and live free from abuse.

FreeFrom uses new technology, social enterprise models, policy advocacy, and cross-sector collaborations to respond to the financial needs of survivors. We take a holistic, 3-pronged approach to our work:
1. Capacity Building / B2B – Integrating financial capacity building services into the existing movement against gender-based violence, e.g., through our Survivor Wealth and Wellness Train the Trainer Program and Survivor Wealth Summit.
2. Innovation / B2C – Providing financial capacity building services directly to survivors through technology and innovation, e.g., through our online Self-Help Compensation Tool and social enterprise online store, Gifted by FreeFrom.
3. Systems Change – Removing structural obstacles to survivors’ financial security, e.g., through policy advocacy and creating industry-wide guidelines and best practices for banks, financial institutions, credit card companies, and credit reporting agencies.

Visit our website to learn more about FreeFrom –

FreeFrom is a proudly queer, feminist and people of color-led organization. Our staff includes survivors who bring unique experiences, insights, and a drive to our work to end the cycles of violence. Our work is tailored to meet the needs of diverse communities of survivors, understanding that by making programming accessible to the most marginalized folks, our work is all the more effective for everyone.

FreeFrom is a start-up with a culture of innovation. So, we are constantly iterating and evolving as we work. However, our dedication to healthy collaboration, personal and professional growth, and wellness remains constant. We work remotely all over LA and when we meet, we share a co-working space. On a typical FreeFrom office day, you can find us: sharing our wins, challenges, and ideas for innovation; wearing stuffed animal slippers; sipping on tea, water, and coffee; talking astrology, art, literature, movies, healing, new research, and feel-good things; taking breaks to play with our tiniest officemate (an 11-month old baby); testing tech, local food, client products, and theories; and collaborating on exciting projects.

FreeFrom is looking for a deeply committed, dynamic, motivated, and creative Policy Specialist to join our team. This individual will be responsible for running FreeFrom’s 50-state policy strategy and Survivor Wealth Policy Group, working with the Director of Law & Policy on FreeFrom’s banking and paid leave initiatives, and otherwise supporting the Director of Law & Policy.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual who is brimming with enthusiasm for social justice policy work and advocacy and who thrives in collaboration and partnership with others.

50-State Policy Strategy
FreeFrom is set to launch our 50-State Policy Strategy which will consist of partnering with local advocates to champion the passage of our Survivor Wealth Policy Objectives in all 50-states. The Policy Specialist will manage this strategy by developing and fostering state-level partnerships, creating supportive materials to share with partners (e.g., talking points, one-pagers, social media content), providing subject matter expertise to partners as they advocate for the objectives in their communities, and creating materials regarding our and our partners’ progress in implementing the Survivor Wealth Policy Objectives across the U.S. 

Survivor Wealth Policy Group < br/>FreeFrom is also set to launch our Survivor Wealth Policy Group (SWPG). The SWPG, which will consist of regular group calls, will create a space for advocates from around the country to share the work they are doing to advocate for policy changes that support financial security for survivors and their families so that the other SWPG members can benefit from that experience. The Policy Specialist will expand the SWPG membership, organize, plan, and moderate the regular calls, and create materials regarding the progress of the SWPG. 

Paid Leave for Survivors
 60% of survivors lose their job as a result of the abuse. A major contributing factor is that only 17 states in the U.S. allow survivors to use their accrued sick and vacation days to deal with the consequences of gender-based violence, and this leave is often unpaid or unprotected. FreeFrom will be partnering with 3-5 large corporations to pilot a paid leave policy for survivors and do a cost/benefit analysis of the effects of the policy in order to demonstrate that corporations can actually save money by offering such a policy. The Policy Specialist will help support the Director of Law & Policy in executing the pilot program. 

Banking in Support of Survivors: Creation of Industry-Wide Guidelines< br/> Harm-doers use banks to economically abuse and exert control over survivors. FreeFrom will be working with U.S. banks and survivors to develop industry-wide guidelines outlining how banks can support their survivor clients as they start the journey toward financial recovery and long-term safety. The Policy Specialist will help support the Director of Law & Policy throughout this project.

Supporting the Director of Law & Policy< br/> In addition to the above, the Policy Specialist will support the Director of Law & Policy as needed in developing, implementing, and innovating FreeFrom’s alternative approaches to systems change (e.g., corporate and other cross-sector collaborations, partnerships, and projects). The Policy Specialist will act as an essential thought partner to the Director of Law & Policy in brainstorming creative ways to approach FreeFrom’s system change work. 

Managing FreeFrom’s 50-State Policy Strategy and the Survivor Wealth Policy Group;
Creating, fostering, and maintaining partnerships with state-level advocates;
Monitoring relevant policy changes and advocacy work around the U.S. and internationally;
Conducting relevant policy research and analysis;
Developing materials supportive of FreeFrom’s Survivor Wealth Policy Objectives;
Providing technical assistance and subject matter expertise to state-level advocate partners as needed; 
Expanding membership in the SWPG;
Creating content for SWPG calls;
Moderating SWPG calls;
Reporting back on progress of the 50-State Strategy partnerships and the SWPG, iterating each as necessary for success; 
Creating externally facing materials on both the 50-State Policy Strategy partnerships and SWPG including social media content; 
Working with and supporting the Director of Law & Policy in executing FreeFrom’s paid leave and banking initiatives; and
Otherwise supporting the Director of Law & Policy as necessary

An undergraduate degree in public policy or a related field OR 2-3 years policy advocacy experience;
Strong people skills and emotional intelligence; 
Outstanding speaking and interpersonal communication skills (written and oral); 
Proven commitment to advancing social justice (experience working in the movement against domestic or gender-based violence a plus)
Must bring enthusiasm, creativity, patience, and flexibility to the work; 
Excellent organizational skills, with high accuracy and attention to detail; 
Ability to work quickly and adapt to evolving strategies and circumstances; 
Comfortable with taking risks and otherwise bucking trends and traditional approaches;
Commitment to FreeFrom’s mission, innovation, and the highest standards of professionalism; and
Strong advocacy skills and an egalitarian, feminist, survivor-centered philosophy.

Applications reviewed on rolling basis, beginning on October 1, 2019
Anticipated start date: November 1, 2019

Exempt, full-time position

Excellent benefits and work perks, including flexible work from home time, 6-hour office day, unlimited paid vacation, paid sick leave, access to a variety of health insurance coverage options, optional dental, vision and life insurance, and 401(k) plan. 

Director of Law & Policy

To apply

Send descriptive cover letter, resume, policy-related writing sample (not to exceed 3 pages); and three professional references to Amy Durrence, Director of Law & Policy via email at: [email protected] in a single PDF attachment. Please include your name and preferred pronouns in all documents. 

Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, people of color, parents, are / have been system impacted, have different abilities, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and gender-based violence are encouraged to apply.

We also encourage you to apply if this job sounds like a good fit for you and vice versa, even if you don’t feel as if you meet all the qualifications / requirements.