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Council For A Strong America

Vice President of State Operations and Policy

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Job Overview
Council for a Strong America (CSA) a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. with offices in nine states, including California.  CSA has had an office in California for more than 20 years. CSA seeks a new State Director for our California office who has the vision, relationships, and expertise to build the impact of our organization on children’s policy in California. The qualified candidate will be a senior-level, experienced leader of public policy teams and projects. The State Director will be responsible for all aspects of mobilizing our bipartisan law enforcement, retired military, and business leader membership organizations in support of a state policy agenda that ensures California’s children have the opportunity to succeed starting from birth.

The successful candidate will have deep experience with California education and/or children’s policy, as well as a deep understanding of the political landscape of California. Along with a demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented and committed professionals, the State Director must also possess the diplomatic and interpersonal skills necessary to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, including our members, policymakers, partner organizations, funders, and other teams across our national organization. Passion for policy advocacy, entrepreneurial instincts, and the determination of an organizer are character traits that are essential for success in this role. 

Responsibilities and Duties

The State Director:

  • Develops a state policy agenda and strategic advocacy plan to support it. 
  • Identifies policy opportunities in coordination with state and local allies and coalitions.''
  • With the California team, creates and drives advocacy campaigns that include direct outreach to policymakers.
  • Supervises a team of four to five professionals who recruit and mobilize law enforcement, retired military and business leaders.
  • Cultivates relationships with policymakers, members, funders, allies, and media.
  • Takes a lead role in fundraising efforts for the state office, with support from the national Development Team.
  • Works closely with national teams based in Washington, DC, as well as with other staff across the country.
  • Tracks the state office budget. 



  • Ten or more years of progressively responsible policy advocacy experience is required.
  • Existing networks with California policymakers, leaders of partner organizations, and/or funders.
  • Deep knowledge of early childhood and/or K-16 education and/or children’s health policy landscape in California.
  • Strong understanding of the state legislative process and advocacy strategies.
  • Strong commitment to our mission and strategic vision; appreciation for the advocacy value of unexpected messengers from the business, military, and law enforcement sectors.
  • Superior diplomatic skills and ability to work effectively with complex relationships; ability to persuade others to join a cause and take action.
  • Ability to build good working relationships with remote national teams in support of a California policy agenda. 
  • Fundraising or funder relationship management experience.
  • Highly organized with the ability to juggle multiple projects at once, and respond rapidly and flexibly to changing priorities.
  • Capacity to independently learn and work with technological platforms including Salesforce and Google Drive/Docs/Sheets.


Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Frequent travel in-state for 1-3 days per trip is required; occasional travel out-of-state required.

Salary range
$120K - $150K

To apply

Apply here: https://councilforastrongamerica.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1279597&&&jbsrc=1023#job 

Only applications with a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position included will be considered.