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Advancement Project

Manager, Race Counts

Employment type
4 months ago
Remote until further notice

Organizational Background:
Advancement Project California champions the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by racial and economic 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. The California’s office’s primary programs are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, and Political Voice. The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) works in collaboration with all program areas and pursues special projects at the direction of the Executive Director.

Position Summary:

In 2017, Advancement Project California (along with our partners California Calls, PICO California, and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity) launched the RACE COUNTS initiative and an online interactive tool ( RACE COUNTS is a comprehensive research and policy-analysis platform that tracks racial disparities across the state. Through cutting-edge, rigorous analysis, RACE COUNTS ranks all of California’s counties across seven key issue areas: Democracy, Economic Opportunity, Crime & Justice, Health Care Access, Healthy Built Environments, Education, and Housing. The primary goal of this project is to develop research and analysis that support community-led initiatives to transform antiquated public systems that have long oppressed California’s communities of color

As a member of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, the Race Counts Manager will report to the Senior Advisor. The Race Counts Manager will support the Senior Advisor and the Race Counts Steering Committee to: 1) design and sustain a statewide outreach and training program; 2) manage the initiative’s on-going research and policy development agenda; and 3) support partners’ advocacy campaigns including, the development of research briefs to support community organizers and leaders. The successful applicant must have a strong, demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, documented project management skills, a record of accomplishment overseeing multiple streams of work at the same time, be self-motivated, flexible, and great at fostering creative and collaborative spaces.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement a statewide outreach and training program in coordination with partner organizations.
  • Serve as primary point of contact to coordinate presentation and training requests. The Manager may serve as the primary presenter/trainer. Additionally, the Manager will provide coordination support for others who may be speaking on behalf of the initiative including, but not limited to the Executive Director,
  • Senior Advisor, other Advancement Project staff, or Steering Committee partners.
  • Provide strong project management and coordination of all RACE COUNTS research, policy development, communications, and partner engagement efforts.
  • Serve as primary liaison between Advancement Project California and RACE COUNTS partners whether they be local or statewide community-based advocates or governmental leaders.
  • Support the Senior Advisor, Executive Director and Advancement Project California staff in managing cross-programmatic initiatives (specifically related to RACE COUNTS) and support internal staff capacity-building efforts to integrate and leverage RACE COUNTS data in their work.
  • Coordinate the development of content in support of internal and external communications efforts.
  • Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities, as needed and ensure adherence to Advancement Project California’s goals and policies.
  • 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.
  • Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and economic justice for the highestneed communities.
  • 5+ years of experience in public policy advocacy, research and/or community-based organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships). Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered.
  • 3+ years of project management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred.
  • Strong public speaking and training skills.
  • Experience with state and county government policies and processes preferred.
  • Experience building and working in coalitions, including managing partnerships with residents and community organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, facilitation, and presentation skills – experience translating technical analyses into accessible advocacy messages are especially preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope.
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work with diverse communities, leaders, and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytic and research skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient with MS Office Applications and virtual meeting software. .
  • Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situations and changing priorities.
  • Ability to take on responsibilities independently with only general supervision.
  • Ability to multi-task under deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on time and on budget.
  • Must be able to travel nationally, statewide and/or locally on occasion.


Physical Demands: 

  • Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15pounds across the office or during events.



  • Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement benefits.
To apply

Please email with subject “Race Counts Application” and cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample in one PDF attachment titled last_name_first_name_racecounts.pdf (e.g., Jimenez_Jorge_racecounts.pdf) to:

  • Jorge Jimenez
  • Director of Human Resources, Finance, and Administration
  • [email protected]


Advancement Project 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.